decapitationMy mother, God bless her, has failing eyesight. She’s not a TV-watching person, never has been. But she loves her books. Devours them. And that’s the problem.

It’s harder and harder for her to get through a book due to her eyesight. So I’m working on a project where I scour the web for interesting articles for her to read.

I copy the text into Word and then jack up the font so she can see the words much easier.

The fun part is finding things I think she’d like to read. It’s easy for me because she and I have exactly the same taste in books.

Off-beat non-fiction.

I was talking to a librarian colleague of mine this afternoon and told her about my mission. I asked her if she ran across articles that met the criteria, could she send me the links so I could make them bigger and print them out.

To help her, I gave her an example of an article I already found that mom would love.

I told her it was on the topic of lucid decapitation.

“Have you ever heard of it?” I asked.

“Um. No,” she said.

“Well, it’s when someone’s head is chopped off, it’s possible for the head to keep reacting to stimuli, like being shouted at, for up to 30 seconds. The head’s eyes will get bigger in response before shutting,” I told her.

“Are you sure your mother wants to read that?” she asked.

“Of course. She’s just like me and I’m totally into an article about heads that can still do stuff after being detached from the body,” I insisted.

“Well, OK then.”

I’m certain you lovely readers would be interested too, so “head” on over to Lucid Decapitation and read all about the 1836 murderer who promised to wink after getting his head chopped off, but didn’t.


p.s. If you guys have things you think my mom would like to read, drop the links in the comments.

Gruesome is optional.

Stumble it!