About Time Goes By and Ronni Bennett

Ronni age 63

Time Goes By is wide-ranging blog covering social issues, work, retirement, age discrimination and ageism, politics, media, health, family, Medicare and Social Security, love and sex, entertainment, humor, grief and mortality, culture, technology and more – all as related to aging.

It was launched in 2003 after I had spent seven or eight years on a personal research project to find out what it's like to grow old. There wasn't much good news. From the popular press to scholarly and medical journals, books, government, advocacy groups and NGOs, one message stood out: aging equals decline, disease and debility. No one had anything good to say about it.

Refusing to believe that my future would be that sad and bleak, and since no one else was was doing it, I decided to write about what it's really like to get old. I had no illusions then that there would be much audience for such a loser topic but in time, I was happily proved wrong.

Today, thousands of readers visit Time Goes By every day or subscribe via RSS, email, Facebook and Twitter. You'll also find here a vibrant community of smart, informed, thoughtful and funny elderbloggers and blog readers who enrich the conversation and widen the context creating a remarkable record of what it's like to get old.

Through no choice of my own, I have been retired since 2005, after spending futile year banging my head against a wall of age discrimination while looking for work. I spent the the last decade of my career working on websites beginning as managing editor at CBSnews.com through other sites on sports medicine, restaurants, finance and business research.

For 35 years prior to that I produced for such network television programs as 20/20, The Barbara Walters Specials and other shows at NBC, PBS, CBS, Lifetime, etc.

In 2006, after 40 years in New York City, I sold my apartment in Greenwich Village and moved to Portland, Maine. That didn't work out as well as I expected and since May 2010, I have lived in Lake Oswego, Oregon with my Savannah cat, Ollie.

For the many who ask, all those photos across the top of the blog are me through the years.

Ronni Bennett
Lake Oswego, Oregon
Updated 17 October 2010

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