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Don’t waste year’s only 25-hour day

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For most of us, turning back the clock at 2 a.m. Sunday will give us that extra hour of much-needed sleep.

That’s 3,600 superfluous seconds of extra shut-eye. Sixty full minutes of 40 winks.

Of course, those of you with infants or toddlers or any pet owners who keep a strict schedule, I am sorry to remind you that you will be arising at the usual time no matter what the clock is set to.

To the other 5 percent, you will bound out of bed to seize that extra hour — the only 25-hour day of 2013.

“But whatever shall I do with this precious gift of an extra hour?” you might ask yourself. Here’s my ...

“Top 10 things to do to celebrate the extra 60 minutes.”


While drinking your morning spot of tea or favorite cup of Joe, handwrite and send three thank-you notes.


Put new batteries in your home smoke and fire alarms — and take a batch of cookies or coffee house gift cards to your local fire or police department to say thank you.


Sons and daughters (hint: especially daughters whose last names are spelled similarly to mine and who live in my house), wake up early to flip some pancakes and make your parents breakfast in bed to show how much you appreciate all that they do for you.


Bag up all of the clothes you haven’t worn for the past two years and donate them today to someone who will put them to great use. (A few local donation sites: Trafalgar Lord’s Locker, His Hand Extended, In His Name, Goodwill, Salvation Army.)


Practice a foreign language: Gather some kids from your Spanish, German or French class for coffee and conversation. Meet at a local café and make an effort to speak in only your second language for the whole hour.


Go hunting — it is bow season. Unless it’s raining. You can always substitute with a day of arts and crafts to paint, make jewelry or just get out the play-dough.


Ride your bike through your neighborhood or favorite park, greeting and smiling at everyone you see.


Trick-or-treat? Scoop out the guts from your Halloween pumpkin and cook the seeds by salting and baking them in the oven for a few minutes. Put them in snack bags to share with your schoolmates this week.


Play a board game such as Monopoly, Clue or Scrabble (which is also known as old-school Words with Friends.)


Go out for breakfast with friends and family before you worship together at church.

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