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Ronni Bennett
Portland, Maine
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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 7 hours ago at TIME GOES BY
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1965 MEDICARE SIGNING ON TIMES FRONT PAGE It's always fun to see newspaper front pages from important past events. (Hmmmm. With the internet and cell phones taking over news, will these historical artifacts disappear, I wonder?) Anyway, I missed posting... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at TIME GOES BY
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By Trudi Kappel Life under tough conditions: This small tomato plant grew in a narrow crack between the sidewalk and a building in Paris. It is unlikely that anybody planted the seed and equally unlikely that the plant bore fruit.... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at The Elder Storytelling Place
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About two-and-a-half-years ago, I told you about elder playgrounds and that I was heading a small committee of the 50-plus Advisory Board of the City of Lake Oswego, to look into details of building one in Lake Oswego, Oregon. They... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at TIME GOES BY
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By Vicki E. Jones The year was 1961, and I was 14. I was attending a counselor-in-training session at Camp JCA in the San Bernardino Mountains, Barton Flats, Seven Oaks, California – up above the Big Bear area. I had... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at The Elder Storytelling Place
By Arlene Corwin of Arlene Corwin Poetry We do it, small historians We, saving, storing, organizing, Photographing with our tiny cameras, Publishing seflseflselfself, World background, we the bearers Of the stories, Leaving for the after-others, Those to come, to prize.... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at The Elder Storytelling Place
Rejoice in our good fortune, my friends. Tomorrow, 30 July 2015, is the 50th anniversary of the day President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Medicare bill into law. Take a look: Until I was poking around the internet to prepare... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at TIME GOES BY
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By Dani Ferguson Phillips of The Cataract Club I've been thinking a lot about mattresses lately. I have no idea why since I absolutely love our bed and have no intention of purchasing another one but there are so many... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at The Elder Storytelling Place
By Dan Gogerty who blogs at Cast You might not have your own personal drone yet but the hype is real and here in farm country they’re buzzing in faster than mosquitoes at a picnic. Farmers will use them to... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at The Elder Storytelling Place
First off, it's that name - “anti-ageing” (or “anti-aging” if you prefer). Who hates themself so much that they would buy anything labeled “anti-ageing”? The phrase is slapped on thousands of products but goes further than that. There is even... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago 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 7 days ago at TIME GOES BY
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HAPPY BIRTHDAY NORMAN LEAR Monday will be TV producer Norman Lear's 93rd birthday. Here is what he told Huffington Post on Friday: "The top of my bucket list always included a desire to sing. My friend, actor, singer-guitarist and composer,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2015 at TIME GOES BY
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By Marc Leavitt of Marc Leavitt's Blog Why change a product that’s a winner? Who needs Oreos to be thinner? Why fix a thing that isn’t broken? They’ll find out, when the public’s spoken. Consider New Coke, trumpeted to be... Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2015 at The Elder Storytelling Place
Welcome to the Time Goes By redesign. What do you think? It's certainly brighter and shinier around here. There are bound to be glitches to fix and design decisions I'll rework over the next days and weeks, but this general... Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2015 at TIME GOES BY
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By Carl Hansen My wife and I find that watching Jeopardy is not only educational but also capable of sparking memories that go way back in our life together. Both of these occurred for us not long ago when one... Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2015 at The Elder Storytelling Place
By Mickey Rogers of This, That and the Other Both my wife Bev and I hate to throw anything away. As a result, in 30 years the basement, garage and attic have accumulated a ton of relics in which only... Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2015 at The Elder Storytelling Place
Even though I am a political junkie, as much as I can recall, we don't do politics at this blog except as it relates to old people. But it's different this time. Or, maybe not. After all, Donald Trump is... Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2015 at TIME GOES BY
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By Henry Lowenstern It has taken many weeks to reach agreement with the Greeks on saving their economy while maintaining their autonomy, but, the agreement already is spr​i​ng​ing ​leaks. [INVITATION: All elders, 50 and older, are welcome to submit stories... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2015 at The Elder Storytelling Place
By Richard J. Klade of Gabby Geezer July 11 was the ninth anniversary of the birth of my blog. This small-time journalist created the first post in 2006 after checking out a blog by big-time journalist Mort Reichek titled Octogenarian.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2015 at The Elder Storytelling Place
It is well-known fact I frequently mention on this blog that we age at different rates. No one disputes that. Now, however, new research reveals that the differences are much wider than has been known: ”A study of nearly one... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2015 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 Jul 19, 2015 at TIME GOES BY
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VOLKSWAGEN COMMERCIAL(S) Linda C wonders what TGB readers make of this Volkswagen commercial. Then there is this one, also currently running, to consider. I don't mind jokes about old people but I wonder why we must be portrayed as so... Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2015 at TIME GOES BY
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One little piece of news to come out of the White House Conference on Aging on Wednesday was this from Meghan Joyce, East Coast general Manager of Uber: “Services like Peapod and ride-sharing giant Uber help [old] people 'live life... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2015 at TIME GOES BY
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By Gloria MacKay Before I was old I wrote this: When I grow old I shall not wear purple even though purple has become a symbol of sorts – a statement perhaps – for all women. Purple is a demand... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2015 at The Elder Storytelling Place
By Marc Leavitt of Marc Leavitt's Blog Some call Intelligent Design God’s plan for life, and his outline; But others say life’s profusion Has its source in evolution. Believers claim the plan’s God’s law, And science lacks sufficient awe; The... Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2015 at The Elder Storytelling Place