Monday, March 15, 2010


Rereading Dr. Mary Pipher's In The Middle of Everywhere, a book about the experience of modern refugees, there's a great section where they're talking about Americans inventing stress and the nature of time as a construct of the dominant societies. Some cultures use the lunar calendar, some the solar calendar, and some say: work until you're tired, eat when you're hungry, sleep until you're energized. Which is a bit of an oversimplification, but you get the point. A great quote was a protest from one refugee woman who was getting frustrated by the idea of Daylight Savings Time: "You Americans make time so hard!"

It's been a while since I'd thought about the nature of time in a while, but I can see her point...

At least the last few years seem like Daylight Savings has started on weekends so we have fewer missed meetings on Mondays.

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