Gratitude Sunday: Let’s Do The Time Warp Again

Gratitude * Sunday
Sunday’s heartfelt tradition.
A time to slow down, to reflect, to be grateful.
A list of gratitudes, our gratefulness feeds one another.
Quoted from Taryn Wilson
Joining the Gratitude Sunday Tradition at Wooly Moss Roots.


Sunday Haiku
What name thee, color,
pearlescent yellow?

Sunday Musings
March on!!! One sixth of 2017 is in our past now. It’s been a rather long and tedious year so far for me, personally and politically. That’s life, right? Every day changes and is full of opportunity.

I switched my house calendars to the March pages. Guess what I found? That’s right. One of my two least favorite days of the year. Daylight Saving Time begins Sunday, March 12, 2017. Remember Spring Forward, Fall Back? Yes, this is the month our bodily chemistry has to adjust to losing an hour. We are time traveling, or clock traveling. Tighten your seat belts and hang on for the ride.

This would all be moot if we hadn’t invented clocks and capitalism and schedules, so maybe we shot our own foot off there. If we went about our day according to the sun and the light and the dark, and whether there is too much weather out there, we wouldn’t have this twice yearly stressor of time changing. We’d likely miss a lot of deadlines and appointments as well, especially on those “too much sun” days. But this peculiar jump into the future by skipping an hour, and in the fall the eerie feeling of going back in time, is disconcerting and crazy-making. An hour can be a lifetime. Twice a year I experience that “back to the future” dissonance no matter which way the clock goes.

I’ve written about this issue in the past. Several states, including Oregon, have Senate Bills on the floor about removing Daylight Saving Time. Arizona and Hawai’i are currently the only states that don’t use DST. As far as I can tell none of the Senate Bills I am aware of have made any progress over the last two years. Two years is silliness; this should be a relatively easy issue to resolve; not like health care, but “nobody knew how complicated health care was”. To prevent any confusion that last bit was sarcasm.

If we can’t change it yet, we have to go with the flow. I’ve learned a few things along the way to make the transition easier for me. This year I’m thinking a whole week ahead and sharing those tips before, rather than the weekend of, which by then is too late to take advantage of the tricks. See? Deadlines.

Yes, you’ve seen the tips on this blog before. As one of my English professors used to say, “repetition enhances learning”, which is a great tip for study methods as well.

Here’s what I do:

1. I set my clocks forward Saturday, the night before, sometimes as early as 6:00 in the evening. And to make that effective I
2. Don’t watch TV that night, so I’m not on a “programmed” schedule. Sometimes I even skip the news, which doesn’t hurt twice a year. Instead I
3. Watch a DVD or Netflix, or READ a book, or take a long hot bath, or gasp, have a conversation. And then I
4. Go to bed at my regular time. And I
5. Get up at my regular time on Sunday morning. I also
6. Go to bed at my regular time on Sunday night.

This seems to work for me. By Monday I’m usually a little more smoothed out by following these simple routines over the weekend.

Now I’m semi-retired and it seems a slightly easier transition. The difference is I’m not on that hamster wheel schedule of having to be at work 40 hours a week plus the transportation time, and getting all the rest of life and business and other obligations taken care of during the other hours. I am fortunate now to work from home on my own schedule and I’m careful how I schedule events or appointments as I tire easily. I can see why many elders just don’t care any more about the effects of Daylight Saving Time.

Except we have to be concerned because of the work force around us helping us age in this society. Workers are affected by body chemistry changes because of the switch to Daylight Saving Time, and workers have an affect on our lives, so we have to be concerned for them. It’s the same as paying taxes for public schools when you do not have children in public schools. The village, remember the village? Not all of us are affluently insulated from these concerns, so we have to support the village, the good-for-all approach, on some things in our society.

Interesting how profound the chemical changes are for one little hour’s adjustment in our clock day. As far as I can find there have been no scientific studies on the effects of DST changes, nor about the accumulation of years of making this change. We have two control states, Arizona and Hawai’i. In the United States DST was not officially adopted until the late 1960s and 1970s (depending on the state) and the federal adoption date is said to be 1974. So we have at least one generation still alive that didn’t have DST and then did, and a couple generations that have been all DST all their lives. Any scientists interested? Sounds like an opportunity for funding. Then we’d have even more proof of how bad DST is for us. I know the scientific method and yes, I am jumping to an obvious conclusion.

DST is a silly waste of time. It’s non-productive and non-justifiable, and actually dangerous. Unless DST is all part of a nefarious plan to control American workers. The flaw in that plan is DST affects the administrators of the plan as well, so maybe they’ve shot their own feet off. So much for my take on DST conspiracy theory. Maybe in that conspiracy theory we should include natural selection because of the uptick in number of deaths the week after any DST change. We can’t choose to opt-out, as we’d lose jobs and miss appointments and opportunities.

So another year, another complaint about DST. Thank you for reading this Public Service Announcement. See you in November.

Color Watch – colorful attractions in my neighborhoods this week – The earth knows: tiny white snowdrops. 1970597_10203283793399338_678248994_n1-2 The first bright yellow faced daffodil. dscn2959 The particular red that is late winter camellia. dscn3135

Current View – {These are only my opinions about movies and books, but don’t let me stop you from trying these reviewed items yourself; your opinion may differ.} Songcatcher (2000, rated PG-13) with Janet McTeer, one of my favorite actresses. Subtly a movie about women’s struggles in 1907, McTeer plays a professional musicologist collecting old English ballads in the Appalachian mountains. Recommended. * Kingdom Come (2001, rated PG), with Whoopi Goldberg, another of my favorites, looking for a comedy, and found a semi-drama about the death of the family patriarch. I don’t usually make a note of skin color difference, but watching this movie I had to remember training I received in a diversity class about honoring cultural and heritage differences, in this case, the difference of the inter-personal dynamics of the white suburban culture I was raised with and the African-American family of this film, i.e., more yelling than I am used to. Not like we don’t yell in our house too, just different. * 13th (2016, rated TV-MA), a documentary about the 13th Constitutional Amendment banning slavery and how the language used in the amendment continued the disenfranchisement of African-Americans as criminals and scapegoats. Deplorable history, but it is truly American and we can’t deny it.


Currently ReadingThe Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao (2007, fiction) by Junot Díaz. I’ve worn out my little pocket translator, and given up online. The Spanish is colloquial or slang and at this point in the novel, I’m going with the flow and think I’m getting the gist. It doesn’t matter if you know Spanish to get this novel. Even better is the fascinating way the author weaves in the history of the Dominican Republic. Fiction and history is pretty close to heaven in reading for me. * But What if We’re Wrong: Thinking About the Present as if it were the Past (2016, contemporary culture) by Chuck Klosterman, delves into sociology and anthropology as well, as in we have little proof of what happened in history. We have only the stories, and artifacts can be subject to conjecture. Pictures and film can be composed and contrived, so that might be questionable as well. And then there is the question: when we perceive color do we all see the same color? (The answer is: no. There is a variation in how different people see color.) So much to over-think, so little time.


This week I have been grateful for:

  • People who serve me over a counter: the pharmacy assistant, the library assistant, the grocery clerks, the helping agency receptionists, the medical receptionists, la barista, and the gas station people who don’t have counters but serve me running.
  • The smile and warm laugh I got when I told my grocery clerk how much I loved her head scarf, and was inspired to look up how to create the pretty rose twist she’d made in the front. Her voice revealed a Caribbean lilt, and we agreed the internet was a good thing.
  • Nature documentaries.
  • Knowing how documentaries can be as tricky as statistics. It’s all in how it’s worded.
  • Travel and history documentaries.
  • Being able to attend one of my scout’s Eagle Court of Honor, the ceremony for awarding the highest rank in scouting. For this young man there was never any doubt in my mind. And thank God for his blessed mother, there for him every step of the way.
  • The diamond rays of sunshine on raindrops.
  • A recent sunset with the light shining between the branches of the trees outside my kitchen window.
  • Catching a view of the ten minutes of vibrantly colored sky two different nights this week.
  • Getting one part of my financial situation firmly in place. It’s a relief to have this taken care of. One less stressor.
  • Yes, I do love the Rocky Horror Picture Show.
  • Honoring my donut craving, but not giving in to it as I get plenty of treats.
  • Honoring my asparagus craving. Patience, grasshopper.
  • Honoring my strawberry craving knowing the wait will be longer, but Oregon strawberries are worth it.
  • March taking a couple days to come in like a lion. And being both Women’s History Month and National Poetry Month. Two of my favorite things.
  • Water.

Hoping you have a lovely week.

Namaste. Peace. Blessings.


Floral ribbon border by Laurel Burch

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