Why Poetry Books Often Aren’t Accessible to People With Disabilities

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Stack of books.
Stack of books.

A poem comes to my inbox or my podcast feed. Its images give me access to an unfamiliar experience. Its rhythm grips me. Words are the instruments that give sound to its message. The poet has a lesson to teach me, and a lesson isn’t often learned on the first try. I need to read more, so I type the poet’s name into a search bar and discover she’s published a collection. I go to Amazon to download a sample of its contents. There I find a metaphorically locked door. I knock, but the poet doesn’t answer. Chances are, she will never answer — because the collection isn’t available as an e-book, and I read only e-books and online material.

As I’ve written before in essays for The Mighty, I haven’t shunned the traditionally printed word out of mere inconvenience, though I don’t hold it against those

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Dublin Teen Finds Inspiration In Teaching Youth Finance

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A reader submission from Logan Lin of Dublin:

I live in a culture where we are measured by our talents and ability. Yet far too often we overlook the importance of inspiration and initiative. Covid-19 in many ways has catapulted generations to be inspired. This period in our history has transformed the way we see our capabilities. Inspiration was always very elusive to me.

I often wondered as a teenager what truly inspired me. During this period of my life I am confined within the four walls of my home, and my interactions with my friends are “virtual”, my mother found creativity in bread making, and I found inspiration while connecting with a friend, Rohan who creates podcasts on Street Fins.

Inspiration needs 3 things: evocation, transcendence, and initiative. My inspiration was evoked by my father at the age of 8 when I first started getting a weekly allowance and

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Game changer or just another quarantine quirk?

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Ah, Animal Crossing and COVID-19: the peanut butter and jelly of our dystopian times. If ever there was a combination to bring gaming into mainstream acceptance, this is it — a captivating, charming game of make-believe against a backdrop of viral terror.

Life as we know it came to a halt this spring as the coronavirus disrupted and claimed lives around the globe. A few weeks into this living hell (which began in early March for many Americans and continues to kill ), Nintendo released Animal Crossing: New Horizons on March 20. 

Did the quarantine mania of ACNH actually change anything about how the world relates to gaming?

The social-simulation game — thematically centered on the ease of island life and the appeal of talking animals — sold over 13 million physical and digital copies in its first six weeks. According to Nintendo’s fiscal reporting, that makes ACNH the highest

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Carriers Gain Customer And Credit Options As Volumes Surge

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As the United States reopens its economy and quarantined consumers return to quasi-normal behaviors with their stimulus checks, overall freight volumes are surging. While capacity remains loose, rates are rebounding from their low levels. This could be due to the reopening of restaurants and seasonal movement of produce out of Florida and California. Also, the online electronics sector is up 150% year-over-year, proving the power of e-commerce. 

“Shippers are still in a dominant pricing power position, but things are much brighter today than they were two weeks ago for the carriers,” said Andrew Cox, a FreightWaves research analyst.  “The big momentum swing has come on volumes being positive year-over-year and on a two-year stack. It’s yet to be known how long this can last. It could be that pent-up demand is surging volumes up. They could stabilize or even fall a little bit in the future.”

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Shopping for refurbished kitchen appliances and home improvement tools is the smartest way to get more for your money

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There are two ways to save money on big purchases like kitchen appliances and home improvement tools: you can wait and wait for the best sales, and then fight your way through the crowds to shop them; or you can buy certified refurbished merchandise for significant discounts. The best part? These refurbished products look, feel and function like they’re brand new.

In the same way that you can return clothes that doesn’t fit quite right when you get it home, you can return appliances and tools too. Those barely-used items go back to the store or manufacturer, but because they have been used or got a ding or two in the delivery and return process, can’t be sold as “new” anymore. What happens then? They get refurbished and resold.

“People could go to Home Depot or Lowe’s and look at a basic range for anything from $600 to $1000, or

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Wondering What It’s Like to Use Carvana? Here’s Everything You Need to Know

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Before the coronavirus pandemic, I would have never considered buying a car online without seeing and touching it first. But 60 days into staying home, necessity outweighed hesitation, and I purchased a 2017 Honda Fit on the Carvana app. A week later, the car was delivered contact-free, and the experience exceeded my expectations.

I live in Brooklyn, NY, and while I don’t use a car daily, I like to get out of the city fairly often with my dog. Before shelter-in-place went into effect, I was in the market for a new car: mine was 20 years old, it needed a new windshield and a new side mirror, and I wasn’t willing to put any more money into it.

I had been researching my next car for a few months, and while I had sat in a Honda Fit, I wasn’t comfortable test-driving one after COVID arrived. I was pretty

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PG&E Is Set to Exit Bankruptcy, Ending Saga Sparked by Fires

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(Bloomberg) — Only 19 months after the Camp Fire erupted in the tinderbox mountains of Northern California, PG&E Corp., the power utility behind the deadliest conflagration in the state’s history, is poised to emerge from bankruptcy with its safety still in question.

As the state braces for another fire season, the judge overseeing PG&E’s Chapter 11 case said Tuesday he would approve its $59 billion turnaround plan. Moments earlier, its chief executive officer pleaded guilty on behalf of the company to involuntary manslaughter, brining its criminal case from the deadly blaze close to an end. And on Wall Street, PG&E moved forward with plans to sell bonds to fund its restructuring.

The quick series of events conclude a tumultuous chapter for PG&E. Yet it’s exiting bankruptcy facing many of the same challenges as it did the day it filed. Efforts to strengthen its finances and safety procedures are still underway,

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Anker Soundcore Life Headphone on sale

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Working from home can be a challenge, especially if you’re used to the relative peace and quiet of being at an office most days. I’ve found that one of the best ways to filter out the noise of home life and stay focused while working has been to slip on a pair of headphones, play some coffee shop background noise and get on with my day. 

If you’re on the hunt for a set of headphones that’s effective at noise-cancelling, but are not willing to spend

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Can 5G help make it easier to work from home?

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FOSTER CITY, Calif. — Now that so many of us have become accustomed to working from home, one question that might come up is, does 5G really matter anymore? After all, most people are probably connecting to the internet, and all of their work colleagues, with their in-home Wi-Fi via a broadband connection like a cable modem. So, why would they need a different type of fast wireless connection?

Well, it turns out there are quite a few reasons, though some won’t matter much until we start to venture out a bit more.

First, as I wrote about a few weeks back (see “Can 5G become your new broadband connection?”), 5G is starting to become a more viable alternative to cable as a high-speed internet connection source. Thanks to a technology called Fixed Wireless Access (FWA), which is at the heart of Verizon’s 5G Home service, you can get a

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Here’s How Cartier Is Helping Female Entrepreneurs Make a Big Global Impact

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Ready for a little good news? Cartier has announced 21 finalists for its Cartier Women’s Initiative, three of which hail from North America. Each year since 2006, the French jewelry and watch maison has used the platform to support female entrepreneurs with start-up businesses aimed at making a social or environmental impact. To date, CWI has given over $3 million to aid 240 women from 56 different countries. Of the various female-run companies to participate over the last 14 years, 80 percent are still in operation 15 years later, according to Cartier CEO Cyril Vigneron. That is an impressive number given that statistically, only 25% of new businesses survive to the 15-year marker.

While the businesses that take part in CWI are for profit, Vigneron says their ultimate goal is to make effect change for the good of humanity. “They work deeply with

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