NEWS OF DARLENE COSTNER
Times Goes By readers who have been around here for longer than a year or so undoubtedly know Darlene Costner whose smart, witty comments have been a staple at TGB for at least 10 years.
That tapered off a few months ago and mostly disappeared as Darlene has found it difficult to use a keyboard. After all, she will be 95 years old in May.
Within the past month, she has moved from her home in Tucson where she lived with her daughter to an adult care home in the same city. In a snailmail note to me, she told me she could no longer take care of herself and her daughter works more than full time so cannot be available to help as much as Darlene needs.
Darlene is a perfect example of online friendships – over the years, even though we never met in person, we became special friends and she has entertained me so much with her humor and taught me so much about both life in general and about growing old.
Darlene gave me permission to let readers know she has moved and is getting good care. I'm reluctant to give out her email address on the open internet (the last thing Darlene needs is more spam) nor her new street address.
So, if you would like to send her a note, card, etc., email me (you can use the “Contact” link at the top of the page) and I will sent you her email and/or street address.
THIS IS SO SILLY
So why have I watched it at least half a dozen times? A bird, a teeny-tiny skateboard and a ramp. So silly.
SOCIAL SECURITY AND THE STIMULUS PAYMENTS
Millions of Social Security beneficiaries in the United States do not file income tax returns – too little income. But when the stimulus package (CARES Act) was enacted, the public was told that to receive the $1,200 (per person) payment, they would need to file a 2018 or 2019 income tax form if they had not already done so.
Predictably and rightly so, the nation in general and many lawmakers made a lot of noise objecting and on 2 April, the government canceled that requirement.
"'Social Security recipients who are not typically required to file a tax return do not to need take an action, and will receive their payment directly to their bank account,” said Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin.”
Or by paper check if that is how they receive their Social Security payments. More at Politico.
Keep your eye on this story. The president backtracks so frequently on his own and his agency heads' announcements that nothing from the White House can be taken for certain until or unless it happens.
CLIMATE CHANGE AND COVID-19
My favorite recent tweet.
GOATS ROAMING STREETS OF WELSH TOWN
With billions of people around the world staying home, streets everywhere are eerily empty and local animals see an advantage. Here, some goats are playing around in the Welsh town of Llandudno:
The Youtube page tells us:
”Calling it 'Amazing Art with matchsticks' does not do Patrick Acton's sculptures justice. Over the past 40 years, this Iowa native has been building some of the world's biggest and complicated matchstick sculptures.
“While some of the larger ones are in Ripley's Believe it of Not Museums, many are in his own museum, 'Matchstick Marvels', down the road from his home in Gladbrook, Iowa.”
More at the Matchstick Museum website.
BRITAIN'S NATIONAL THEATRE LIVE STREAMS PLAYS
TGB reader Mary Evans Young sent this item – The National Theatre in London, according to the U.S. website TimeOut, is streaming some of their past productions for free:
”From April 2, under the banner of National Theatre at Home, every Thursday (7pm BST/2pm EST) will see a new National Theatre play released – free to watch for one week – along with bonus content including cast and creative Q&As and post-stream talks.”
Here is the initial line-up:
• April 2 One Man, Two Guvnors by Richard Bean, starring James Corden
• April 9 Jane Eyre adapted by Sally Cookson
• April 16 Treasure Island, adapted by Bryony Lavery
• April 23 Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare, starring Tamsin Greig
This video of friendship between animals was sent by several TGB readers. Enjoy.
THE DECORAH EAGLES HAVE TWO BABIES
Remember a few weeks ago when I showed you on live cam the pair of Decorah (Iowa) bald eagles incubating their 2020 brood. Well, two chicks were born this week, a day apart on 30 and 31 March. Congratulations Mom and Dad.
There are many live animal cams from around the world at explore.org.
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.
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