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To Everything There is a Season


To Everything There is a Season (Turn, Turn, Turn) by The Byrds. Hit song in 1965.

 
With all the change going on in my life and in the world right now, this passage came to mind this week:

To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven…

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Summer Solstice—The Apex of the Year


 
In our industrial world, time goes by as if each moment is considered to be the same, but in life each moment is different as time goes through cycles of activity in Life.

Summer Solstice is the day the sun reaches the highest position in the sky and is the day with the longest period of daylight. It is also the high point of development of Life for the year. After the Summer Solstice the days become shorter and shorter, temperatures begin to cool, and all life forms begin to slow down and prepare for the coming winter.

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In Its Own Time

For the past month or so I have been on a mission to write a book…

I didn’t think it would take long but as I began to write, I had more and more insights about what I wanted to say, until it eventually became a 75-page ebook, which is about 150 pages if it were a 6×9 print book.

Of course, days and weeks are going by …

What I learned from this was that creative work takes its own time…

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Why I Stay With Analog Clocks

A reader sent me a piece from The New York Times Magazine, published a few weeks ago, about analog clocks.

Right at the beginning, the writer said that her younger sister (by only ten years) did not know how to read an analog clock! “No doubt that skill is disappearing from the populace,” she said, “Along with an avalanche of others: driving a stick shift, writing by hand, navigating by memory, using stamps.”

And then the next paragraph was devoted entirely to instructions for reading an analog clock.

 

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The Dawn of a New Day


 
I often wake up at various times between midnight and 6am with thoughts I want to write down. For this reason I usually keep my journal and next to my bed, or as a backup a pad or two of paper in case I left my journal in my office.

Sometimes I am simply writing what happened the day before, in which case I date the page for the previous day and catch up on whatever happened and my comments during the darkness between the days.

But other times I want to write down something that has just occurred to me, and I’ve been confused as to whether the proper date is yesterday or tomorrow.
 

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Length of Day

 

Yesterday I woke up wondering if today was the first day of Winter Solstice. I felt like solstice had begun for me, but wasn’t completely certain about what was going on with the sun.

So I looked it up on Time & Date. They have a page called Sunrise, Sunset, and Daylength which shows the day length for any place in the world on any day.

As I said in Celebrating Winter Solstice, the length of day is within a minute from day to day for a period of days. So I celebrate Winter Solstice for ten days instead of one. But I was in a different location, so I didn’t know how that would affect my Winter Solstice calculation.
 

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Time Outside of Time

Many years ago I had an “a year and a day” appointment book, which had an explanation at the beginning about the meaning of “a year and a day”.

Now I’m telling you this from memory, so it may not be accurate, but if I remember correctly, at some early point in history when calendars were still being developed, the “year” was 364 days and “a day” was an day outside of the year. So the old year would end, “a day” would pass, and then the new year would begin. There was a day-long festival on “a day” and that was that.
 

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uite 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.

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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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