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Ronni Bennett
Portland, Maine
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Last Wednesday, I offered up an extra copy I have of Julian Barnes' brilliant memoir of grief, Levels of Life. It was a random drawing and all you needed to do to participate was to leave a comment stating you... Continue reading
Posted 15 hours ago at TIME GOES BY
By Arlene Corwin Indestructible a soul; Indissoluble an I; Lying, looking at the sky, Thinking that, clear of the blue, Beyond the black, to planets, suns Becoming, being, dying, Stars composing, wobbling With their new formed planets Ovulating, circulating -... Continue reading
Posted 15 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
Posted yesterday at TIME GOES BY
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THE ALS ICE CHALLENGE Unless you've been under a rock for the past week, you know about the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge during which mostly celebrities and politicians who want a few more minutes than usual in the spotlight sit... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at TIME GOES BY
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Ever since Facebook launched in 2004, and even moreso following Twitter's online birth two years later, people who think they are in the know have been predicting the death of blogging – translation: long-form writing. The prognosticators often include the... Continue reading
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By Bettijane Eisenpreis Victor Klemperer’s book, I Will Bear Witness: A Diary of the Nazi Years, 1933-1941, was one of the most memorable, though disturbing, books I have ever read. An assimilated Jew with a non-Jewish wife, Klemperer managed to... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at The Elder Storytelling Place
On Tuesday's post about not having borne children and therefore having an old age without grandchildren, Karen Swift mentioned this in her comment: ”My first grandchild will arrive in November...I have been thinking a lot about exactly what kind of... Continue reading
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By Marcy Belson I believe I was seven years old the Christmas that I received the diary as a gift. It had a faux leather cover and a tiny gold key and lock. I immediately put the gold key on... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at The Elder Storytelling Place
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By Clifford Rothband In a discussion recently, we were talking philosophically about life. One conclusion is that you can throw away anger or get a handle on it but you can't stop a laugh. At one time in the early... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at The Elder Storytelling Place
I discovered the English writer, Julian Barnes, in 1984 with the publication that year of Flaubert's Parrot, and I haven't stopped reading him since. In the past decade, Barnes seems to have become almost as consumed with growing old, old... Continue reading
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From Johna Ferguson [This is an anonymous item from the internet but I felt it is rather appropriate for us who grew up without “that green thing.”] Checking out at the store, the young cashier suggested to the older woman... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at The Elder Storytelling Place
In February 2011, I posted a story about being old and childless titled, Having No Children – Regrets? It was popular. There were many more of comments than other days with a lot of thoughtful discussion. But I had forgotten... Continue reading
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By Vicki E. Jones The year was 1984 and our son was eight years old. When he convinced us that he just had to have a couple of semi-aquatic Reeve turtles for his pets, we acquired a long 55-gallon tank... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at The Elder Storytelling Place
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I am the first to admit that my knowledge of Shakespeare is spotty and even that may be overstating it. Something like a hundred years ago, I read all 37 plays along with some learned commentary and have re-read or... 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 Aug 24, 2014 at TIME GOES BY
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NEW FRIEND WITH 1956 THUNDERBIRD One of the best things about having this blog is the interesting people I get to meet. Let me tell you a little story. A few weeks ago I got an email from a TGB... Continue reading
Posted Aug 23, 2014 at TIME GOES BY
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By Dan Gogerty who blogs at Cast I grew up thinking a real farm had certain built-in qualities - an oak tree to dispense shade, acorns and wisdom; a barn with a haymow, square bales and kids playing in it;... Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2014 at The Elder Storytelling Place
It wasn't planned, but apparently this has become book week at Time Goes By. Yesterday, we featured the poetry of Dorothy Trogdon and Wednesday's report on a list of 100 best novels chosen by two male journalists led to requests... Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2014 at TIME GOES BY
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By Janet Thompson As other urban (many gay) pioneers were restoring their Victorian houses, my New Orleans neighbor, Bill, in keeping with his origin and traditions, decreed that his friends must come costumed to his 1983 Fat Tuesday bash. My... Continue reading
Posted Aug 21, 2014 at The Elder Storytelling Place
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As I tell the publicists who contact me about books they are flogging, I don't “review” books, I write about a few of them I like. Not many more than half a dozen a year. The reason for so few... Continue reading
Posted Aug 21, 2014 at TIME GOES BY
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Sometimes I wonder – well, more than sometimes – if we old folks are the last generation to have the habit of reading for pleasure. I don't mean to imply that younger people are less literate necessarily, or dumber or... Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2014 at TIME GOES BY
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By Henry Lowenstern My spectacles have gone astray. I used them earlier today. Now they're not here. How'd they disappear? ...Oh here they are! HOORAY! HOORAY! [INVITATION: All elders, 50 and older, are welcome to submit stories for this blog.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2014 at The Elder Storytelling Place
By Trudi Kappel A visit to the paint store is both a lesson in the poetry of naming colors and one in psychology. I know there are people who earn their living dreaming up thousands of names for paint colors.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2014 at The Elder Storytelling Place
There are so many things wrong with what has happened to Lea Olivier that it's going to take some unpacking to understand it all. Before I get to that, let me stack up two or three presumptions about where I'm... Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2014 at TIME GOES BY
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By Chlele Gummer A funny thing happened when I sat down at the big table for my first meeting of the education committee. Earlier I had been instructed that as co-president of the docent council, I had to represent the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2014 at The Elder Storytelling Place