HAPPY NEW YEAR ---- 2021 ! ! ! Friday
"The November 3rd election was the most secure in American history."
Hope everyone had a Merry Christmas as this holiday weekend ends, we begin to celebrate Kwanzaa and we ready for New Year's Day. Soon to follow are these significant countdown date facts augmented by my point of view .....
January 5, 2021: Georgia runoff election for 2 seats determines U.S. Senate control.
January 6, 2021 at 1 p.m.: U.S. Electoral College vote finalized, certified in Congressional joint session -- if law and order prevails.
? ? ? ? ? Current Lame Duck President exits the White House as he continues his desperate efforts to undermine our democracy, damaging this nation.
January 20, 2021 at noon: President Biden is inaugurated.
Another exciting week at my house as I continue to follow the Stay At Home admonition from health authorities as being necessary to limit Covid-19's spread and to avoid becoming infected.
FaceTime proved to be the means by which our family virtual interaction was enjoyed Christmas Day with expanded participant contact expected in the week ahead, but probably on Zoom due to technical compatibility issues. Additionally, I received videos of selected packages being opened to augment the holiday fun. Given the three hour time difference I could view the recorded action on a delayed basis allowing me to avoid having to arise at the young one's early-rising hour in their home.
As this year comes to an end I have been reminded of how few holiday greeting cards with personal notes I wrote for mailing with equally few received. I was made aware the already diminished number of friends and family decreased even further this year. Additionally, I'm reminded of a virtual friend about whom I said no more than to announce her untimely departure when I learned of it several days after her death.
A tribute to this lady, Ronni Bennett, who created her "Time Goes By" blog is very much overdue. For anyone reading this who is unfamiliar with her, I recommend you explore her blog. Her writings, other features, can be accessed in the blog's archives under a variety of topics. The blog will continue with her dear friend, Autumn, writing there.
I recall with nostalgia my entry into the blogosphere years ago, first only reading, eventually cautiously commenting on TGB when I was simultaneously learning how to use a computer and discovered the Internet. Ronni encouraged me in email correspondence to write, then later completely surprised me by asking me to be a TGB guest blogger on one occasion. My response to her was one of incredulity, "You must be crazy!" as I did not perceive myself writing anything worthy of publication on her blog. I did finally write a piece for TGB, then ultimately started this blog, though my Internet blog launching was quite accidental.
I've shared Ronni's interest in presenting the life of elders as it really is. I've enjoyed engaging in terminology discussions she fostered at TGB including our questioning the use of "senior" as applied to older people, but no one could come up with a better word. She also wrote her somewhat controversial use of the word "elder" as meaning in the sense that it refers to those in generally older generations, whose years of experience can provide ideas worthy of being listened to by others, with respect. She focused on overcoming the decades old practice of age discrimination which she had experienced first hand and persists today. These are only a few issues she addressed.
Ronni's writing hallmark was truth and honesty. She provided factual information supported by documentation on matters of vital importance, especially to those 50 years and older on topics including Medicare, Social Security and more. Age discrimination, language used to characterize older people were issues of significant interest as she wanted to see that negative practice overcome, one to which she had been subjected.
She pinpointed governmental actions, or lack thereof, that had bearing on elder generations, ultimately all citizens sooner or later -- everyone becomes old, if they live long enough. She expressed her point of view on many topics, political and other. Ronni clearly noted when what she wrote was her opinion versus a known fact as any responsible journalist would do. She used an alter ego, Crabby Lady, on occasion to express her dissatisfaction, downright anger at any manner of injustice she perceived.
Ronni entertained us with her good humor, sometimes stimulated our feelings of sadness as well as happiness, also arranged to provide some musical pleasure on her blog. She demanded civility on TGB, did not allow comments designed to elicit free advertising and promotions, set a standard of quality influencing how others administered their blogs.
I've hardly scratched the surface of what Ronni's "Time Goes By" blog, information provided there and commentary has contributed on the blogosphere and to all those who visited there. Her influence went well beyond the blog with writings, media and technology conference appearances. I haven't even touched on her professional career prior to starting this blog which can be sourced on TGB.
"Time Goes By" will continue, reincarnated by her dear friend, Autumn, as mentioned earlier, in whatever form she may choose which I will look forward to visiting. I will miss Ronni Bennett, but will always remember her with high regard, respect and affection.
H A P P Y N E W Y E A R ! ! !