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Ronni Bennett
Portland, Maine
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By Theresa Joseph Willis Funnyman Bob Hope said, “I have seen what a laugh can do. It can transform almost unbearable tears into something bearable, even hopeful.” That’s how I’ve come to feel about those life-long struggles that seem to... Continue reading
Posted 3 hours ago at The Elder Storytelling Place
That's the first half of a maxim that is crucial to understanding what old age is like and if you've been hanging out at this blog for awhile, you've read it before: If you seen one old person, you've seen... Continue reading
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By Marc Leavitt of Marc Leavitt's Blog We call the old people, “senior citizens,” Vanilla words, they segregate the old, But well-meaning, it’s a harmless title; We certainly would never condescend. Then we describe the people next in line As... Continue reading
Posted yesterday 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 2 days ago at TIME GOES BY
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SMART WATCHES FOR OLD PEOPLE There have long been pendants for elders to wear around our necks to make it one-touch easy to call for help in an emergency. Now there are at least two companies making these devices more... Continue reading
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By Henry Lowenstern One day each year, we stop and pause to commemorate a sacred cause, for which the solution was revolution and a government of laws. [INVITATION: All elders, 50 and older, are welcome to submit stories for this... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at The Elder Storytelling Place
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American Independence Day is a great, dramatic story. Here are its bare bones. Thomas Jefferson, just 33 years old in the year of 1776, resisted writing the Declaration of Independence. He was John Adams' choice and Adams prevailed. Quoting Adams'... Continue reading
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By Clifford Rothband Why're we here Was it a dire situation Is it a yearning desire What do we require To look for a hire Never to be a liar And Yet to perspire Try to never fall into a... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at The Elder Storytelling Place
Nor 70 the new 50 but people are still trying to sell that to us. If you pay too much attention to media chatter, you can easily be convinced that old age is a nice, smooth continuation of midlife. If... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at TIME GOES BY
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By Dani Ferguson Phillips of The Cataract Club Now I realize that in today’s technological world we have the ability to avoid phone solicitors that were unavoidable in my youth. When I was a kid you had no idea who... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at The Elder Storytelling Place
By Marc Leavitt of Marc Leavitt's Blog Consider how the lowly snail At night, will always leave a trail, A shiny one, so he can mark The path he travelled in the dark. The tiny mollusk has to put Soft... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at The Elder Storytelling Place
In recent weeks there has been a minor flurry of media information – tidbits, mostly – about age and work in relation to female movie stars. I had been sitting on a quotation from actor Maggie Gyllenhaal, wondering what I... Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2015 at TIME GOES BY
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By Vicki E. Jones It was 1953, and while I was skinny and not very tall for six years of age, I sure could do a number on ice cream. We lived in the Westchester area of Los Angeles and... Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 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
Posted Jun 28, 2015 at TIME GOES BY
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ELDERS BENEFIT FROM SUPREME COURT DECISION TOO It was an important win for the American people on Thursday when, in a 6-3 decision, the Supreme Court upheld Obamacare subsidies. A loss could have meant the destruction of the entire law.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2015 at TIME GOES BY
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By Dan Gogerty who blogs at Cast Summer heat can still be dangerous for farmers and others working in the sun but technology has changed the “thermostat setting” in many ways during the past 50 years. A farmer might turn... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2015 at The Elder Storytelling Place
Medicare is in the third year of testing its Independent at Home demonstration project to see if it can improve care and cut costs for some of its more frail patients with house calls. The idea is to test ”...how... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2015 at TIME GOES BY
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By Wendl Kornfeld My husband and I recently returned from a Celebrity cruise to Bermuda and it was very comfortable thanks to having cruised previously. We blended in, knew the routines. However, such was not the case on my first... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2015 at The Elder Storytelling Place
Letters. We get letters. This one from a reader (let's call her A) who has been thinking about how she will live – or might like to live – if she winds up single in her late years after the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2015 at TIME GOES BY
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By Arlene Corwin of Arlene Corwin Poetry Before the ego’s fried in time, In the death that I assume Is silence in a silent world; While ego mine Still offers satisfaction Of the sort that’s still attachment, I would like... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2015 at The Elder Storytelling Place
By Norm Jenson of Mostly Anecdotal Today I had to prove that I actually am who I say I am. And I had to do it twice. First, online. Then in person. It started when I called my cell-phone provider... Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2015 at The Elder Storytelling Place
By Fritzy Dean Dear Old Friend, First of all, I think you are doing a terrific job. In spite of anything I may have said in the past, I really appreciate you. You have weathered some pretty severe tests and... Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2015 at The Elder Storytelling Place
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Perhaps you have noticed that young people don't talk on the telephone anymore. So widely true is this that it probably wouldn't make much difference - except to thee and me - if manufacturers just ditched the voice function on... Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 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 Jun 21, 2015 at TIME GOES BY
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[PERSONAL NOTE: Today's Interesting Stuff is so different from the usual I just want to let you know that someone else has not hijacked the page. It is much longer that most weeks not because there are more items –... Continue reading
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