Day 688: Multiple times

It’s time for me to write my daily blog post!

It’s the 688th time I’ve done this.

I wonder how many more times I’ll write one of these?

Every time  I have a thought like that last one, above, I think  of time running out.

The time between my finishing that last sentence and starting this one = approximately two minutes.

Swarn Gill, who has commented on this blog many times and who has not visited for some time (I think the last time was here), often thinks and writes about time. I haven’t visited his blog for some time, either, but I just took the time to do that.

I wish I had more time to visit Swarn’s excellent blog and other ones here, too.

In the time I spend as an individual and group therapist, I invite people to give less time to guilt and shame. Many times, I’ve told people “You’re doing the best you can.”  However,  I continue to spend time having those feelings (although less time than I used to).

This reminds me that when I spent time yesterday writing a blog post, I did not include any time for music. I’m making up for that, today, times two.

(“No Absolute Time” by Jean-Luc Ponty is absolutely here on YouTube now.)

That’s the second time I’ve referred to that tune in my posts.

I’m going to include this next “Time” song two times.

(Live version of “Time Out of Mind” found this time here on YouTube)

(Steely Dan spent a lot of time in the studio creating the original version of “Time Out of Mind.”)

Is there time for you to comment, perhaps telling me your favorite song about time?

Today, I won’t have time to walk to and from work, listening to music, because I need to get to parent-teacher conferences at my son’s high school, on time. The first meeting starts, according to them, at


I wonder what that says about my son Aaron’s school’s concept of time?

Last year, around this time, I spent a lot of time thinking, feeling, and writing about November 22, 1963, the exact time when

  • John F. Kennedy was assassinated and
  • I got my first heart surgery and cardiac pacemaker, at age 10.

This year, that time will not be out of mind for me. However, I know my experience will be different, this time around.

Each time we go around and over old experiences, we do it differently.

Absolutely, I invite you to take the time to read this post, about that. People tell me, all the time, that “The Ascending Coil” a/k/a “The Spiral” helps them heal and grow.  (The last time I heard that was yesterday.)

Yesterday, I was not thinking about writing a post about time, until I heard both “Time Out of Mind” and “No Absolute Time” during the time it took me to walk away from work.  Nevertheless, before that time, I took the time to take these photos:




I took the time to snap that last picture when I thought that beloved time-keeper was broken, because that was NOT the correct time. It was the third time, since the time change this month, that clock had stopped.

Not for the first time, I felt fear: was my time with that wonderful clock over and done?

When I got some down time, I was able to make some changes to that clock.

I wonder what time I’ll see on its face when I walk into my office today?

It’s that time, dear readers:

Thanks for taking the time to visit here, today.

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24 thoughts on “Day 688: Multiple times

  1. I love your clock!!! It is wonderful! Thankfully, I spent most of my time doing just what this clock suggests. Unfortunately, now that I am retired, my income is limited because I took the time to work on other things rather than money.
    I love Thanksgiving. It is my favorite holiday because it is about family, friends, and appreciation. This year I will spend time with people I like and some people I do not even know at a large Thanksgiving potluck overlooking the Sea of Cortez.
    It is in a place I love dearly. The rent is incredibly cheap, but it is going up by 50% in June, so I will have to leave. I will spend as much time there as possible between now and June. I wonder how I will spend my time after that.

  2. We’re all given 24 hours a day, but I’m constantly amazed at how much activity some people manage to fit into their day. I can never make my 24 hours stretch to accommodate everything I want to do.

  3. Time waits for no one, and it won’t wait for me, Ann. Song wise, that’s one I love. Rolling Stones.

    I hope your beloved clock shapes up and rolls right again, Ann.

    And I think they must make a lot of split-second decisions at Aaron’s school.

  4. Time in a bottle, but Jim Croce. I love your time clock!

  5. Oh I love Jim Croce’s song. And I love Cher’s “IF I Could Turn Back Time” , not for any message in it but for the music of it.

  6. I’ve been taking time to reconsider so much. I thought I had all the time in the world to do whatever I felt needed to be done. Losing three dear family members within the span of twenty months caused me to re-evaluate what is truly important in my life. Housework and chores no longer rule my world. Friends and family (pets included) are my world….and this house is proof positive. 😉

  7. Hi Ann,
    Here’s my fave song about time!

    Diana xo

  8. Love your post on time; however, I’ve stopped thinking about what time I do or don’t have. I think I’ve told you this before (and probably multiple times!), but instead of saying “I don’t have time for that”, I now state “That is not a priority”. It’s amazing how that helps me keep my life priorities in order! I can’t state that “I don’t have time to work out” because that would be saying “My health is not a priority.” Etc.! But, it’s so nice you had time to put together a great post!

  9. I didn’t even know that Steely Dan had a song called Time Out of Mind. Before I clicked on the link, I thought it was going to be a cover of Dylan’s Time Out of Mind album. (Sorry, Steely Dan.)

    Here’s a link to Not Dark Yet, from Dylan’s Time Out of Mind album one of my favourites.

  10. Thanks for the link to Swarn Gill’s blog.I’ve always enjoyed S.G’s comments here.

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