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Ronni Bennett
Portland, Maine
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I don't know about everyone else but if, like me, you live within the path of today's eclipse or within easy driving distance, the event has been a local news story to rival President Trump. All right, that's not quite... 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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EDITORIAL NOTE: After my surgery in June, I stopped publishing Interesting Stuff on Saturdays. I couldn't spend as much time playing around online for good items nor did I have the energy to write it. I'm slowly coming back and... Continue reading
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More people are living longer these days than when we were young but it is still remarkable to have lived 92 years and counting and today we celebrate Millie's birthday here at TGB. Millie is the first friend I made... Continue reading
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Several people have mentioned via email and in comments in these pages on their own experiences with cancer, that theirs is a small thing compared to my pancreatic cancer. Are you guys kidding? It says something about the state of... Continue reading
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Two important topics in the realm of ageing that I bang on about from time to time turned up in separate, well-researched articles last week and both are important to elders, their families, people who care for them and to... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago 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 Aug 13, 2017 at TIME GOES BY
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What interesting, useful and fruitful discussions you - TGB readers - have been carrying on in the comments of posts about my pancreatic cancer. Some of you have been-there-done-that with a variety of cancers and I appreciate your generosity in... Continue reading
Posted Aug 11, 2017 at TIME GOES BY
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This post is so silly that Crabby Old Lady almost left today's page blank. Her excuse is that it is all she had time for (it's amazing how busy doctors keep you when you have a serious disease) and she... Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2017 at TIME GOES BY
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This story had been on my “to do soon” list just before my cancer diagnosis and now that my recovery is going so well, it's time to start catching up. Let me start with a couple of ageist profiling stories... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2017 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 Aug 6, 2017 at TIME GOES BY
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At a Wednesday follow-up appointment, my surgeon lifted most of my diet restrictions, “as long as you don't go hog wild,” he said. If I took that as a sign that this pancreatic cancer won't always be at the forefront... Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2017 at TIME GOES BY
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Compared to how I felt in the first couple of weeks following surgery (which was awful), I am more than pleased with how my recovery is going. However, about once a week, I have a bad night without a wink... Continue reading
Posted Aug 2, 2017 at TIME GOES BY
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Tomorrow will mark six weeks since my surgery for pancreatic cancer and I think I am doing remarkably well. The long incision down the middle of my torso is healed. Hardly any pain related to the surgery remains. Although I... Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2017 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 Jul 30, 2017 at TIME GOES BY
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Earlier this week, I posted a story titled The Attempted Theft of Medicare. That done, today it is time for a Social Security update – especially since the Board of Trustees released its annual report (pdf) on the status of... Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2017 at TIME GOES BY
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Having complained in these pages about my fuzzy brain with its lack of focus and concentration, it's only fair to let you know that over last weekend, it improved dramatically. Or, maybe it has been improving a little at a... Continue reading
Posted Jul 26, 2017 at TIME GOES BY
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While the American president and the Senate majority leader are trying (and so far, failing) to make sure only the rich in the United States can afford health care, GOP House Speaker Paul Ryan is proposing to take out Medicare.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2017 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 Jul 23, 2017 at TIME GOES BY
Not many people with pancreatic cancer survive for long. As a reminder, here is how I explained my condition after surgery: ”The tumor was determined to be 'clean at the margins' - that is, cancer had not escaped the pancreas.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2017 at TIME GOES BY
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Pretty much everyone works for a living. Some enjoy their jobs, others don't and a few lucky people consider their work a calling, even a mission to which they are fully dedicated. Undoubtedly the Oregon Health & Sciences University Hospital,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2017 at TIME GOES BY
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It's really annoying. Since my surgery four weeks ago, I've lost focus. I can't concentrate long enough to get through an average news article or sift through a simple Google search results page and certainly not a book chapter. Sometimes,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2017 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 Jul 16, 2017 at TIME GOES BY
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JOURNAL ENTRY The doctor removed my 20-odd surgical staples on Wednesday. For those of you who asked, it was no big deal, feeling something like a minor pin prick for each one. Although I consider it a milestone, this, of... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2017 at TIME GOES BY
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My 20-some staples come out today – three weeks and one day since the surgery and I'm glad for that. The incision looks nicely healed to me and it's time to move on. Still, overall recovery will take much longer.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2017 at TIME GOES BY
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