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Ronni Bennett
Portland, Maine
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”We walk around with a blinkered, partial denial of death. Yes, we will die, but not now, not here. This dissonance is strong and strange – to absolutely know this will happen, and against all evidence to the contrary, to... Continue reading
Posted yesterday 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 2 days ago at TIME GOES BY
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THE FOREST MAN OF INDIA Majuli, the largest river island in the world, may disappear in 20 years or so due to soil erosion. Nevertheless, since 1979, when Jadav Payeng, then 16, has made it his life’s mission to save... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at TIME GOES BY
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Actually, Millie's birthday is tomorrow, Saturday, but we are celebrating her 93 years here at Time Goes By today – and what a celebration it is this year. In early July, Millie was due at Massachusetts General Hospital for surgery... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at TIME GOES BY
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Now and again I am reminded of how many TGB readers live in countries other than the United States so let me first supply a short definition of the evil donut hole. Part D is a supplement to standard Medicare... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at TIME GOES BY
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By Ann Burack-Weiss “Ah, Look at all the lonely people Where do they all come from? All the lonely people Where do they all belong?” - The Beatles, from “Eleanor Rigby” I am seated on a bench overlooking the Hudson... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at TIME GOES BY
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This is not the northwest Oregon I grew up in. During the 10 days leading up to the weekend, temperatures have consistently been in the 90s Fahrenheit, even getting within a whisker's distance of 100 degrees once or twice. It... Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2018 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 Aug 12, 2018 at TIME GOES BY
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WHAT IS SNAPCHAT DYSMORPHIA? The Washington Post headline explains it all: ”Patients are desperate to resemble their doctored selfies. Plastic surgeons alarmed by ‘Snapchat dysmorphia'” In case you are as light on the meaning of “dysmorphia” as I was, here... Continue reading
Posted Aug 11, 2018 at TIME GOES BY
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REMINDER After such enthusiasm for the idea of a new storytelling feature here at TGB, I was surprised that hardly anyone responded after Wednesday's announcement that it is set up and ready for story submissions. Maybe I buried the lead?... Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2018 at TIME GOES BY
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Your response last Wednesday was overwhelmingly positive. More than 100 yes responses to reinstating a regular feature of stories told by Time Goes By readers. Here is how it will work: I've taken several commenters' suggestion to start light –... Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2018 at TIME GOES BY
EDITORIAL NOTE: Well, that was a landslide on Wednesday. Just about everyone voted yes for adding a storytelling component to Time Goes By and so it shall be. Give me some time to sort out the logistics and get the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2018 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 Aug 5, 2018 at TIME GOES BY
THE MAYOR OF A GHOST TOWN The town in question is Ballarat in Death Valley, California which has been abandoned for 100 years. The man is Rock Novak and he is the only resident. Here is his story produced by... Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2018 at TIME GOES BY
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In sending an email recently, Crabby Old Lady intended to write, "That works. Let's meet there at noon on Tuesday,” but when she scanned for typos before hitting "send", this is what she saw: "Than works. Let's meat there at... Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2018 at TIME GOES BY
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For eight-and-a-half years, from 2007 to 2015, I published a companion blog to this one called The Elder Storytelling Place [ESP]. On each of five days a week, there was a new story written by a reader and in total... Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2018 at TIME GOES BY
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Remember last week when I wrote a blog post about how so much non-life-threatening health or medical stuff that can go wrong in old age is located above the neck? Even so, in the United States, Medicare excludes coverage of... Continue reading
Posted Jul 30, 2018 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 29, 2018 at TIME GOES BY
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REST IN PEACE, NANCY LEITZ On Monday, the four children of Nancy Leitz sent out the sad notice that she had died ”...in her sleep early this morning. She not only did not suffer, she passed away quite peacefully. She... Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2018 at TIME GOES BY
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[NOTE: On Tuesday, my former husband Alex Bennett and I, recorded a new episode of The Alex and Ronni Show. It is posted at the bottom of this story. * * * As I begin writing this on Thursday morning,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2018 at TIME GOES BY
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We are living in precarious, uncertain and frightening times when new crimes, corruption and lies are revealed nearly every day and no one is held accountable. It would not be wrong to call this a national emergency - a world... Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2018 at TIME GOES BY
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Has anyone else noticed that most of the non-life-threatening stuff that can go wrong in old age happens above the neck? Yes, Crabby Old Lady realizes that terrible cancers, Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's disease and other types of dementia afflict the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2018 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 22, 2018 at TIME GOES BY
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THE BETTER WAY TO TRAIN YOUR BRAIN As the Harvard Medical School website reported in March, as we age, ”...your cognitive skills will wane and thinking and memory will be more challenging, so you need to build up your reserve.”... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2018 at TIME GOES BY
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It's probably happened to you sometime over the years - a computer crash leaving you without the documents you rely on every day while trying get by on an old machine that normally sits gathering dust in a back closet.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2018 at TIME GOES BY
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