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July 30, 2003


Column
By:Virgil Adams
The Jackson Herald
July 30, 2003

Read this, if you have time
While waiting three hours for a friend at Hartsfield International Airport, I had time on my hands.
With that much time on my hands, I figured it would be a good time to think about, meditate on, and study time.
If you think stuff is confusing, just take time to study time.
“Time is one of the deepest mysteries known to man. No one can say exactly what it is.”—The World Book Encyclopedia.
If World Book can’t say what time is, who am I to waste time trying.
Why am I trying to write about time? Must be because I had all that time on my hands, which means, I suppose, that I had nothing else to do at that particular time, or, as intellectual Ph.D. professors would say, “at that point in time.”
Ever had any time on your hands? What did it look like? What did it feel like? If it was on your hands, surely you could feel it.
I know what some of you are thinking: I’m wasting time.
So what are you doing right now?
Oh, oh, I think I just lost some readers.
I hope some of you are still with me, and that you have time to finish this. If you don’t have time now, maybe you will have time later.
I don’t have time. The No. 1 excuse, the world over, since the beginning of time.
What time is it? The world’s most often asked question, ever since Eve asked Adam.
“Every time is a good time—if you know what to do with it.” I think Emerson said that. Or was it Voltaire? If I had time, I’d look it up.
This is a good time for me because I know what to do with it. I’m using it to write this column about time. I have been putting it off a long time, waiting for a more opportune time. I’ve finally decided there’s no time like the present time.
Have you noticed the growing interest in saving time? It seems like the faster we go the behinder we get. So we are saving present time, hoping it will be available in future time. That is why someone came up with the idea of shortening “Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week.” 24/7 saves two seconds for our time savings account.
I haven’t had time to really think this through. Is a time savings account like a savings account for money? Does it build up interest, and can you get your hands on it when you need it?
Can anyone tell me the difference between past time and future time? Where does past time go, and where does future time come from? And how much present time is there between the two? I am of the opinion that it’s not very much.
It is also my opinion that it is a waste of time to try to save time.
I have no idea what time looks like, and I don’t believe you can feel time.
But I do know from personal experience that you can feel the effects of time. The effects vary, depending on whether I used my time wisely or unwisely.
Wasting time is one thing. Killing time is something entirely different. You can waste time, but you can’t kill time. What does dead time look like?
Let me back up. Now that I’ve thought about it, I’m not sure you can waste time. Time is real. It is always there. No matter what you think about it or how you use it, time doesn’t change to suit your whims. If a rose is a rose is a rose, then time is time is time.
A long time ago I read something about the best of times and the worst of times. I don’t know who wrote that, but I think it was a famous author. I would look it up, but I don’t have time.
Wonder what distinguishes a good time from a bad time? Maybe good time and bad time are in the eye—or the mind, attitude, something—of the beholder. Maybe time is neutral. It doesn’t care one way or the other.
And what is the difference between time that flies and time that drags? Time flies when we are having a good time. Time drags when we are having a bad time. But we can’t give time the credit or the blame. Time doesn’t choose good over bad, or vice versa. Most of the time, that’s a choice we make.
“I don’t have time” is our excuse of choice, and it is a flimsy one. Bill Gates may have more money, George W. Bush more power, Britney Spears a better body, and John Smoltz a faster fast ball. But you know what: they don’t have any more time than you do. Time, like death, is the great equalizer. So quit blaming time, or the lack thereof, for your low rung on the ladder of success.
Oh, but time takes its toll. If you believe that, then you must believe that time gives its tribute.
Whatever, time marches on. To the end of time? Will there be any time after the end time? Was there any time before the beginning? If you were there at the time, enlighten us.
Someone just informed me that time doesn’t always march. She remembered the time time stood still. I don’t think we have a clue, what time is doing.
You can use the word time to play mind games. For example:
Think.
Imagine.
Meditate.
Endure.
Let me know what you come up with. Just keep it positive.
I wish we had more time, and space, to continue this timely discussion. We haven’t covered nighttime, bedtime, daytime, naptime, chow time, dinnertime, snack time, Christmastime, summertime, wintertime, springtime, Eastern, Central, Mountain and Pacific time, daylight saving time, and lots of other timely topics.
For a pretty complete list of all the things time is for, I recommend a book entitled Ecclesiastes. You don’t need to buy it or check it out of the library. It’s in a volume lying around the house somewhere. Take time to find it, dust it off, and begin reading at Chapter 3.
Virgil Adams is a former owner and editor of The Jackson Herald.

Jackson County Opinion Index

Column
By: Rochelle Beckstine
The Jackson Herald
July 30, 2003

Fish for your health
In a world where it seems “healthy” food changes from week to week, there is one litany that has stayed constant—fatty fish is good.
It seems strange that science should tout anything fatty as the new miracle food, but that is exactly what they’ve been doing for the last several years. Study after study has proven the benefits of diets high in fatty fish, including salmon, tuna, sardines, herring and trout. These fish contain essential fatty acids which our bodies need for good health. The two most essential fatty acids are omega-6 and omega-3, but it is important to have these in the right balance in order for the acids to do any good for our hearts, joints, brains, pancreas, mood stability and skin. Omega-6 is in the vegetable oils we use so much in our food and most Americans get too much of this since it is present in most processed foods. Conversely, omega-3 is found only in fish and fish oil, all green leafy vegetables, flax seed, hemp and walnuts.
As more and more studies focus on fish, the resounding evidence suggests adding fish rich in omega-3 to your diet once or twice a week is the most important diet change you can make. For many reasons.
It’s a proven brain food. People who ate fish aged 65 to 94 cut their risk of Alzheimer’s Disease by 60 percent and improved learning and memory. Fish is also the ultimate mood lifter, boosting the brain’s ability to process serotonin and alleviating depression in some cases.
And fish is good news for the heart, too. One serving of fish a week decreases the risk of a fatal heart attack for middle-aged adults by 50 percent. Eating fish two to four times a week will reduce the risk of ever getting heart disease by 30 percent. And for people who have had a heart attack, adding fish oil supplements to their diet will reduce the risk of sudden cardiac death by 42 percent in the three months after the attack. Fish will also reverse the artery damage caused by smoking. Fish has so many heart healthy benefits because the omega-3 acids work on many levels to raise levels of beneficial HDL (which protects against heart disease), reduce blood levels of triglycerides (the blood fats that raise the risks of heart disease and diabetes), act as natural anticoagulants altering the ability of platelets to clump together and reduce the tendency of blood to form artery-clogging clots, prevent heart arrhythmias that can lead to sudden cardiac death and slow the progression of existing heart disease. Now that’s one mouthful worth its weight in healthcare costs.
But that’s not all fish can do. It will improve brain and eye development in infants and children. It will reduce the risk of diabetes by lowering blood triglycerides levels and making membranes more fluid so that they’re better able to respond to insulin responders. Best of all, fish can decrease the risk of cancer by inhibiting hormone-processes that cause cancer.
If you’re counting calories, don’t worry that salmon will put you over your limit because even the fattiest fish is leaner than the leanest red meat. And by choosing fish as your protein source instead of other meats or cheese, you reduce your saturated fat intake.
So while margarine is on the way out, fish is still very much in.

Rochelle Beckstine is a columnist for MainStreet Newspapers.


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