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The gift of time

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webmaster | 11/16/13

If November were a week, I suppose we’d have reached hump day. If it were a year, surely we would be in the season of the cool-down. However it is dubbed, the middle is upon us.

We tend to be selective in how we celebrate the passage of time, and the ways in which we do so reveal much about our thinking.

In East Asia, a person would traditionally be reckoned one year old on the day of birth, and would add a year of age every new lunar year, which is shorter than our standard solar year. Those who fear the rising tally of years should be grateful to follow the Western system instead. But, as children and teenagers, who wouldn’t like at least an extra nine months of “maturity” — with the freedoms it sometimes brings?

The newest pastor of St. Joachim Catholic Church, Rev. John Warburton, will cross the symbolic threshold of another year of life Sunday, according to a nosy tattletale known as Facebook. For the curious, he shares his birth year with the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and the National Basketball Association as well as Hollywood stars Meryl Streep and Sigourney Weaver...


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