Dan Patterson

Well, another year has rolled around. Many people view the first day of January as an appropriate time to make a few resolutions.

A lot of senior citizens express a concern for time, or the lack thereof. At the ripe old age of 74, I have a thorough working knowledge of the rudiments of time.

One of Granny Salmon’s many favorite sayings was, “A stitch in time saves nine.” That little proverb was attributed to Thomas Fuller (1608-1661) a well-known historian and church warden.

He used a simple description of a seamstress mending a single loose stitch, as opposed to procrastinating and later repairing 9 loose stitches.

Time, as we comprehend it, is broken down into three separate categories: past, present and future. The older generation has seen our past go past us. We are presently anticipating the future.

In the present time, I am typing this column. My last sentence is now in the past. At some point in the future (47 minutes and 18 seconds), this column will be completed.

A lot of extensive research convinced me that time has been around since the beginning of time. I would recommend studying the first chapter of John, along with the first chapter of Genesis.

Eccl. 3:11 is interesting and Eccl. 3: 1-11 (“To everything there is a season …”) is one of my favorite passages.

The folk/rock band, The Byrds, “kinda” enjoyed it also – those few yet beautiful words put some coins in their pockets.

God does not require a remote or a pause button, but he is able to stop time – read all about it in the 10th chapter of Joshua.

The old rock and roller, Cher, used to sing about turning back time. I wonder if she happened to have read Isaiah Chapter 38.

Time has been the subject of many familiar favorites in the world of music. Here are a couple of songs in which I like the words as much as the music.

“Time In A Bottle” was penned and preformed by the late Jim Croche. The words to his song gained even a more profound meaning after his untimely plane crash in Natchitoches, La.

Ironically, two weeks following his death, he was awarded his second “Chart Buster Award” for his song.

Willie Nelson also wrote and vocalized, “Funny How Time Slips Away.” A number of artists have covered this song, including Al Green, Elvis Presley, Ray Price, Glen Campbell and Billy Walker.

This time, my little column is somewhat shorter than usual, because I don’t want to take up your valuable time.


DAN PATTERSON, who’s retired from the Paris Parks and Recreation Department, grew up near the state line and now lives in Paris. He can be reached by email at jdanpat@yahoo.com.

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