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Ronni Bennett
Portland, Maine
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It cannot be settled among old people (or anyone else) at what age we become old. Ask 10 people, you'll get 10 answers and the older the person being questioned, the older he or she says old age kicks in.... Continue reading
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By Carole Leskin "What you really need is a change of scene", I said aloud to myself. There was nothing new in those words. I have said them many times over the years. For the most part, during tough times.... Continue reading
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While I was celebrating the second anniversary of my Whipple surgery last week, I was handed an additional diagnosis: COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) stage 4, the most severe. I first noticed a shortness of breath last January and it... 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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WORLD'S WORST SHEEP DOG From Big Geek Daddy page: ”In his defense, he doesn’t exactly look like a sheepdog and probably hasn’t been trained to be a sheepdog. Nelson is 'part' Norfolk terrier and I would guess it’s a small... Continue reading
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A couple of weeks ago, I mentioned that I had reached the two-year anniversary of the day my physician diagnosed pancreatic cancer. Now, yesterday was the two-year anniversary of the surgery for it, the Whipple procedure. Only about 10 percent... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at TIME GOES BY
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Pretty much all old people complain about how time moves faster now than it did when we were younger. An hour can, and frequently does, feel like 10 minutes to me. But if you compare your clock to a young... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at TIME GOES BY
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By Fritzy Dean Frank Billingsley, Channel 2’s weather man, is worried about me. Every afternoon he looks earnestly into the camera and tells me it’s hot. He adds that the elderly are especially vulnerable to the heat. If I happen... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2019 at TIME GOES BY
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While I was actually cooking instead of just microwaving a couple of weeks ago, two of the three sets of fluorescent tube lights that nestle on top of the kitchen cupboards flickered and died at the same moment. Later that... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 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 Jun 16, 2019 at TIME GOES BY
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REST IN PEACE, DR. JOHN It's been so long that I can hardly remember a time without Dr. John, the Night Tripper in my musical life. His death last week from a heart attack at age 76 (or so) was... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2019 at TIME GOES BY
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A growing number of elders in the United States, including me, are using cannabis to treat their old age ailments. For more than a decade, I couldn't sleep longer than three or four hours a night. After I woke, I'd... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2019 at TIME GOES BY
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I know, I know, this is one of those nuts-and-bolts blog posts that sounds like a snore. You think you know all you need to know and maybe it's just me but each year at about this time when I... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2019 at TIME GOES BY
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By Lyn Burnstine We - my accompanist friend, her partner, and I - had been to a spectacular birthday party of a dear young friend whose request of the guests was to sing a song for her—preferably their own. Almost... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2019 at TIME GOES BY
TGB readers generate a lot of good ideas for blog posts, sometimes without knowing it. The latest that caught Crabby Old Lady's attention is pretty much a perfect fit with one of the tenets of TimeGoesBy – that we talk... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 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 Jun 9, 2019 at TIME GOES BY
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THE PEOPLE WHO HELP SAVE MAN'S BEST FRIEND A week or two I posted a video of people who rescue animals from war zones. Here is another about those who rescue pets in trouble. THE WORLD'S OLDEST LIVING LAND ANIMAL... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2019 at TIME GOES BY
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Last week, I was alerted to an important new book via Judith Graham's Navigating Aging column at Kaiser Health Network. [EDITORIAL NOTE: Judith is a friend and journalist who has reported on aging and health issues for most of her... Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2019 at TIME GOES BY
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As author of yesterday's Reader Story, officerripley, certainly hit a chord with denizens of Time Goes. Lots of other readers joined in with related personal stories, useful information and no small amount of wisdom. If you missed it, officerripley's story... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2019 at TIME GOES BY
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By officerripley We keep hearing these days that if we're lonely, we just need to "find our tribe," i.e., individuals with whom we can feel we have at least one thing in common. And although there's sometimes truth to the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 4, 2019 at TIME GOES BY
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You may think you were talking about ice cream last week on the post titled, An Unexpected Anniversary, but you also reinforced a thread that's been common here since I first wrote about my diagnosis of pancreatic cancer two years... Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 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 Jun 2, 2019 at TIME GOES BY
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QUEEN VICTORIA ON FILM IN 1900 The Museum of Modern Art in New York City is the owner of 36 reels of film from Biograph film company from the earliest years of that medium. Among the holdings is an extremely... Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2019 at TIME GOES BY
This is a big-deal, important day for me. A time to celebrate: It is two years ago today that I was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Let me explain how amazing that is. Only about 10 percent of pancreatic cancer patients... Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2019 at TIME GOES BY
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Way back in the oughts, sometime not long after I began this blog 15 years ago, two readers became my friends. I'm pretty sure they were my first online friends. They both were (and still are) my elders. Back then,... Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2019 at TIME GOES BY
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