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Ronni Bennett
Portland, Maine
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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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EDITORIAL NOTE As you know, on Monday through Friday, there is a link at the bottom of each TGB story to that day's story by readers at The Elder Storytelling Place. Last Monday, I neglected to set up the ESP... Continue reading
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Four weeks ago, Crabby Old Lady told you about how she reduced her fixed expenses by cutting the cable TV cord after Giant Cable Company (hereinafter referred to as GCC) jacked up the monthly charge by 39 percent. She didn't... Continue reading
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Over the Rainbow is the number one on the "Songs of the Century" list compiled by the Recording Industry Association of America and the National Endowment for the Arts. The American Film Institute also ranked Over the Rainbow the greatest... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at The Elder Storytelling Place
By Henry Lowenstern my dreams come to a stop when my clock-radio wakes me up, I open my eyes, and slowly rise then, back to bed I flop. [INVITATION: All elders, 50 and older, are welcome to submit stories for... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at The Elder Storytelling Place
When, in 1995, I began to research what ageing is all about, there were hardly any non-academic books about it (and so it remained until 2005 when the media caught on that the oldest baby boomers were turning 60 and... Continue reading
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Remember yesterday's post when I quoted some notes from my blog journal? Perhaps you recall reading this one: ”Sometimes I am afraid that there will be no more wonderful surprises, that the future I have left will be no different... Continue reading
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By Joyce Benedict I am always amazed at the bubbling up of memories of events long ago as I’ve gotten older. So vivid. Almost like they occurred last week yet what did I eat for breakfast? Who called me yesterday... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at The Elder Storytelling Place
By Arlene Corwin of Arlene Corwin Poetry And the world goes on without me. And the world gets through its day. And you never start a sentence with an “and.” As I contemplate the boil on my gum, The germ... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at The Elder Storytelling Place
There is a handwritten journal I keep although, unlike the kind many others' have, the entries are undated. This latest edition is the third I have filled over 10 years (they are thick with many pages). It is my blog... Continue reading
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By Dan Gogerty who blogs at Cast One syndrome I’m quite sure I won’t get is orthorexia - a new kind of eating disorder defined as “a pathological obsession for biologically pure and healthy nutrition.” Many folks have shifted their... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at The Elder Storytelling Place
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On the Op-Ed page of The New York Times last week, renowned neurologist Oliver Sacks announced his impending death from terminal cancer. True to his nature – or what I know of it from his 12 books and dozens of... 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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THE LADIES Two sisters in their 90s live and work together in their New York City apartment which doubles as their dressmaking shop. As explained at Aeon, "A lifetime ago in their native Hungary, Mimi was a renowned costumer, crafting... Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2015 at TIME GOES BY
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When the renowned essayist – most often about sports, but other topics too – Roger Angell published “This Old Man: Life in the nineties” it became, deservedly, an instant classic. A couple of weeks ago, Tom Delmore emailed to remind... Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2015 at TIME GOES BY
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By Fritzy Dean An all too familiar experience has just occurred. I've been introduced to a new acquaintance. As I shake their hand and repeat my name, the person says, "Fritzy?" Yes, that's right. I smile and nod. And then,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2015 at The Elder Storytelling Place
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By Vicki E. Jones It was the spring of 1963, and the night was expected to be quite cool. A male friend had invited me to go with him to our high school’s annual ROTC (Reserve Officers Training Corps) dance,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2015 at The Elder Storytelling Place
One of the unavoidable consequences of making it beyond age 60 or so is that varieties of diseases, conditions and age-induced injuries become more likely than when we were young. It is well established – though definitely not a guarantee... Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2015 at TIME GOES BY
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By Bettijane Eisenpreis As I walked into my bedroom today, the number on my digital clock immediately jumped into view — 9:11. nine eleven – it will never be just a number to me, or millions other, since that fatal... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2015 at The Elder Storytelling Place
Every year or two, the internet announces that blogging is dead. Most recently this happened when long-time political blogger Andrew Sullivan announced in late January that he was hanging up his keyboard: “...although it has been the most rewarding experience... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2015 at TIME GOES BY
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Hardly a week goes by without a report or two from medical journals and the popular media that people in Silicon Valley and other places in the U.S. and around the world believe they can “cure” ageing. Most are, of... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2015 at TIME GOES BY
By Marc Leavitt of Marc Leavitt's Blog It was a cold winter, in year twenty fifteen, And we wondered each day if our spring would be green, We thought, before bedtime - each one of us renters, Homeowners, or homeless,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2015 at The Elder Storytelling Place
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In between naps last week during the several days' recovery following my dental surgery, I read. Not any of the several books I am currently working through – I didn't think I would have much recall, given the effects of... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2015 at TIME GOES BY
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By Trudi Kappel As recent university graduates traveling in Europe for the first time, my friend Rita and I had little money for anything beyond necessities. However each of us budgeted for a single memorable souvenir. Mine was a small... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 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
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