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Sunday, November 5, 2023

It's fall, y'all. Did you remember?

cj Sez: Did you remember to turn your clock back an hour? 

  By the by, the answer to why there is a time change twice a year? According to a dot com news article: “The U.S. first implemented daylight saving during World War I as a way to conserve fuel with the Standard Time Act of 1918, also known as the Calder Act.”

  In recent years, people have questioned the need to continue to observe the act. In response, there are sages among the D.C. electorate who decided they needed to save the sunshine. The Sunshine Protection Act that would have eliminated “Fall Back” and “Spring Forward” was approved by the U.S. Senate in 2022, but it never made it past the House of Representatives. The national bill is waiting in the wings, however. 

  According to the
Farmers’ Almanac, at least 33 state legislatures have attempted to keep daylight saving time year-round. Currently only Arizona (with the exception of the Navajo Nation) and Hawaii do not observe daylight saving time.

  The correct term is daylight “saving” (not savings) time. The AP Style Guide says it’s properly all lower case, as does the “writers’ bible”the Chicago Manual of Style. Initials, however, are all caps: DST.


  The idea of turning back time can be especially appealing when thinking about aging:

  Not me. I want people to know “why” I look this way. I've traveled a long way and a lot of the roads were not paved. Points to remember:

   You know you are getting old when everything either dries up or leaks.

   Being young is beautiful, but being old is comfortable.

  I'm grateful for each day that I’m lucky enough to grow older. I can testify that eventually we reach a point when we stop lying about our age and start bragging about it.

  Here’s a wonderful tongue-in-cheek essay on the younger generation’s perception of "seenagers" (a senior who doesn’t act her/his age). My personal goal is to be one of those. 

  I actually experienced an episode of that perception when I took my granddaughter to lunch last week. The waitress came back with my credit card and the receipt for the tab I had paid, handed it to her, and spent a few minutes suggesting she enter a contest after logging onto the restaurant’s website. I was using Mac and PC computers for reports and graphic presentations before either of them were born. I give Maggie Rose credit . . . she started laughing before I did.

  I believe the following prayer will help keep the peace…if I can remember it in time: 
Lord, keep your arm around my shoulder and your hand over my mouth.  Amen

  This weekend, Saturday, November 11, the U.S. respectfully observes Veterans Day, a day set aside to honor all the veterans whose heroism made and keep this country free.

  “When first celebrated as Armistice Day, the day marked the end of World War I, formally recognized on the ‘11th hour, of the 11th day, of the 11th month’ in 1918. The U.S. continues to honor the original connection to WWI, and Veterans Day is celebrated on the same day every year—November 11—regardless of which day of the week it falls.”  (Source: )

  Canada honors its veterans on November 11 by celebrating their heroism with “Remembrance Day.”  


  Okay, that’s it for today. You-all guys keep on keeping on, and I’ll try to do the same. Raising prayers for a happy and safe you.


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