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Ronni Bennett
Portland, Maine
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She crushed him. Hillary Clinton crushed him. She was prepared, poised, knowledgeable and in control of the stage. Donald Trump was vague, pouty and flailing, clearly out of his depth and after the first 30 minutes or so, incoherent. Clinton... Continue reading
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UPDATE ON TUESDAY EARLY MORNING: Comments are shut down on this post and you are directed to the "morning after" post here for reactions and commentary on the first presidential debate that was held Monday night. * * * It's... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago 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 3 days ago at TIME GOES BY
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THIS 90-YEAR-OLD PROVES I DON'T KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT DEDICATION From the Youtube page: ”For 53 years, Justo Gallego has been building a cathedral by hand on the outskirts of Madrid almost entirely by himself. Gallego has no formal architecture or... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at TIME GOES BY
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Besides being the official first day of fall, yesterday, 22 September, was National Falls Prevention Awareness Day – as it has been for the past nine years. Wait. Let me back up a bit first. For readers who have been... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at TIME GOES BY
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Over the past couple of weeks, Republican presidential candidate, Donald Trump has not only gained on Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton in the polls, he has surpassed her in some of them and Democrats are beginning to panic. I'm not a... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at TIME GOES BY
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As if there are not enough well-known ailments of old age, new ones keep creeping up on Crabby Old Lady. She's not talking about the diseases of age, not the terrible diagnoses no one want to hear. She's talking about... Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 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 Sep 18, 2016 at TIME GOES BY
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WHY RULINE IS WITH HILLARY Now don't go getting all up about this being a list of women's firsts or tell us that it's not right to vote for Hillary just because she's a woman. Forget that for a moment... Continue reading
Posted Sep 17, 2016 at TIME GOES BY
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A more serious post was planned for today but a story about a generation of young women shaving their heads grabbed Crabby Old Lady's attention and it's been too long since she appeared in these pages. The New York Times... Continue reading
Posted Sep 16, 2016 at TIME GOES BY
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Hearing loss is one of the least attended health problems in the United States. That's just my opinion but take a look at the statistics. According to The New York Times: • Hearing loss affects 45 percent of people age... Continue reading
Posted Sep 14, 2016 at TIME GOES BY
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When I was young, in my twenties, I came down with a flu every winter, stuck in bed for a week, achy, miserable and barely lucid. By age 30, I got smarter and I was taking the vaccine every year.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 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 Sep 11, 2016 at TIME GOES BY
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TO VOTE IS TO EXIST Graphic designer extraordinaire Milton Glaser created the iconic and ubiquitous I ♡ NY poster in 1977. He says he was never paid for it and didn't realize it would last as long as it has:... Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2016 at TIME GOES BY
Or planned? Or expected? To avoid misunderstanding, let me stipulate up front that new beginnings, new goals, renewed aspirations and purpose come about at any age. But for most of us who hang out at this blog, our working lives... Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2016 at TIME GOES BY
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It is my long-term practice to have two or three books related to old age going at once along with stacks of printouts of related materials. For the past few months, I've let that go in favor of other, lighter... Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2016 at TIME GOES BY
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[RONNI HERE: My friend Judith Graham recently became a regular columnist for Kaiser Health News which is one of the most useful and trustworthy websites on health in general and on elder health issues that you can find online. Judith's... Continue reading
Posted Sep 6, 2016 at TIME GOES BY
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Do you use senior discounts? The only one I am aware of using is movie theaters but I hardly ever go anymore. I wait for the films I want to see to show up on Netflix or Amazon or Hulu... Continue reading
Posted Sep 5, 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 Sep 4, 2016 at TIME GOES BY
THE VOICE OF AOL Didn't we all have an AOL account at one time? Here's the guy who greeted us every time we opened the program with “You've got Mail.” Actually, from the email addresses TGB readers supply for identification... Continue reading
Posted Sep 3, 2016 at TIME GOES BY
A couple of weeks ago, when we discussed sex and old age, TGB reader Kate in Maine left this heart-breaking story in the comments [slightly edited for space]: ”My late widowed Mother had a beautiful assisted living apartment over looking... Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2016 at TIME GOES BY
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That is, interviewed for my “wisdom and wit” according to the podcaster. She's very kind but if you believe that... My vacation continues - made easy as items keep turning up for which others have done the heavy lifting leaving... Continue reading
Posted Aug 31, 2016 at TIME GOES BY
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My mini-vacation continues for a while this week, but there is new stuff here for you that I prepared in advance. Last Friday, in the comments on Ann Burack-Weiss's story, Consider the Cane, Jean Gogolin commented that she uses a... Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 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 Aug 28, 2016 at TIME GOES BY
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WILLIE'S RESERVE Legalization of marijuana is on the ballot in several states this election year and recreational use is already legal in four states and Washington, D.C. Singer Willie Nelson has never made a secret of his love of weed... Continue reading
Posted Aug 27, 2016 at TIME GOES BY