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TIMELY MATTERS: Thinking eternally and connecting past, present, future

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(Editor’s Note: Today we are introducing a new monthly column by a writer familiar to Finger Lakes Times readers, Dan Hennessy. His “Well-Rooted Perspective” columns ran on our Friday Religion pages for years. Now he is expanding beyond religion to touch on any number of subjects. His “Timely Matters” columns will run the first Saturday of each month.)

“For those of us who believe in physics, the distinction between past, present and future is only a stubbornly persistent illusion.”

— Albert Einstein, letter of condolence to the Besso family, 21 March 1955

As a kid growing up in the ’60s we couldn’t fall asleep on Friday nights thinking about Saturday morning cartoons and ran home every day after school to watch Flash Gordon battle Ming the Merciless. We played Wiffle ball and touch football (keeping comprehensive stats), rode our bikes EVERYWHERE, swam all summer, went to family picnics on most weekends and vacationed in the Adirondacks. We wore cut-offs, Buster Browns, and PF Flyers. Life seemed simple. And good. Very........

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