It’s that time again. I was flipping through the calendar and realized that in less than a month, Daylight Saving Time will go into hibernation until spring. I’m not really a morning person, but I do love the late fall and winter months when darkness falls early, and I can cocoon at home with my pups, a tasty bowl of soup and a relaxing beverage. I love everything about cooler weather — blankets, sweaters, boots and warm, comforting dishes that nourish the body and soothe the soul.
By the way, Daylight Saving Time ends Nov. 4. Don’t forget to set your clocks back (fall back) one hour before going to bed Nov. 3.
I particularly enjoy the few weeks between Halloween and Thanksgiving, before the frenzy of the holidays, and the bleak quietness of January. But I digress, which is what always gets me into trouble.
I am a master procrastinator. I also realize that I’m not the only one, and everyone, except the most perfect Johnny-on-the-spot person, needs a little encouragement when it comes to matters of time.
It is a struggle for me to be punctual, and, throughout my life, I have tried very hard never to do something today if I can put it off until tomorrow. (I’m only half joking.) I have calendars, clocks, a watch and a phone that beeps to prompt me to be on time. I am susceptible to time wasters. In my imaginary world, there are always five more minutes — to check texts, write a Facebook post, catch a news segment on television, have a conversation in the grocery store/boutique/restaurant, make a telephone call or pet one (or both) of the dogs. I am firmly convinced that I can fly down my front stairs 15 minutes before I’m due at work, and I’ll make it on time. Except, I end up leaving five minutes before clock-in time, and well, you know.
Thankfully, I work a fairly flexible schedule because of the functions I attend during the evenings and on weekends. (Somehow, I’m rarely late for those. Hmmm.) I’m also blessed with understanding colleagues who realize that I plow through life with all the subtlety of a Tasmanian Devil. If I’m in a panic, it’s usually because I’m late. Cue the “Taz” theme.
Anyhow, it’s been this way my entire life. I was never tardy to school, because my parents were launching me out the door, but I have report cards that mention my frequent “daydreaming.” I managed in college because I set my own schedule.
Even when I manage to be somewhat on time, I’m always the last to arrive. My mom used to read me a Golden Book called “The Poky Little Puppy.” This little puppy, from what I recall, had a tendency to be distracted, and hijinks ensued. It upset his parents so much they withheld dessert (strawberry shortcake) from him. Horrors! When I was researching this column I discovered this book was one of the original 12 Little Golden Books published in 1942, and went on to become the bestselling picture book of all time. I guess a lot of parents try to impart the importance of punctuality to their wayward children.
Anyhow, I’m working on it, and getting better at managing this giant social construct called time. I figure I’d better get a handle on it before I run out of it.
In this issue, we talk to two time management experts for our centerpiece. Both Danielle Sunderhaus and Pete Snell give “timely” advice on this age-old challenge.
Other pages are filled with people you know doing fun and interesting things. Golden Isles Live! recently welcomed Grammy Award-winning vocalist Maureen McGovern, and the Coastal Symphony of Georgia opened its 2018-2019 season. The Firebox Initiative celebrated a fun weekend of barbecue, beer and music, and Hospice of the Golden Isles honored long-time supporter Dewey Benefield.
In the Spotlight, we talk with vocalist Annie Akins whose torch song style and great sense of humor make her a favorite among Golden Isles audiences. And, in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month, we talk with two survivors, both under 50, about how they coped with their diagnosis and treatment, and the upcoming plans for the American Cancer Society Breast Cancer Fashion Show and Luncheon.
Until we meet again, try to be on time, and enjoy the issue!