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Ronni Bennett
Portland, Maine
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Following my 12-hour surgery last year, I was plagued with what I learned is popularly called “anesthesia brain,” a relative of “chemo brain.” Among the symptoms are • Confusion • Difficulty concentrating • Difficulty finding the right word • Difficulty... 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
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WHY THE TOWER OF PISA DOESN'T FALL OVER And why it leans in the first place: More at the Washington Post. YOUR BRAIN ON READING On Monday in these pages, Crabby Old Lady complained about video/audio only news stories and... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at TIME GOES BY
Pretty much all old people who live in places where public transporation is scarce resist the idea of giving up their car keys and dread reaching the day when it might become necessary. Who can blame us. In recent years,... Continue reading
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About a year and a half ago, Next Avenue published a story about how adult children and grandchildren these days don't want their parents' “stuff”. As Susan Devaney, president of NASMM [National Association of Senior Move Managers] told the writer:... Continue reading
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Crabby Old Lady winds up in a snit these days every time she reads – or, rather, TRIES to read - online news. Certainly she has her favorite news websites, but Crabby regularly visits a wide variety of other news... Continue reading
Posted 7 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 Jun 10, 2018 at TIME GOES BY
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THE VANISHING LINGO OF NEW YORK SODA JERKS There is a fascinating article at Atlas Obscura about the slang of soda jerks during the heyday of their existence. There were ”...half a million employed at tens of thousands of soda... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2018 at TIME GOES BY
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EDITORIAL NOTE: At the bottom of this post is the latest episode of The Alex and Ronni Show - a now-and-then conversation between me, the proprietor of Time Goes By, and my former husband, Alex Bennett. There is a lot... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2018 at TIME GOES BY
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A few days ago, TGB reader Kate Gilpin sent me an email about what she calls her “latest ageism tale from the trenches.” ”Yesterday I had lunch with three wonderful, smart, interesting, funny women,” she writes. “I was the youngest... Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2018 at TIME GOES BY
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Last year, inflation was so low that Social Security recipients received only a 2 percent cost-of-living (COLA) increase for 2018. But that was a relatively giant raise compared to 2017 (.3 percent) and 2016 (nothing). Of course, I can't speak... Continue reading
Posted Jun 4, 2018 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 Jun 3, 2018 at TIME GOES BY
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WORLD'S OLDEST BLOGGER She lives in Sweden. She's 106 years old. She didn't get her first computer until she was 100 years old. Her blog name is Bojan; her real name is Dagny Carlsson: NOTE: Since I originally posted this... Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2018 at TIME GOES BY
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A month or so ago, TGB reader Salinda left this comment: ”Over the past year, sleep has become very elusive, and despite good advice from herbalists and docs, meditation, lots of exercise, no screens before bed, ETC, the situation persists.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2018 at TIME GOES BY
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Sometimes I go to bed on a Monday night and wake up on Friday morning. Okay, not literally but it often feels that way. In addition, I am now so terrible at recalling how long ago something happened that I... Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2018 at TIME GOES BY
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Well, her birthday is actually tomorrow but this post will still be at the top of the home page then so we get to celebrate the beginning of Darlene's 94th year for two days. Think of it. Calvin Coolidge was... Continue reading
Posted May 28, 2018 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 27, 2018 at TIME GOES BY
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REMAKING LONDON'S ICONIC RED PHONE BOOTHS Since just about everyone has a mobile phone now, old fashioned phone booths are going the way of dodo. People in London, however, are finding interesting new uses for their iconic red booths. Two... Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2018 at TIME GOES BY
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”...the part I actually find hard about being single is that I never get touched, and this is always overlooked and undervalued.” I ran across that statement in a story at Medium written by Emma Lindsay who is, gleaned from... Continue reading
Posted May 25, 2018 at TIME GOES BY
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EDITORIAL NOTE: At the bottom of this post is the latest episode of The Alex and Ronni Show - a now-and-then conversation between me, the proprietor of Time Goes By, and my former husband, Alex Bennett. Today's topic is cats.... Continue reading
Posted May 23, 2018 at TIME GOES BY
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That's Ollie the cat in the bedroom late last year, healthy if a bit too fat. A few months ago, he got sick, made it obvious over time that he no longer liked his regular food and nothing else we... Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2018 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 20, 2018 at TIME GOES BY
NEW SHINGLES VACCINE FOR ELDERS I'm betting that most TGB readers had chicken pox when they were kids. That means we are at risk for shingles. The vaccine that has been available, [Zostavax], is not all that effective but a... Continue reading
Posted May 19, 2018 at TIME GOES BY
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It's been an overly serious week at TGB or, at least, heavy going on Monday and Wednesday so I feel the need to lighten up. How about this? We all love quotations. They are short, easy to read and sometimes... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2018 at TIME GOES BY
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EDITORIAL NOTE: This is long-ish and gets a bit wonky in places but it is important to know this stuff. * * * We have all known or have read about elders who don't fill medication prescriptions or cut them... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2018 at TIME GOES BY
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