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Ronni Bennett
Portland, Maine
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A friend emailed about his grandson. “What's it like,” the nine-year-old asked, “to be dying?” (Dear god, is this what happens when kids are done with dinosaurs? I would have guessed that at least a couple more years would go... Continue reading
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By Carole Leskin There is something about late August that makes me uneasy. A kind of sadness mixed with a desire to just get it over with and move on to September. When I was a little girl, I loved... Continue reading
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It is Saturday as I type out these words and with coffee at hand, my intention is to spend the morning writing Monday's blog post – something about growing old. But. But. First, there is the day's news – if... 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
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MEDIEVAL HELP DESK This video is old, posted to the web 12 years ago, but the Youtube page tells us it's even older: ”...from the show Øystein og jeg on Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) in 2001. With Øystein Backe (helper) and... Continue reading
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ITEM 1: It has been longer than it feels like to me since President Donald Trump announced he is pulling the United States out of the Paris Agreement on climate change – 1 June 2017 – proving yet again that... Continue reading
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In the summer of 2018, Brigid Delaney, writing in The Guardian complained that talking with a friend on the telephone was a “time suck” - too tedious to be bothered with. Instead, we should all be using WhatsApp or texting,... Continue reading
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By Ann Burack-Weiss It is 1946 and I am 10 years old. The first night home after my tonsils come out, I begin to cough. Scabs and blood fill the yellow enamel pail with the green rim. Doctor and ambulance... Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2019 at TIME GOES BY
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”...Día de Muertos (Day of the Dead) is such an important occasion. It holds that dying and living are not opposites but rather two parts of one process, with just a breath in between. “Through this lens, death isn’t an... Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2019 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 3, 2019 at TIME GOES BY
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DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME ENDS In case you forgot – I almost did – Daylight Savings Time ends tonight when you should turn back your clocks one hour. TURN BACK not forward. Your computer, smart phone and maybe some other appliances... Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2019 at TIME GOES BY
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A search around the web for the phrase that is today's headline got me nowhere. (Well, I didn't try all that hard but still.) Now I wonder if I shouldn't just credit my mother who uttered it so frequently in... Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2019 at TIME GOES BY
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I know, I know - I've posted this video at least twice before but it is so damned cute and perfect for Halloween - an adorable young kitty watching a scary movie: Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2019 at TIME GOES BY
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As you know, earlier this year I was diagnosed with COPD in addition to the cancer I have been living with for more than two years. For now, the cancer seems to just sit there slowly growing and doesn't get... Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2019 at TIME GOES BY
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By Diane Darrow of Another Year in Recipes The old saying has it that you can’t make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear, but one day I thought I’d give it a try. My “sow’s ear” was a... Continue reading
Posted Oct 29, 2019 at TIME GOES BY
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What's wrong with a lot of advice for old people is that it promotes living with the same goals and interests as midlife people. A week or two ago, Crabby Old Lady read (or heard somewhere) about a woman's aged... Continue reading
Posted Oct 28, 2019 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 27, 2019 at TIME GOES BY
KOMINSKY METHOD SEASON 2 Season two of The Kominsky Method started streaming on Netflix yesterday. It's about two men, lifelong friends played by Michael Douglas and Alan Arkin, making their way through old age together. Here's one little preview for... Continue reading
Posted Oct 26, 2019 at TIME GOES BY
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Here are some thoughts related to my “predicament” that have been rolling around in my head. Obviously, they are not fully formed yet - you might even say they're half-baked. Maybe they ring a bell for some of you. U.S.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 25, 2019 at TIME GOES BY
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It's happened again that my life got busier than I had planned and I have come up empty for a blog post today. There was just no time left. One of the issues has already eaten up too much of... Continue reading
Posted Oct 23, 2019 at TIME GOES BY
By Jack Handley I have a certain reputation at the Senior Center which I discovered by overhearing a conversation: SPEAKER NO. 1: "You bring up any subject and Jack Handley has something to say about it." SPEAKER NO. 2: "Yeah,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 22, 2019 at TIME GOES BY
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One of those emails dropped into my inbox a few days ago. It had been several months since the last one – swearing that megadoses of vitamin C would cure my cancer. Before that, other TGB readers had declared to... Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2019 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 20, 2019 at TIME GOES BY
WE LOST A GREAT MAN THIS WEEK You cannot have missed the news that Congressman Elijah Cummings died this week at age 69. Too young, too young. There are many heartfelt obituaries and memories of him around the web –... Continue reading
Posted Oct 19, 2019 at TIME GOES BY
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Until about 18 months ago, most nights I slept for about four hours; five hours when I was lucky. There was a time, more than a decade ago, that an evening dose of melatonin kept me asleep for the more... Continue reading
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