REST IN PEACE, RAMONA MOORMAN
About 10 years ago, I posted several stories from readers who were of the “oldest old” generation. One of them was Ramona Moorman who, when her husband died, took over publishing a local weekly paper, the Marcellus News, in Marcellus, Michigan.
On Thursday, TGB reader Beth left a comment on that post to tell us that Ms. Moorman had died on 24 March:
”We knew her from that little town in Southwest Michigan,” wrote Beth. “She was the cornerstone of our community and the mortar that held it together. She not only edited, owned and operated the Marcellus News, she WAS the Marcellus News, and so much more. She will be missed by all who knew and loved her.”
You can read Ramona Moorman's Oldest Old story here.
DISTRIBUTION OF NEW MEDICARE CARDS BEGINS
Starting on Monday and continuing for a year after that, new Medicare identification cards will be mailed to every beneficiary.
The card will be mailed to you automatically. You don't need to do anything. But if your snailmail address is out of date, you can correct it at Medicare.gov. The most important reason for the change to to protect your Social Security number from fraud and/or identity theft.
Here is a little video with all the information you need:
MILLION-DOLLAR MINIATURE RAILROAD
I have always liked miniatures. As a kid, my dollhouse was a big favorite. Later in life my mother built dollhouses – electrified ones – from scratch and even built a lot of the furniture. She surprised me one birthday many years ago with a dollhouse that perfectly replicated my New York City apartment.
I have zero interest in living in a tiny house, but watching online videos about them has become almost an addiction. I have no explanation for my interest in miniatures – it just is.So of course, I couldn't resist this video for you:
SNOOPY ON LIFE AND DEATH
In response to a TGB blog post last week, reader Nana Royer sent this single panel of Charlie Brown and Snoopy philosophizing. Perfectly.
WILLIE NELSON AND KRIS KRISTOFFERSON REMEMBER JOHNNY CASH
”Johnny Cash: Forever Words” is a collaborative album, to be released in April, consisting of 16 songs created from Johnny Cash's unknown poetry, lyrics, and letters set to music by an astounding array of contemporary artists.
Rolling Stone explains:
”Opening the album is a moving performance from Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson, both of whom collaborated with Cash throughout their careers.
“Led by Nelson's acoustic guitar and Kristofferson's narration, the song features an instrumental version of Cash's 1958 single I Still Miss Someone, which is repurposed as the backdrop for the final poem the Man in Black ever wrote.”
Here is that opening track:
You can read more about the album and its artists at Rolling Stone.
THE MOST CROWDED ISLAND ON EARTH
Two hours off the coast of Colombia is a small island home to over 1,200 people. As the entirety of Santa Cruz del Islote only spans the length of two soccer fields, residents live in close quarters, the YouTube page tells us.
“Despite the circumstances, the community makes the most of their limited surface area, packing in a school, two shops and one restaurant. Only 150 years ago, the island was uninhabited; today, generations of families are proud to call Santa Cruz del Islote home.”
You can read more about the island at The Guardian with a lot of photos showing more of the island than the video does.
TINY, PERFECT HANDMADE STAIRCASES
From the Atlas Obscura page:
”Since the Middle Ages, France’s 'compagnons' have lived idiosyncratic existences, steeped in mystery, ritual, and a devotion to their trades...
“The name 'compagnon' translates to 'companion,' relating to the brotherhood between members and the shared identity of a movement that, today, encompasses around 12,000 permanent, active members...
“Professions usually fall into one of five “groups,” depending on their principal material: stone; wood; metal; leather and textiles; and food...
Historically, woodworkers have often chosen to produce a tiny, intricate staircase as their 'masterwork.' Over 30 years, the art dealer and collector Eugene V. Thaw, who died at 90 in January 2018, amassed an incredible collection of these staircase models, dating from between the 18th and 20th centuries. Measuring only a few inches in height, they are self-supporting, graceful, and impossibly delicate.”
Here are three of them:
THE MAN OF A THOUSAND VOICES
As the man behind over 250 of your favorite characters, Phil LaMarr is one of the most prolific voice actors in the biz, says the YouTube page.
But beyond his vocal prowess, LaMarr has left his mark on all your favorite movies and TV shows, from an appearance in Pulp Fiction, to a featured regular role on MADtv. Here's a video about him.
A DAY IN THE LIFE OF AN ANCIENT ATHENIAN
Here's a good, little explanation of how democracy worked in ancient Athens – From TEDEd.
CAT WATCHING GOLDFISH
There is nothing I need to say about this – just laugh.
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