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Ronni Bennett
Portland, Maine
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By Mickey Rogers of This, That and the Other Recently, scientists have been able to remove the memories of negative experiences from the brains of mice and replace them with good ones. At first glance, this sounds like an exciting... Continue reading
Posted 4 hours ago at The Elder Storytelling Place
I hope you are all appropriately stuffed from your holiday meal yesterday and, like me, looking forward to leftovers. Given the amount of television, print and online advertising, I assume a large portion of the American population will be bargain... Continue reading
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By Dani Ferguson Phillips of The Cataract Club Let me first state that I do not have a mechanical mind. I can't figure out how to change the batteries in the remote control but this past weekend I made a... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at The Elder Storytelling Place
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Last year on Thanksgiving I vowed that, due to my delight at rediscovering Arlo Guthrie's epic Thanksgiving fable, Alice's Restaurant, after the decade or two it lay somewhere in memory limbo, I would make the song the annual holiday anthem... Continue reading
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By Arlene Corwin of Arlene Corwin Poetry On the way to the post, I see a snake curled up and squashed. In shock and pain I squat Undignified in car/road dust, The gray-black leather sheen unwashed. Half inspecting, half in... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at The Elder Storytelling Place
It's amazing what you can find on the internet. Sometimes I need to closely monitor myself so not to fall down a rabbit hole only to awaken as from a dream two hours later, my mind full of way too... Continue reading
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By Henry Lowenstern Last night we had a real hard freeze that drove the surviving birds an bees into hiding after deciding it's not worth catching a disease. [INVITATION: All elders, 50 and older, are welcome to submit stories for... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at The Elder Storytelling Place
End-of-year holidays now last for four months, 120 days from September through December. There is no escaping them and each reaches its peak of frenzy during the week in which it falls – this week, for one example. Potential blog... Continue reading
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By Trudi Kappel I was in the frenzy of the final weeks leading to the award of my Master’s degree when my college friend Rita called. Her grad school was offering its students and their families a five week, round... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at The Elder Storytelling Place
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Okay, they usually call it “monitoring” instead of surveillance to sound less Orwellian but don't be fooled - it is surveillance. It's not quite here yet but the groundswell is increasing as commercial development and science research projects in Japan,... 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
Posted 5 days ago at TIME GOES BY
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“DEAD” WOMAN WAKES IN MORGUE REFRIGERATOR Back in the 1950s, there was a chilling and deservedly famous Alfred Hitchcock Presents TV episode about a man, played by Joseph Cotton, so paralyzed in an accident that the coroner believes he is... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at TIME GOES BY
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By Chlele Gummer As I saw shards of broken glass in the garbage can, the doctor's wife explained, "Michael was having a bad day. I got so mad I threw three glasses at him. He can try my nerves, he... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at The Elder Storytelling Place
”I’ve learned my lines. The house lights have dimmed and I’ve just walked center stage for the third act of the play I started writing long ago. And within the physical, economic and intellectual framework of being an 'old guy,'... Continue reading
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By Joyce Benedict All things, claim the poet, linked to each other by unseen holy threads if we but touch of a flower we trouble a star. Awaiting inspiration to pen a poem I gaze out on to little deck... Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2014 at The Elder Storytelling Place
When I was kid growing up in Portland, Oregon during the post World War II era, it was not unusual for my friends to have a grandparent or two living with them. Some of that elder generation were healthy, some... Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2014 at TIME GOES BY
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From the strong responses to my past posts (well, mostly rants), about the general decline of writing skills, I am assuming today that a lot of TGB readers care about proper spelling, grammar, punctuation, usage, etc. It seems to me... Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2014 at TIME GOES BY
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By Antonia Albany of Antonia's Senior Moments In 1962 my father was a historian for NATO in Paris. I was 14. Do you remember being 14? At that time, I was a young girl awakening to the opposite sexm. Mon... Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2014 at The Elder Storytelling Place
By Marc Leavitt of Marc Leavitt's Blog In the summer of 1992, I started to get restless at work. I knew the signs; I’d been there before. After three years as executive director of an educational foundation in New York... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2014 at The Elder Storytelling Place
This post has nothing to do with getting old, nothing at all. I need a day or two off from all that so here's some entertainment for you relevant to world affairs. Don't you dare yawn. Please. You're gonna love... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2014 at TIME GOES BY
When I say I wish I could have stayed in bed, you know the kind of day I'm talking about – we all wind up there now and then. It happened to me last Thursday. First thing, 5AM, Ollie the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2014 at TIME GOES BY
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By Carl Hansen During the 1976 bi-centennial, the King of Sweden was one of several foreign dignitaries who visited the United States but the only one who came to our small town in Kansas. The town was Lindsborg, founded by... Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2014 at The Elder Storytelling Place
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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 Nov 16, 2014 at TIME GOES BY
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BILL MAHER ON AGEISM Too often comedians are among the worst offenders with age jokes that are mean rather than funny. As accomplished as they are otherwise, Jon Stewart and John Oliver regularly take aim at elders and although I... Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2014 at TIME GOES BY
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[EDITORIAL NOTE: Ha! This started out to be a short, little warning about what's ahead for Social Security and Medicare and it somehow turned into a rambling political discourse. Sorry about that. The whole thing just got away from me... Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2014 at TIME GOES BY
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