SOMETHING SPECIAL HAPPENED AT THE SUPERMARKET
Between an old person and a four-year-old kid.
MY GOD, I WILL MISS BARACK AND MICHELLE OBAMA
On 6 January at the White House, Michelle Obama gave gave her final speech as First Lady. In case you missed it, here it is:
You will find the full 20-minute version here.
Then, on Tuesday 10 January, President Barack Obama gave his farewell speech in Chicago. You can watch that at full length here.
99 MILLION YEAR OLD BABY DINOSAUR TAIL FEATHER
When the words “feather,” “dinosaur” and “baby” are in the same phrase, how can you not pay attention.
There is additional information at NPR.
TRUMP ODDITY FROM 1958 TV SHOW
My friend Jim Stone sent this video from a TV series titled Trackdown that was broadcast in 1958. See what you think:
The video doesn't look tampered with to me but I didn't quite believe it either. So I checked around to web to see what I could find. Here's what Snopes says:
”The television series Trackdown really did produce an episode featuring a 'Trump' character who came to town claiming that only he could prevent the end of the world by building a wall (and also sold special force propelling umbrellas to deflect meteorites).
“The episode (S1, E30) aired on CBS in 1958 and was titled 'The End of the World,' featuring actor Lawrence Dobkin playing the role of 'Walter Trump.'”
ANSWERS ABOUT POTENTIAL CHANGES TO MEDICARE
With threats from the Republican Congress and president-elect Trump to repeal Obamacare and voucherize Medicare there are a lot of questions. AARP answered five of the most important. Here is one:
“Q: I’ve heard about the voucher-type plan that House Republicans hope to implement soon. How would this plan change Medicare?
“A: (in part)...opponents — including AARP — say the amount of the voucher may not be enough to keep up with health care inflation, so older adults could end up paying more for care and for insurance that has fewer choices of doctors and other providers>”
You can read the entire answer to this question and the other four questions and answers at AARP. They are clear, concise and to the point.
AN 18-CARAT GOLD TOILET
I'm late to this story. It first turned up last September when a new show from Italian artist, Maurizio Cattalan opened at the Guggenheim Museum in Manhattan. According to a page at the museum's website, it is
”...the first piece the artist has exhibited since his 2011 retrospective at the Guggenheim...a working toilet cast from gold that has been installed in a bathroom on the museum’s fifth floor.
“Cattelan intends visitors to use the toilet just as they would any other facility in the building.”
The artist gave his piece the title, “America”, and explains that
“'...the title came after [the work], and it was a matter of trying to deconstruct the object,' says Catallan. Separately, he said, the title and piece didn’t mean anything. 'Together, it has meaning.' Come spend a little alone time with 'America,' and you can ponder that meaning for yourself.”
TOO BIG FOR A BUMPER STICKER
Bumper stickers are a long-time American communications medium – most frequently, I think, for political statements. You see a lot of them during election seasons.
Sometimes, however, a good pithy statement is still too long for a bumper sticker as my friend Jim Stone pointed out about this one so let's give it a day of life on this blog post.
MY WINTER WONDERLAND
It has been more than six years since I last woke to that special kind of hush there is after an overnight snowfall. But that happened Wednesday morning. Here is the first photo I shot in the dark.
It was a big-deal snowstorm which doesn't much happen in this part of Oregon. Depths ranged from three or four inches to more than a foot in some places. About seven or eight inches in my neighborhood.
This was the first snowfall worthy of the name since I moved here in 2010, and I hadn't realized how much I miss a "real" winter storm as in New York and Maine where I lived before. This is what it looked like as I was leaving my apartment.
It was still snowing at that point so I decided to wait before sweeping my walkways but when I suited up to do that, I was amazed to see that some good Samaritan had got there before me and done a beautful job. Here is the gorgeous winter wonderland from another window.
MARTIN LUTHER KING DAY
Monday the 16th of January is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. My friend Richard Lombard sent this video a couple of days after the holiday last year so I saved it for this year.
Certainly you know that Lin-Manuel Miranda is the genius behind the ground-breaking and fantastic Broadway show, Hamilton: An American Musical. Manuel attended Hunter College Elementary School in Manhattan when he was a kid and as he explains on the YouTube page:
”Our elementary school music teacher, Barbara Ames, wrote THE BEST Martin Luther King song so that her students would have something to sing in January, in addition to We Shall Overcome.
“It's a crime that the world doesn't know this song. So I put out a call, and over 50 alums spanning 15 years showed up to sing it with me.
“Huge thanks to Arthur 'The Geniuses' Lewis on piano, Lisa Siegmann and Danny San Germano at Hunter, and Jennifer Raab, president of Hunter, for letting us go back home to make this.”
I'm pretty sure you will want to clap along with them. That's Lin-Manuel Miranda in the lower right of the screen giving the introduction.
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