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Ronni Bennett
Portland, Maine
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AGEING TO THE BEAT OF THEIR OWN DRUM From one to 100. Let me quote Aeon page: ”An extraordinarily simple premise deftly executed, this video arranges a diverse group of 100 people in ascending order from age one to 100.... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at TIME GOES BY
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ITEM 1: Everyone knows that insomnia is a common condition of growing old; it just comes with age, like wrinkles. ITEM 2: We also know that the proper and natural way to get a good night's sleep is to bed... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at TIME GOES BY
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It is no secret around here that I think John Oliver is the most brilliant of the bumper crop of smart, left-wing comedians we have now who help keep non-Trumpers a bit sane during this dark night of the American... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at TIME GOES BY
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If President Donald Trump follows through on his stated plans for this week leading up to his hundredth day in office, it will be a head-spinning time for those of us trying to keep up. So let's take a look... Continue reading
Posted 6 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 7 days ago at TIME GOES BY
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HOW SMALL WE ARE IN THE SCALE OF THE UNIVERSE Of course, you have intuited how small we are on the scale of the universe. But this TED Talk brings it home is a big – uh, make that small... Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2017 at TIME GOES BY
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A friend said to me in an email that a certain non-fiction book is one of a shelf full that makes you understand why books have mattered for so many thousands of years. People who are life-long readers instantly understand... Continue reading
Posted Apr 21, 2017 at TIME GOES BY
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In more ways than you might think, getting old is a huge relief. Stepping off the up elevator of professional life is one of them. Just about every day I get an email or two promising to show me how... Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2017 at TIME GOES BY
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It's hard to keep up with the federal government these days, isn't it. Every day brings news of so much legislation passed and so many executive orders signed that it all blurs together. But there are serious things going on... Continue reading
Posted Apr 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 Apr 16, 2017 at TIME GOES BY
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TRIBUTE TO DAVE LETTERMAN'S MOM Surely you remember how Dave Letterman made his mom a star during the 30-year run of his Late Show. Dorothy Mengering died Tuesday at the age of 95. Here is a montage of some of... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2017 at TIME GOES BY
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Today's post is a good deal lengthier than usual but I believe it's worth it. I hope you think so. Like many people about my age (76 now), it did not occur to me when I was young to question... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2017 at TIME GOES BY
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A long time ago on this blog, 2006 to be precise, I wrote about the difficulty I'd had in those days with the word “retired.” Here is part of what I wrote: ”I choke on the word 'retired.' On the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2017 at TIME GOES BY
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This issue has been creeping into my mind unbidden for the two weeks or so since it happened. I can't seem to shake it. At first, I didn't believe it was a topic for a blog about ageing. Then I... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 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 Apr 9, 2017 at TIME GOES BY
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FIRST A PERSONAL NOTE: Thank you all for your many birthday greetings yesterday. They came through all kinds of sources - Facebook, LinkedIn, the blog and email - well, until the power went out at about 9:30AM and didn't return... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2017 at TIME GOES BY
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This is Peter, the Sunday person. I've been selected as the DJ for the party today, which was probably a mistake.I think I was chosen as I'm really cheap, actually I'm free. Everyone knows you get what you pay for... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2017 at TIME GOES BY
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It has been more than 20 years since I began reading, writing and thinking about old age nearly every day. Some things have changed: there is a whole lot more to read nowadays than in the mid-1990s, and there is... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2017 at TIME GOES BY
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One of younger adult's favorite rebukes of elders is that we talk about our health, or lack thereof, too much. This is not always an unfair stereotype but Crabby Old Lady has had a revelation about it: No one told... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 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 Apr 2, 2017 at TIME GOES BY
GOOD DAY, EVERYONE This is April Fool's Day. God knows I tried but I couldn't come up with any jokes to play on you that I actually like so instead, here is a small departure for Interesting Stuff – an... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2017 at TIME GOES BY
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No ageing stuff today. I think we need some time here to talk America's national predicament. The dangers to our liberties, our freedoms, our country and democracy itself grow day by day and if you are not frightened for our... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2017 at TIME GOES BY
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Back in 2015, I wrote about elder orphans – old people who have no family or are estranged from their family and, either way, have no one they feel comfortable asking to handle health, legal and financial issues on their... Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2017 at TIME GOES BY
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UPDATE 1:30PM: I just noticed that the 3 April edition of The New Yorker has a story on this topic titled, "Silicon Valley's Quest to Live Forever," written by Tad Friend. If you have access to the magazine online, you... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 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 Mar 26, 2017 at TIME GOES BY