Monday, January 4, 2016


I was listening to an interview of Claudia Hammond, author of Time Warped, on Public Radio this past Saturday.  One of the questions was, "Why does time speed up so much as we age?"

Of course, time does not change but our perception of time passing certainly can vary.  I had just recently mentioned how fast the year 2015.

At the same time, I try to think back to January of 2015, and it seems like ages and ages ago.

Here is a paraphrase (or my understanding) of what Claudia Hammond said about that very issue--
Time seems to speed up when we are busy and times seems to have slowed down when we look back on a period that was busy.  So feeling that time is going by too fast is a good thing in that we can look back with all those memories of a full life.
Guess I had a busy past year.

Some quotes:
Time and memory are true artists: they remould reality nearer to the heart's desire.    John Dewey
Time changes everything except something within us which is always surprised by change.  Thomas Hardy
The time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time.  Bertrand Russell (also attributed to John Lennon)
Time stays long enough for anyone who will use it.  Leonardo DaVinci
Forever is composed of nows.  Emily Dickinson
How did it get so late so soon?  Dr. Suess 
And a sentimental favorite, listen here .  


  1. Thanks for the stroll down memory lane with the Righteous Brothers.

  2. Remould reality - I like that. And, of course, love Unchained Melody.

  3. I think time slows when we are looking forward to something. Christmas as a child took forever to get here. Sixteen and a drivers license was turtle like. Twenty one and the freedoms of adult hood took sooo long. Then, the older we get and the more goals we have all ready reached, we start plodding along not really paying attention. Kind of like when you drive the same route over and over, it seems to get shorter. That is my theory anyway though I much prefer your full life version.
    Love the Righteous Brothers.

  4. Is that why the trip back home always seems shorter? I love this quote: "Forever is composed of nows."

  5. Time is just zooming by! For sure!

  6. I read somewhere that the reason that time passes so slowly for children and so quick for old people is that we process time as a fraction of our total life. To a 5 year old, Christmas to Christmas is 20% of their lives to an octogenarian it is 1.25%.

    I am not sure about that one, but I am pretty sure that you could attain immortality if you could find a dentist that would perform a root canal forever. I am convinced that dentist offices are some sort of gravitational wells that stretch the time space continuum.

  7. Time seems to lag when you have nothing to do.

  8. I didn't think I was that busy, but I must be since each year seems to go by faster than the last one. P. S. We watch Downton Abbey but not any of the others.

  9. Time is definitely speeding by too quickly for me. I wish it would slow down. What the heck am I doing?

  10. Time really does play tricks on your mind. While I can almost understand how "I" got this old I have no idea how Jenna got so old or how Amara got to be almost 12??

  11. You've had a very busy year! You have rallied wonderfully, however!


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