Would you consider becoming one?

Here’s another hotline number to add to those you keep on your phone. Give it to someone who you think needs help. — CrisisTextLine.org 741741 in the U.S.

Crisis Text Line is the free, 24/7 text line for people in crisis in the United States. The service is powered by volunteer Crisis Counselors who work remotely.

Crisis Counselors answer texts from people in crisis, bringing them from a hot moment to a cool calm through active listening, collaborative problem solving, and safety planning.


Fresh out of ideas for Mother’s Day or Father’s Day or Graduation Day gifts? Here are a selection of sure-to-please ideas. If you know they like electronic gadgets, photography, music, TV watching, etc., check out the selection of Personal Electronic Devices. For the outdoor lover, we’ve got some trail-tested suggestions in the Outdoor Adventure section. And for everyone else, our Home, Health and Beauty section is bound to have something of interest.

PERSONAL ELECTRONIC DEVICES

Qubii Duo


Thanks to NBC News for this feature by Jake Whitman, Cynthia McFadden and Rich Schapiro. I’ve known for years that Catholic nuns are some of the most ardent fighters against human trafficking, but I was never aware of the number of them that go out every day in search of ways to combat this scourge.

According to this report, more than 60,000 nuns are members of an organization called Talitha Kum. It was founded 12 years ago in Rome, and now labors in search of human trafficking victims in 92 countries.

From the article:

“If you want people to understand…


RightOnTrek is ideal for people who would rather spend time hiking than shopping. It comes conveniently packed and ready to go directly into your backpack. Just add water and you’re ready to hike.

At its most basic, you log on and answer seven preference questions. From there you select how many days you plan to hike, add up to five days worth of meals to your cart, check out and pay.

They’ve already calculated calories per day needed for various hikes and they package them so you don’t need to take more than you’ll eat.

That’s exactly where I went…


This is a perfect blend of easy install and quality video response

I’ve installed a number of security cams and wireless doorbells, and the one I’m still using is from VuPoint Solutions called Toucan. It connected to my wireless router very intuitively, and works well even though it is some distance from the router. No base station or hub is required, so just simply log on to your wireless network with your password.

For the price, I’ve yet to find a pair that work better and give a better image quality than the Toucan solution. The camera (TWC200WU) has a MSRP of just $79.99 and the doorbell/chime combo (TVD200WU) is $89.99.


Perfect for camping, hiking, car camping, or picnicking

Whether it’s a multi-day backpacking trip or a trip to the local park, often meal prep is a major part of the enjoyment. Having convenient tools to use makes it all that much more fun. Hence, you might want to consider the Hex Solo 6-in-1 Mess Kit from Ani Ani Outdoor.


I recently read another case of high-ranking government officials not understanding the words they are using. I wrote about this almost two years ago, in “Human trafficking is not human smuggling” But, I suppose it bears repeating, especially when words matter, and words from both high-ranking politicians and the media get it consistently wrong.

In this case, a story was carried by WIBW in Topeka, Kansas: Sen Marshall: Cartels now make more from human trafficking than drug-running. In the article, it started:

He calls it a national security, humanitarian, and healthcare crisis. Senator Marshall clearly wanted to convey to Kansans…


The Roborock S7 made a believer of us

We had resisted the urge of jumping into the use of robot vacuums for many years, but the S7 by Roborock seemed to actually have the right combination of benefits to actually entice us. Not only does it vacuum, but it mops as well.

Roborock S7 is truly intelligent

Like many home automation products, you have the power of cleaning in your pocket — with an app for your smartphone that is. The Roborock S7 uses LIDAR navigation and sensor array technology to plot and follow its path. …


The Nexvoo N109 and T530 are two very different but very able conference cameras

Nexvoo, Video Confeerence,AI, HDR, N109, Conference camera,

I had the good fortune of connecting with the people from Nexvoo around the end of last year and have been testing two of their conferencing devices since. The two devices, N109 Smart Conference Camera and the T530 Video Conferencing Tablet, couldn’t be more different, but both are worth a look for those with need to connect via Zoom, Microsoft Teams, Duo, WebEx and more.

I think the easiest way to decide is simply a matter of — do you want the people on the other…

Doug Bardwell

Writer & photographer in print & online. Proud husband, father & grandfather. Engaged volunteer with Red Cross, human trafficking prevention & social concerns.

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