The Heroism of Elders
Classical Predilections 5



Some young people took two elders to their first Pride. After he watched the video on Twitter, Chris Evans says, he was sobbing. Me too. And maybe you. Thank my friends Jim Stone and John Gear for this.


It's a toss-up whether I like baguettes or croissants more but either one, if made well, is better than other breads. Well, for me, anyway.

Here is a guy who won first prize in a 2018 contest for best baguette in Paris.


As The Guardian tell us,

”Alexis has a life-threatening disease. She spends her time in the wooded expanse of northern Scotland where she takes care of dozens of others who are also sick, wounded or dying.

“Some have terminal cancer, some were about to be killed because of their disabilities, some were saved from slaughterhouses. Alexis provides palliative care for animals.”

Here is a video about Alexis and a neglected sheep she takes in. It is longer than I usually post – 15 minutes - but is peaceful and loving and uplifting.

You can read an article written by Alexa about her animal hospice here, and The Guardian story is here.


As reported in the Washington Post,

”Lizzie Daly was diving Saturday off the coast of Cornwall in Britain when she saw something large in the distance and did a double take. Daly had seen a barrel jellyfish before but nothing of this size.

“Daly, a biologist and broadcaster, swam up to the peach-colored creature gliding through the water, as cameraman Dan Abbott captured the encounter.

“'We weren’t expecting anything,' Daly said. 'It was an absolute delight to get that experience.'”

No kidding. Take a look at the video:

You can read more about the giant jellyfish encounter here.


Comedian Jeff Allen shares some thoughts on how America is a lot different today than when he (not to mention you and I) was a kid.


I'm no psychologist so I can't evaluate this explanation for the widespread support (35-40 percent) for Trump by the American people but I think Psychology Today might have a handle on it.

”The [Dunning-Kruger] effect is a type of cognitive bias, where people with little expertise or ability assume they have superior expertise or ability. This overestimation occurs as a result of the fact that they don’t have enough knowledge to know they don’t have enough knowledge.

“This simple but loopy concept has been demonstrated dozens of times in well-controlled psychology studies and in a variety of contexts. However, until now, the effect had not been studied in one of the most obvious and important realms: political knowledge.

“A new study published in the journal Political Psychology carried out by the political scientist Ian Anson at the University of Maryland Baltimore County, not only found that the Dunning-Kruger effect applies to politics, but it also appears to be exacerbated when partisan identities are made more salient.

“In other words, those who score low on political knowledge tend to overestimate their expertise even more when greater emphasis is placed on political affiliation.”

The fuller explanation is clear and easily understood. You can read it here. Thank TGB reader Naomi Dagen Bloom for the tip.


TGB reader Joan McCullen sent this one. What a good story about how a beautiful blue butterfly has escaped extinction thanks to one young biologist in California.


This video has been all over the web this week and sent to me by many readers (thank you). Cats are well known to be perverse. Maybe this one thinks the point of golf is to keep the ball OUT of the hole.

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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.


There's so much hate and nastiness in the world these days that it's good to be reminded there is also kindness and compassion, too. Thank you for sharing the video of the lovely gal who offers animals a death with dignity. It touched my heart.

Thank you for the posts. Loved the story of the boulanger, laughed heartily with the comedian and found the cat video very cute.

I was greatly moved by the story of the gay elders who visited a Pride celebration for the first time. I'm a jaded old queer -- I struggled for LGBT civil rights for decades. I have become a little tired and a little cynical about grand, crowded, festivities that seem both excessively commercial and better suited to the young. But this reminded me of how many of us still very much need affirmation of our humanity which we didn't get for many years. It's lovely. Though I wouldn't want to wear a boa!

I don't like croissants, but we eat a few baguettes a week. Fresh from the bakery with butter, used for a sandwich, toasted with butter & jam for breakfast, and if any is left over, cut up and roasted in the oven to make croutons for our salads.

Yes, it does seem like kids get so protected now, one wonders how they have any fun at all!
Enjoyed all the posts.

Enjoyed every single video and thanks, Ronni, for your hard work.

Also love watching your videos with Alex.

Dunning-Kruger makes sense.

I forwarded your blog today -- to 2 of my gay pals and my daughter.

Personally, I thoroughly enjoyed the animal/insect portions and posted a few on FB.

Thanks for all you do, Ronnie, this was great today.

Emiel aka Emiliano

Don't know how you do it, Ronni. You've been doing this blog - how many years? All on the same subject of aging. And every offering is fresh and new.

Always look forward to the latest from Ronni. Big thank you.

I am always charmed by your Saturday fun things ... and this is one ranks quite high as one of the best yet!

I recently mused that I just don't laugh much anymore and how I miss it. Thanks to Jeff A, my innards got a great massage today!

Jeff Allen made me laugh hard today, thanks. I'll keep the car seats but I'm pretty sure that they have a lot to do with why my back isn't happy anymore. Hope your Saturday is good.

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