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Ronni Bennett
Portland, Maine
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EDITORIAL NOTE: It feels to me that this has been a momentous past week filled with terrible portents, especially from the president who refuses to say he will leave his post if he is defeated in November. I don't have... Continue reading
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On Wednesday in Part 1, I wrote about sleepless night terrors and how it seemed reasonable to me, during one of them, that we ought to be able to blink our eyes – or something similar – and quietly die.... Continue reading
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What I learned the hard way last week (why are so many lessons hard ones?) is that as my cancer and COPD advance, it is crucial – actually, mandatory if I want to function in even the smallest ways -... Continue reading
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By Barrie N. Levine who blogs at “Into the 70s – 72 is the New 72” When mid-summer rolls around, I remember the year – 1963 - that I was summarily fired from my summer job. Not fair! I had... Continue reading
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OREGON WILDFIRE UPDATE: On Friday evening, the air quality where I live returned to “good”, the best ranking on the scale. It creeped up a few points on Saturday but still in the “good” range, remained there on Sunday and... 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
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WORKERS WHO ARE BEST AT THEIR JOBS It's amazing skill but also speed – really, really fast. FAMED RETAILERS THAT HAVE FALLEN INTO BANKRUPTCY More than 20 iconic retailers that have filed for Chapter 11 perotection this year of the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2020 at TIME GOES BY
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Thanks to my hospice team – nurse, social worker, spiritual adviser – and my palliative care specialist, I feel safe and well taken care of. Each one of them is dedicated, smart, resourceful, likable and always there when I need... Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2020 at TIME GOES BY
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In the time I have been writing here about my approaching demise [counting from the Whipple surgery, it is more than three years] I have felt a need to be upbeat and positive about it in these pages. The source... Continue reading
Posted Sep 16, 2020 at TIME GOES BY
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By Janet from Minnesota On this beautiful summer day, my heart is filled with memories of a lady I used to know. It makes sense that I use the word lady because it implies a gentle manner and is a... Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2020 at TIME GOES BY
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WILD FIRE UPDATE: Fires continued over the weekend producing in my neck of the woods the worst air quality in the entire world, they said. Even healthy people – those without such lung disease as I have and who are... Continue reading
Posted Sep 14, 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 Sep 13, 2020 at TIME GOES BY
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UPDATE ON OREGON WILD FIRES: So far there has been no order to evacuate but I was busy Friday packing so today's Interesting Stuff seems a bit short. * * * SURPRISE OPERA IN A SCHOOL LUNCH ROOM TGB reader... Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2020 at TIME GOES BY
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UPDATE AT 10:20AM PDT: OREGON WILDFIRES Several readers have asked how I am doing in regard to the Oregon wildfires. Short answer? I'm freaking out. Longer answer: The air here is awful and the sky is some ugly color for... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2020 at TIME GOES BY
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It might not surprise you to know that I think about death these days. More than sometimes, less than every day, but not infrequently. Actually, that has always been so – that I think about dying. Maybe not as pointedly... Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2020 at TIME GOES BY
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By Carole Leskin I tried to write something to post today. Something sweet, gentle, funny, or hopeful. But I could not. Today all I could do was sit and grieve. Overwhelmed. Where am I? What is happening to the imperfect,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2020 at TIME GOES BY
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Thanks to the advance of my two diseases – cancer and COPD – I am a great deal slower these days than I was just a few months ago. Recently, after I wake in the morning, I have found myself... Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 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 Sep 6, 2020 at TIME GOES BY
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THE MEANING OF “AMERICAN PIE” There are people who dislike this song from 49 years ago. Others love it. I'm agnostic but I wish I could figure out why I know the complete lyric by heart. We were talking about... Continue reading
Posted Sep 5, 2020 at TIME GOES BY
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Perhaps you have seen the news that President Donald Trump declared a Social Security payroll tax deferral through the end of 2020. It went into effect on 1 September which means the 6.2 percent of your pay that is normally... Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2020 at TIME GOES BY
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TGB reader Linda Burdick sent this story from Victoria, British Columbia. After being diagnosed with incurable cancer, Canadian Laurie Brooks found herself living in a world of anxiety, grief and anger, reports Anna J. James in The Capitol. A trauma... Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2020 at TIME GOES BY
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By Karpagam “Jeeks” Rajagopal In these upside-down times, the human touch, that most ignored, essential sense showing concern, and caring, impossible to misinterpret - because you can hide your eyes behind opaque shades, fake a smile, mishear deliberately, have a... Continue reading
Posted Sep 1, 2020 at TIME GOES BY
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Last time on The Alex and Ronni Show, we discussed Oregon's Death with Dignity Act (I prefer the phrase, medical aid in dying or M.A.I.D), and my acquisition of the drugs that will end my life when/if I choose to... Continue reading
Posted Aug 31, 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 Aug 30, 2020 at TIME GOES BY
LIFE LESSONS FROM 100-YEAR-OLDS Here is what the Youtube page tells us about this 2016 video: ”We asked three unique and lovely centenarians what their most valuable life lessons were, and also their regrets.” BABY BARN OWL HEARS THUNDER FOR... Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2020 at TIME GOES BY
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