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Ronni Bennett
Portland, Maine
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By Wendl Kornfeld In the mid-1970s, Patty, Anne and I decided to visited a palm reader. I can’t speak for my two friends but I didn’t (and don’t) believe in Ouija boards, ghosts or flying saucers, etc. However, I was... Continue reading
Posted 14 hours ago at The Elder Storytelling Place
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[EDITORIAL NOTE: Remember last week when I told you about Dave Delaney and linked to the podcast we did together? Now Dave has taken a part of our conversation about time speeding up and slowing down, and turned it into... 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 GREAT ELIZABETH WARREN SPEECH It was Friday evening before the great Congress shutdown vote - 12 December. Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren took to the microphones that evening to speak for we the people against Wall Street overreach – specifically,... Continue reading
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By Fritzy Dean I thought maybe I was lost. I had left my house headed for the elementary school where I volunteer but I noticed people, adults and children, who seemed to be out in their Pjs. Had I driven... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at The Elder Storytelling Place
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PROGRAMMING REMINDER: Repeating an announcement I made a couple of days ago: Back in 2008, I made a presentation about web design for elders at the Gnomedex Conference in Seattle. I met a lot of young, interesting and engaged tech... Continue reading
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By Arlene Corwin of Arlene Corwin Poetry A dear, dear friend Has gone quite mad – Waking nights with no idea As to location: How she got there, Where, And certainly Not why. She looks all right. She sounds all... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at The Elder Storytelling Place
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Every election year, I am puzzled, and troubled too, that “my tribe” - elders – reliably votes in large numbers against its own best interests, electing Republican politicians who, almost to a person, want to cut Social Security and Medicare.... Continue reading
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IMPORTANT PROGRAMMING NOTE: Back in 2008, I made a presentation about web design for elders at the Gnomedex Conference in Seattle. I met a lot of young, interesting and engaged tech workers there and one of the them was Dave... Continue reading
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By Henry Lowenstern Some people have vivid - and detailed - memories of childhood. Mine are only a few. One of them is my childhood ambition of wanting to be the driver of the funeral hearse. Funeral processions passed our... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at The Elder Storytelling Place
By Trudi Kappel My grandparents, Alexander and Sonia, had an unconventional marriage. They spent many years living apart in different cities, different countries and even on different continents. In 1923, Alexander was living the life of a bon vivant in... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at The Elder Storytelling Place
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[EDITORIAL NOTE: Usually, on big holidays, I post a photo or video, something short as a celebration and let us otherwise have a day off from the blog. This year, a contributor to The Elder Storytelling Place sent a Hanukkah... Continue reading
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Last week, I told you about a new book I like a lot, How To Be Old, a modern-language update of Marcus Tullius Cicero's 2000-year-old masterpiece, De Senectute, by Richard Gerberding and Lance Rossi. A random number drawing was held... Continue reading
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By Marc Leavitt of Marc Leavitt's Blog Six years ago, I rushed into the bedroom to change my clothes, caught my foot on the rug, fell and broke my neck. A trip to the clinic confirmed my worst fears. Three... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago 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 Dec 14, 2014 at TIME GOES BY
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SNL'S MOCK STAR WARS TRAILER The much awaited trailer for the newest Star Wars movie was released and a week ago. Saturday Night Live responded by reimagining the video with elder versions of the original characters – Luke Skywalker, Princess... Continue reading
Posted Dec 13, 2014 at TIME GOES BY
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By Elaine Frankonis who blogs at Kalilily Time They gave me a garden the size of a grave, so I filled it with raucous reminders of sense: riots of marigold, lavender, sage rosemary, basil, dianthus, rue. And waving madly above... Continue reading
Posted Dec 12, 2014 at The Elder Storytelling Place
[CONTEST NOTE: The contest posted yesterday to win a copy of the book, How To Be Old, is still open. You may add your name for the drawing in the comments ON THAT PAGE ONLY until midnight tonight Pacific Standard... Continue reading
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De Senectute - in English, On Old Age - was written by Marcus Tullius Cicero more than 2,000 years ago. Not many books are consistently read through the ages and this is one of the few. Widely read in its... Continue reading
Posted Dec 11, 2014 at TIME GOES BY
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By Joyce Benedict (In reply to this story) Oh my, how I related to your account as a single senior living alone. I have often stated to others why I love birthdays and Christmas. Cards come, the phone rings. I’ll... Continue reading
Posted Dec 11, 2014 at The Elder Storytelling Place
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Posts so far this week have been fairly heavy going so let's lighten up today in a way I don't often do – cats. Some of you may know that last month, Ollie the cat became deathly ill. Cats don't... Continue reading
Posted Dec 10, 2014 at TIME GOES BY
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By Janet Thompson “I haven't seen you in a long skirt for years,” I said. Yesterday my oldest daughter came for lunch. Sharon’s an artist whose body of work style is reminiscent of a combination of Peter Max and Salvador... Continue reading
Posted Dec 10, 2014 at The Elder Storytelling Place
By Bettijane Eisenpreis Remember the three R’s – readin', (w)ritin’ and (a)rithmetic? They used to be the basics of a good education. I wonder what they teach today, the three C’s – coding, calculating and computing? It’s a brave new... Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2014 at The Elder Storytelling Place
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Hardly a day goes by that you don't bump into the phrase, successful ageing. Well, you do if you read as much about growing old as I do and it is one of the most empty phrases I know. What... Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2014 at TIME GOES BY
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By Dani Ferguson Phillips of The Cataract Club As a kid I was always trying to find my special gift - you know, what they call talent? My mother was a singer with a beautiful soprano voice. She sang all... Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2014 at The Elder Storytelling Place