When I was planning and designing Time Goes By in the fall of 2003, it was to be a simple little blog. No one was writing about what it's really like to get old so I would do it, making use of the years of research I'd been collecting on aging for my personal understanding, and whatever new material I found along the way.
When I was tweaking some layout the other day (have you noticed the new dropdown menus for the archives in the middle of the right sidebar - nifty, huh?), I was struck by how much stuff is here other than my daily musings. And most of it comes from you - readers who have been generous in contributing to this blog in a variety of ways.
Here are some of the things you can do here:
1. Find the best of elderblogs on the list in the left sidebar. Recent additions are marked with an asterisk. If you would like to recommend your own or another blog for inclusion, email suggestions. Here are the criteria.
3. In Geezer Flicks, find movies featuring positive portrayals of elders. Each one links to its entry at the Internet Movie Database for more information. You are welcome to submit suggestions for more.
5. Get an Elderblogger badge to post on your own blog to help promote elderblogging.
6. Read the excellent Guest Blogs from elders who have filled in for me when I've been away. Just search "guest blogger" with Lijit in the upper right corner for a list.
7. Read a serial fairy tale, Chandra and Her Georg, written 80 years ago and published here for the first time. The watercolors that accompany the story are extraordinary. New episodes are published each Saturday and Sunday. It begins here.
8. Watch videos by and about elders. Although they are posted as regular blog entries over time, there is now a new page listing them all in one place. There are many more at YouTube, but these have been randomly selected as I discover them or, more likely, as readers bring them to my attention.
9. Most of the above are permanently available listed under "TGB Features" toward the top of the right sidebar along with some past series on Social Security Privatization, Universal Healthcare, Hurricane Katrina commentary (particularly regarding elders during that tragedy in New Orleans) and the story of caring for my mother during the final months of her life.
Of course, there are new blog postings five or six days a week, and most especially the comments. I'm proud that TGB attracts so many smart, vital, argumentative (in the best sense) people contributing every day. There are some terrific conversations going on here.
One more thing: while I've got your attention, I am issuing a plea for more stories for The Elder Storytelling Place. Five are published during each week and I get nervous when the reserve falls to fewer than ten. So tell us your stories.
Also, don't forget to send in your photos for the Where Elders Blog feature.
And most of all, thank you all for so generously taking part in this blog. It couldn't possibly be as rich and full without your contributions.