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Ronni Bennett
Portland, Maine
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Tom Delmore, a poet himself, sends me poems by others from time to time. Two that have been waiting longer than they should to be posted here are about trees and and the men who spent a lifetime knowing them.... Continue reading
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By Marcy Belson Yes, this is another story about a trip to Mexico with Krumi Tours led by our own "Mr. Krumi" aka El Queso Grande. Same country, Mexico. Same group of friends. Different destination. This time we were flying... Continue reading
Posted 3 hours ago at The Elder Storytelling Place
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By Dan Gogerty who blogs at Cast The Consumer Reports group is calling for a ban of the word “natural” and many others are complaining about the way words are used for food labeling, packaging and advertising. I’m all for... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at The Elder Storytelling Place
Hardly a week goes by that I do not receive a press release or reader email alerting me to a photography exhibit of elders. So much so that it is hard not to conclude that it is becoming a growth... Continue reading
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Every year or two, I write a blog post about scams, swindles and frauds that are likely to be perpetrated upon elders, along with some information on how to avoid them. Conventional wisdom in the reporting about elders and fraud,... Continue reading
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By Arlene Corwin The best lovers can wait: That’s what they’re good at. They can take their time, Press lightly, deeply, Feel around, as if massaging, Kneading muscle without passion; Helping, waiting – for response? Perhaps. Most likely. Waiting all... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at The Elder Storytelling Place
By Marc Leavitt of Marc Leavitt's Blog We, all of us, return, and try another way, A different simulacrum of reality; The energy we call the soul, assumes new form Within a multi-verse of change and random choice. Next time,... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at The Elder Storytelling Place
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Last week, Wales became the first country in the world to adopt a Declaration of Rights for Older People. Deputy Minister for Social Services, Gwenda Thomas said, “The number of older people in Wales is growing and there is no... Continue reading
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According to a June 2014 report [pdf] from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than half the U.S. population age 65 and older (50.9%) report urinary and/or bowel leakage. That's just the group of us who live independently;... Continue reading
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By Vicki E. Jones The year was 1968, and I, age 21 and a native and resident of Los Angeles, had spent the summer at a summer job in Boston, working as an assistant to a lab assistant at a... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago 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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84 YEAR OLD STUNS AMERICA'S GOT TALENT PANEL The judges on AGT were pretty sure they weren't going to like Mr. Jessel. See what happened. MARY PHILLIPS UPDATE In last week's Interesting Stuff, 98-year-old Mary Phillips explained how she was... Continue reading
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A couple of years ago, my friend Jim Stone and several others readers sent me a remarkable video about Henry. At the time of filming, he had been 10 years living in a nursing home in dementia care - listless,... Continue reading
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By Mary Mack Most days she was there, waiting for her sister, the moment I returned home from school. “Hi, Helen,” she’d say. “Ready to go swimming?” “No, mom, we can’t go swimming. And it’s not Helen, it’s Mary, don’t... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at The Elder Storytelling Place
By Clifford Rothband Take a deep breath and put a smile on your face, let's make today a great day. I read that somewhere. It was the summer Olympics of 1984. My wife and daughter [age 12] wanted so bad... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2014 at The Elder Storytelling Place
It doesn't take long for little kids to understand that physical appearance - whether you are beautiful or handsome or not in the eyes of others - matters a great deal in the world. Those who win the beauty lottery... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2014 at TIME GOES BY
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People old and young believe a lot of twaddle about elders. I first wrote about that during the inaugural year of this blog, 2004, when hardly anyone was reading it. A portion of Erdman Palmore's Facts on Aging Quiz had... Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2014 at TIME GOES BY
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By Henry Lowenstern The well's run dry. I must be frank. My poetic muse has drawn a blank. No matter how I fret and curse, I can't produce a decent verse. Who played on me this lousy prank? [INVITATION: All... Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2014 at The Elder Storytelling Place
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Did you know: That the states with the highest proportion of old people in their populations in 2010 were Florida, West Virginia, Maine and Pennsylvania (all above 15 percent)? States with the lowest proportion of elders were Alaska, Utah and... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2014 at TIME GOES BY
By Diane Davis Seniors are one of the fastest growing groups of compulsive gamblers. Why? Here’s how it worked for me when I had a gambling problem. Radio blaring, I drove fast and reckless to the casino 12 minutes from... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2014 at The Elder Storytelling Place
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If you read my Senior Planet story about my choice for best in show for elders at CE Week in New York, you also got a small taste of a runner up business I liked, Laundry Puppy. But there is... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2014 at TIME GOES BY
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By Mickey Rogers of This, That and the Other My sister’s late father-in-law was gifted. Whenever his wife was angry she tended to nag him for what seemed like an eternity. Taking advantage of his hearing disability, he simply turned... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 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 Jul 13, 2014 at TIME GOES BY
98 YEAR OLD EVICTED FROM HER HOME Mary Phillips has lived in her San Francisco apartment for 50 years. She has always paid her rent on time. But she's being evicted anyway – except that she has no intention of... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2014 at TIME GOES BY
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By Bettijane Eisenpreis I was standing at the reception desk in the Red Lion Inn in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, the lovely old resort hotel in the Berkshire Mountains, when the woman behind the desk handed my completed registration form back to... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2014 at The Elder Storytelling Place