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10/31/2013 1:39:00 PM

To the editor:

If I had to create the curriculum at the high school I would make every senior take a special class. Students would come into the classroom and sit and see in front of them an hourglass, a sundial and a giant calendar. The instructor would speak on the topic of time; time as a factor in physics, as a subject important in biology and time as an element in human political decisions.

He would end the semester with a test to see whether the students understood the underlying idea of the class. This idea is, of course, to motivate students to see how quickly human time passes and how valuable it is. Each student would have to demonstrate that he or she was aware that time was one of the most valuable possessions they had (the other being good health).

I think of this in the last days of October. October, the somber month. Dreams drift out in summer and fly home to haunt the mind of the dreamer in autumn.

The finest writing on October was done by Thomas Wolfe in his novel, "Time and the River." He wrote: "Now October has come again which in our land is different from October in the other lands. The ripe, the golden month has come again, and in Virginia the chinkapins are falling. Frost sharps the middle music of the seasons, and all living things on earth turn home again."

Home is where we have experienced the most important events in our lives; where we spent the most valuable time.


Phillip Hammes

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