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According to the YouTube page:

”Over the last 12 years, David Deutchman has held and soothed over 1,200 babies at the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite Hospital. He’s a 'baby buddy,' a person who spends time comforting babies who are delivered prematurely or who may require special medical attention.

“Nicknamed 'the baby whisperer' by nurses, David’s nurturing support has become a godsend for parents while they are away at work or caring for children at home.”


Don't forget to “spring forward” tonight by changing your clocks by one hour as daylight saving time begins.


Most of us loathe this ritual each March and November – I certainly do - and the state of Florida is trying to do something about that:

”Lawmakers in Florida are tired of the whole fall back and spring forward rigamarole. So they've approved a bill to keep Daylight Saving Time going throughout the year in their state,” reports CNN.

“It took the state Senate less than a minute Tuesday to pass the "Sunshine Protection Act." There were only two dissenters. (The House passed it 103-11 on February 14.)

“The bill now goes to the desk of Gov. Rick Scott -- but it's far from a done deal after that, Even if the governor approves, a change like this will literally take an act of Congress.”

But it's a step in the right direction. Maybe more states will join in to convince Congress it is time to let go of this irritating semi-annual ritual. You can read more about Florida's move here.


The Mental Floss website, ever eager to pass on obscure information, historical and contemporary, gives us seven ways people woke up at the hour they wanted before there were alarm clocks. Here are two of them:

The Knocker-Up
“The Knocker-Up (also referred to as a Knocker-Upper) gained prominence during the Industrial Revolution, using a long stick with wire or a knob affixed to the end to rouse customers at a desired time. Clients would agree verbally in advance, or simply post a preferred time on doors or windows.

“For a few pence a week, clients could rest assured knowing their Knocker Upper would not leave until he (Knocker Ups were almost always men) was certain a person was awake. Larger factories and mills often employed their own Knocker Ups to ensure laborers made it to work on time.”

Bladder Control
“Early man drank tons and tons of water if he needed to wake up before the sun. Why? Well, if you're over the age of 30 or so, you probably know what getting up in the middle of the night to urinate is all about. The custom of 'over-drinking' before bed was even utilized by Native Americans well into the 20th century.”

You can read about five more early wake-up systems at Mental Floss.


On his HBO program, Last Week Tonight, host John Oliver explores the weird world of NRA-TV (National Rifle Association). As always, he has most of the best political jokes of the week and it is definitely worth the investment of your time.

If you're interested in checking out NRA-TV for yourself, you will find it here.


In honor of International Women's Day this past week, toymaker Mattel released three new “inspiring” Barbie dolls along with 14 Shero dolls. Here's a video report from a local TV news program in Columbus, Ohio:

You can see each of the 17 new Barbies side-by-side with photos of their real-life counterparts at Bored Panda.


TGB reader and friend, Darlene Costner, sent this video of 20 designs for modern homes, mostly space savers that are quite cleverly thought out. They may not all be to your taste, but be sure to stick around for the last one: so silly.


As reported in these pages a couple of weeks ago, Federal Communications Commission chairman Ajit Pai, filed a ruling to take effect on 23 April that will reverse the net neutrality provisions put in place to protect consumers by the Obama administration.

Go to the link above to get the full story on why net neutrality is so important to consumers and to the the country.

Several states had threatened to sue and now a judicial review panel announced that challenges to the rollback will be heard by a San Francisco appeals court. Reuters reports:

”The U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict litigation said it randomly selected the U.S. Ninth Circuit hear the consolidated challenges. The FCC declined to comment on the decision.

“A dozen challenges have been filed by 22 state attorneys general, public interest groups, internet companies, a California county and the state’s Public Utilities Commission seeking to block the Trump administration’s repeal of landmark rules designed to ensure a free and open internet from taking effect.

“The suits were filed in both the Ninth Circuit and District of Columbia appeals court. Of the Ninth Circuit court’s 24 active judges, 18 were appointed by Democratic presidents and six by Republican President George W. Bush. There are six current vacancies and President Donald Trump has nominated two candidates.”

You can read more here about this important challenge to one of the many Trump administration efforts to curtail public access to information.


On Tuesday, Trump revoked another Obama administration ruling disallowing import of wild animal trophies from Africa. Here is an NBC News report about the change:

You can read more details here.


Most Saturdays I end this Interesting Stuff column with a cat or, at least, an animal video. There is no dearth of such material on the internet so that I am never at a loss for something new to show you.

Sometimes, however, a repeat is more than worth it. This video of a cat watching a horror movie was the number one viral video of the year in 2016, so I am certainly not alone in laughing out loud no matter how many times I see 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.


The Baby Whisperer! I forwarded this to my Atlanta friends and I’m sure other places welcome such priceless volunteers.

Finding buzzings, burrings, and ringings exceedingly annoying, I gave up setting alarms at the end of 1976 - a New Year's resolution for 1977, if you will. Fortunately, my brain picked up the "wake up" duty quite nicely. I suspect that nearly anyone's brain would do the same if so tasked. OTOH: Having been retired since 1993, Hunky Husband still sets his alarm, religiously. Fortunately, we (by amiable, mutual agreement since he's always cold and I'm always hot) don't sleep on the same floor of the house, let alone in the same room. (I'm in the cool basement, of course!)

Yes, Bless all the Baby Whisperers out there.

And the perfect cat is wonderful.

I too would like to do away with time changes, but I don't want to stay permanently on daylight savings. Instead, I want to stay on standard time. I don't need more sunlight in the evening, I need my sunlight in the mornings. I like to get up early, especially in the summer months, and I prefer it to be light when I get up.

I am beyond horrified and have been grieving all week about the ban lifting of exports of elephant parts as trophy paraphernalia. Heartbroken, disgusted, and cannot shake the hidden desire to chase the divider in chief across the white house lawn with a hunters rifle (and call it sport). What a trophy that would be. Yes, angry, but really feeling pain for the lack of love and respect for these and a all animals and the environment. Dark dark times, indeed.

On a similarly dark note, the NRA/Oliver segment was horrifying. Seeing what people are capable of believing is horrifying. Some days, weeks, months, it is difficult to stay positive.

20 designs was interesting though who wants to wear a wooden skirt?

I watched the NRA TV segment last Sunday. I am more or less terrified of the hard core NRA folks. I know there are some who are not this radical and they ought to bail out of the NRA ASAP.

The idea that we need them and their guns and violence to protect us is laughable if it were not so terrifying. Only someone without any sense would believe the "every city in America is a cesspool of guns and violence". If you have no more sense than to believe this then you don't really have enough sense to carry a gun.

There was a comment in the local paper "Let it out" column that seeing a person with open carry in the grocery did not make them feel safe - just the opposite. I have also seen people open carrying in stores and I just left the store (after making a comment about it to the manager).

Open carry does not make me feel protected but vulnerable. I do not think 99.9999% of gun owners have any real idea of how to safely handle their weapon or properly react in a stressful situation.

And simply arming teachers is probably the stupidest idea ever.

A fascinating selection, thank you ~Ronni. You could say the whole content is a terrible indictment on the state of society and its preoccupations.

It's good to have John Oliver back again and his piece on the NRA was his usual excellent work. It's too bad there aren't more people keeping us as well informed as he does. A cousin of my husband's in Indiana has become a tireless advocate for gun control since her adult son shot and killed himself about three years ago. She helps keeps me informed about legislation regarding guns and the NRA's shenanigans. There is a vote in Indiana that will be taken in just a few days, which involves some slick shell game deception. Indiana House Bill 1214 was originally designed to propose the legalization of cannabis oil (CBD) in that state. However, a Senate Bill, 52, which will be coming to the governor's desk this week, makes it legal to buy, sell and posses CBD oil in the state. So that conveniently allowed for the conversion of HB 1214 to become what is called a "vehicle" or "zombie" bill, which has -- surprise -- been converted to a bill about guns and which will make it legal to have guns on church school property, and to get a gun permit at no cost, and which will never expire. What a deal!...I'm trying to hold onto hope for our country, and probably the world, but it seems to be getting harder each day.

On a lighter note, I have enjoyed that cat video since first seeing it last year. It's delightful!

Daylight Saving or not, I don't care. Just stop changing back and forth!

I think one of the best things about retirement is no alarm clocks. Even when I was working, I usually woke up a few minutes before the alarm went off. The alarm was more of a failsafe backup. I hate alarms. I have a terrible startle response to sudden loud noises and it's extremely unpleasant.

I've seen stories about "baby whisperers" here in Denver. What a wonderful thing it is for all parties.

I, too, love that cat video. I read somewhere that someone was cueing the cat, but true or not, I can't help laughing every time.

So many things of interest today that it's hard to choose which one to write about, but because John Oliver is always such a delight to watch I choose him.

I am so glad her took on the NRA from a different standpoint. It was informative to know there is a NRA channel spreading it's disinformation like a spreading ink blot on the minds of the gullible loons.

I am so sad that, just because it was an Obama ruling, Trump is revoking the rule that no wild animal trophies can be imported. Is there nothing left that is good in our country that this evil man in the White House does not want to destroy?

I join Cathy in enjoying the kitten video again. I tried to interest the cat who lived with me for a time in the computer monitor right above his head, but the only thing he watched was the movement of the cursor.

The importation of elephant trophies is a violation of CITES.

Loved the vids! So cute!

Thank you. Just what I needed.

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