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(9) Grace Fishenfeld, August 26, 2009 2:48 AM


I do get sleepy. If I sit on the tufted leather couch in my den, I begin to nod away. When I get to bed, thoughts about the work I am doing stimulate me but I finally fall asleep, after I peacefully thank God for the life I lead with my loved ones and hope for Shalom. That settles me down. I Ican't wait to awaken early in the morning wash, say the mada anee and rush into my studio and work until my husband wakens and begs for food. We have breakfast and I feed two ally cats who found us. After I prepare the days food and place it in the oven on timer, I return to work. I respect my husbands wishes to stop, get into a bathing suit and go for a swim at our town pool. There I get the chance to talk to interesting people, make dates, settle worldly conflicts and dry out on a lounge chair with a book or newspaper. On the way home, we do essential shopping. Phone calls are made to children and friends when we get home to a cooked meal at a table that I set before we go swimming. Neighborly visits happen in the laundry room and in the hallway of our co-op apartment building. Business, obligations and mail is attended to in the evening after which we have time to watch about two and a half hours of TV News, Drama and Talk, sitting on the tufted leather couch. That's All Folks!

(8) AZ Wildcat, August 26, 2009 12:25 AM

I'd rather have six solid hours of sleep....

than 8 hours of intermittent sleep, as I do now. So I woulld use the two extra hours to read, get together for lunch with a friend, and/or break up my workday a little better.

(7) Bill Merrill, August 25, 2009 8:39 PM

appreciate existance

An hour or two extra each day would be great because you could take the time to appreciate life itself. Go for a walk in the park, paying attention to the plants and birds and colors. Pay attention to the feeling of energy going thru your body as you walk among God's creation. Smile. If it's raining or too cold, read a good book that you've always wanted to read. One of the problems with life today is that we never have time to appreciate the reality of our own existence. If you take the time to do this, it will make the rest of your day better, too. I try to do this already, but if I had an extra hour a day I could do it more easily and reliably.

(6) Carla, August 25, 2009 8:26 PM

so true!!!

(5) ruth housman, August 25, 2009 8:19 PM

spending time

It seems my sleep schedule is somewhat erratic because I often wake in the night with an idea, or a poem, or something I want to do, and usually it's related to my writing life. I am not sure I need an extra hour because I think we do make time for those things that are important to us. It's something my father said and I feel its deep truth. Sleep is a wonderful gift. I know people who are very upset because they can't get to sleep. For them, it's a real problem and sends them to doctors seeking relief. We need to dream. Sleep is very important. It's called REM sleep, that portion of sleep that brings us true relief. Sleep is a huge topic. Why do we need to sleep at all? And so is rest. Not only how we get rest but what we do with the rest of our time here.

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