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Ronni Bennett
Portland, Maine
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Life has intruded and for a day or two I need take a short break from writing that requires actual thought. So here are a couple of things that won't tax my brain and I hope will amuse you. PIGS... Continue reading
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Ageist language isn't confined to such obvious demeaning labels as geezer, coot, biddy, etc. - or to “elderspeak,” the belittling forms of address such a “dearie,” and “sweetie” or speaking to old people in a loud, slow voice. Much more... Continue reading
Posted 3 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 4 days ago at TIME GOES BY
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STILL DREAMING This documentary follows some of the residents of the Lillian Booth Actors Home in New Jersey as two young theatrical directors rehearse them for a performance of A Midsummer Night's Dream. As we come to know the elders... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at TIME GOES BY
Earlier this week, Republican presidential candidate, Donald Trump, snidely attacked the Democratic presidential candidate by saying that Secretary Hillary Clinton has nothing more going for her than the “Woman Card." Ms. Clinton's response to Trump's ignorance was perfection. Take a... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at TIME GOES BY
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There is a new survey of 1,583 retirees about what makes them happy in their post-employment years. In general, I don't find the the poll useful for several reasons: • All the respondents are long-time customers of a financial services... Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2016 at TIME GOES BY
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The weather has warmed enough where I live that it was time this weekend to put away the winter bed quilts for something lighter. As there are a number of color and style choices on my shelves, I can pick... Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2016 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 Apr 24, 2016 at TIME GOES BY
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LIVING BONE TO BONE Remember my blog post last week responding to a letter to the editor in The New York Times about a new age-suit? The letter was written by Ann Burack-Weiss who is also the author of recent... Continue reading
Posted Apr 23, 2016 at TIME GOES BY
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You've heard of the Internet of Things? Well, forget that. This once-wonderful means of electronic communication that has become essential to our financial, health, family, civic, educational and social lives has deteriorated into such a deep morass of crap, it... Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2016 at TIME GOES BY
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Year by year over the past two decades, evidence piles up that being on the receiving end of ageist attitudes, beliefs and practices not only leads to poor health, it can shorten lives. And it's not only others' prejudice that... Continue reading
Posted Apr 20, 2016 at TIME GOES BY
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For many years, I have posted a Saturday listing of Interesting Stuff - internet items that piqued my interest that I think you too might like. Although the topic of this blog is ageing and what it's really like to... Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2016 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 Apr 17, 2016 at TIME GOES BY
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CUSTOMERS FIRST IN RETIREMENT INVESTING The Department of Labor last week announced new regulations requiring financial retirement advisors and brokers who handle individual retirement and 401(k) accounts to act in the best interests of their clients. You would think that... Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2016 at TIME GOES BY
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Somewhere among the tiniest twists of our DNA, we are programmed to fear death, to avoid it at all costs and to live. To Live! To live is, borrowing from Star Trek, the prime directive. In addition to the practicality... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2016 at TIME GOES BY
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Two or three weeks ago, Crabby Old Lady received the bill for renewal of her homeowners coverage. It was up 7.4 percent - too high but not enough to cause heartburn. However, the accompanying premium for Crabby's auto insurance, due... Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2016 at TIME GOES BY
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Every now and then you run across something so obvious and so true that there is nothing to do but slap your forehead and immediately rearrange your beliefs on the subject. Let me explain. As I told you in a... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2016 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 Apr 10, 2016 at TIME GOES BY
WHAT MILLENNIALS THINK OLD PEOPLE ARE LIKE From AARP, here's an experiment with millennials and elders. IT'S NOT JUST US OLD FOLKS WHO FALL DOWN Over most of the history of this blog, I have posted a story about preventing... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2016 at TIME GOES BY
[BIRTHDAY NOTE: Thank you all so much for the many kind greetings you left in the comments yesterday. You made my birthday extra special and I appreciate every one of you. You too, Peter Tibbles, for that excellent musical party.]... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2016 at TIME GOES BY
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This is Peter Tibbles. I'm usually lurking over there on Sunday but now and again I pop up my head on other days and take over the column, so here I am again. This is because Ronni turns 75 today... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2016 at TIME GOES BY
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Senior centers have a bad rap and they should not. Although there may still be too many that offer little more than bingo night once or twice a week and not much else, most are working hard to upgrade and... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2016 at TIME GOES BY
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Recently, I've been thinking about how interests, beliefs and convictions change as we grow older. By growing older, I do not mean that milestone of crossing the invisible line between midlife and old age. I mean how we change during... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2016 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 Apr 3, 2016 at TIME GOES BY
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MILLENNIALS MOVE INTO SENIOR LIVING CENTER For a long time I've believed that anyone who develops products, services, government programs or anything else meant for elders' use should be required employ elder advisors because only old people can make adequate... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2016 at TIME GOES BY