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Ronni Bennett
Portland, Maine
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My mini-vacation continues for a while this week, but there is new stuff here for you that I prepared in advance. Last Friday, in the comments on Ann Burack-Weiss's story, Consider the Cane, Jean Gogolin commented that she uses a... 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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WILLIE'S RESERVE Legalization of marijuana is on the ballot in several states this election year and recreational use is already legal in four states and Washington, D.C. Singer Willie Nelson has never made a secret of his love of weed... Continue reading
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I will be back from my mini-vacation tomorrow with Interesting Stuff but today I have an excellent treat for you. Ann Burack-Weiss turned up in my life last April when she penned a comment at The New York Times chastising... Continue reading
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The two people in that headline, John Oliver and me, don't really have anything to do with each other except that I think he is a national treasure, and we are both taking some time off. Last Sunday's episode of... Continue reading
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Good News on Medicare Observation Status Many readers have emailed about this issue - one that is boring to read about but crucial to understand. First, a short background: Medicare Observation Status has been a frightful bugaboo for beneficiaries for... Continue reading
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That much? Dear god - that's awful. Ronni Bennett Email: ronni@ronnibennett.com Phone: 212.242.0184 Blog: Time Goes By On 20-Aug-16 3:32 PM, Typepad wrote: Typepad HTML Email A new comment from “John Gear” was received on the post “INTERESTING STUFF – 20 August 2016” of the blog “TIME GOES BY”. Comment: I'm a consumer lawyer and 80% of my work revolves buy-here-pay-here car dealers who prey on vulnerable people. One of things folks don't realize is how refusing to build functioning public transit exacts a terrible toll on the poor, because they are at the mercy of elements that make car ownership mandatory, but the cars they can afford are so dodgy that, more than anything else, it's car dependence that keeps the poor poor. Commenter name: John Gear Commenter email: Gearjm@gmail.com Commenter URL: http://OregonPEN.org IP address: 65.102.28.241 Authentication: None Enjoy! The Typepad Team P.S.: Learn more about replying to comments. Published Unpublish Delete Mark as Spam Edit Comment Typepad, Inc. 10 Corporate Drive, Suite 300, Burlington, MA 01803 Manage Notifications | Support | Terms of Service | Privacy Policy
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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 21, 2016 at TIME GOES BY
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THEY'RE KIDDING, RIGHT? Think about this as you watch: Someone, probably stoned out of his mind one evening, thought this up. But instead of having a laugh the next morning over the silliness of weed-induced ideas, he ran with it... Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2016 at TIME GOES BY
As I have explained here in the past, I didn't know 20 years ago when I began studying ageing that I would become an advocate for elders. A large part of what led me to that is ageism – what... Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2016 at TIME GOES BY
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My oldest friend on the internet, Millie Garfield, is rockin' 91 years today. Well, her actual birthday is tomorrow, Thursday, but I publish on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays so we'll just have to celebrate for two days. Millie began blogging... Continue reading
Posted Aug 17, 2016 at TIME GOES BY
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...and you helped make it happen. Remember two weeks ago when I told you about a new requirement at the Social Security website? Here it is as explained in an email from that federal agency [emphasis is mine]: “When you... Continue reading
Posted Aug 16, 2016 at TIME GOES BY
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One of the pleasures of writing this blog for so many years - more than a dozen so far - is watching how issues affecting elders sometimes get better. When I began doing this, the general attitude toward old people... Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 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 Aug 14, 2016 at TIME GOES BY
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NOTE FROM THE EDITOR: Today's Interesting Stuff is long on animals – all but two items. I didn't plan it that way but there just were a lot of them this week so why not go with it. Enjoy. *... Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2016 at TIME GOES BY
On Monday's post about AARP and ALEC, a reader complimented me on my investigative reporting. It's good to know that what I write here is appreciated but in this case and almost all others, I cannot take credit for the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2016 at TIME GOES BY
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Dr. Susan Cohen is director of the palliative care program at Bellevue Hospital in Manhattan. In this video, she talks about the volunteers of the Doula Program to Accompany and Comfort who work with her medical group's patients. Note the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2016 at TIME GOES BY
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IMPORTANT UPDATE: When I wrote it late last week, this post was titled, "AARP Sponsors ALEC Conference." As you can see above, circumstances changed quickly but I have decided to publish the story as written then because AARP looms large... Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 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 Aug 7, 2016 at TIME GOES BY
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BEST HOSPITALS IN UNITED STATES U.S. News & World Report has published its annual rankings of U.S. hospitals. The top three in the honor roll for outstanding performance over multiple areas of care are Mayo Clinic, Cleveland Clinic and Mass... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2016 at TIME GOES BY
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A couple of days ago, I caught myself having a craving. It was a surprise because I haven't seriously experienced a yearning that strong since I quit smoking cigarettes years ago. Here's what happened: It was early afternoon. I was... Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2016 at TIME GOES BY
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Here's a surprise – look at this headline from NPR: After Medical Marijuana Legalized, Medicare Prescriptions Drop For Many Drugs The story is based on a study published in July at Health Affairs. As the abstract of that research notes:... Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2016 at TIME GOES BY
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Usually, I post the video essays from John Oliver's remarkable HBO show, Last Week Tonight in the Saturday Interesting Stuff column. But because news – particularly political news – moves at warp speed these days and Oliver's show airs late... Continue reading
Posted Aug 2, 2016 at TIME GOES BY
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A week ago, I wrote about the Republican Convention in general (dark, frightening and totalitarian) and their platform position on Social Security in particular (privatize it). Last week's Democratic Convention was an entirely different animal, upbeat, encouraging and democratic emphasizing... Continue reading
Posted Aug 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
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