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Ronni Bennett
Portland, Maine
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This morning finds me with an overwhelming anxiety. I have been up for hours, and have reached for my phone three times to call one of the only people I know who could understand, empathize, and validate the terror I... Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2020 at TIME GOES BY
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Yesterday, at 6:28 PM local time, Veronica "Ronni" Bennett passed away. Ronni bravely documented the aging process, with her Last Great Gift being the documentation of her death. We spoke for sometime yesterday, and throughout our conversation, she circled back... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2020 at TIME GOES BY
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We have come up today on a new episode of The Alex and Ronni Show, recorded on Wednesday. When I started this blog 16 years ago, I subtitled it (see banner above) “what it's really like to get old” and... Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2020 at TIME GOES BY
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If, like me, you have a big-deal disease or two such as cancer and COPD, there is one thing you can count on: nothing stays the same and hardly anything gets better. That's the cosmic joke. (There are more earthly... Continue reading
Posted Oct 28, 2020 at TIME GOES BY
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By TGB reader Jean-Pierre Some years ago - before I got to be eighty-five with a miserably sore hip - I was walking my youngest grand-daughter to the play park on a golden Fall day when she said, quite unexpectedly,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 27, 2020 at TIME GOES BY
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As I noted at the end of Saturday's Interesting Stuff post, it's been a few rough days in a row – weakness, lethargy, disinterest, lots of sleep and not much else. Even one of my top two or three favorite... Continue reading
Posted Oct 26, 2020 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 Oct 25, 2020 at TIME GOES BY
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HOW WOLVES CHANGE RIVERS I'm pretty sure I posted this a few years ago but it recently turned up again and I find it as impressive and encouraging as before. According to the Youtube page, ”When wolves were reintroduced to... Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2020 at TIME GOES BY
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Hi Sali... So good to get a long catchup letter from you. I wish I could respond in time but I'm exhausted today, even with a good night's sleep. Sometimes I feel like I'll just melt, sitting here in the desk chair. Other days are better - yesterday and the day before. I am so bloody tired of Trump, polititics, lies, repetetive news, death and dying, arguments over masks - the whole thing. No one has any answers and those who purport to do are just stupid. I try to get by day to day - maybe something like you and Yak. But this is about all I can write today. I just too tired. Much love Sali to both of you. RB
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It has been a long time since I posted a list of quotations about age and dying. In fact, it is probably years. But I don't stop collecting them – my god, people have a lot to say about death,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 23, 2020 at TIME GOES BY
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[EDITORIAL NOTE: Although this list is true, it is not meant to be overly serious. Try to see the humor.] Toilet Wash face Brush teeth Aim body toward kitchen (don't trip on the oxygen cable) Start coffee Take first pill... Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2020 at TIME GOES BY
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By Dave Clark who blogs at Just a Geezer I’ve seen actors on the screen, clowns at the circus dancers at the ballet, singers at the opera, musicians at the concert. But I have never seen anything to compare, to... Continue reading
Posted Oct 20, 2020 at TIME GOES BY
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I'm not certain this is of much of a useful blog post or of interest to anyone but myself but what the hell, I'll write it down anyway so I have something to compare next week, next month, next... Daily... Continue reading
Posted Oct 19, 2020 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 Oct 18, 2020 at TIME GOES BY
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MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT NOBEL PRIZE SURPRISE According to Twitter, The #NobelPrize committee couldn't reach Paul Milgrom to share the news that he won, so his fellow winner and neighbor Robert Wilson knocked on his door in the middle of... Continue reading
Posted Oct 17, 2020 at TIME GOES BY
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Not that I set out meaning to avoid the president's name in this episode of The Alex and Ronni Show, but somehow Alex and I got to the end with it coming up only once – and we backed away... Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2020 at TIME GOES BY
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Reflecting on the life I have lived is not something I have much dwelled upon during these several years of living with terminal cancer and COPD. I've always been more of a now person than a then one. Not that... Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2020 at TIME GOES BY
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By Anne Burack-Weiss “My contemplations are of Time That has transfigured me.” - W.B. Yeats The Lamentation of The Old Pensioner It is said that by a certain age a woman has “the face she deserves.” And about 70 or... Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2020 at TIME GOES BY
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It didn't start out this way 16 years ago, but it has been a good, long while now since this blog became a more collaborative effort between you, dear readers, and me than just one woman's scribblings. You supplied a... Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2020 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 Oct 11, 2020 at TIME GOES BY
SEXIST TAKEDOWN Thank TGB reader Ali in ... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2020 at TIME GOES BY
It's not always that we can't do it anymore (although that can become true), but that we can't do it the way we have always done it before now - “it” being a usually increasing number of things that become... Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2020 at TIME GOES BY
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In the scheme of things that is our planet's terrible predicament, this is not important. But it is the first message Crabby Old Lady encountered from the world outside her home on Tuesday morning and it deflated her for an... Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2020 at TIME GOES BY
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By Melissa Hart I’m sitting on my patio on a cool Arizona morning, drinking my tea and observing my yard. The birds are active, lizards are scurrying about, and the occasional rabbit gets under the fence, or perhaps there’s a... Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2020 at TIME GOES BY
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