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Ronni Bennett
Portland, Maine
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MEMORIAL DAY That's the title of a poem for today from Marc Leavitt who blogs at Marc Leavitt's Blog. On this day we praise the fallen, who fought and died in war; The men who gave their all to guard... Continue reading
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By Dan Gogerty who blogs at Cast The beavers that dammed up our creek in the lower pasture must be desperate. It’s a small stream, lined with few trees, and - during the planting season - void of the bountiful... Continue reading
Posted 9 hours 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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ROCKING OUT IN THE KITCHEN The song is Ice Ice Baby from Vanilla Ice. That's all we know but she sure inspired me to get out of this desk chair and join her. KIDS WHO OUTSMARTED THEIR TEACHERS Buzzfeed does... Continue reading
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By Arlene Corwin of Arlene Corwin Poetry In the library of my mind, I stand, Knowing that I must make lunch. On no more than a hunch I riffle through the freezer, fridge, Bridging tastes. Going through from A to... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at The Elder Storytelling Place
I am. And it's not a comfortable thing to be. In case the phrase is new to you: An elder orphan is an old person who is single, lives alone, has no children or family member or friend who can... Continue reading
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By Marc Leavitt of Marc Leavitt's Blog I’ve learned some wise words that I heed On how a writer can succeed. Work hard; the formula will prove The way to get you in the groove. Distractions woo us from all... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at The Elder Storytelling Place
By Elle Hayes it’s May-Saturday garden in the sun-I’m Hot. Dirty. Sweaty. Sore. find shade-sit time for a beer Sit. Ache. Aspirin. Tired. folks walk by wave-say ‘Hi!’ Barking Dogs. Smelling Butts. cars drive by wow!-I see Big RV. Ski... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at The Elder Storytelling Place
For me, the less medicine I am subjected to, the happier I am so in the arena of healthcare, I rely on two principles from the non-medical world: If it ain't broke, don't fix it. The hammer and nail rule... Continue reading
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By Henry Lowenstern Going to the grocery store used to be a tiring chore: We carried the food home on the bus; now, they deliver the stuff to us, bringing it directly to our door. [INVITATION: All elders, 50 and... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at The Elder Storytelling Place
By Clifford Rothband One evening, the wife fell asleep at 9PM. We be oldies. She was watching Dancing With The Stars. I was in another room watching The Antiques Road Show. Or was it the History Channel? Of course I... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at The Elder Storytelling Place
May is Older Americans Month. It is also Jewish American Heritage Month, Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, Mental Health Awareness Month, National Physical Fitness and Sports Month, and National Foster Care Month but this is a blog about growing old.... Continue reading
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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 May 17, 2015 at TIME GOES BY
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GRANDPA AND ME AND A HELICOPTER TO HEAVEN Reader Tom Delmore sent this video of the touching relationship between an old man at the end of his life and his grandson. Simple and beautiful. (In Swedish with subtitles.) OH, GOD,... Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2015 at TIME GOES BY
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Some people – well, many people – see old age as nothing more than decline and that's not entirely false. Our bodies slow down, we become more susceptible to the “diseases of age” and we soon learn we are invisible... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2015 at TIME GOES BY
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By Marc Leavitt of Marc Leavitt's Blog At 42nd Street, by chance, They nearly passed without a glance. Distracted by work’s daily crunch, Both friends were rushing back from lunch. At Third, the traffic light turned red, They looked around;... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2015 at The Elder Storytelling Place
By Dani Ferguson Phillips of The Cataract Club It has been almost three years since I last wrote about “The Big C.” My husband of only one year was still merrily navigating life in what I had concluded was a... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2015 at The Elder Storytelling Place
It has been awhile since we've had a reader-suggested conversation which makes it high time, I think, to do so. Today's comes from Anne Brew who tells me in an email that although she spent her career as a primary... Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2015 at TIME GOES BY
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By Henry Lowenstern Two at breakfast, four at lunch and at dinner, a whole bunch of prescription medications filled to my doctors' specifications, including one that I can crunch. [INVITATION: All elders, 50 and older, are welcome to submit stories... Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2015 at The Elder Storytelling Place
By Fritzy Dean Every last word is contagious.What does it mean To have the last word? That you can talk louder Or longer? That we will never speak of it again? I don't think so. Every last word is contagious.... Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2015 at The Elder Storytelling Place
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By Mickey Rogers of This, That and the Other Mom, after battling cancer for several months, you left us on New Year’s Day, 1997, just three-and-a-half months after Dad had died. Sometimes it feels like you’ve been gone just a... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2015 at The Elder Storytelling Place
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On last Friday's post about the fading of our five senses as we age, S.C. Jones responded to my mention of the dental bone grafts and implants I am undergoing: ”As for teeth, and bone—one of the debilitating and dreadful... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2015 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 May 10, 2015 at TIME GOES BY
GRACE AND FRANKIE Four of our most venerable actors – Jane Fonda (77), Lily Tomlin (75), Martin Sheen (74) and Sam Waterston (74) - are starring in a new Netflix series, Grace and Frankie. As with the Kevin Spacey show,... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2015 at TIME GOES BY
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On Wednesday's post about striving, a commenter named Jack used a terrific phrase I'd never run into before – at least not in relation to dental ills. He wrote that he is “in the process of outliving his teeth.” TASTE... Continue reading
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