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Take Your Time


Fri, Nov 9th, 2001
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Monday, Octovber 22, 2001

Iím all goofed up again. Daylight savings time, or lack of it, is the culprit. Just when a guy is getting used to it then we spring ahead or fall back. It makes sense in my mind, but my body just doesnít buy the reality of it. Iím sleepy when I should be awake and Iím hungry when there should still be an hour to go before lunch. The clocks in the house that I spent the warm weather months calibrating now all say a different time. Only the clock in the VCR seems to actually know whatís going on. All the other clocks are just guessing.

My father always guessed at the time. He used to amaze me with his ability to tell time by the sun. We might be out fixing fence or baling hay when he would look at the shadows and announce the time. A timepiece always verified that he was right to within a few minutes. Iím sure he never cheated by checking his pocket watch first because that thing hardly ever worked. But then, why shouldnít a farmer be good at telling the time by the sun? Farmers spend a good share of their lives under the sun and develop that sense of where they are, who they are, and even what time it is. For most of us who are not outdoors as much, we have to rely on artificial means to tell time and we are easily distracted.

I was thinking about this as I watched the sun creep up over the horizon this morning. It seemed reluctant to move up the sky, almost as if it might change its mind and go back east instead of proceeding west, afraid to face the day of its own making. Of course, I was the one who, at seven in the morning, was not quite ready to face the day. How is it, I wondered, that in June at seven a.m. I am ready to go, but in November I am still drowsy? I concluded, just like my old buddy Albert Einstein did, that time is relative. It flows at varying rates under different circumstances.

We need to come up with a new theory to explain how time works. It should start with an examination of sleep habits. For example, the time I spend sleeping passes without notice compared to the time I spend awake. In the winter, the time I spend wishing I were sleeping seems much greater than the time I am actually sleeping. Maybe animals that hibernate have all this figured out and have come up with the ultimate solution Ė sleep until you are on the verge of starvation.

Another example of how distractions affect the perceived passage of time occurs during basketball games. I enjoy watching my kid .....
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The other battle in Afghanistan is for food

Fri, Nov 9th, 2001
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Monday, November 12, 2001

While the United States attacks Taliban-held positions in Afghanistan, there is another critical battle underway in the central Asian country: how to feed the millions of people without food.

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To the editor,

We are thankful for the courageous leadership of our government officials in this difficult time, and for the restraint they showed, not responding with a knee-jerk reaction, but working to build a wide coalition of nations.
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Fri, Nov 9th, 2001
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Monday, November 12, 2001

To the Editor,

I just heard on the radio that many charities are noticing a decrease in revenue, one reason being the downturn of the economy.

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Vernon H. Vigeland

Fri, Nov 9th, 2001
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Vernon H. Vigeland, 77, of LaCrosse, Wis., formerly of Mabel, Minn. died March 12, 2001 at the Green Lea Manor Nursing Home in Mabel where he had resided for only a week.

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Gladys Judith Swain

Fri, Nov 9th, 2001
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Gladys Judith Swain, 93, of Rushford, a homemaker, died March 7, 2001 at her home.

Gladys Judith Williams was born May 15, 1907, on the Humble farm at Highland Prairie, moved to North Dakota with her family when she was 3 months old and retu ..... 
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