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Remember the music group, Peter, Paul and Mary? They were important protest singers back in the Sixties. Now, Peter Tibbles, who writes the Sunday music column here, has forwarded a new song from Noel Paul Stookey.

Stookey's musical colleague, Peter Yarrow, wrote this about his new song:

Impeachable is an example of Noel’s extraordinary ability to write a super-funny, very surprising yet also, highly nuanced, lyric. He is, and has always been, an amazing songwriter.

“In its first public performance last weekend Impeachable brought the audience at our concert in Thousand Oaks, CA to its feet with a prolonged standing ovation. There were screeches of delight the likes of which I have never before heard at a Peter Paul and Mary concert.”

Read more at Reader Supported News.


Mmmm. Yummmm. There are chocOlate museums in such places as Orlando, Cologne, Barcelona, Bruges and more. For quite awhile there have been Jacques Torres chocolate museums in other boroughs of New York City, but finally one opened in Manhattan recently.

The Manhattan Jacques Torres Chocolate Museum is located around the corner from where I lived for 25 years. It is the single good reason I have found to not still be living there – way too easy to overindulge.

Here's the Chocolate Museum website and you can read more here.


It's been several months since I stopped watching Rachel Maddow on MSNBC. Far too regularly, she stretches 20 minutes of information into 60 minutes of program by repeating everything she says five and even six times. I'd had a enough when I stopped tuning in.

A friend who knows I ignore Maddow called on Tuesday evening to tell me to tune in – that she had some Trump tax returns.

Nothing different happened. She spoke about what she was going to show us for more than 30 damned minutes before holding up the paltry two pages that mean next to nothing in terms of new information. It was a total waste of my time and of her show's time.

Plus, she took credit for them landing at her show when the pages actually had been sent anonymously to Pulitzer Prize winning journalist, David Cay Johnson.

The next night, on The Late Show, host Stephen Colbert performed a near-perfect parody of that Maddow show and her well-known mannerisms. Thank you, Colbert – she deserves calling out on this. Here it is.


If you were a Mad Men fan, you might recall an episode in season 6 when Don Draper (played by Jon Hamm), serves up a proposal for a deceptively simple ad campaign for Heinz ketchup. Here is the scene:

Now it is about to become a real-life print advertising campaign almost entirely as it was shot for the TV show:

”Per Adweek,” reports Vanity Fair, “Heinz just greenlighted the ads—and will run them almost exactly as Draper intended, beginning today, in print and out-of-home executions in New York City.”

Adweek reports that 'the ads are officially being credited to Heinz’s current agency, David Miami, and to Don’s fictional 1960's firm, Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce.'”

What's that old saying about life imitating art? You can read more here.


As long as we're talking about commercials, listen to this one starring the yellow M&M:

Do you know which popular actor has been the voice of the yellow candy for 21 years? Scroll to the bottom of today's post for the answer.


Here's a tongue-in-cheek "commercial" about a drug for what ails you, maybe all of us. Journalist Irene S. Levine was the first of several readers to send it to me. It's subtle – be sure to stick around for the ending.



Online used book seller, Abebooks, published the Bookfinder list of most searched for out-of-print books for 2016.

What came in first? The 1974 novel, Westworld a companion book to the movie starring Yul Brynner, both written by Michael Crichton. Abebooks explained that the sudden interest in the 43-year-old book was due to

”HBO's revival of Michael Crichton's science fiction thriller Westworld was one of the best things on TV in 2016...The 10-part series premiered on October 2 and concluded on December 4.”

Here are the rest of the top five most searched for out-of-print books:

Sex by Madonna
Permaculture: A Designer's Manual by Bill Mollison
Unintended Consequences by John Ross
Encyclopedia of Pieced Quilt Patterns by Barbara Brackman

You coulda fooled me. See the entire top 30 list at Abebooks with links to those that are available at their website – including a few that you'll recognize.)


The art of wagashi goes back hundreds of years in Japan. As the YouTube page explains:

”These ornate sweets, meant to reflect the delicate beauty of nature, were traditionally created to accompany the Japanese tea ceremony. They are often shaped to resemble traditional flower motifs, and change with the shifting seasons.

“At Fukushimaya, approximately 200 different types of sweets are created throughout the year, with daffodils and camellia blossoms ushering in spring.

Take a look:


Like me, you may know a lot of what is explained in this TED-ed video but I learned a few things and maybe you will too.

Full lesson is here:


JK_Simmons_2009 It is the likeable actor, J.K. Simmons, star of stage, screen, television and even video games. Not to mention the ubiquitous Farmers Insurance commercials: (“We know a thing or two because we've seen a thing or two.”)

There is more than you probably ever wanted to know about him here.

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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.


You've out done yourself with this post. There is so much stuff here it will take me all weekend to check it all out. I used to search for, collect and resell old books so I'm especially looking forward to the Bookfinder link.

You're right about Maddow deserving the Colbert mocking. I really like her as a pundit who does sound research but, I agree, sometimes she doesn't have enough material to cover a full hour so she repeats herself too often. But I'm usually multi-tasking when she's on so I'm able to "tune out" when I need to. I will continue to watch her, but she'd better not do a repeat of anything like that any time soon or she will lose part of her audience.

Note From Ronni:
There are three or four typos in today's post that I haven't been able to fix because something is wrong at the website of my blog hosting service and I can't sign in to fix them. Sorry - and I'm particularly sorry that I can't fix the spelling of David Cay Johnston's last name. As soon as I can, I'll make make them right.

In spite of the typos, today's post is a big winner! Thanks Ronni.. Sending the videos to friends that I know will appreciate your picks as well. Have a great w/end. :)Dee PS: I said that * would be impeached, perhaps sooner than later....sigh!

Some brilliant stuff!

Commentators, like bloggers, need to understand that if you can't say something within 5 minutes or write something in less than a few paragraphs perhaps it wasn't worth saying in the first place.


Well this was certainly interesting 'stuff'. :-)

Super post. Had to stop and repost "Impeachable" on my FB page. Sending your other stuff off in all directions. Ms. Maddow was quite a disappointment. Sheesh. Wish I had the patience and dexterity for wagashi but both those things seem to have left me. Happy to see such an art form survive and thrive.

Loved the Impeachable song. So melodic, of course, but with a razor sharp message. Delightful in several ways.

I like Maddow and usually enjoy her shows. She's smart and knowledgeable. I was sorry to hear her big scoop, which I missed, was such a bust -- but shouldn't she have realized that before deciding to devote her entire hour to it? Disappointing.

The Japanese candies, gorgeous. I don't know if I could bear to eat them.

I wonder if I could get my cat to purr healingly on my sore shoulder ...

Well, I like Rachel Maddow a lot! I watched her steadily during the Obama years, then lost touch. But my interest seriously resumed in November 2016. And I have stuck with her ever since. Yes, she may go on and on, which irritates lots of people, but I guess I am used to droners, having worked with them for so long. And I suspect, like Obama, Rachel is sneered at because she is an academic too. Therefore boring. In any case, she tells me stuff that I do not know. I am always taught something. And my friends who listen to her have told me repeatedly how much they need her.

In addition, she may talk a lot, but she is not Chris Matthews, whom I cannot stand, nor is she Chris Hayes, whom I like better -- but both of them frequently interrupt their guests. Rachel rarely does. She listens, even if she does talk a lot.

Anyway, I am grateful to have her.

Love Impeachable. Shared it on FB. Rachel can annoy some people, even me, but she is often the first person with breaking news. She also educates her audience with the history related to the topics in the news. All in all, more plus than minus. Love the blog.

Great collection of stuff today! In particular:

- FABULOUS work by Paul Stookey!!
- What a disappointment Maddow is becoming! I am accustomed to having just enormous admiration for her. What's up that she's employing these sensationalistic styles? I hope she takes the criticism (Colbert's was terrific but far from alone) to heart and refocuses her goals.

I, too am a Rachael Maddox fan but I felt the same way about the show. I thought I was just being my cranky old lady again. Now I know that was not the case. I will give her time to get over the shock of the trump invasion because none of us has been ourselves since the bomb dropped. Margaret
p.s. I'm eighty- four and still kicking. One thing for sure, if I ever need surgery I won't call on Dr. Ben Carson and waste his time.

You know... I've started to become a Rachel Maddow fan, despite the repetitions... because she is connecting dots. She has been building up the complicated story of Russian money laundering and its deep entanglement in the Trump campaign. It's like a spy novel unfolding night by night.

I find it a lot easier not to grumble, "But I already knew that!" when I reflect that she is also talking to people who just tuned in. She needs to hook them, and make sure they'll be up to speed on the plot so far, so they'll want to keep following along.

It's working. Her ratings are at an all-time high. That means more and more people are paying attention to the Russian 'fertilizer king' and other oligarchs, and the connections with Flynn and Manafort and Tillerson, and others surrounding Trump. This is important, because I think we've only seen the smallest part so far. There is a great deal more to come, and it will be even more deeply upsetting than anything now public. We're talking much, much worse than Watergate. A show that gets more viewers to understand the background is serving the nation well.

As for the tax return... well. Yes, it was disappointing that there wasn't more to it, but she did get the information out to a large audience, including the significant fact that the White House quite willingly confirmed the authenticity. And I thought she let David Cay Johnston shine. She's a good interviewer -- much better than the usual run. (Almost good enough for the CBC, heh!)

Okay, all of the above, but I need to add: Colbert's satirical take is hilarious!

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