Category Archives: Time and calendars

Coming up: A universal moment in May

If you’re trying to meditate or pray or just calm down, you’re supposed to think about (or, in sixties terms, be in) the present moment. You can’t change the past or control the future, so just forget about them, in … Continue reading

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Time in a Bottle

While I was growing up, I had my own savings account and my own special dog-eared savings deposit book at what I think was called the County Trust Bank. I imagined all my dollar bills sitting safely in a long … Continue reading

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Solstice clerestory

My ideal house would overlook the ocean, with the sound of crashing waves in every room. On the very top, where they used to put those widow’s walks (and now, at the shore, they have hot tubs), I’d have a … Continue reading

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October at the Duc’s

Here are the Duc’s peasants again, tilling and sowing (it must be the hay they harvested in June). I wonder if he ever felt guilty, looking out his luxurious Paris window at all the work other people were doing for … Continue reading

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I know I said I was done with calendars, but…

I love the French Republican calendar. It has (well, had, since Napoleon abolished it in 1806) ten months with seasonal names, like Snowy, Rainy, Windy (but in French, they have the same endings: Nivôse, Pluviôse, Ventôse). Right now we’re in … Continue reading

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Those stacks of calendar pages just don’t quite line up

For some reason I thought that when Pope Gregory fixed the calendar in 1582, everybody but England went along. Not true (and by the way, this is my last fixing-of-the-calendar entry, so just tune out if this is too boring. … Continue reading

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09 09 09

If you go to Bing, you find out that it equals 0.111111, that Facebook wants 999,999 members by today, something about bowel incontinence, and something about romance after 60. If you go to Google, you can find out why 09/09/09 … Continue reading

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