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Readers' tips for slowing down

From M, spring 2005

I loved your article on slowing down your life. I have a wonderful way to slow down my mind and my life. (I practiced it with vigor the first two months of retirement as a teacher of the blind, a profession I entered upon graduation from the U.) I lie down in my Pawley's Island hammock, [but the short way, not the long way,] with my legs crossed yoga-style, which allows a feeling of zero gravity. I can reach over my head and push on the side of the house and sustain swinging for hours!

Peggy Sullivan MA '66

The number one item to help with the sleep deprivation problem is to stop playing games with our eternal clock mechanism by eliminating daylight savings time! (Just ask any classroom teacher and most observant parents.)

Daren Gislason

I taught for 40 years and my latest project is to convince everyone I meet or talk to that there are exactly 168 hours in a week and we are all exactly equal in the number of hours we have to spend each week. When you say you do not have time to do something, that means that you are not willing to take some of your 168 hours to do that something... I have business cards that say "168--Two great gifts: life and the time to do something with it."

Mearl R. Guthrie