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Ronni Bennett
Portland, Maine
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* * * I sure did surprise myself when that happened yesterday evening. I had written something else for today but then I turned on television, the Democratic convention, and burst into tears – tears of joy - when Secretary... Continue reading
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This Monday begins the Democrats' turn to present, over the next four days, their vision for the future of the United States. Last week, the Republicans – well, never mind. The party hardly matters anymore. It is Trump unleashed now,... 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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THE LAST CAROUSEL CRAFTSMEN Remember carousels? I loved them when I was a kid. I still do. I suppose for today's kids they seem tame compared to the thrill rides at big amusement parks. Too bad. They are beautiful pieces... Continue reading
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So far in my old age – I am 75 – I have been lucky in my health (I say that with multiple knockings on wood). I have no intrusive afflictions, no conditions, no diseases, nothing that requires medication. I... Continue reading
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When I moved to Oregon in 2010, and needed a new physician, I used the internet to track down the geriatricians in my area. About half the listings included a note that the doctor was not taking new patients. When... Continue reading
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As I set about writing today's post yesterday morning, pulling together notes and links on a health-related story, the teevee news droning in the background interrupted itself with the announcement of shootings in Baton Rouge. It took me a couple... Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 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 Jul 17, 2016 at TIME GOES BY
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SECRETARY CLINTON COMMITS TO EXPANDING SOCIAL SECURITY At their appearance together last Tuesday (which this week feels like a month ago) as Senator Bernie Sanders endorsed Secretary Hillary Clinton for president, she adopted Sanders's position on Social Security. Here's the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2016 at TIME GOES BY
That headline is what legendary television producer Norman Lear says about ageing. He will be 94 on the 27th of this month, one of the top examples we have right now for fighting entrenched ageism for two reasons: He is... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2016 at TIME GOES BY
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The Affordable Care Act (ACA), or Obamacare, includes several benefits for Medicare beneficiaries including a Welcome to Medicare Wellness Visit. This is not a substitute for a more extensive physicial exam but a way for your physician to ask some... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2016 at TIME GOES BY
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A few days ago, TGB reader and my good friend Wendl left a comment wondering about her recent vocal changes: ”...weaker, cracky, hoarse, reedy, phlegmy, etc. I think my vocal cords actually started changing when I retired and stopped talking... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 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 Jul 10, 2016 at TIME GOES BY
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90 YEAR OLD STRIPPER ON AMERICA'S GOT TALENT Her name is Dorothy Williams, she is 90 years old and she appeared last week on America's Got Talent. You might think this is a joke. Or maybe you think it is... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2016 at TIME GOES BY
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Did you see the Fourth of July public service announcement (PSA) about patriotism that John Cena released for this holiday? The one-minute video that is a masterpiece of how age should be treated? Ha! If you read Wednesday's post in... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2016 at TIME GOES BY
Last Saturday afternoon, I listened to the final episode of Garrison Keillor's Prairie Home Companion, ended now after 42 years of weekly broadcasts. The show had been recorded the evening before at the Hollywood Bowl and President Barack Obama called... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2016 at TIME GOES BY
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Each year we celebrate the The Declaration of Independence with parades, backyard barbecues and fireworks. All good things but it is also a good thing now and then to re-read or re-listen to the words of this powerful document that... Continue reading
Posted Jul 4, 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 Jul 3, 2016 at TIME GOES BY
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THE BERLIN CANDY BOMBER As many of us at TGB recall or, perhaps, learned in school or from our parents, at the end of World War II, Germany was divided. Berlin was partially controlled by the Soviets, who held it... Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2016 at TIME GOES BY
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A lot of important, even crucial things in life are really dry and boring to read. This is one of them. So I've arranged a treat for you at the end, but only if you read all the way through.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2016 at TIME GOES BY
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I just made that up: elder tweens. The word “tween” is new since I was young and although the age parameters vary depending on who is talking, it is the name given to an unofficial stage of life somewhere between... Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2016 at TIME GOES BY
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You might not think that the Brexit vote in the United Kingdom last week falls under the purview of a blog about growing old. And on the face of it, you would be correct. But not this time. If you've... Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 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 Jun 26, 2016 at TIME GOES BY
DO YOU LIVE IN OR AROUND WASHINGTON, D.C. Annys Shin is an editor at the Washington Post. She is working on a story for the newspaper's magazine about ageism and is looking for real people's stories about their experiences with... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2016 at TIME GOES BY
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Ask pretty much any old person and he or she will tell you that dying quietly in their sleep is the way they want to go. It's sure true for me. Unfortunately, dying isn't always that easy. Sometimes it is... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2016 at TIME GOES BY
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