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Following up on last week's poetry day here, this is from long-time TGB reader, former contributor to The Elder Storytelling Place and master of what he calls doggerel, Henry Lowenstern: Reflection he titles it:

In my life so far, I have fit the mold
of husband, father, head of household
and have generally assumed that my role
was to be in full control.
But now, the years have passed,
and I am at last,
retired and relaxed,
though not yet collapsed,
and, despite some aches and pain,
in full possession of my brain.
In sum, I want you to behold,
that I am enjoying being old.


Some researchers hooked up a young snowy owl named Baltimore with a solar powered tracker. And then, one guy followed Baltimore from a beach in Maryland to a island way up in Canada. This video follows the journey. (Thank you, Cathy Johnson, for this.)


Next month, the world will watch what is shaping up to be the biggest royal wedding since Charles and Diana: the nuptuals at Windsor of Prince Harry and his American bride, Meghan Markle.

According to Vanity Fair magazine, the couple is calling on friends for some of the preparation instead of relying entirely on the usual royal wedding planners who are steeped in ancient royal protocol.

”Although Markle and Prince Harry have hired two leading events organizers and catering firms to help them oversee their wedding (there’s apparently a ban on anyone over 40 getting too involved)...”

What can we make of this? Surely Queen Elizabeth will be allowed to attend.


There are no photos or video to show you with this story, but it's really funny. Here's a starter for you:

Back in April 2001, Nick Burchill was traveling for business from Nova Scotia to Victoria, B.C. He arranged also to visit with some old Navy buddies while he was there and he filled a suitcase with a local Halifax delicacy for them, a special pepperoni.

The airline lost the suitcase for day and when Nick retrieved it, he was concerned about the sausage spoiling. So, he left it all on a table near the open window at the Empress Hotel in Victoria to keep it cool while he went out and until he could deliver the gift to his friends.

Here is his description of the hotel room when he returned:

”I remember walking down the long hall and opening the door to my room to find an entire flock of seagulls in my room. I didn’t have time to count, but there must have been 40 of them and they had been in my room, eating pepperoni for a long time.

“In case you were wondering, Brothers’ TNT Pepperoni does NASTY things to a seagull’s digestive system. As you would expect, the room was covered in seagull crap. What I did not realize until then was that Seagulls also drool. Especially when they eat pepperoni.”

That is an excerpt from a letter to the management of the Empress Hotel that Nick recently sent to try to get his ban from staying at their hotel lifted. You can – and should - read the entire story on his Facebook page.

There is some additional information at the CBC and at Bored Panda.

Thanks to doctafil for this funny story.


Google announced in a blog post that it is introducing to its maps wheelchair accessible information for city streets, transit and general navigation.

”To access the 'wheelchair accessible routes,' type your desired destination into Google Maps. Tap 'Directions' then select the public transportation icon. Then tap 'Options' and under the Routes section, you’ll find 'wheelchair accessible' as a new route type.

When you select this option, Google Maps will show you a list of possible routes that take mobility needs into consideration. Starting [15 March 2018], this feature is rolling out in major metropolitan transit centers around the world, starting with London, New York, Tokyo, Mexico City, Boston, and Sydney.

“We're looking forward to working with additional transit agencies in the coming months to bring more wheelchair accessible routes to Google Maps.”

This is useful not only for those who use wheelchairs, but for people pushing baby carriages, pulling grocery carts, who use crutches and for elders for whom walking and stairs have become difficult.

Here is Google's promotional video:

Google will be rolling out accessibility maps for other cities soon.


You are free to say that my taste buds are less discerning than they might be, but I have never been able to tell the difference among caramel, toffee and butterscotch. Apparently I'm not the only one. Here is Mental Floss's explanation:

”[Caramel and butterscotch] are both made with melted sugar, but they use different ingredients. Caramel is a mix of white granulated sugar, heavy whipping cream, butter, and a dash of vanilla. Butterscotch, on the other hand, is made with brown sugar instead.”

Go visit Mental Floss to find out where toffee fits into the mix.


John Collins, better known as 'The Paper Airplane Guy,' has devoted himself to designing, folding, and flying the world's finest paper airplanes.There is no reason for me to say more – just watch this vedeo and be amazed:

You can read more at Wired. John Collins' website is here.


This, the great Pacific garbage patch has been giving me heartburn and heartbreak since I first learned of it several years ago.

”Accuweather.com tells us that the Great Pacific Garbage Patch - the massive collection of plastic and floating trash - continues to expand in a region halfway between Hawaii and California - is now three times the size of France...

“A recent study published in the journal Scientific Reports on Thursday, March 22, found that the GPGP has grown to more than 600,000 square miles, which is twice the size of Texas or three times the size of France.
“Accumulated in this area are 1.8 trillion pieces of plastic, weighing 80.000 metric tons, the equivalent of 500 jumbo jets.”

Here is a video about the patch and what it will take to clean it up:

Read more at accuweather and at CNN.


Humans can be so evil. And they can be so kind too.

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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.


Somewhat off topic but important none the less, Happy Birthday, Ronni!
You're still a hero and role model to this irredeemable procrastinator.

I'll add my birthday toast to you also, Ronni!

Have a splendid year!

When you were born, the world took a twirl
The sun and the moon said "Oh, look at that girl!
She's smart and she's deep,
She's just what we need,
She'll write a great blog
For the elders to read!"

A joyful birthday to you!

Good for google; and now I'm happy to know the difference between two of my favorite flavors. And ... lemme add my birthday best wishes!

OK, now I'm REALLY not sending a gift to the royal couple.
(And happy birthday, Ronni, from Barry and me. xo)

Hooray! Happy Birthday wishes, Ronni!
You brighten our world--and not only with
birthday candles....confetti and streamers for wishes come true;
We celebrate You!

Enjoyable “stuff”! Happy BD!

Happy Birthday Ronni! We are all lucky to have someone that writes about seniors that really knows what she's talking about.

Have a great day and a very good year!

Fun stuff, but not as fun as your birthday. Happy B-day!

May this day be just the beginning of years of happiness. Happy, happy birthday.

All God's creatures, large and small are deserving of human's help and I was so impressed with the squirrels adaption to his wheels. The little wheelie rodent.

To use a current phrase, Salinda Dahl nails it with her sweet poem.

I make what I call, caramel corn. It's really good and I would send you a batch for your birthday, Ronni, if I had your address. But, I guess it's not caramel corn, after all, but rather butterscotch corn since I use brown sugar! Wonder if all my friends who delight in receiving this treat will mind when I tell them there has been a name change.

Happy Birthday, Ronni! with happy returns of the day! That's what we used to say in the "olden days." :)Dee (could all the plastic be used to build 'his' wall! Hmmmm!)

Happy Birthday, Ronni! Wishing you all the best for another year full of educational, entertaining, revelatory, amusing, and endlessly Interesting Stuff!

Happy birthday 🎁🎉🎈 Ronni. And many happy returns

Nice to know Ronni's birthday is today! You served up a nice birthday gift to all of us with this excellent Interesting Stuff column today. That snowy owl clip made my day.

So, happy birthday, Ronni - I hope you are enjoying your day.

Happy Birthday Ronni!!

On caramel, toffee & butterscotch: to me, caramel is soft toffee, toffee is hard caramel and butterscotch is much yummier because it has butter in it, as well as brown sugar! I admit I have become a sucker for salted caramel, which is a big improvement on just 'sweet'.
The snowy owl story was great.
Not so good on all that plastic garbage breaking down out there. I was horrified by the amount being generated last time I was in New York - I assume there must be a similar problem in the Atlantic, though the Pacific is the one we keep hearing about.

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