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Ronni Bennett
Portland, Maine
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Three or four years ago, I was invited to a “Brownie Day” at the Adult Community Center (ACC) – the name my town gives the senior center. The nine-year-old members of a local Brownie troop (young Girl Scouts) each made... 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 yesterday at TIME GOES BY
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PORTRAITS OF A CENTURY As Senior Planet explains it, Czech Republic photographer, Jan Langer ”...has spent some time comparing images of people when they were young with their 100-year-old selves. His meditation on age is the basis for a thoughtful,... Continue reading
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Earlier this week, I received this email note from Peter Tibbles, he who runs the Sunday Elder Music column and is a handful of years younger than I am: ”This morning I decided to take some cardboard down to the... Continue reading
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When I was in my twenties, I came to know for awhile a couple in which the wife was 18 or 20 years older than her husband who was about my age. Although I enjoyed meals, day trips and other... Continue reading
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Anyone reading this blog is likely to be familiar with ageism, defined in brief as the stereotyping and discrimination of old people based entirely on their age. It occurs in all areas of life. In the workplace, healthcare, entertainment, finance,... 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 May 14, 2017 at TIME GOES BY
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REPUBLICAN HEALTHCARE DISSOCIATION Jonathan Chait in New York magazine tried to explain the reasons many Republicans believe women should pay more for healthcare than men: ”Women have, on average, higher lifetime medical costs than men, which means a market-based insurance... Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2017 at TIME GOES BY
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If, earlier this week, the friend to whom I said I believe the U.S. is in the midst of a slow-moving coup had called me out for being hyperbolic, I would not have disagreed. That is, until I ran across... Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2017 at TIME GOES BY
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On Monday we talked about language, certain words that are offensive to some people, so why not move right along to talking about sex today, elder sex, and see how it goes. When I began this blog in 2004, the... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2017 at TIME GOES BY
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EDITORIAL NOTE: Ted Carr, who worked in the tech industry during some its most exciting years, retired about six years ago. He now hosts a podcast called Retirement Journeys – Real-Life Experience that Informs, Engages and Inspires and in February,... Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2017 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 7, 2017 at TIME GOES BY
PRESIDENT OBAMA ON CRITICISM AND FERVOR Shortly before he left the presidency, Barack Obama sat down for an extensive interview with Ta-Nehisi Coates to discuss what it is like to be a symbol of power and the recipient of people's... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2017 at TIME GOES BY
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The U.S. geriatrician population has been hovering around 7,000 for several years without much change. At the same time, the elder population grows by about 10,000 a day. You see the problem. One reason is that geriatrics is at the... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2017 at TIME GOES BY
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An acquaintance, looking to discuss his recent unsought retirement, emailed to arrange lunch. His efforts to deal with retirement, he said, have been “futile” so far and he hopes my “advice will inspire” him. Oy vey. Advice is not an... Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2017 at TIME GOES BY
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[I copied that headline from vanityfair.com because I'm lousy at headlines and “net neutrality” - which is what this is about - sounds boring. But it's important and depending on what happens, it could ruin your internet experience while also... Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2017 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 30, 2017 at TIME GOES BY
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AGEING TO THE BEAT OF THEIR OWN DRUM From one to 100. Let me quote Aeon page: ”An extraordinarily simple premise deftly executed, this video arranges a diverse group of 100 people in ascending order from age one to 100.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2017 at TIME GOES BY
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ITEM 1: Everyone knows that insomnia is a common condition of growing old; it just comes with age, like wrinkles. ITEM 2: We also know that the proper and natural way to get a good night's sleep is to bed... Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2017 at TIME GOES BY
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It is no secret around here that I think John Oliver is the most brilliant of the bumper crop of smart, left-wing comedians we have now who help keep non-Trumpers a bit sane during this dark night of the American... Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2017 at TIME GOES BY
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If President Donald Trump follows through on his stated plans for this week leading up to his hundredth day in office, it will be a head-spinning time for those of us trying to keep up. So let's take a look... Continue reading
Posted Apr 24, 2017 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 23, 2017 at TIME GOES BY
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HOW SMALL WE ARE IN THE SCALE OF THE UNIVERSE Of course, you have intuited how small we are on the scale of the universe. But this TED Talk brings it home is a big – uh, make that small... Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2017 at TIME GOES BY
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A friend said to me in an email that a certain non-fiction book is one of a shelf full that makes you understand why books have mattered for so many thousands of years. People who are life-long readers instantly understand... Continue reading
Posted Apr 21, 2017 at TIME GOES BY
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In more ways than you might think, getting old is a huge relief. Stepping off the up elevator of professional life is one of them. Just about every day I get an email or two promising to show me how... Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2017 at TIME GOES BY
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