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Ronni Bennett
Portland, Maine
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WHAT JOHN KASICH TOLD ELDERS IN NEW HAMPSHIRE The Ohio governor is not the mild-mannered moderate the media has been promoting since his surge into a second-place win in New Hampshire last Tuesday. Clare Malone, writing at fivethirtyeight.com is representative:... Continue reading
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WINNERS OF THE WHAT WE GAIN BOOK GIVEAWAY What an amazing response to the Wednesday drawing for a copy of What We Gain as We Grow Older: On Gelassenheit by the well-known German philosopher, Wilhelm Schmid. We heard from a... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at TIME GOES BY
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That is the title of a new book by German philosopher Wilhelm Schmid. I quoted from it last June when I wrote about the value of habit; Schmid includes an entire chapter on that. I was reading an advance copy... Continue reading
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As stated clearly in a new, 2016 report from the Economic Policy Insitute (EPI), Social Security is a pillar of the American economy. It is the most effective anti-poverty program in the United States. For more than half of the... 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 ULTIMATE CAT LADY Except when I was married for awhile half a century ago and we had four cats, I have always had one cat at a time. There is a reason for that: I'm pretty sure if I... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at TIME GOES BY
As I've told you ad nauseum here, I started studying ageing 20-odd years ago because the received wisdom everywhere in those days was that getting old is awful, the worst thing that could happen to anyone. It consists, they all... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2016 at TIME GOES BY
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There is a burgeoning industry of media about being old. The past few years have seen an increase in the number of movies - theatrical and TV - starring old people, a large amount of the daily health reporting is... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2016 at TIME GOES BY
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Or is it something else? [RONNI HERE: As the subtitle says in the banner above, Time Goes By is about “What it's really like to get old.” That's what I cover here, ageing, and that's what it will continue to... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 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 Jan 31, 2016 at TIME GOES BY
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ACTOR ABE VIGODA DIES - AGAIN Remember Barney Miller? And remember the loveable Detective Fish on that show. His daughter announced this week that he died in his sleep at age 94. But he had died once before – sort... Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2016 at TIME GOES BY
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As I had done when I moved to Portland, Maine in 2006, I looked for a geriatrician when, four years later, I moved to Oregon. With each inquiry in both states, I was told that the doctor's practice was full.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2016 at TIME GOES BY
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Ordinarily, I leave anything about music to Peter Tibbles in his Sunday Elder Music column at this blog. Peter's knowledge, with the aid of “assistant musicologist” Norma, is wide and deep. Mine, although I am an appreciator, is haphazard and... Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2016 at TIME GOES BY
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It is hard to be sure but it seems to be so for me. And it is really annoying. For example, one day last week, I dropped a spoon on the kitchen floor. I picked it up, rinsed it off... Continue reading
Posted Jan 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 Jan 24, 2016 at TIME GOES BY
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UPDATE 8AM PST Certainly this has gone viral already but I can't resist posting it. While the east coast snow storm is still in full surge, Tian Tian, a panda at the National Zoo in Washington, D.C., appears to be... Continue reading
Posted Jan 23, 2016 at TIME GOES BY
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The specifics of this story are unlikely to match any of yours but perhaps there is something in your life that provokes a similar longing. It begins at Christmas 69 years ago. I've told this part of the story on... Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2016 at TIME GOES BY
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Five U.S. states including my own, Oregon, allow some form of physician-assisted suicide. Although some young people, usually when faced with a fatal diagnosis, have used the statutes to end their lives, most frequently it is old people who choose... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2016 at TIME GOES BY
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It is sometimes said that old people have better memories for events that happened decades ago than for what they had for breakfast this morning. As we have discussed here many times, old-age short-term memory difficulties certainly are annoying (the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 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 Jan 17, 2016 at TIME GOES BY
In last Saturday's Interesting Stuff post, I mentioned that Michael Weatherly, the actor who has played (very special) agent Anthony DiNozzo since NCIS began in 2003, is leaving the CBS drama when this 13th season ends in the spring. Weatherly,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2016 at TIME GOES BY
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COW DUNG PATTIES SELL LIKE HOTCAKES In The Asian Reporter, there was a story recently about the sale of cow dung patties in India. As you probably know, dung is an ancient form of fuel throughout the world. Now, cow... Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2016 at TIME GOES BY
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On Monday's post about the newest old age suit, TGB reader Cathy Johnson commented that although the suits are probably a good thing, ”I wouldn't mind some breaking news that there's something that WILL make me stronger, faster and reverse... Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2016 at TIME GOES BY
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RONNI HERE: As you know, a long-time contributor of wise and pithy comments to this blog, Darlene Costner, spent the greater part of December in hospital and then rehab after breaking a bone in her back. She returned home a... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2016 at TIME GOES BY
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It was way back in 2005 that I first read that airplane manufacturer Boeing, using an “age suit,” was researching changes that could make airline travel easier for elders. The company was probably using a version of AGNES (acronym for... Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2016 at TIME GOES BY
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