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Garrison Keillor Reflects on Time and Retirement

“It took me an hour to turn the clocks back an hour, coordinating all the watches and digital alarm clocks and oven clock and kitchen clock and car clocks to Central Standard Time, during which a man starts to question the entire concept of promptitude, meetings, appointments, etc., which leads to thoughts of retirement, the End of the Trail, Old Paint, the part of your life when it doesn’t matter so much if it’s 9:30 or 10:05, or even if it’s Tuesday or Saturday, when you drift along as most mammals do, eating when hungry, sleeping when sleepy, and meeting whoever you meet whenever you meet them.”

Everything Keillor writes has a luscious, golden lustre. This is pulled from the beginning of a recent article on retirement published by Remember that you can get Keillor’s marvelous “Writer’s Almanac” broadcasts emailed to you daily through

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posted November 3, 2006 at 2:06 am

I admit to loving this guy however uncool that makes me. His writing is so chock-full of evocative images, what’s not to love? And his stories are like cultural and political Fizzies, dissolving whatever anxiety is in your path. Love ’em, love em’ love ’em!

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