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Ronni Bennett
Portland, Maine
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IN PRAISE OF KNOTS According to the story at The New York Times, ”Knots are an ancient technology. They predate the axe and the wheel, quite possibly the use of fire and maybe even man himself: Some scientists have speculated... Continue reading
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By Wendl Kornfeld Today on public radio, people were asked, “Where were you when you heard Kurt Cobain had died?” Funny they should ask. For a very long period of time, I considered myself pretty cool. I usually knew what... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at The Elder Storytelling Place
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On Wednesday this week, I told you about Dr. Atul Gawande's exceptional new book, Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End. The post prompted a friend I'd not heard from in awhile to email. Suzette Boydston is director... Continue reading
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By Bettijane Eisenpreis There is no better way for someone my age to cause a panic than to start a sentence with, “When I die.” Whether I am talking to my son, a friend or a total stranger doesn’t matter.... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at The Elder Storytelling Place
Yesterday, the Social Security Administration announced the amount of the annual Social Security cost-of-living-adjustment (COLA) for 2015. It is a minor uptick of 1.7 percent. For the average monthly benefit of $1191.70, that means a $20.25 increase. Woo-hoo. Although my... Continue reading
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By Vicki E. Jones It is October and nights are much colder And soon we will have a frost Few flowers are still blooming Leaves are falling and trodden and tossed A chubby young hummer is just outside Sipping the... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at The Elder Storytelling Place
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For the past couple of days I've been reading Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End from Atul Gawande, the Harvard Medical School professor who is also a surgeon at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston and a... Continue reading
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Crabby Old Lady does not like using her blog for rants about personal issues but every couple of years something so egregious happens that she cannot help herself. This one is about trying to reduce her cable/internet costs and let... Continue reading
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By Karen Zaun Kennedy who blogs at Sweetwater Lane I am from hand me downs, wallpapered ceilings, and gallon jars of mice. I am from secret passages, spiral staircases and bogeymen in the closets. Invisible, silent, bitter fear. I am... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at The Elder Storytelling Place
By Trudi Kappel Gefilte fish and matzo balls are the quintessential Jewish ceremonial foods. I’ve met few people who actually crave them but a Passover seder would be incomplete without them. Making gefilte fish is a time consuming endeavor and... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at The Elder Storytelling Place
(EDITORIAL NOTE: International readers can take the day off – most of you live in countries with more sane health programs than the United States has and don't suffer this tedious, irritating annual ritual.) Last Wednesday, 15 October, marked the... 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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114-YEAR-OLD LIES TO GET A FACEBOOK PAGE Anna Stoer is 114 years old. You read that right – 114. She lives in Minnesota. She wanted to create a Facebook page. She had to lie because the age dropdown menu goes... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at TIME GOES BY
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By Janet Thompson Having ridden a scooter to the top of the hill with others on crutches and in wheelchairs, surprised, I saw a hospital bed. What was the relation between the zip-line and a hospital bed? Shouldn't the hospital... Continue reading
Posted Oct 17, 2014 at The Elder Storytelling Place
“Active aging” is what they call it. You know, all that bungee jumping, marathon running and climbing high mountains they tell us old people need to do these days to stay healthy. No slacking off with a nap in the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 17, 2014 at TIME GOES BY
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By Marcy Sheiner of Dirty Laundry Many years ago I was in a feminist theater group in which one of our exercises was to riff on the phrase "I remember..." The phrase is highly evocative and is frequently used as... Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2014 at The Elder Storytelling Place
When I starting out in the world on my own in the late 1950s, there weren't many careers available to women. Our choices were mostly confined to waitress or office worker and, for the few who attended college, teacher or... Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2014 at TIME GOES BY
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By Clifford Rothband I saw this vanity tag on a car, YYY ME. It got me thinking, why me? If not me then who? I've read somewhere that a person's value is not really measured in years but in achievements.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 15, 2014 at The Elder Storytelling Place
As I have explained here many times in the past, I made a deliberate decision when I began this blog a decade ago to never use old-age euphemisms - those cutesy-poo names like golden-ager, third-ager and oldster along with the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 15, 2014 at TIME GOES BY
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By Henry Lowenstern On mornings when the sky is sunny I sometimes bundle up my honey to treat her to a pricey place, with table clothes of Belgian lace. Never mind the cost. It's only money. [INVITATION: All elders, 50... Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2014 at The Elder Storytelling Place
Last week, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) issued its annual report on life expectancy in the United States for the year 2012. It's good news for almost everyone including elders. LIFE EXPECTANCY AT AGE 65 Every day, 7,000 (or... Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2014 at TIME GOES BY
There are several people online who write blogs, columns and books about sex for old people. You won't see much about them here. It's not that I don't think sex is important in old age – without question, it is.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2014 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 Oct 11, 2014 at TIME GOES BY
DR. ENGLEMAN'S QUIRKY TIPS FOR LONGEVITY Dr. Ephraim Engleman, age 103, is a practicing arthritis specialist in San Francisco. He recently gave an interview to the Senior Planet website. Here are a couple of excerpts: What does aging with attitude... Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2014 at TIME GOES BY
By Anita McCune One day when I was about seven years old, my dad called me from work to tell me he had a surprise for me when he came home after work. I was on pins and needles watching... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2014 at The Elder Storytelling Place