CAROLE KING'S UPATED VERSION OF ONE SMALL VOICE
In 1971, I got through the first horrible weeks of separation prior to my divorce by listening to composer Carole King's “Tapestry” album over and over and over and over again . She has been a favorite ever since.
Last Saturday, 74-year-old King took part in the Women's March in Stanley, Idaho, in a snowstorm with 29 other people, almost half the population of that town where she now lives.
She also released a video of her 1983 song, One Small Voice. Here it is:
You can read more about the song and her small-town march in Rolling Stone magazine.
TOM TOLES' WOMEN'S MARCH CARTOON
Our political cartoonists are doing a better job than many news pundits of capturing the zeitgeist, day-to-day, of what is happening to our country under the new president.
And then there is this lovely one from Tom Toles about the Women's March.
NINE FOOT NOODLES
There is a tiny village in China, just 300 residents, where they continue a centuries-old tradition of making nine-foot, thread-thin noodles by hand. One maker, 51-year-old Lin Fagan, worries that only the old people now know how to do this and when they die, the art will be lost.
Here is how it is done:
THE NETHERLANDS WELCOMES TRUMP
It will not save us from the worst developments to come out of the Trump presidency and the Republican-majority Congress, but our terrible predicament has given rise to a widely varied universe of comedy perpetrators who, along with the cartoonists (see above), help us laugh through our resistance.
TGB reader Joe Zeee was the first of at least 50 readers (the most ever for a single item) to send this fantastic video made in The Netherlands. Tens of millions of people have watched it now so you may have seen but it's so good that I keep going back to it and you might like to also.
H.L. MENCKEN'S REMARKABLY PRESCIENT 1920 QUOTATION
TGB reader Peggy B sent this quotation from the “Sage of Baltimore” that could have been written yesterday.
BAD LIP READING THE INAUGURATION
Certainly by now you know of the folks who turn out the Bad Lip Reading videos and if you don't, their name tells you all you need to know.
This one, Bad Lip Reading the Inauguration, is one of their best:
RARE HEAVY SNOWFALL IN KYOTO
TGB reader Bob Fenton sent a link to this collection of photographs from a recent big snowstorm in Kyoto, Japan. They are gorgeous:
More photos from the Kyoto snow storm at Bored Panda.
OBAMACARE V. AFFORDABLE CARE ACT
I'm pretty sure Jimmy Kimmel is the last late night talk show host who regularly does the once-ubiquitous (back in the Steve Allen days) man-in-the-street interviews on topics of interest and, always, comedy too.
In the past week or so, you may have read that there are people who voted for President Trump because he promised to repeal Obamacare but who are surprised now to find out that their own recently-acquired health coverage, the Affordable Care Act (ACA), is the same thing.
Kimmel's crew went out into the streets of Los Angeles to ask people whether they prefer Obamacare or the Affordable Care Act.
OLLIE THE CAT
Not too long ago, TGB reader Trudi asked for an update on Ollie the cat. It's hard to tell anyone about him because he doesn't actually do anything these days.
He will be 13 years old later this year. He is lazy, has no interest in toys and although we talk to one another several times a day, Ollie has hardly any interests beyond food and sleep.
This is where he takes his major daily nap, after breakfast and until early afternoon:
Did I mention that he doesn't like to have a camera pointed at him? He is amazingly adept at avoiding it:
You might have noticed that he's quite fat. That might be because sleep his favorite activity. Also, if there is not enough food forthcoming, he bites my ankle - sometimes hard enough to draw blood - which is a powerful motivator to keep at least a few nibbles in his bowl.
He's so fat that he's looking a bit like a furry beached walrus these days:
If it doesn't involve food or getting to a favorite napping spot, he doesn't like to move around but after many attempts, I did catch this rare (and fuzzy) shot of him strolling through the living room.
And now you know why there hasn't been much to say about Ollie in recent years.
He has a lot of rules about how our household should be run and I break them at my peril. But somehow we have come to accommodate one another and we're good friends, good roommates.
My father-in-law, half a century ago, explained that he and his wife often went all day, from breakfast to dinner, in different parts of their house without running into one another. But, he said, “you know there is another heartbeat in the house.”
Yes. That's Ollie and me. If you are interested, here is an adventure tale about how Ollie the cat, ten years ago when he was three, lost his outdoor privileges.
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