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Pondering the Hours of Other

While waking up this morning, it dawned on me that, for many of us, the hours of a day are divided thusly: Work, eight hours. Sleep, eight hours (if you are lucky.) That leaves eight more hours for “Other.” In those hours, we clean, bathe, cook, watch TV, care for children, spouses,grandchildren, read, eat, exercise, hang out on the computer, perhaps pray, shop, wait in doctor's offices, drive to and from places, try to sleep, try to wake up, worry, hope. At the end of our lives, I wonder if the most important living we do will have been in those Hours of Other.

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Writer Catherine Johnston of Olympia, Wash., addresses issues facing aging baby boomers and seniors as well as issues of serious illness, death and dying, grief and loss.

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