Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Happy Links

Originally posted to Chez VH, January 18, 2011 -

Effort to Restore Children's Play Gains Momentum

Wow, this is exactly what I needed to read this morning. Society's conventions put SO much pressure on us to NOT "be" what's described in the article. Thanks for the link, Karen! :)

Audio Liturgy of the Hours Podcast

I am also delighted to have stumbled upon these free audio downloads of the Liturgy of the Hours on my friend Robert's blog, Classic Catholic. I have a blind sister-in-law who's been looking for a good audio of this for years.

And as an aside (because I wasn't actively blogging when this came up) some might find it useful to know that Apple's iPod has a built-in text-reading option for the blind. In an age in which the visually impaired population is seriously under-served (there are only a handful of DVDs that offer descriptive video for the blind, while close-captioning for the hearing impaired is practically ubiquitous), it is refreshing to see this available as a normal feature rather than a special purchase. Kudos to Apple!

More info about these accessibility features:

Apple's Accessibility Page (check out the VoiceOver section)
Accessibility For iPhone And iPod touch: A Blind User's Review

Okay, and speaking of audios, we bought Gus this new dramatized audio New Testament for Christmas and we're all enjoying it very much. It's beautifully-performed (with A list actors like Sean Astin, Neal McDonough, John Rhys-Davies and Julia Ormond) and unabridged along with being a great Catholic translation (RSV-CE, sometimes known as the Ignatius Bible). I hope to have a review up a Love2learn in the next few days. In the meantime, here's the link:

Truth and Life Dramatized Audio Bible

Also available from Ignatius Press in a special package that includes a bonus CD from Steve Ray.

Sample audio clips are available on both websites listed above.

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