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Ronni Bennett
Portland, Maine
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YOU'LL BE GETTING A NEW MEDICARE CARD People have long complained (correctly) that Social Security numbers displayed prominently on the U.S. Medicare card makes identity theft easy. It's right there in the middle labeled “Medicare Claim Number” with a letter... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at TIME GOES BY
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We gave Wednesday over to a men's club this week. Let's make today, Friday, women's day although men are as welcome to chime in as women did on Wednesday. When I first wrote about “elder fashion” here in 2008, I... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at TIME GOES BY
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By Clifford Rothband I just read the letter from a man whose wife and life has been struck by Alzheimer's disease. I am now 70-1/2 years old. Not as old as my Mom of almost 90, or my mother-in-law of... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at The Elder Storytelling Place
By Arlene Corwin of Arlene Corwin Poetry My husband picks the fruit before it’s ripe. He eats bananas when they’re short of yellow - Crazy fellow! Why would someone eat a berry Hard and sour, And banana tasting very Much... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at The Elder Storytelling Place
If you read this blog regularly, you know there are a lot more women who comment than men. That is likely due to the fact that there are more elder women than men – we (women) tend to live longer... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at TIME GOES BY
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By Fritzy Dean Aging in America is different than aging, for example, in Japan or Europe. In some cultures, old people are revered. In our society, there are two strongly held and conflicting myths about aging and old people. In... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at The Elder Storytelling Place
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By Henry Lowenstern We were still wondering what she would do when Hillary dropped the other shoe and announced or rather pounced into the presidential whoop-ti-do. [INVITATION: All elders, 50 and older, are welcome to submit stories for this blog.... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at The Elder Storytelling Place
By Mickey Rogers of This, That and the Other There is nothing quite so blissful for a guy as sharing his life with a contented wife. From my vast years of experience, I can give you younger guys some sound... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at The Elder Storytelling Place
On reading The New York Times Op-Ed page yesterday, I had a bit of a private snit about columnist Maureen Dowd. As usual. Again. From that you would be correct to infer I am not a fan. Never have been.... Continue reading
Posted 6 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 7 days ago at TIME GOES BY
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THE ONLY KNOWN FOOTAGE OF ANNE FRANK It's grainy, black-and-white shot on 22 July 1941, but you know immediately that it is Anne Frank. She is leaning out of the second-floor window of her home in Amsterdam watching a bride... Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2015 at TIME GOES BY
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By Nancy Leitz As some of you may know, my beloved husband, Roy, passed away in May 2013. We had been together for 67 years (63 as husband and wife). It was quite an adjustment for me and there was... Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2015 at The Elder Storytelling Place
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Readers sometimes send me interesting questions about getting old (as if you think I actually have answers). When they are specific and about topics on which there is a body of knowledge and consensus from experts, I can act as... Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2015 at TIME GOES BY
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By Henry Lowenstern The Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee has revised its nitty gritty, saying we no longer need exclude cholesterol that comes in food. So eggs and shrimp are sitting pretty. [INVITATION: All elders, 50 and older, are welcome to... Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2015 at The Elder Storytelling Place
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By Dan Gogerty who blogs at Cast Yes, of course there is a smartphone app called Calm. As the description says, “For a quick refresher mid-day, the app has nature scenes and calming background noises that aid relaxation during the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2015 at The Elder Storytelling Place
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When I was a kid, old people regularly annoyed me with a mantra they used as a catchall comment to discussions of even the mildest difficulties: “As long as you've got your health.” they repeated. “As long as you've got... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2015 at TIME GOES BY
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By Marc Leavitt of Marc Leavitt's Blog Now that you’re old, should you bemoan The single life, if you’re alone? The question’s quite an easy one; Is love a “must,” or are you done? When people reach a certain age,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2015 at The Elder Storytelling Place
REMINDER: Beginning today, Time Goes By will not be published on Tuesdays and Thursdays as in the past 10 years. This is an experiment to be re-evaluated in the fall. In addition, links are no longer appended at the bottom... Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2015 at TIME GOES BY
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By Dani Ferguson Phillips of The Cataract Club Like many people my age I have made arrangements for my final departure. I have pre-paid my cremation and put down all my final wishes on paper. The one thing remaining to... Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2015 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 Apr 12, 2015 at TIME GOES BY
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COLLEGE STUDENTS LIVING RENT-FREE IN ELDER HOUSING This idea seems to be growing around the world and it is such a good one: ”In exchange for small, rent-free apartments, the Humanitas retirement home in Deventer, Netherlands, requires students to spend... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2015 at TIME GOES BY
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A month or so ago, I received an email from long-time TGB reader James Wallace Harris who blogs at Auxiliary Memory. He has been retired for awhile now and is feeling restless from what might be too much unaccustomed freedom:... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2015 at TIME GOES BY
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[EDITORIAL NOTE: Beginning Monday 13 April, there will no longer be links at the bottom of Time Goes By stories to the stories and poems at this blog. For an explanation, see here.] By Marc Leavitt of Marc Leavitt's Blog... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2015 at The Elder Storytelling Place
[EDITORIAL NOTE: Beginning Monday 13 April, there will no longer be links at the bottom of Time Goes By stories to the stories and poems at this blog. For an explanation, see here.] By Arlene Corwin of Arlene Corwin Poetry... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2015 at The Elder Storytelling Place
You may recall one of the quotations I selected from the Doris Lessing section in Esther Harriott's excellent book, Aging and Writers: “It takes me longer to do things,” said Lessing. “Not physical things...but where it shows is the energy... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2015 at TIME GOES BY
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