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More on Daylight Saving Time: Altering the Continuum of Time

On Sunday morning I woke up and realized I didn’t need to know CLOCK time—I could observe the morning light to know that night was ending and morning was beginning.

But last Sunday morning civil manmade clock time had shifted so it was no longer aligned with natural time. I woke up to darkness at 6:30 Sunday morning where on Saturday there was approaching light of morning.

Daylight Saving Time interrupts the continuum.

The chart below clearly shows this (thank you Disney). Note from March through November the line block of daylight hours makes a big leap in the sunrise and sunset time. The block shows the actual daylight plotted against the manmade time. Our human lives run on the natural time, but we are forced into government imposed manmade time.

Our human bodies are aligned to natural time. So too should be our activities.

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How Daylight Saving Time Is Out of Sync With Nature

Tonight is the night when we all need to reset our clocks to “spring forward” one hour for Daylight Saving Time.

But I don’t think this is a good idea.

What I don’t like about it is that it takes us off the natural order of time. It’s a man-made convention.

To make matters worse, this past week a group of bipartisan senators reintroduced a the Sunshine Protection Act that would make “enjoying Daylight Savings Time” a year-round occurrence. The bill has already passed on the state level in Florida (2018) California (2018) and Washington (2019) but requires change at the federal level to go into effect.

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Circadian Rhythm: How An Inner Clock Connects Your Body With the Cosmos

It may seem like we are individual bodies wandering randomly through our earthly environment, but in fact, our bodies are closely regulated by an inner clock taking cues from the cosmos.

The results of this cosmic connection are “circadian rhythms,” the 24-hour cycle of biological processes that have been widely observed in plants, animals, fungi, and even cyanobacteria.

This natural, internal process regulates the sleep–wake cycle and repeats on each rotation of the Earth roughly every 24 hours. It synchronizes the body of the organism with the daily cycle of the sun and can refer to any of the 24-hour rhythms that are driven by the circadian clock.

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Our New Home

We’re so excited to announce that we’ve moved into our new home!

Well, “moved in” is a relative term. We’ve moved out of our bedroom in Larry’s mom’s house and have moved our things into the new space on her property, but it all still needs to be organized.

And “home” is also a relative term. It’s a home in that where we are living now is our home where we have control over everything that happens there instead of living in someone else’s home. and part of it we actually own.

We are now in a new phase of our transition from living in a regular house to living in a tiny house. Three years ago we intended to come here to minimize Larry’s belongings and then decide where we wanted to live. But when we arrived, it was clear we needed to stay and now it’s been three years instead of three months.

Now we have purchased a motorhome to convert into a tiny house we have done the demolition of most of the interior, and, as of last Saturday (full moon) we have been sleeping in our tiny house! read more about our tiny house adventure at Tiny House Toxic Free.

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3 Poems by American Poet Robert Frost


On Thursday evening at twilight I was sitting in a rocking chair on the front porch of the house where Larry and I have been living for the past three years. I was sitting there because I was waiting and watching while the technicians were transferring my computer-phone-television service from the main house to my office in another building Across the courtyard.

I was just peacefully sitting there as the day was ending and all my communication tools were leaving one place and being installed in another, and what came to mind was a poem by Robert Frost called Choose Something Like a Star.

I had my cell phone in my hand and I looked it up. I once knew this poem by heart because I sang this poem set to music when I was in a choir, but that was many years ago.

But then I was interrupted. When I finally read the poem later that evening, I was astonished at how relevant this poem is for today and decided to write a post about it.

When I awoke the next morning it, it was clear I needed to post not one, but three poems by Robert Frost. So here they are.


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Seeing Beyond the Industrial World

I have been having this idea come up over and over and yesterday it came up three times in different ways, so I thought I had better write about it.

The first time this came up recently was a couple of months ago.

Larry and I were standing in a parking lot that had a range of hills on one side and a lot of sky above. He had his back to the hills and I was facing the hills talking with him. And then I looked up and suddenly I was no longer aware of the parking lot, I was aware of being in Nature. And I began to see the sky and the birds and the trees and feel the warmth of the sun on my body and the gentle breeze. One minute I was standing in an industrial parking lot and the next I was standing in Nature.

It was just a shift of awareness, but that shift gave me a whole different viewpoint. I could see the backdrop of Nature that is there all the time, but we often aren’t aware even exists.

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Windy Days


Last night it was very windy here. Larry and I were lying in bed commenting on how windy it was. We checked a local news show to get the weather report, but they really didn’t give any information about our particular place.

So we turned to the Beauford Wind Scale, which allows you to estimate wind speed by observing the effects of the wind on trees.

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What an Ecological Civilization Looks Like

Image credit: Yes! Magazine

There is a magazine called Yes! that has been around for many years. It began in 1996, exploring positive things we can do in our daily lives that help social and environmental issues. They have articles by many writers with various viewpoints. I don’t always agree with everyone about the solutions, but I keep an eye on them as part of keeping informed about what is going on in the world related to what we do.

The Spring 2021 issue is What an Ecological Civilization Looks Like.

They say, “The path toward an ecological civilization moves us from an uncivilized society based on selfish wealth accumulation to one that is community-oriented and life-affirming.”

Hmmm. That sound like just what we are doing with Lifely.

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BIG SHIFT: Stepping Into a World of My Own Creation

From time to time I take a break from my regularly scheduled programming to write a post about a shift that has occurred in my own personal life, as a result of my journey from industrialization to nature. Read about other shifts that have occurred since I started the Lifely blog in Jun 2019 here.

This past week there have been some big changes in my life, since completing the metamorphosis of my website into a new design.

This past week there have been some big changes in my life, since completing the metamorphosis of my website into a new design.

I want to tell you about the changes because this Lifely blog is, for me, as much about sharing with you a process of change from industrialization to nature as it is to orient you to Life itself.

But before I tell you what happened this week, I need to tell you what has come before.

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Larry and I have been together for thirty-three years.

We have had our ups and downs as all couples do. What is perhaps different about us is that we have been married twice and divorced twice to each other and are still together, making our way through life.

In 2013 we were living in Florida. We had divorced for the second time, and were living apart. Then Larry fell out of a tree while doing some tree work. He fell some twenty feet and broke his back and right leg. After several surgeries and months in the hospital it was time for him to go “home,” but my home was no longer his. And I could not take care of him 24 hours a day and also work to earn income. So it was decided he would go live in California with his parents and two siblings, where there were plenty of people to take care of him while he recovered. His last words to me as he was wheeled out the door were, “When I can walk, i’ll be back.”


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Quite simply, this blog is about orienting ourselves and our lives to Life, instead of orienting ourselves and our lives to industrial consumerism. Here we are sharing our own journey. You come too. Read more...

Debra & Larry Redalia
lifepartners + soulmates

For more than 30 years we have been delving into the nature and activities of life together. Indeed, this has been and continues to be the very reason we are together. With delight, we research, explore, observe, and even wake each other up in the middle of the night to discuss how life functions and how we can function as life—even while living in the modern world. We each are different from the norm, but we are different in the same way, so we have been able to think outside of the ordinary together and find the extraordinary workings of life.

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