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Ronni Bennett
Portland, Maine
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Back in 1963, President John F. Kennedy designated May as Senior Citizens Month. Two years later, Congress passed the Older American's Act to deal with a lack of community services for elders. The Act established the U.S. Administration on Aging... Continue reading
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Back when there were still a whole lot of people running for the Republican nomination for president, Donald Trump was the only one who did not want to cut Social Security benefits. His opponents had the usual variety of methods... Continue reading
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This Sunday Elder Music column was launched in December of 2008. By May of the following year, one commenter, Peter Tibbles, had added so much knowledge and value to my poor attempts at musical presentations that I asked him to... Continue reading
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ELDER-FRIENDLY SUMMER FESTIVALS IN THE U.K. For U.K. TGB readers, there is an extensive list online of upcoming summer festivals – an amazing variety of them. I'm sorry I missed the mussel festival earlier this month but on 25 and... Continue reading
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A friend who lives on the east coast mentioned to me last week that his wife, at an age when they are both coasting toward retirement, says she feels more and more like being a homebody these days. Me too.... Continue reading
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Darlene Costner emailed the following joke that had me laughing all day. Anyone who has ever had computer problems and relationship issues will get it. I suspect this one has been around the web for many years and you may... Continue reading
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Several neighbors came by for lunch when I was visiting my mother for a few days in the late 1960s. Because I then worked producing a radio talk show that often featured interviews with the biggest music stars of the... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2016 at TIME GOES BY
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Last week, on a post titled What is Successful Ageing?, I wrote this about reflecting upon our lives: ”This takes quiet time, alone time. Make notes, write a memoir even if it's only for yourself. These years are the time... Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2016 at TIME GOES BY
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This Sunday Elder Music column was launched in December of 2008. By May of the following year, one commenter, Peter Tibbles, had added so much knowledge and value to my poor attempts at musical presentations that I asked him to... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2016 at TIME GOES BY
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NEW YORK TIMES OBITUARIES I still remember my surprise more than half a century ago when, at a radio station, I saw a stack of audio cassettes with such labels as “Eisenhower Obit.” Not that I had thought about it... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2016 at TIME GOES BY
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Most old people agree that the older we get, the faster time goes by. But in under an hour early Tuesday morning, I had a good lesson in just how slowly time can pass in certain circumstances. By 8AM, I... Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2016 at TIME GOES BY
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Have you seen those human interest stories that turn up now and then about super-dooper coupon clippers? You know, the mothers who feed a family of six for $3.27 a month because they are such world-class coupon collectors? I have... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2016 at TIME GOES BY
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For several years now there has been a lot of talk about “successful ageing” (also called “ageing well”) and how to do it. Hardly a day goes by that I don't see a new article about it and in fact,... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2016 at TIME GOES BY
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This Sunday Elder Music column was launched in December of 2008. By May of the following year, one commenter, Peter Tibbles, had added so much knowledge and value to my poor attempts at musical presentations that I asked him to... Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2016 at TIME GOES BY
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LONDON MARATHON IN SPACE Last Sunday, the city of London held it's annual marathon. British astronaut Tim Peake ran the race in real time in the International Space Station. Peake is not the first astronaut to run a marathon in... Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2016 at TIME GOES BY
This blog is about “what it's really like to get old.” Almost always, you can rely on that and when the topic does go sideways, usually there is a component – however small – that involves elders. Maybe not today.... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2016 at TIME GOES BY
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Life has intruded and for a day or two I need take a short break from writing that requires actual thought. So here are a couple of things that won't tax my brain and I hope will amuse you. PIGS... Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2016 at TIME GOES BY
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Ageist language isn't confined to such obvious demeaning labels as geezer, coot, biddy, etc. - or to “elderspeak,” the belittling forms of address such a “dearie,” and “sweetie” or speaking to old people in a loud, slow voice. Much more... Continue reading
Posted May 2, 2016 at TIME GOES BY
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This Sunday Elder Music column was launched in December of 2008. By May of the following year, one commenter, Peter Tibbles, had added so much knowledge and value to my poor attempts at musical presentations that I asked him to... Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2016 at TIME GOES BY
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STILL DREAMING This documentary follows some of the residents of the Lillian Booth Actors Home in New Jersey as two young theatrical directors rehearse them for a performance of A Midsummer Night's Dream. As we come to know the elders... Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2016 at TIME GOES BY
Earlier this week, Republican presidential candidate, Donald Trump, snidely attacked the Democratic presidential candidate by saying that Secretary Hillary Clinton has nothing more going for her than the “Woman Card." Ms. Clinton's response to Trump's ignorance was perfection. Take a... Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2016 at TIME GOES BY
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There is a new survey of 1,583 retirees about what makes them happy in their post-employment years. In general, I don't find the the poll useful for several reasons: • All the respondents are long-time customers of a financial services... Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2016 at TIME GOES BY
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The weather has warmed enough where I live that it was time this weekend to put away the winter bed quilts for something lighter. As there are a number of color and style choices on my shelves, I can pick... Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2016 at TIME GOES BY
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This Sunday Elder Music column was launched in December of 2008. By May of the following year, one commenter, Peter Tibbles, had added so much knowledge and value to my poor attempts at musical presentations that I asked him to... Continue reading
Posted Apr 24, 2016 at TIME GOES BY
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LIVING BONE TO BONE Remember my blog post last week responding to a letter to the editor in The New York Times about a new age-suit? The letter was written by Ann Burack-Weiss who is also the author of recent... Continue reading
Posted Apr 23, 2016 at TIME GOES BY
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