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ELDER MUSIC: 1944 Again


PERSONAL NOTE: Regarding the biopsy of the big-ass lump on the side of my neck that I mentioned in yesterday's post, I finally received the test results yesterday afternoon: BENIGN. What a relief. It's even got a name: Warthin's Tumor.

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The is an old video, maybe about 10 years and I posted it a long time ago. When I ran across it for the first time in years recently, I had a good laugh. Maybe you will too.


Although it has been out of the news for a couple of days, the doctrine of attorney-client privilege has been in the news lately due to the rumors that former Trump attorney, Michael Cohen, may “flip” on the president.

In all the discussion, there has been a lot of misinformation. The Washington Post published a good video explanation of how it works.


Chinese copy artist Zhao Xiaoyong spent 20 years painting more than tens of thousands of copies of Van Gogh reproductions. Just Van Gogh, no other artists. He longed to visit the Netherlands to see the originals and finally got to do so. Watch what happens:

My friend Jim Stone sent me this video pointing out that the vendor, who has made hundreds of thousand of euros over decades selling Zhao's paintings wouldn't even pay for his flight from the Netherlands to China and back.


Jim Stone (again) send me this note about his trip from the Boston area to New York City last weekend to participate in the march there:

"Hotter than blazes. The crowd slow-walked over the Brooklyn Bridge for four straight hours. I stayed until the end of that, then headed up to New York Port Authority and caught a bus home.

“I'd been feeling a wee under the weather for a day or two, and the heat didn't do that any favors, but I felt it was important to be there. It did an old hippie's heart a world of good to see such a turnout - young and old, all colors and creeds, with one uniting commonality: disgust at the inhumanity of our idiot-in-chief, and a desire for embrace of human decency.

“Nary a discouraging word was heard by me, no skirmishes in this sodom of liberal democracy. All was peace and love overlaid with loud and frequent chanting, none of which was particularly complimentary of the current administration.”

Did any of you attend a march?


Now don't go thinking this is boring. John Oliver never is and the subject, as Oliver shows us, is important. From last Sunday's HBO program, Last Week Tonight. The usual language warnings apply.


As the YouTube page puts it:

”A well meaning math teacher finds herself trumped by a post-fact America in this excellent short film that will make you laugh and make you cry all at once.”


Do you think there anyone – at least of our generations – who doesn't know Rick's Cafe from the beloved classic film, Casablanca?

Of course, it is fictional but since March 2004, there has been a Rick's Cafe in Casablanca, Morocco which is designed to look as much as possible like the movie version. It was conceived and is owned by former American diplomat, Kathy Kriger.

Recently, The New York Times published a feature story about the restaurant and its 72-year-old owner who, after the 9/11 attacks wanted to fight the backlash against Muslims in the U.S.

”She decided that a good way would be to show that an American woman, operating alone in a Muslim society, could start a business like Rick’s Café, to act as an exemplar of tolerance, a refuge in a troubled world.

“Ms. Kriger cashed in her 401(k) plan and found a wreck of an old stately home in the Ancienne Medina, the old city of Casablanca, which was then and is still a shabby, litter-strewn place.”

Like Rick's Cafe in the movie, Ms. Kriger's version is a success, drawing customers from all over the world.

”Ms. Kriger, 72 and divorced, said she planned to spend the rest of her days in Rick’s Café, holding up her corner of the bar when she is not mingling with customers. 'This is my assisted living center,' she quipped. Or as Humphrey Bogart’s character, Rick Blaine, put it in the movie: 'I’m going to die in Casablanca. It’s a good place for it.'”

There isn't much good video of the Cafe. Here is a short one I found that gives a sense of it.

The Times story is worth the read.


Did you know that? I sure didn't and I've spent a lot of time in hospital in the past year. I didn't even know what it is. According to STAT, it is a blood infection that

”...can lead to organ failure and even death...Sepsis kills over 250,000 people a year in the United States — more than any cause other than cancer and heart disease. But still, many people have never heard of it. And hospitals often fail to notice the warning signs when a patient is spiraling downward.”

There may soon be a better test that could help save more lives:

”Last month, for instance, the Food and Drug Administration gave market clearance to a new test that will more rapidly identify the bug triggering a patient’s infection, potentially allowing doctors to give more targeted antibiotics.”

Here is a video from STAT explaining what sepsis is:

You can read more at STAT.


Nothing much happens beyond cuteness but it is a calming, relaxing video, a respite from politics.

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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.


Great way to start the w/end........your post. Love the glad you got a benign report on the neck tumor. Lately I feel like everything is going to he__!!! This all started when I turned 80! Be aware, all! LOL.

Had sepsis in Feb. last & it was the worst experience. Will save the horrific details except to say that I have only recovered completely this past week. The ordeal was so awful that I barely remember the details. Just remember that when you see a dr. that someone listens to your lungs. Mine suffered permanent damage. Even on that note, I wish all a good w/end. Dee :):)

Benign, what a lovely word. :-) Great post Ronni. I was especially touched by the Chinese artist.

If my name were "papillary cystadenoma lymphomatosum," I'd opt for "Warthin's" too!

The owls were too cute for words.

Thank you so much for the video of the Chinese artist who'd spent 20 years copying Van Gogh! So very poignant. I wonder how he got into it in the first place. As he wept about not having an education, I realized how it was something I just took for granted. His naivete, his strength, and his artistry, I hope he does well in every sense.

I'm running and don't have time to look at all the great stuff that y0u sent today, but I just wanted to say how hugely relieved and happy I am, for you, to see that 'benign' note!!!

What a wonderful Saturday post! I especially enjoyed the video about the Chinese painter, in light of a recent trip to China. Rather angry though at his customer who paid him so little and wouldn't even pay for his airfare to Amsterdam. I hope he was able to make a go of his own work.

Yep, those keeping families together marches were everywhere, even here in St Augustine--except for minor angry remarks from not sure who, it was very positive here.

The alternative math video beautifully describes what is happening in 45's world.
Thank you for all.

I just lost a friend to sepsis. It amazed me how quickly it took hold before apparently noticed.

Big laugh with John Oliver. Glad you have a benign result! Haven't watched the rest yet...something saved for tomorrow!

Wonderful news for you, Ronni.

All articles today were enjoyed, with the 'strip' one making me feel....good!

The sepsis article ties in with the other post regarding the loss of hospital regulation to report hospital infection rates, though that MAY mean only those of a particular nature as MRSA that are commonly initiated in hospitals. Still, it's one way that a hospital could be open to liability, poor health ratings, and possibly more freedom from regulations down the road. That's not good for the consumer.

And the gene-editing is a potential twist in the nature vs. nurture question.
You provided a good mix of thought-provoking scenarios today!

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