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.
THE FABULOUS TONY AWARDS SHOW OPENER
I skipped watching the Tony Awards last Sunday and if the rest of the show was as much fun as this musical opener starring host Neil Patrick Harris, that was a mistake.
But thanks to the magic of the internet and a tip from Jan Adams, we can all enjoy. Trust me, it's a boatload of fun.
ARKANSAS LAWMAKERS ARE THE LEAST EDUCATED
According to the Chronicle of Higher Education, Arkansas wins the prize for the highest number of state legislators with the least education. Twenty-five percent have no college experience.
You know what? I didn't go to college either and aside from specialized fields such as law, science and medicine, I'm at least as knowledgeable as many college graduates and often more so. I'm tired of being maligned for lack of an often questionable piece of paper, but that's a rant for another day. Read more here.
CHOOSING THE KIND OF COUNTRY YOU WANT
On the same day I posted my Republican Agenda rant last week, Chris Matthews made some of the same points on his MSNBC Hardball program – and in less than two minutes. Take a look.
HOW OUR ECONOMY GOT THIS WAY
Thanks to moveon.org, we have this tidy, two minutes-plus explanation from economist and former Labor Secretary Robert Reich clearly laying out how the U.S. got into our epic mess and who caused it. (Hat tip to Kathleen Noble of The Dassler Diaries)
Without Darlene Costner, I would miss a lot of amazing things on the internet. Most recently, astonishing ocean images from photographer, Clark Little.
Here is another one:
You can see more of Mr. Little's ocean photographs and other subjects too at his website.
NAVIGATING THE MEDICAID MAZE
Medicaid is the only government program that pays for long-term, nursing home care. Its intricate rules and regulations to qualify are a nightmare to sort through – a jumble of federal complexities further modified by 50 differing sets of more regulations in the various states.
Elderlaw attorney, K. Gabriel Heiser, who specializes in elder care and estate planning, has spent more than 20 years guiding people through the Medicaid maze and his book, How to Protect Your Family's Assets From Devastating Nursing Home Costs, is densely packed with information for almost any contingency.
It's one of those books you will want at your fingertips when you or a family member needs a nursing home whether for rehab or permanent care. You can find out more about the book here and it is available at the usual book sources.
NOTE: Mr. Heiser is a relentless, online self-promoter which can be off-putting but I found his book to be a valuable resource.
AN AMAZING PUPPETEER
I don't know who this guy is, but he and his marionette are amazing. Enjoy, with thanks to Darlene Costner.
SWITCHING FROM WATTS TO LUMENS
After 2012, traditional incandescent light bulbs will go the way of the dodo. If you're like me, you're having a helluva time trying to figure out what size CFL bulb matches up with an old-fashioned 100-watt or 60-watt or 25-watt bulb.
Here's the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to help. Their consumer instructional videos are always useful and this one clears up a lot of confusion.
There is more detailed information at the FTC website.
REPORTER RESCUES TREE-D CAT
Even the fire department gave up on this little fellow who was stuck in a tree for eight days. Then a Channel 4 Action News reporter saved the day – and the cat.