Written by Michelle Earl


Tendrills of smoke circle my head The smell of it fills me with dread. Especially when I don't smoke It's only when other people take a toke.

It burns It makes my stomach churn My eyes hurt And I'm very curt.

I'm curt because I want my health A killer that can attack in utter stealth I want to keep my lungs inside of me Healthy

Looking At Time With A Capital T

Written by Maya Talisman Frost

I keep a fossil on my desk at all times. Whenever I feel rushed or find myself creating a sense of urgency, I pick uprepparttar fossil and caress its polished surface. Itís over 200 million years old. Suddenly, returning that phone call or meeting that self-imposed deadline doesnít seem nearly as critical. My ancient arthropod reminds me that, inrepparttar 110122 scheme of things, this moment is indescribably insignificant. I find that remarkably comforting.

True story: I broughtrepparttar 110123 fossil with me as a sort of visual aid for a presentation I was giving on sustainability at Intel. As I openedrepparttar 110124 car door inrepparttar 110125 Intel parking lot,repparttar 110126 fossil slipped out of my bag. It crashed torepparttar 110127 pavement,repparttar 110128 asphalt shatteringrepparttar 110129 tip of my favorite piece of history. Iím trying hard to avoid seeing any deep meaning in that disturbing little incident.

Anyway, Iíve been stroking that poor broken fossil a lot this week. Iím not freaking out about anything. Iíve just been spending some time thinking about time.

Is life a function of time, or is time a function of life?

This is worth spending a considerable amount of time (or life?) contemplating. For those of you in a hurry, Iíve got this short sound byte answer: It depends on what kind of scope youíre using.

My brother has worked for a nearby scope manufacturer for over twenty years, so my answer is colored by my familiarity with lenses andrepparttar 110130 way they magnify reality. You might come up with a response based on, say, your connection to compost. Or combustion engines. Or maybe blood cells. Me? Iím going with scopes.

I would say that time is a function of life whenever we are simply going throughrepparttar 110131 motions ofrepparttar 110132 day or looking at our accomplishments or failures overrepparttar 110133 course of our lives. We can divide periods of living into convenient packagesóthat wondrous year in Miss Greenís first grade class,repparttar 110134 bust-your-butt blur of college,repparttar 110135 home-as-preschool phase,repparttar 110136 years inrepparttar 110137 old house on Birch Street, and on and on. We use time. It allows us to keep things organized, both in our day planners and in our minds. Itís a helpful ordering mechanism.

Itís hard to get a grip onrepparttar 110138 enormity of time when we view it in appointments, lunch hours, and television time-slots. If we pull waaayyy back and look at it, then life becomes a function of time instead ofrepparttar 110139 other way around.

We donít tend to pay attention to any of that while getting ready for work inrepparttar 110140 morning. We donít look at Time with a capital T. Thatís because weíre looking throughrepparttar 110141 lens ofrepparttar 110142 microscope. Well, haul outrepparttar 110143 telescope. Take a look at gigantic periods of time. Consider unfathomable chunks of eternity.

Weíve been inrepparttar 110144 Cenozoic era for about 65 million years now. It started way back withrepparttar 110145 extinction ofrepparttar 110146 last non-avian dinosaurs. The most recent Cenozoic period,repparttar 110147 Quarternary, started a mere 1.8 million years ago, and has seenrepparttar 110148 development of humans fromrepparttar 110149 very earliest use of tools and rudimentary language torepparttar 110150 present flip-phone/camera/email devices that are allrepparttar 110151 rage today. Thatís quite a progression.

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