Ageism in Medicine
ELDER MUSIC: The Queenston Trio



A week or two I posted a video of people who rescue animals from war zones. Here is another about those who rescue pets in trouble.


Jonathan, a 187-year-old tortoise this video tells us, is Earth's oldest living land animal. Take a look:

Find out more at Mental Floss.


I am about to offend some of you. There is nothing I can – or am willing - to do about that.

A week or so ago, I emailed my friend Jim mentioning that the U.S. may be about to lose its “eliminated” status as the measles outbreak continues to grow. Our conversation continued...

RONNI: I am no longer rational on the subject of anti-vaxxers. It's one thing to try to eliminate mass shootings like the most recent one in Virginia Beach. But measles? Easy peasy. Yet here we are. Grrrrrrrrr.

JIM: If only we could get the mass shooters and the anti-vaxxers together. Win-win.

If you're offended, I assume you will unsubscribe – so be it. Me? I nearly fell off my chair laughing, a good deal of it with chagrin that I did not see that joke myself.


As it turns out, Thomas Crapper did not invent the modern toilet (too bad for bad jokes) but he did make his name in the toilet business. Here's a short, little history of the toilet:

If you are interested in more detail about the history of the toilet (including Thomas Crapper's involvement), there is an hour-long documentary from the BBC here.


There is a growing body of long-form writing on the web, some of it quite good that would make it a disservice to only excerpt it. So I had a mini-brainstorm:

How about if, in this Saturday Interesting Stuff column, I include one or two or three such articles that I liked reading during the week and link to them from here. Then it would be up to you if you to decide to read or not. Let's try it for awhile:

These Millennials Got New Roommates. They’re Nuns
A project called Nuns and Nones moved religion-free millennials into a convent. Good things happened. Read it at The New York Times.

My Grandfather’s Secret D-Day Journal
Many of us at this blog had a family member who served in World War II. This is a grandson's discovery of a diary from D-Day. He writes:

”I knew his role in the invasion meant a great deal to him. But I never saw his haunting, heartbreaking diary until after he died.”

Read the story and the diary at the Washington Post.

If you like this idea, you are welcome to send suggestions – long-form web articles – but with no promise of inclusion. Please use the “Contact” link at the top of the page – no links in comments are allowed.


Like me, you have probably seen the Suburu commercials starring the Barkley dog family. I ran across a treasure trove of them on YouTube this week and delighted in them all over again. Here's one:

Here's another:

There are more at YouTube:


Just a few weeks after heart surgery Rolling Stones lead singer, Mick Jagger, was in rehearsal for the rock group's new tour which begins on June 21 in Chicago.

Take a look:

Earlier this week, we showed you an old photo of my former husband and me with Beatle John Lennon and Yoko Ono. I was (am) a fan but I always felt just slightly more excited about Jagger and the Stones. God, I wish I could see them one more time before I die - just as I did the first time from row 3 at Madison Square Garden. Oh, well.

There is some more information about Jagger's heart surgery at AARP.


The governor of Illinois. J.B. Pritzker, signed a bill this week making his state the latest to legalize marijuana for medical and recreational use.

Here is a map of the current 11 U.S. states where cannabis is legal:


You can read more at the Chicago Tribune.

Also this week, Oakland, California, became the second city, after Denver, to decriminalize magic mushrooms AKA psilocybin. You can read about that at APNews.


Yet another doggie video this week. Can't resist 'em.

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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.


My husband and I admired Mick Jagger in his dance routine a few weeks ago, mainly because, although older than my husband, he bounced back so quickly after the valve job on his heart. Terry's operation was open-heart surgery and even after 8 months of recuperation, he is still not back to where he was before the surgery. I wonder if Jagger is taking as much medication as my husband, a man who never took any medication until this surgery.

Mick Jagger an inspiration, and like dkzody, my husband had two valve jobs this year, one for a replacement mitral valve, (after a repair almost 15 years before) and then an emergency Aortic Valve tear, replacement and a new aorta ... yes, lots of meds, blood thinners, etc. We are doing baby steps, at age 69 younger than Jagger, and rolling along like a rolling stone, with the flow.
I like the idea of sharing Interesting stuff, posted the one about the Toilet's history to my page on FB.
Since I love learning, want to share CSPAN's Book Tours, Authors speaking and I record and listen... one by Judy Goldman titled Together may be good for you dkzody. m

Thanks Ronni. Loved the brave souls rescuing animals. How gratifying!

I'm all for the Readings From Ronni bigtime.

Enjoy the weekend; summer begins with school getting out next week which means half the people leave town for 2-3 months and that's almost heaven to me!

Jagger is amazing, isn't he. If a hardcore rocker can do this ... well, it seems nothing is impossible.

Love the Subaru ads too, especially since I own one and live in Colorado, where Subarus and dogs practically run the state.

Tasha. Absolutely adorable.

Great Saturday offerings! Thanks, Ronni.

Laughed really hard at Jim's anti-vaxer comment. So not offended.

Anyone who helps save an animal is the best of the best.

"Readings from Ronni" is a great idea; please continue.

I don't watch TV, so I hadn't seen the Subaru/Barkley commercials. What a delight. Why can't other companies elevate the quality of their commercials rather than deliver moronic messages and insult our intelligence?!?!?

Love that marijuana legalization is progressing (slowly) across the country. Sadly, for me the map highlights another reason I would never want to live in the South.

I couldn't stop laughing at Tasha the dog. What a riot!!!!

The NYT article about the Nuns and Nones is fascinating reading. Thank you. I liked the touching article from the post. These Saturday posts are alway heartining. Thank you.

Hilarious joke about putting the anti-vaxxers and mass shooters together!

Reading the D-Day journal was sad, uplifting and just plain the best article I have read in a long time. It took me there.........thank you so much Ronni

I do enjoy those Subaru commercials. Most car commercials I can't recall what I just watched an ad for, but these I can remember. They touch my heart.

Living in Illinois, I'm very interested to see how this is going to be received. Not only will weed now be legal, which may change a lot of things, but people currently incarcerated due to minor violations of marijuana possession may be released form prison and have their records expunged.

Additionally, the process of giving licenses to purveyors of legal marijuana will be required to demonstrate diversity and equal opportunity as far as race and income of the license recipients. This new governor is about as far from the last one as possible. It's refreshing and I'm hopeful that he will revitalize Illinois.

Good to see Mick Jagger so full of energy. But... I had a quadruple bypass and valve replacement at about 69, followed by some dedicated cardio rehab. For awhile I was in great shape, but by 79 everything began going downhill. Arthritis and neuropathy interfered with attempts to exercise. Breathing problems followed. So Mick, enjoy it while you can. Nothing lasts forever.

The links to readings may work for some people—I am a NY Times (.com) subscriber, so I could read their excellent coverage of D-Day history. But if you’re not a subscriber, you get to read a limited number of articles and then a paywall stops any further reading. As for the Washington Post, to which I used to subscribe, they are downright punitive if you dare to cancel your subscription. Which I did. Now they paywall me incessantly and won’t even inform me about how many articles I get free or what my tally is.

Geez. I’m such a downer this week. Sorry.

So COMPLETELY agree with you in re the anti-vaxers and so COMPLETELY appreciated your friend Jim's comment!
Also grateful for poop post. For years I've been supporting (as I can) a group of amazing young people working in Haiti who are using a device a young American woman invented to combat the problem there. Check out SOIL HAITI or if you're interested in learning more.
Applaud the idea of reading links. Thank you. As always, THANK YOU, dear Ronni.

Appreciated the anti-vaxxers mass shooters coupling. Links to some good reads are always welcome as some podcasts might be. As for Jagger, I think his performance comes under the category of wanting to continue doing things his way, regardless.

Not offended at all about your post regarding the anti-vaxers. I join you in your laughter. When you can't make sense out of nonsense, then humor can be the best solution.

- Totally agree about anti-vaxxers and mass shooters: the perfect combination.
- LOVE animal rescue stories.
- The history of the toilet is great! I'm very glad it came along--must've been a MESS before.
- If the point of paywalls is to lose readers, it works. Maybe these publications gain a paying reader instead, but I just close the link. I understand that they need to stay in business and wish I had the money to subscribe, but I don't. It would be nice if they'd at least let us know how many free articles we have each month.

Loved that you flagged the "Nuns and Nones" story which I had missed. I've encountered Judy Carle in my years of progressive activism in the Bay Area and attended dozens of events at that Mercy House. It's frequently been the site for meetings, etc. So glad the sisters found a new way to use a unique resource.

Those women are great examples to us all; they are going to die in harness struggling for justice and laugh along the way. Lovely people.

Just discovered this site....what a wonderful place for people of like minds to share what is happening in the world and in their lives. I live on the East Coast and have recently been freed from my 50+ years as a full-time drone (with time off for solo travels) and I have been looking for places online for a new community. Started my own blog last month and am just learning about the world of blogs (
Wonderful to find you...

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