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INTERESTING STUFF – 30 December 2017

A Small New Years Potpourri

During these end-of-year holidays, I've mostly kept it light in these pages and sometimes, too, let others do the telling for me. And so it is again today as we head into 2018.

The senior center in my town is called the Adult Community Center (ACC) where I have volunteered in various ways, meet friends there for lunch now and then, and I currently host a twice-monthly public affairs discussion group.

Too many old people reject senior centers and they are missing a lot. You can read about that in this TGB blog post, Are You a Senior Center Snob?, from 2013.

I'm telling you this today because Nicolette Hume is the new volunteer coordinator at the ACC who is also the webmaster of the center's brand new blog. She just launched the first story in what will be a continuing web series titled “Everyday People of Lake Oswego – Life Stories from our Exceptional Community.”

And guess who is the first interviewee? Yay. Me.

A few weeks ago, I spent a couple of hours with Cliff Newell, a recently retired reporter from the weekly paper, The Lake Oswego Review and he did a fine job of making sense of my ramblings.

You will find Cliff's story, Time goes by...A conversation with Ronni Bennett, here. Nicolette is the photographer.

Be sure to leave a note for them on the page.

doctafil is a long-time reader and commenter here at Time Goes By. She Canadian, lives in Montreal, travels a lot and then, under her real name Brenda Henry, writes wonderful little short stories about where she's been.

Her most recent collection is titled Weirdo Parfait which you can read about in this Interesting Stuff post from May 2017.

That is by way of a short introduction. doctafil has a way with words and she left this wonderfully fanciful description of Time Goes By on Wednesday's post this week. I am so charmed by it, so certain that if, like Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz, I just believe hard enough it will be true. Here's what doctafil wrote:

”Ronni, your blog is like a NYC coffee spot- friends drop by for java, conversation and good times. Ronni's Place is solid dark brick and stone outside, oak tables and a fireplace inside. There is a small stage with open mike nights for local writers, poets, blues singers.

“You're at your favourite table surrounded by your cyber pals. You're back in the city that never sleeps. Your apartment is upstairs. Ollie's looking out the window. He's smiling like he knew this would all happen. Fat snowflakes are falling.”

I'm pretty sure that from this day forward, I will always picture Time Goes By as this perfect, New York City coffee place.


Another great TGB edition to start my day. Thank you, Ronni. Dee:)

I usually read not only the post but all the comments too. Somehow I missed this description of the blog by doctafil. It’s so perfect that it brings tears to my eyes. What a fine gift she has with her words. :-)

Great summary, competent reporting indeed, love the ACT too. Great to see those candid photo’s so rare to see sans hat, but then it was inside your house I’ll bet. Indeed a happy face all considered.

On my way to your interview (thank you, Nicolette Hume). Thank you for this tiramisù post today, Ronni, and for many other precious posts full of great conversations and good times. Thank you, doctafil/Brenda. Many thanks to all of the visitors at Ronni's café. You all enrich my life.

PS And thank you, Cliff Newell ... and whoever took those wonderful photos! WHAT a smile, Ronni!

Loved this post. Ronni, I tried to leave a post at the article done by Cliff however, after typing it I couldn't post it as I don't have a FB account! Any way it was a post singing your praises. And, by the way that is a great photo of you. Happy New Year. I, too will now be reading these posts and imaging I'm sitting at a coffee shop!

Your description of this Senior Center and a brief romp through their website tells me they are not what used to be described (probably unfairly) as bingo, card games and "granny minders".
Thank you for this reminder that things have changed.
As usual, your interview was interesting and articulate. You're giving all us elders a lift with this fun read.

I've been a regular reader of your wonderful blog for some years now and was so glad to read your interview with Cliff Newell in this post. Life stories feed us! I was also delighted to read about your local ACC and the "Are You a Senior Center Snob?" article. I coordinate our local community hospital's senior wellness program, which has partnered with our Longmont (CO) Senior Center for 15 years, thanks to the enlightened, progressive vision of the Center manager, who also brought in the local Meals on Wheels program. It sounds like we have a similar vision and mission as your ACC. Still, there's that stodgy, old stereotype we continually face and, as a result, so many older adults miss out on endless opportunities for life-affirming/-enhancing/-engaging experiences. Thanks for helping to move the needle by sharing stories of an alternative reality. And blessings on continuing the heroic journey you've been on for so much of your life!

What a lovely end (almost) to another year of this blog! The interview was very enjoyable, and the photographs are great!

I'm so glad you said something about doctafil/Brenda's post. I had not seen this second one (left after her dinner break) on Wednesday. Her words have created a warm and comfortable virtual conversation cafe which is how I shall visualize Time Goes By from this day forward. Doctafil's comments here are so often like poetry, from form to content, and I have enjoyed reading her stories in Weirdo Parfait. Her comments almost always complement your posts perfectly, but she has outdone herself this week!

Happy New Year to everyone here! I look forward to continuing our visits at Ronni's Coffee Spot in 2018.

Great interview and photos, Ronni! And I love doctafil's description of your "salon". It's just what we'd be doing if you were still here in NYC. So, I'm coming by this evening for a virtual visit. Be warned I am bringing my new passion -- smoked-maple bourbon.

The interview was just great and I am constantly amazed that you are able to flash that beautiful smile and show so much joy with all that has been going on in your life. Nothing can keep you down for long.

I have called you friend for many years now, but I am still learning more about what an amazing woman you are. You have led a very rewarding life, but you made it so. Your independent spirit is an inspiration to all who have been privileged to know you. That includes all of us who bring our coffee cups to Ronni's NYC coffee spot for another informative or inspiring chat on the subject of the day.

I like that image, Doctafil, of Ronni's troops sitting around a cozy fire drinking our favorite beverage and chatting about life in the elder lane. Thank you.

This post was so good in two ways. First your interview was such fun to read. It felt like a fast romp through the sixties and its bigger than life possibilities. Didn't we love those days? Your accomplishments made me smile.

Then doctafil's characterization of your blog was so perfect. Every morning (well four mornings each week) I grab my coffee and sit down with Ronni and friends. It's something to start the day with a wise friend who has news or perspective or just plain information. Sometimes a funny video. Your medical journey is fascinating, and your courage does help us on our separate journeys. I've been a reader for many years.

Thank you for being the leader and hotess of the koffee klatch.

Tried again, it worked.

Beautiful job, Ronni.

Loved your interview and will bookmark the page.

Wish I had been with you when you interviews so many of my favourite people.

Very cool!

What a great interview!

I'm lucky to live in a city where there are many classes at 1/2 price for persons age 60 and older thru the parks. I take 5 exercise classes, sewing, drawing and painting and a walking club. There's a nearby community college that has a program of lectures and classes for persons age 55+. Then, there's the city which offers its own programs for seniors age 65+. The lunch meal for seniors is offered at many social service organizations and costs $3. I had my hearing checked for free at a senior center where I take an exercise class. I've met many people, made new friends and traveled to different areas of the city.

You have a beautiful smile, Ronni!

Happy New Year Everyone!

Am glad your cafe is open into the night as that’s when I mostly have stopped by instead of mornings, since first visiting over a decade ago. Continue to enjoy reading your take on topics of the day. Sr. Centers and programs in many cities do provide all kinds of interesting activities and benefits for our older crowd as I’ve noticed developing even more over the past twenty plus years here. Am pleased to read you’re not hiding your lights under a bushel basket and are sharing them in person with those in your community.

Would enjoy your current affairs discussion group and would welcome a similar offering at our center. I’ve not been in a position to coordinate one myself and no one else seems to have done so either. They do a daily coffee klatch type gathering, but it’s more a presentation by some group on tired old topics that seem to be repeated each year with minor or no needed up dates and there’s never really any free-wheeling conversation. Could easily see a once or twice a week session coordinated with a blog topic and other variations.

Ronni. Doctafil's description of your NYC place is perfect.

Please consider printing and framing it as a constant reminder of a happy place,although fictional,where we all can gather sharing stories,good times memories and love.

Ronni, you look marvelous in your photos. I miss you.

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