Settling Into My End Days – Or Die Trying
ELDER MUSIC: Good Evening



For many years, Darlene Costner ran her own blog, Darlene's Hodgepodge, and we became internet friends a long time ago. She often commented on this blog and she was a regular contributor of items for this weekly post of Interesting Stuff.

A few months ago, Darlene moved into an elder care home and is not as active online. However, this coming week she will celebrate her 95th birthday and her daughter, Gail, send an email around asking for “some thoughts for mom from her loved ones and present them as a birthday gift.”

”If anyone wants to contribute,” wrote Gail, “please send me anything about what you admire/appreciate about her, treasured memories, that sort of thing. Please use any format you like: prose, poem or just a simple list.”

Gail also says that Darlene's physical health is good “but everything that's going on is taking a toll on her emotional health – like all of us,” and that the TGB community means the world to her. “She would be thrilled beyond!” to hear from us.

You can send your notes, poems, greetings or whatever else to Gail at this email address: and PLEASE use Darlene's name in the subject line so your messages won't get lost among Gail's other email.

Let's make this a really special 95th birthday for Darlene.


The Juice Media is at it again with another video – this one about the global response to the pandemic. It is a delight and you can think Peter Tibbles, who writes the Sunday Elder Music column for sending this:


There are a lot of pandemic jokes going around. Here are three of them:




There is more at Bored Panda.


Due to the pandemic, most museums are closed as are most zoos. Someone had the good idea to put the two together:

”While we've been closed,” explains the YouTube page, “we've still been actively caring for our animals, including adding enrichment experiences to stimulate their minds. Our friends at the The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art invited our Humboldt penguins for a morning of fine art and culture.”


My friend John Gear, who is a consumer and elderlaw attorney, has a fine eye for worthy Interesting Stuff. Click the image to see the full obituary on Twitter. It's worth your time.


I showed you two videos last week of British sports commentator, Andrew Cottle's two dogs, Olive and Mabel. He sounded a bit reluctant then to keep make these vids, but here he is with more play-by-play in episode 3:


Gloria Starling works at Terra Nova Films in Chicago, Illinois. She also reads TGB and she emailed to tell me about the company's executive director, Jim Vanden Bosch, who reviews film on aging for the journal of The Gerontological Society of America.

Those films are listed at the the Terra Nova website where you can follow links to the reviews. Check it out here. I hope you will.


Last Saturday, former President Barack Obama gave a televised commencement address for 2020 U.S. high school graduates most of whom had no formal commencement ceremonies this year. I tuned in for the speech and was thrilled by the eloquence, caring and thought that has been missing from presidential public statements for what seems now like eons.

If you didn't see it, here it is:


The photographer is Andrea Martin of West Virginia. She tells us,

”There is something magical about the connection between children and animals, so I focus on capturing the innocence of the bond between them.”

And so she does and the images are adorable.




There are more at Bored Panda and at Andrea Martin's website.

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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.

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Loved the videos of The Machine and of Humboldt Penguins. The penguin video threw me, at first, as I knew that museum as the William Rockhill Nelson Gallery of Art. Of course, I've not lived in Kansas City since leaving for college in 1955. Thanks to you, Peter Tibbles, and whoever sent in the penguins video.

I always love the animal and kids photos. It is magical!

I can’t believe that you found Warren’s obituary! I cut it out from the Arizona Republic to save it as an example of a great obit!

I wish I could post a pic of my great-niece and nephew with their miniature goat!

Now there was a President! And he keeps on making us proud.

Agreed, Gabbygeezer! He's what a President should be. I never thought the U.S. could sink as low as we have with our current "leader". What a national disgrace the wannabe Emperor of Trumpistan is!

Thank you Ronni. Given the very sad seriousness of this past week & your well being, I almost wasn’t expecting this weeks Interesting Stuff. Yes, thank you Peter for that awesome Juice Media video—you gotta love those Australians, they sure know how to call ‘em as they see ‘em. I’m going to watch it again as soon as I post this comment. Those kids & animals photos... my gosh, breathtaking.

I watched Obama’s commencement speech last Saturday night (and again here) and was almost shocked how much it made my heart ache. My god, what a great leader he was--even when forced to deal with total douchebags like Mitch McConnell.

On a personal note... when my mom was facing her own mortality in 2004, the world outside her immediate family pretty much became unimportant. She lost all interest in the news & world events, and who could blame her? If I had been in her shoes, I think I would’ve felt the same. I guess what I’m trying to say here is, I’m not sure if Ronni Bennett gives a tinker’s damn at this point what happens to Trump; but I very much hope she’s here to see it.

Kids and animals, now there's a couple of smiles! Did the penguins prefer one era over another? A particular artist? Thanks Ronni, for the enjoyment.

Love Olive and Mabel!

Very entertaining and heartwarming. Thank you!

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