When being technologically savvy and technologically clueless come together. In wonderful ways.

BANTER BITE BACKSTORY: It's usually Black that sends Red articles to read, so it was unusual when Black received a "Texas Monthly" link from Red.

That alone was worthy of getting her attention, but after reading "Scheduling Angels" Are Scouring the Internet to Book Vaccine Appointments for Strangers, she could understand why Red found it worthy of sharing. After all, who couldn't smile and appreciate the efforts of total strangers, in this case, younger people who are tech-savvy, to help others, but especially older people who are in most need of getting vaccinated?

Red's link reminded Black of an email that she had recently received from Encore.org that talked about making a new friend during Covid. This in itself might not seem too surprising, or even interesting, until you learn that that one person is a 31-year-old man living in Hawaii while the other's a 60-year-old woman living in Texas. And the resulting Rewire article was about how high- and low-tech solutions can connect across generations.

Encore's an amazing organization that works to "partner" the generations so they can learn from each other, but in this instance, it was a "partnership" of friendship, mutual interests, personality, and so much more. Of course, we couldn't help but continue talking (yes, we know we should have a podcast),

Who would've thought that a pandemic would create so many opportunities for generations to cross the digital divide – together? Not only in terms of scheduling vaccines, but to connect with people who feel isolated and alone. For some people (like Red), technology can seem overwhelming and intimidating, but the simplest applications can help people stay in touch and know that they're valued and not forgotten.

It’s hard to believe the topic of the Supreme Court and abortion could become any more controversial or dramatic. But there was no way to know a draft opinion overturning Roe v. Wade would be leaked to the press. A situation so shocking, it’s being compared to the "Pentagon Papers" leak.

Yes, leaks happen all the time in politics – at the campaign level, sometimes from Congress, and even on occasion from the executive branch. But from the Supreme Court of the United States??? Yet as Black said to Red just after it happened,

Nowadays, it is just too easy to have a “leak” as almost everything is just a “click away” from being shared or printed. No clandestine nights at the copy machine are required.

There’s an expression … throwing out the baby with the bathwater. Well, Supreme Court decisions on “babies” (well, technically fetuses) may also impact its integrity.

BANTER BITE BACKSTORY: There’s no question the recent Supreme Court cases involving abortion are controversial and may have a major impact on Roe v. Wade; something that both Red (as a mom to two daughters) and Black (as a highly independent woman who made the conscious decision not to have children) have strong feelings about, albeit focused on two very different aspects.

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If you’ve never thought about May Day, don’t worry, most of us haven’t.

BANTER BITE BACKSTORY: Red appreciates that some holidays have historical significance, some have ancient traditions, and some are opportunities for one of Black’s unexpected, but often amusing and clever, comments, but May Day checks all those boxes.

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To quote the lyrics from "West Side Story," “Could be … who knows …”

BANTER BITE BACKSTORY: Red, the theater major and lover of Broadway musicals, has loved "West Side Story" for as long as she can remember, so imagine her surprise when Black, usually only interested in the business aspects of the entertainment world, shared a “new” fact (at least, new to Red) about one of the most popular musicals ever produced.

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