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Ronni Bennett
Portland, Maine
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[BLOGGING NOTICE: Yesterday, the email, RSS, Twitter and Facebook feeds of the blog post were delayed until mid-morning when a reader advised me of the missing messages. It happened because I forgot to set the day and time for automatic... Continue reading
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I grew up in suburban Oregon and California so I had a good deal of experience with suburban living before I moved here to Lake Oswego, Oregon, four years ago. I also lived for 40 years in New York City... Continue reading
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By Trudi Kappel In 1939, my urban-raised parents moved from New York City to a small rural village in upstate New York. My Dad’s business did well. In the summer of 1941, they moved into their newly built and as... Continue reading
Posted yesterday 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
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UPDATE: Please remember (in regard to the Vitamin D item below) that no one, even a physician or researcher I have not vetted, may advise, suggest or imply in this blog that any treatment - even non-prescription drugs - should... Continue reading
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I stole that title from a blog post at The New Yorker this week because it perfectly expresses my sentiments on the topic. I didn't like the 2007 movie and even more, I dislike the cultural adoption of the idea... Continue reading
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By Dan Gogerty who blogs at Cast Maybe it’s time to take up hitchhiking again. I haven’t stuck out my thumb for decades but apparently a robot is making its way across Canada by “relying on the kindness of strangers,”... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at The Elder Storytelling Place
There was no wiggle room with my dad. When I was a kid, if my chores were left undone, if my bed was not made just so, if I was late for anything or if there was a grade below... Continue reading
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By Chlele Gummer Years ago, when I was a young teacher, I watched The Merv Griffin Show after school at home. I enjoyed his interviews of worldly and renown people, musicians, artists, philosophers, politicians and authors and many others. Then... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at The Elder Storytelling Place
Today is Net Neutrality Day and thousands of websites have joined together in a brief slowdown of the loading of their pages to point out what will happen if the FCC decides to create paid internet “fast lanes” for big... Continue reading
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By Vicki E. Jones I’d had microcalcifications – tiny calcium deposits – in my breasts that had always showed up on mammograms but the distribution had always been normal. This time was different and both my annual screening mammogram and... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at The Elder Storytelling Place
From Johna Ferguson The other day everyone was all excited about the full moon that was happening that night; seems it was at its closest distance to earth so it should appear very large. Not being an astronomer, and also... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at The Elder Storytelling Place
A few days ago, TGB reader Linda Crim left a comment on a post from three years ago titled, as today's is, minus the “take two.” She wanted to know if there has been an update. Well, not until now.... Continue reading
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Last week, intending to telephone a woman who is near my age, I instead reached her mother who is 103 years old. The wrong number had been given to me in error but it turned out to be a seredipitous... Continue reading
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By Clifford Rothband Back in the 1980s, we had two Red Dobermans - Patty born on St Patrick's day, and her Beau who showed up on our doorstep not too long later. Patty had the breeding and papers, nose up... Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 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 Sep 7, 2014 at TIME GOES BY
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DROP YOUR PANTS AD CAMPAIGN Yes, it's a commercial for Depends and it works on every level – it is well produced, attention-grabbing fun with exactly the right slogan for and about elders: “because wearing a different kind of underwear... Continue reading
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By Daniel B. Martin A Twilight Zone experience is one which seems surreal. Impossible but at the same time very real. Eerie. Disturbing. I suppose everyone has at least one Twilight Zone experience in their lifetime. I have had only... Continue reading
Posted Sep 5, 2014 at The Elder Storytelling Place
It doesn't matter if you disagree with me on this blog. Among other things, that's what we're here for – to exchange thoughts, ideas and opinions about what it's like to get old and maybe learn a thing or two... Continue reading
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It's not that I have kept count but by now, I have undoubtedly read hundreds of books about aging and while some are okay, the majority – vast majority – are a waste of time, telling us nothing that we... Continue reading
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By Marc Leavitt of Marc Leavitt's Blog (Editor’s Note: As the baby boomers continue to join the oldest demographic, the multi-billion dollar anti-ageing products and services industry keeps growing as well. The following advertisement offers a modest proposal.) SOLUTION TO... Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2014 at The Elder Storytelling Place
By Henry Lowenstern Taliban, Al Qaeda, and the Islamic State, all full of cruelty and hate, are having a feast of the Middle East, whose people they may suffocate. [INVITATION: All elders, 50 and older, are welcome to submit stories... Continue reading
Posted Sep 3, 2014 at The Elder Storytelling Place
Did you read that baby boomer who was whining in The New York Times last Sunday about – surprise! - getting old? More particularly, about those damned other people who insist on being younger. It is not the real-life issues... Continue reading
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My name is William (Bill) Weatherstone and my wife has been a resident of the Golden Birches Terrace since November 2013. One time on my daily visit to my wife, I was a little early and had to wait in... Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2014 at The Elder Storytelling Place
The Labor Day holiday always reminds me that it's flu shot season and even if I had forgotten, signs were already up last week at the supermarket pharmacies. Maybe you know the statistics about flu and old people. Or maybe... Continue reading
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