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Ronni Bennett
Portland, Maine
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DO YOU LIVE IN OR AROUND WASHINGTON, D.C. Annys Shin is an editor at the Washington Post. She is working on a story for the newspaper's magazine about ageism and is looking for real people's stories about their experiences with... Continue reading
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Ask pretty much any old person and he or she will tell you that dying quietly in their sleep is the way they want to go. It's sure true for me. Unfortunately, dying isn't always that easy. Sometimes it is... Continue reading
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You can count on it these days, that every two or three months there will be feature story about a fashion model who is 60 or 70 or even 80. The thing is, they are featured because there are so... Continue reading
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At lunch last week with a friend who turns 65 early next year, we spent a great deal of time discussing Medicare choices. It's not an easy program to sort out, particularly when you are first signing up. Serendipity is... 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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JOHN OLIVER AND SAMANTHA BEE When John Oliver's most recent Last Week Tonight show on HBO was broadcast last Sunday night, fewer than 24 hours had passed since the attack at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando. Very little was known... Continue reading
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Long-time TGB reader Jean Gogolin emailed recently with this query: ”I have a good friend who's 75 and has been practicing yoga for years. The other day she was complaining to her yoga teacher about her various aches and pains... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2016 at TIME GOES BY
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Were you at Woodstock? I was – but that was only the largest among other music festivals and concerts I attended, each packed with crowds, camaraderie, plenty of weed and most of all, great music. If, sometimes, performances in that... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2016 at TIME GOES BY
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This year-long, presidential primary has given Americans (and the world) an education in what brazenly overt racism looks and sounds like. Until this election campaign, it bubbled under the surface hiding behind euphemisms (that we all recognize but too often... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 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 Jun 12, 2016 at TIME GOES BY
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ACTOR MERYL STREEP AS DONALD TRUMP At a fundraiser last Monday night for New York City's Shakespeare in the Park, Meryl Streep impersonates Donald Trump. There is not nearly as much video as you would like and it's terrible quality.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2016 at TIME GOES BY
Are you as thrilled as I am? For the first time in the history of the United States a woman is representing one of the two major political parties in the election for president. Wow. Are you grinning as much... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2016 at TIME GOES BY
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As I explained in Part 1 on Monday, for four months this year, I tried to function on two to three hours of sleep a night. This was due to the sudden onset, sometime in January, of a nightly crescendo... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2016 at TIME GOES BY
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There is a reason sadists keep sleep deprivation in their torture arsenal. As Dr. Kelly Bulkeley writes at Psychology Today online: ”...prolonged sleep deprivation is an especially insidious form of torture because it attacks the deep biological functions at the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 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 Jun 5, 2016 at TIME GOES BY
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OBAMA CALLS FOR SOCIAL SECURITY EXPANSION Several times during budget negotiations with Congress during his administration, President Barack Obama supported and even suggested cuts to Social Security: ”The cut Obama came closest to passing,” Huffington Post reminds us, “would have... Continue reading
Posted Jun 4, 2016 at TIME GOES BY
As you will see from today's post, I had such a good time recently re-reading a 35-year-old collection by American poet laureate, Billy Collins, that I couldn't resist a second post (see Wednesday). Collins and I both turned 75 this... Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2016 at TIME GOES BY
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Because we are human, we have our frailties. One of mine is that it is hard to imagine the world without me in it, a world in which I am not taking up some amount of space along with the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2016 at TIME GOES BY
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Today, we honor the men and women who have died while serving in America's armed forces. Today, there will be parades in thousands of cities and towns throughout the country. Today, there will also be the annual National Memorial Day... Continue reading
Posted May 30, 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 May 29, 2016 at TIME GOES BY
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MAN DRIVES SAME CAR FOR 77 YEARS It was a happy day for me when, having moved to New York City in early 1969, I could sell the car. It didn't please me when I left Manhattan and needed a... Continue reading
Posted May 28, 2016 at TIME GOES BY
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Not too long ago, my Canadian blog friend, doctafil, emailed a story from the Montreal Gazette that contained a lot of statistics and information about how people are growing old in Canada. The serendipity is that it arrived when I... Continue reading
Posted May 27, 2016 at TIME GOES BY
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Back in 1963, President John F. Kennedy designated May as Senior Citizens Month. Two years later, Congress passed the Older American's Act to deal with a lack of community services for elders. The Act established the U.S. Administration on Aging... Continue reading
Posted May 25, 2016 at TIME GOES BY
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Back when there were still a whole lot of people running for the Republican nomination for president, Donald Trump was the only one who did not want to cut Social Security benefits. His opponents had the usual variety of methods... Continue reading
Posted May 23, 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 May 22, 2016 at TIME GOES BY