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Ronni Bennett
Portland, Maine
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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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LIVE JAZZ EVERY SUNDAY IN HARLEM APARTMENT Every Sunday, Marjorie Eliot and Rudel Drears open the doors of their Harlem apartment to anyone in the mood for jazz. At first, this was a way for Marjorie to honor her son’s... Continue reading
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But first – we have a winner in Monday's random drawing for a book of essays by Ursula K. Le Guin titled No Time to Spare. The random number generator spoke and Karin Bendel's name came up. The book has... Continue reading
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Here's something I didn't know about cancer and I'll bet you didn't know either until now: ”...the lifetime probability of being diagnosed with the disease is slightly higher for men than for women, with adult height accounting for about a... Continue reading
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In a repeat from last November, I appeared at the clinic for my Wednesday chemotherapy infusion last week but when the usual blood tests came back, my red cell count was too low for treatment. The infusion was canceled and... 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
Posted Jan 14, 2018 at TIME GOES BY
It's Friday evening as I write this and I'm just now home from the two nights in the hospital. Cancer related, of course. It was due to a repeat performance of November when I had extremely low red blood cell... Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2018 at TIME GOES BY
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Here are the two winners in the random drawing announced Monday for Malcolm Nance's book, Defeating ISIS: Who They are, How They Fight, What They Believe. Two days later, I rolled the handy-dandy, online random number generator and... Drum roll... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2018 at TIME GOES BY
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On Saturday, TGB reader and frequent commenter, Simone, left this message in answer to a comment from Ana on a 2008 post about being old without children: ”Ronni has set the standard here. It's a safe place, and we all... Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2018 at TIME GOES BY
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Two items today – one that is probably close to universal among people past a certain age, and a second that undoubtedly has a more limited audience. Doesn't matter – it's all good. Let's start with CALVIN TRILLIN'S "ALL THUMBS"... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2018 at TIME GOES BY
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[Toes Up in 2017 - Part 1 is here.] 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... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2018 at TIME GOES BY
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A KID'S DESCRIPTION OF OLD PEOPLE TGB reader, Marian Methner, sent this very short story about growing old and her grandson, Zeb. “My mother, who was quite 'wrinkled' would often remind me to 'use moisturizer,'” wrote Marian. “I too have... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2018 at TIME GOES BY
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When I began chemotherapy in September, six months of treatment sounded like an eternity, not something I needed to think about for a long time. Instead, I reasoned, just show up once a week for the infusion, take the oral... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2018 at TIME GOES BY
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Not meaning to sound too much like a grinch, finally these endless holidays are done and good riddance. They last nowadays forever – my first Christmas catalog arrived in August – and one of the things I have come to... Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2018 at TIME GOES BY
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Ella Wheeler Wilcox was a popular and well-known poet of the late 19th and early 20th century. I know a lot about her because my mother often quoted her poetry from memory. Wilcox is the person who wrote this that... Continue reading
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[Toes Up in 2017 - Part 2 is here.] 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... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2017 at TIME GOES BY
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ELDER UPTOWN FUNK Canadian TGB reader doctafil alerted us to this video by a group of elders in Sarnia, Ontario. They call themselves the Landmark Village Players (after the name of their retirement community) and what they have done here,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 30, 2017 at TIME GOES BY
During these end-of-year holidays, I've mostly kept it light in these pages and sometimes, too, let others do the telling for me. And so it is again today as we head into 2018. RONNI BENNETT INTERVIEW The senior center in... Continue reading
Posted Dec 29, 2017 at TIME GOES BY
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From any point of view, the year 2017 was one of the most momentous in my life. The last time I lived through something of as much significance, I think, would be in 1992, when I moved to Sacramento for... Continue reading
Posted Dec 27, 2017 at TIME GOES BY
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This blog has been around long enough now – there was a first, tentative appearance in 2004 - that some traditions have been formed. At U.S. Thanksgiving last month, there was the fifth annual rendition of Arlo Guthrie's epic monologue,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 25, 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 Dec 24, 2017 at TIME GOES BY
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THE COFFIN CLUB Reader Kathleen Noble send this music video from New Zealand about members of the Kiwi Coffin Club who “cope with death and loss while bringing some fun and personality to their own final journey” says YouTube. U.S.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 23, 2017 at TIME GOES BY
At the beginning of this long holiday weekend, it feels unseemly to write about any on my long list of topics about elders and politics. Celebration and camaraderie and love should be the focus of these few days once a... Continue reading
Posted Dec 22, 2017 at TIME GOES BY
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Susan... What is "q physics"? You piqued my curiosity with that... RB Ronni Bennett Email: ronni@ronnibennett.com Phone: 212.242.0184 Blog: Time Goes By On 20-Dec-17 12:46 PM, Typepad wrote: Typepad HTML Email A new comment from “Susan L” was received on the post “Existentialism of Pancreatic Cancer” of the blog “TIME GOES BY”. Comment: Hi Ronni, Lots of good comments here. And you're instinctively evaluating your experience in truly wise ways. I'm going to cast my vote for the cannibis and xanax route. The reason being you can use both as needed. There are several good studies out there that have pretty much proven anti-depressents don't work. They also require daily dosage, and now they have a drug to take with your anti-depressants when they don't work... wait, what? You can control the xanax and cannibis. I keep a small script of .5 xanax that I break in half and take once or twice a month. Don't have cannibis (but know where I can get it if needed). Point is you get to control it. Not so w antidepressants. The other side of all this are all the aging, chemo, cancer, end of life existential issues which I know you're engaging and working with... so yes, you're doing your work for this time of life. And as a casual student of q physics, I send you Light and Love. You go girl! 💃🏻 Commenter name: Susan L Commenter email: dalvacat@cox.net IP address: 98.235.92.45 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
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It is not difficult to understand that a diagnosis of cancer – in my case, pancreatic – might produce an existential crisis or, at least, a renewed look at what you have supposed these many years is the meaning of... Continue reading
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