Author Archives: Mary Barrett

National Adopt a Shelter Dog Month

Both American Humane and The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) have dedicated the month of October as National Adopt a Shelter Dog Month and Adopt a Dog Month, respectively.  Though the names differ slightly, both organizations are committed to raising public awareness to the plight of shelter dogs and finding the forever homes all dogs deserve.  Shelters and rescue organizations around the United States are stepping up their efforts to promote their dogs during this very special month. Continue reading

Audio Book Review on Exoplanets

exoplanetsThe fall of 2017 is an exciting time for North American star-gazers: a full solar eclipse on August 21, a meeting of Venus and Jupiter on November 13, and an especially visible Geminid Meteor shower on December 13.  These events as well as continuous astronomical discoveries are drawing a great deal of attention from the general public.  Scientists catalog new planets and other space objects every day, and many are postulated to be suitable for the support of life.  Unfortunately, these exciting advancements are often shrouded in scientific jargon and advanced mathematics which make them effectively inaccessible to the average person. This new audiobook offers a concise overview of current scientific knowledge concerning these newest breakthroughs. Continue reading

Inside Out: DVD Review

Inside OutPixar Animation has spent the last two-plus decades answering this compelling question: “What if (insert animal/thing) had feelings?  Toy Story: “What if toys had feelings?”  Finding Nemo: “What if fish had feelings?”  Cars: “What if cars had feelings?”  And now, Inside Out: “What if feelings had feelings?”  This film follows Riley, a young girl voiced by Kaitlyn Dias, and her emotions, Joy (Amy Poehler), Sadness (Phyllis Smith), Fear (Bill Hader), Disgust (Mindy Kaling), and Anger (Lewis Black), in this coming-of-age story.  Continue reading