Some Reason for Hope
ELDER MUSIC: Jazzical Gas


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.

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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.


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.


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.


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.

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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.


LOL. Count on the kitties for comedy. There are enough funny cat videos on YouTube to last through your entire recovery period. Dogs are pretty comical too, but generally the cats rule, IMHO.

I agree with Henry when he writes about this pancreas situation with which you are dealing and that it will give you:

an even better hold
on what its like to be getting old

You have always learned from the situations in which you find yourself, and your willingness to share your knowledge is a gift to all of us.

Reading yesterday's post caused me to pause and say "thank you, Lord" for a good prognosis. I will continue to pray.


As far as laughing material I find the early David Sedaris ones on audiobooks read by him are great. I had to stop reading on a commuter train once because I couldn't stop laughing out loud.
🤞For you
Susan D-L

The old adage that laughter is the best medicine is true. Load up on humerus books - even talking books so you don't have to hold them. It's hard to be depressed when you are laughing.

If I remember the story correctly, Norman Cousins was in the hospital and when he got the bad news that he was terminal. He told his wife to get all the 3 Stooges comedy movies she could and he watched them constantly. He cured himself by laughing.

Also, re laughing material, may I suggest an old movie, Cat Balou, starring Jane Fonda and Lee Marvin, as a dypsomaniac (sp?)gun slinger with a silver nose, having had his original nose bitten off, who pulls himself together now and then to go back into battle. I saw it with my mother years ago, in the sixties I believe, and both of us were in tears, laughing.

Ronni dear

You are a strong and courageous person, after your operation your cancer will disapear.

But before the operation exercise the muscles of your legs the best you can.

You are going to need them to come back to walk again

Have a gorgeous week end



Thanks, Ronni, for all the laughs and for all the serious stuff, too. Where else can I go to hear both the truth from John Oliver and yet be able to laugh at it or to see, up close and personal, a cat so scared by a horror movie that he ran to hide under a bed?!

You've got to get well and come home, because we need you!


Teresa (Classof65)

An articulate broad with a computer
Amassed jillions of friends who now suit her.
We're along for her rides
As they fix her insides
But not with a big rotorooter!

One of the funniest authors I have read is Bill Bryson. I laughed so hard at a paragraph he wrote tears ran down my face and I had to stop reading.

I doubly agree on Cat Ballou! One of the funniest movies ever made! What other movie will give you the 14th amendment? I saw it at the show when I was a teenager and recently saw it again on amazon prime.

Kudos to the limerick writers here. Tim -- I almost snorted my lemonade from my nose as I read yours!

Ronni, thank you for another light-hearted start to the day. I had never seen the video of the cat watching the horror movie, and it was hilarious, though I hope the poor kitty wasn't traumatized in the making of it.

Although I had seen John Oliver's show last week, I can watch these episodes again and again. I'd just like to know why Trump has to sound like he's reading an awful children's story to a captive audience of toddlers when he speaks from the podium.

A Night at the Opera with the Marx Brothers is one of the best laughs ever. Does anyone have a DVD to send to Ronni? I saw it as a young kid........remember Saturday matinees?.........what a hoot those guys were! Dee:)

Thank you Henry, and thank you Ronni.

Have been absent many years from this blog that warmly welcomed me into the blogosphere over a decade ago following my husband's sudden death. Was quite unprepared today to learn elsewhere of your latest challenge. This was not part of the agenda I had imagined your life would be taking, but obviously, I'm sure it wasn't on your schedule either.

Please know that I send positive thoughts, good wishes for your emotional strength in these days, weeks and months ahead as you go through the process of joining that percentage of people who successfully overcome this health intrusion you're experiencing.

FWIW I'm a strong believer that the language we tell ourselves mediates our actions and state of mind which can impact how well we cope with our situation. I also endorse the healing qualities of laughter -- however and wherever you can find it -- whatever tickles your funny bone.

When I was completely stressed out and feeling over whelmed with all the library books and material in my young college days, I use to want something funny, but short and simple to read, as my mind just couldn't process much. Reader's Digest's "Life In These United States", "Life In Uniform", all their jokes filled the bill.

I think now, perhaps a book of cartoons -- possibly some from New Yorker Mag., or your favorite comic strip today, or from days of yore should release those healing endorphins. Looks like cat videos might do it for you! As Bob and Ray said when they signed off their programs, "Hang by your thumbs" and "Write if you get work." ((Hugs))

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