Being in an extended state of forced physical inactivity, I have been left with considerable time to improve my mind, or at least keep it active. I’d hate to have my brain turn into the proverbial couch potato from lack of stimulation.
So, with the help of the old iPad, I have been reading a lot of non-fiction books and have watched several old movies that I missed when they were new, including an early Alfred Hitchcock film from the 1930s. More recently, I have discovered academic programs available online, and have listened to 24 lectures on the book of Genesis.
Aside from my tendency to turn the music up a few extra decibels, the better to hear the pianissimo passages of “Scheherazade” or enjoy the somewhat louder chords of “Born in the USA,” there isn’t a lot of noise.