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Ronni Bennett
Portland, Maine
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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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“DEAD” WOMAN WAKES IN MORGUE REFRIGERATOR Back in the 1950s, there was a chilling and deservedly famous Alfred Hitchcock Presents TV episode about a man, played by Joseph Cotton, so paralyzed in an accident that the coroner believes he is... Continue reading
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By Chlele Gummer As I saw shards of broken glass in the garbage can, the doctor's wife explained, "Michael was having a bad day. I got so mad I threw three glasses at him. He can try my nerves, he... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at The Elder Storytelling Place
”I’ve learned my lines. The house lights have dimmed and I’ve just walked center stage for the third act of the play I started writing long ago. And within the physical, economic and intellectual framework of being an 'old guy,'... Continue reading
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By Joyce Benedict All things, claim the poet, linked to each other by unseen holy threads if we but touch of a flower we trouble a star. Awaiting inspiration to pen a poem I gaze out on to little deck... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at The Elder Storytelling Place
When I was kid growing up in Portland, Oregon during the post World War II era, it was not unusual for my friends to have a grandparent or two living with them. Some of that elder generation were healthy, some... Continue reading
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From the strong responses to my past posts (well, mostly rants), about the general decline of writing skills, I am assuming today that a lot of TGB readers care about proper spelling, grammar, punctuation, usage, etc. It seems to me... Continue reading
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By Antonia Albany of Antonia's Senior Moments In 1962 my father was a historian for NATO in Paris. I was 14. Do you remember being 14? At that time, I was a young girl awakening to the opposite sexm. Mon... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at The Elder Storytelling Place
By Marc Leavitt of Marc Leavitt's Blog In the summer of 1992, I started to get restless at work. I knew the signs; I’d been there before. After three years as executive director of an educational foundation in New York... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at The Elder Storytelling Place
This post has nothing to do with getting old, nothing at all. I need a day or two off from all that so here's some entertainment for you relevant to world affairs. Don't you dare yawn. Please. You're gonna love... Continue reading
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When I say I wish I could have stayed in bed, you know the kind of day I'm talking about – we all wind up there now and then. It happened to me last Thursday. First thing, 5AM, Ollie the... Continue reading
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By Carl Hansen During the 1976 bi-centennial, the King of Sweden was one of several foreign dignitaries who visited the United States but the only one who came to our small town in Kansas. The town was Lindsborg, founded by... Continue reading
Posted 6 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
Posted 7 days ago at TIME GOES BY
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BILL MAHER ON AGEISM Too often comedians are among the worst offenders with age jokes that are mean rather than funny. As accomplished as they are otherwise, Jon Stewart and John Oliver regularly take aim at elders and although I... Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2014 at TIME GOES BY
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[EDITORIAL NOTE: Ha! This started out to be a short, little warning about what's ahead for Social Security and Medicare and it somehow turned into a rambling political discourse. Sorry about that. The whole thing just got away from me... Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2014 at TIME GOES BY
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By Wendl Kornfeld During the summer I was about 10 years old, a baby robin fell from its nest in our backyard. Its mother fretfully hopped around it then fled when she saw my mother approach. My mother, who was... Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2014 at The Elder Storytelling Place
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Since it was announced more than two weeks ago, you are likely to be way ahead of me about this: on Monday 27 October, the French cosmetic company L'Oreal named 69-year-old actor Helen Mirren their latest spokesperson for the U.K.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2014 at TIME GOES BY
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By Clifford Rothband I write about my life's experiences, as truthfully as my memory allows. It seems that I bought a race horse named Pompano Penny. As a yearling, she hadn't raced yet. We bought a couple of horse's at... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2014 at The Elder Storytelling Place
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Kentucky Senator and 2016 presidential hopeful, Rand Paul, thinks so. Here is what he told Politico this week in an interview with Mike Allen: “'I think all the polls show if [Senator Hillary Clinton] does run, she’ll win the Democrat... Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2014 at TIME GOES BY
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By Johna Ferguson Recently, the woman who lives across the hall from me in the retirement home had her room fumigated again for bed bugs. She couldn’t enter her room from early morning until 5PM. I don’t know where she... Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2014 at The Elder Storytelling Place
By Marcy Belson We cheated. We flew to San Diego, we didn't drive the I5 south. Then we waited for the van to take us to the offsite rental car agency. And waited. An hour or more later the van... Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2014 at The Elder Storytelling Place
A few weeks ago The New York Times published a splashy feature containing photo portraits and short interviews with a baker's dozen of people who have continued to work full speed into their ninth and tenth decades. The long-time, former... Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2014 at TIME GOES BY
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By Old Bill Weatherstone who blogs at The Diesel Gypsy When I was a young hellion (so they told me) in public school, grade 5, I was having a bad time with tooth aches. In Toronto, the school system had... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2014 at The Elder Storytelling Place
The ageism of pundits and the press, of movies and television, even comedians, is so ubiquitous that most Americans don't believe there is such a thing. That makes it big news (on this website, if not elsewhere) when a professional... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 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 Nov 9, 2014 at TIME GOES BY