Journal Entry: 1 February 2013
ELDER MUSIC: The Day The Music Died

INTERESTING STUFF: 2 February 2013

One hundred years ago today, Grand Central Station opened for business in New York City. It is a magnificent building – breathtakingly beautiful – and as much as I hated my four-and-a-half hour commute for three years, I never tired of walking through the main hall twice a day.

Here is a video with a few of the secrets of Grand Central:

The narrator of the video is The New York Times urban correspondent, Sam Roberts, who has written a book celebrating the station's centennial, Grand Central: How a Train Station Transformed America.

You can read more about the station here.

Americans have been thinking a lot about guns and gun control recently. Last Sunday, The New York Times published what struck me as a truly shocking investigative story about training children to use automatic weapons:

”Threatened by long-term declining participation in shooting sports, the firearms industry has poured millions of dollars into a broad campaign to ensure its future by getting guns into the hands of more, and younger, children,” writes reporter Mike McIntire.

“The industry’s strategies include giving firearms, ammunition and cash to youth groups; weakening state restrictions on hunting by young children; marketing an affordable military-style rifle for 'junior shooters' and sponsoring semiautomatic-handgun competitions for youths...”

It's a stunning article that everyone should read. You can do that here.

Hadiyah Pendleton, a 15-year-old majorette who marched in President Barack Obama's inaugural parade was shot to death in the back last Tuesday as she was standing with friends in a Chicago park after school.

Read the whole story here.

Connecticut man accidentally shoots himself while walking

Georgia Hospital Contractor Accidentally Shoots Himself In Hospital Parking Lot

Kansas Man Accidentally Shot While Hunting

Alabama Man Dies In Hunting Accident

Those are just four of the many headlines this week at the Today's Accidental Shootings website. My friend Jim Stone introduced me to it and we agreed that as diligent as the site's owner is in tracking these down to publish, there are probably more each day. Take a look.

My friend Kent McKamy sent this along. For the first minute or two, it seems to be an ordinary church choir doing a fine job of singing the traditional Jewish folk song. But hang in there; halfway through it takes on a whole different sound.

Hillary Clinton officially retired this week from the Department of State. Gail Collins at The New York Times listed some of the secretary's “official” statistics:

Traveled 956,733 miles

Visited 112 different countries

Conducted 1,700 meetings with world leaders

Ate 570 airplane meals

At this blog, we strive to give you the important stuff. Read more here.

This graph shows the state and local tax distribution paid by non-elder residents as a percentage of income in 2010. The chart represents the 50 state (and District of Columbia) average. Via firedoglake. Click here for larger version.


A big thank you to Steve Garfield for this look at the Taco Bell Super Bowl commercial that will play during the game tomorrow, Sunday. You're gonna love it.

We were talking about our short-term memory problems this week when along comes this report emailed by Cop Car of Cop Car's Beat blog:

"Researchers found that easy mood-boosters - like giving people a small bag of candy - helped seniors do significantly better on tests of decision-making and working memory.

"This is the first study to show the power of positive moods in helping older people with these brain tasks."

Some good news for a change about some help we can give our memories. Read more here.

It has become tradition by now that there is always at least one cat story on Saturdays. I don't know how we managed last week without one but I think this makes up for it.

Interesting Stuff is a weekly listing of short takes and links to web items that have caught my attention; some related to aging and some not, some useful and others just for fun.

You are all encouraged to submit items for inclusion. Just click “Contact” in the upper left corner of any Time Goes By page to send them. I'm sorry that I probably won't have time to acknowledge receipt and there is no guarantee of publication. But when I do include them, you will be credited and I will link to your blog if you have one.


I arrived and departed from Penn Station when I started at NYU in 1959.
I didn't realize the pleasure that gave me until the greedy bastards tore it down.
Thank goodness they saved Grand Central.

Usually a nice way to start the w/end.......the kitten is adorable.......the "elder Taco Bell ad" not so much. Our sensibilities continue to plummet........Oh well. Dee

I agree with Dee...thumbs down to the "elder Taco Bell ad." I think elders can and should be viewed as enjoying life and having fun without being so outrageously silly. It seemed very demeaning to me.

On the other hand, I loved "Hava Nagila Texas Style." Now, that's a great way to start the weekend!!

LOVE the Hava Nagila and the
kitty in the laundry....
Also read all of the article
"Giving Guns To Children...."

That article is definitely a must read!!! It is apalling
what those who manufacture, sell and otherwise promote the
use of guns are doing! They cloak their messages in words like "recreational" and "fun" to encourage use of guns for children from age 8!
Gun-makers and organizations who promote them donate guns and funds to BSA and other groups....

The killing will continue as
long as guns are so easily available!

They must be stopped!

Maybe I'm tone deaf or something, but I think the Taco Bell ad is cute. Seniors are just as likely to be silly and have fun as anyone else. To me it's not laughing at seniors but laughing with them. (And as you can see, I have no problem with the word "seniors.")

Loved the kitten and Hava Nagila videos. Didn't read the gun thing. It would have spoiled my good mood.

Just to be clear - I'm with PiedType on the Taco Bell ad. I too think it's cute and I like that elders are being portrayed as kids might be - we can sneak out to steal a little fun at any age.

Blast it all!!! I have lost the setting for sound on "You Tube" and am unable to hear "Hava Nagila Texas Style". I have spent the entire morning trying to fix the problem to no avail.

My son played gigs with an Israeli band and the leader told him that he played the Jewish songs better than the Jews in the band. Mark was the only non-Jew, but loved the music, as do I.

I am so distressed that some naysayers are dissing HIlary for not doing something monumental (Like solving the Israeli-Palistinian problem). What did they expect from her? Was she supposed to solve all the Mideast problems in 4 years?

The NRA is trying to make another generation gun buyers for the manufacturers. Shameful !!!

Oh, as usual, you have stirred us all up. Wonderful, delightful, and had me glued to my monitor wanting more. I wanted more Grand Central Station. Thanks too for the cat. LOL

Apropos Super Bowl commercials, this Budweiser one was shared on Facebook today. It left me with tears in my eyes...although I can't say that I'm any more anxious for a Budweiser Beer:

I am not Jewish. My sister, however sang in the choir at a temple in Virginia Beach, VA. I visited there for services several times. It always made me smile to hear the congregation greet each other (and me) with their very Southern accented "Shabbat Shalom, y'all!"

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