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Ronni Bennett
Portland, Maine
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* HAT TREE ORNAMENT Maybe it's not enough, all those red Make America Great Again hats. Now you can have a miniature one as a Christmas ornament at a whole lot more than a miniature price: If you need to... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at TIME GOES BY
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Before I go any further with this post, let me say this: I am pretty sure that if the TGB readers who comment here regularly enough so that we come to know one another as much as is possible through... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at TIME GOES BY
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THE PROBLEM About a month ago, I woke one morning with a mystery malady: randomly placed aches on the front, sides and back of my torso in about half a dozen specific locations which change from day to day. These... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at TIME GOES BY
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EDITORIAL NOTE: This is a nuts-and-bolts post pulling together some information we are going to need before long. I know some readers don't want any more politics, but emboldened Republicans are hard bent on killing Medicare and they want to... 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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TWO FRIENDS FIND SOMETHING IN COMMON There are all kinds of reasons to feel ambivalent about Amazon.com but this is not one of them. TGB reader Tom Delmore sent this Amazon television commercial – images and an idea we need... Continue reading
Posted Nov 26, 2016 at TIME GOES BY
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Some of us may have worried a bit about the outcome during the presidential election campaign but I doubt many – and certainly not me – could bring ourselves to deep-down, really believe our country would be where it is... Continue reading
Posted Nov 23, 2016 at TIME GOES BY
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There is a spiral-bound notebook on my desk where I keep a running list of ideas for future TimeGoesBy posts. Some of them are terrible ideas I never use (well, mostly). Others are mainstays – such things as updates or... Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 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 Nov 20, 2016 at TIME GOES BY
EDITORIAL NOTE Wow – it's been a hard slog to get through this past week, hasn't it. As a result, I wasn't paying as much attention as usual to collecting items for this post. Given what I was spending most... Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2016 at TIME GOES BY
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Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan has wanted to privatize Medicare ever since he first went to Congress 18 years ago. Now, with a new president on deck, he sees his chance. And just in case that “privatize” word feels a... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2016 at TIME GOES BY
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Jan Adams, who keeps her own blog – never more appropriately titled than now, Can It Happen Here? - left this message on Monday's post: ”So glad that TGB will be here, NOT normalizing this catastrophe. Many of us may... Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2016 at TIME GOES BY
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This is not the usual quadrennial shift in politics we're having in the United States. It is a new world. Everything is upside down. There is nothing we can count on. All we are accustomed to is up for grabs.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2016 at TIME GOES BY
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We often talk about how time speeds up as we grow older. It's true. Almost every morning when I brush my teeth, I look in the mirror and think, “Didn't I do this just a few minutes ago?” It feels... Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 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 Nov 13, 2016 at TIME GOES BY
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80-YEAR-OLD CHINESE FASHION MODEL DESHUN WANG The New York Times tells us this guy, Deshun Wang, is known as “China's hottest grandpa” and, indeed, he is a charmer, hard to resist. Take a look. Read the rest of the story... Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2016 at TIME GOES BY
Some people want those of us who are horrified at the result of the Tuesday election to get out and begin changing things. Right now. Start a movement. March. Get busy turning this around. Many are doing this in cities... Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2016 at TIME GOES BY
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I am stunned, shocked, devastated, horrified and frightened. Nothing good will come of this but beyond that I am speechless. This Raging Pencils cartoon arrived overnight from Peter Tibbles and it is as close as I can get right now... Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2016 at TIME GOES BY
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Yes, yes - I don't usually publish on Tuesday but even is a small way it seems right to mark the end of what John Oliver calls below, our long election nightmare. Or could it be just the beginning? I... Continue reading
Posted Nov 8, 2016 at TIME GOES BY
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With close to zero exceptions, every post on this blog for 15 years has been about ageing. I've broken that rule a few times toward the end of this presidential campaign because I don't think, in the nearly 15 year... Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 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 Nov 6, 2016 at TIME GOES BY
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DAYLIGHT SAVNGS TIME It's that ti-i-i-i-me again – fall back. In most of the United States, we turn back our clocks one hour tonight. It hardly seems worth the effort these days when “standard time” lasts only about four months... Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2016 at TIME GOES BY
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I know, I know, this seems awfully early - it's not even Thanksgiving yet. For but years and years, I published this post during the first week of December but last year I got several requests to do it earlier.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2016 at TIME GOES BY
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Just when you think the 2016 election campaign can't get any worse, it does. Last Friday, FBI director James Comey sent to Congress a particularly opaque letter – which was, of course, immediately released to the press by the Congressional... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2016 at TIME GOES BY
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AGEIST LANGUAGE A few weeks ago, freelance writer Debbie Reslock interviewed me about ageist language, particularly people's penchant for calling old folks “honey,” “sweetie,” "dearie," etc. Reslock's story was published last week at Next Avenue: ”It is clear we need... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2016 at TIME GOES BY
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