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Ronni Bennett
Portland, Maine
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RONNI HERE: In producing this Saturday list, I aim for a balance with a little something for everyone – sort of an update of an old-timey variety show from our generation's youth. At first, this week, I thought there was... Continue reading
Posted 7 hours ago at TIME GOES BY
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There is no argument about it: the development of technology in our lifetime is nothing less that astounding. Sometimes, I think, we've become so accustomed to it that we forget there is no essential difference between modern digital technology and... Continue reading
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By Mickey Rogers of This, That and the Other Last fall I had to visit student teachers who were located in two different cities. After spending time with the first teacher, I drove to the next town where I enjoyed... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at The Elder Storytelling Place
By Marc Leavitt of Marc Leavitt's Blog Now that you’re old, are you still prone To seek romance, or live alone? The question’s quite a simple one: Is that your aim, or are you done? Do you prefer to come... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at The Elder Storytelling Place
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File this post under Ronni was too weary and/or lazy to write on Wednesday. It happens to all of us, you know. I own an elegant, little easel frame. It is quite small – about two-and-a-half by three inches or... Continue reading
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By Henry Lowenstern Scientists have renewed their warning about rising seas and increased storming lest we curtail burning coal and oil which is causing global warming. [INVITATION: All elders, 50 and older, are welcome to submit stories for this blog.... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at The Elder Storytelling Place
It has become a tenet of old age that without plenty of friends and family, and an active social life, we are doomed to die before our time. In fact, one study, as reported in The Guardian last year, went... Continue reading
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By Clifford Rothband One of my favorite ditties is Dolly Parton singing Coat of Many Colors. It is about how proud a little girl felt was about a handmade coat made of different scraps and colors and how she handled... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at The Elder Storytelling Place
In 1999, four middle-ish-aged guys who were stars in the development of the still-emergent internet wrote a book about how the internet, an amazing global “conversation” platform whereby individuals could share information at blinding speeds that gave them, us –... Continue reading
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By Peter Tibbles who blogs at Time Goes By ...rather than doing something useful. That, of course, is part of the title but it would be far too long, like one of those novels from the nineteenth century. I love... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at The Elder Storytelling Place
...lack thereof. [EDITORIAL NOTE: As far as I know, the following has no basis in fact and may or may not be related to age (although I believe it is). It is no more than my observation of a personal... 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 6 days ago at TIME GOES BY
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GROWING OLD ALONE RESPONSE There was a strong response to our Wednesday feature about growing old alone that used an interview with actor Jack Nicholson as a jumping off point. It caused a lot of interesting comments. Herm is a... Continue reading
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By Wendl Kornfeld During the 1970s I wrote and produced hundreds of broadcast and print ads for a couple of ad agencies that specialized in entertainment accounts such as Broadway shows and movies. I worked with dozens of top-name stars,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 23, 2015 at The Elder Storytelling Place
Larry Wilmore's Comedy Central program, The Nightly Show, premiered this week in Stephen Colbert's old time slot following The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. On Tuesday, all the reviews were laudatory and I agree. Strongly. We have a new late... Continue reading
Posted Jan 23, 2015 at TIME GOES BY
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By Dan Gogerty who blogs at Cast My wife and I receive regular brochures in the mail from organizations offering cruises around places such as the Greek Islands or the fjords of Norway. Enticing, but a week or so in... Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2015 at The Elder Storytelling Place
An American friend, Jim Stone, who is wintering in New Zealand where it is summer, emailed urging me to read a story he had found with some good advice from our dogs about how to deal with old age. Before... Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2015 at TIME GOES BY
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A week ago, TGB reader Yvonne Cunningham emailed a link about 77-year-old actor (and lifelong lothario), Jack Nicholson. Britain's National Post reports that he ”...admitted to being lonely as he faces dying with nobody by his side. “In an interview... Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2015 at TIME GOES BY
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By Clifford Rothband I just think that there is too little advice given to older men besides medical, death benefits or how they can save or use hard earned money type of advice. I am still looking for a men's... Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2015 at The Elder Storytelling Place
Did you see the Op-Ed in The New York Times on Sunday about the old mean girls in the retirement community freezing out the 97-year-old newcomer? Before we go any further with that thought, let us acknowledge the ageist language... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2015 at TIME GOES BY
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By Arlene Corwin of Arlene Corwin Poetry Wrinkling earlobes. Ditto neck. Drooping jawline; skrinkling cheek; Eyes: the lids. The mouth the hideous-d of all: A mix of Wrinkling, drooping, lined, thinned, fallen. But it functions and I’m glad. It talks,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2015 at The Elder Storytelling Place
[EDITOR'S NOTE: This poem arrived from Marc way back during 2012 presidential campaign. Somehow it got overlooked and then was out of date. Now, however, Mitt Romney seems to want to run for president again so I am pleased to... Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2015 at The Elder Storytelling Place
[EDITORIAL NOTE: Due to a glitch at the company that hosts my blogs, yesterday's Elder Music post was not published until several hours after its usual early morning time and as far as I can determine, the email and rss... Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 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 Jan 18, 2015 at TIME GOES BY
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POLICE OFFICER WHO KILLED 95-YEAR-OLD STANDS TRIAL TGB Reader Cathy Johnson alerted me to this story of John Wrana, a 95-year-old World War II veteran who died at the hands of a police officer in a suburb of Chicago. John... Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2015 at TIME GOES BY