As you may imagine, since the diagnosis of pancreatic cancer and preparation for the coming surgery, I have not had a lot of time to collect material for this weekly compilation of “stuff.”
But here is a shorter-than-usual list of items you might enjoy, as I have.
YOUR LIFE IN JELLY BEANS
This video is four years old and has been seen by more than 7 million people. See how you have and are spending your days in these bits of candy.
I'm astonished at this guy's patience in creating the video. I would have gotten bored and given up after the first two time periods or so.
JOHN OLIVER ON THE PARIS AGREEMENT
I know, I know. This whole week has been taken up with the Comey hearing in Washington – and compelling it has been.
However, last Saturday on his HBO program, Last Week Tonight, host John Oliver took on President Trump's withdrawal from the Paris accords on climate change. It is Oliver at his best and worth your time.
THE REAL DEAL IN SOY SAUCE
I eat a lot of Japanese food and, of course, use soy sauce with it. As the Youtube page explains about this video:
”Japanese shoyu, or soy sauce, was traditionally brewed in vats over two years in a process that dates back to the 7th century. On the island of Shōdoshima, Yasuo Yamamoto ferments soy beans traditionally in bamboo barrels similar to the ones his family has built for the past 150 years.”
I sure do wish I could taste this soy sauce.
I Am Rooting for You, Ronni
When I was still publishing The Elder Storytelling Place, Henry Lowenstern was one of the most prolific contributors. He specialized in limericks, doggerel, light verse and such - often on current political events and always lovely and/or funny or both. He sent this yesterday titled as the headline for this item, and I love it:
I am betting my last denarius
that your about-to-be excised pancreas
will leave you with an even better hold
on what its like to be getting old
and I hope your recovery is instantaneous.
Thank you, Henry.
KITTY WATCHING HORROR MOVIE
In the comments on one of last week's posts, a TGB reader reminded us of journalist and political activist Norman Cousins who, back in the 1970s, devised his own recovery program that included laughing himself well from a serious, obscure disease.
He recounted his personal laugh treatment in a book, Anatomy of an Illness, later made into a movie starring Edward Asner.
Without taking a whit away from my own upcoming treatment that I completely believe in, I figure a lot of laughing (if the stitches allow) couldn't hurt and might help. Besides, it always feels good.
So I've been looking for stuff I've laughed at a lot in the past. I've posted this one here before but so what. On each re-viewing, I have laughed harder than the last time. I never get tired of 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” at the top of any Time Goes By page to send them. I'm sorry that I 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 include the name of the blog and its URL.