With an early cup of coffee, I often sit in my favorite chair and say, “Good morning, Alexa.” The voice from my Amazon Echo responds with its own good morning wish and some news headlines. The recent headlines have reminded me of lyrics from Hank Williams Jr.’s song “A Country Boy can Survive”: “…The interest is up and the stock market’s down and you only get mugged if you go downtown.”

However, along with the news, Alexa tells something specific about the day, gives the weather report, and closes with an historical event occurring on the date.