Spring Ahead … or NOT!


A variety of reasons (stories) abound about why we move the clocks.  In earlier centuries, towns and villages maintained the local church clock in sync with the natural light-dark cycles of the sun (more or less).  People then were more flexible, perhaps, and it seemed more in sync with nature!

 As railroads cropped up, there was a need maintain predictable schedules which forced the adoption of a standardized time; time zones formed to ensure standardization.

The practice of resetting all clocks twice a year was first proposed by New Zealand entomologist George Vernon Hudson in 1895. He was studying daily cycles in insects and wanted to be able to do more of it during daylight hours; his idea of maximizing daylight soon spread.  The United States adopted the practice in 1918.

Over the years there have been modifications in the US … to accommodate farmers, to save energy.  I just wonder what the change really accomplishes.  There is some research out there that alleges it actually increases energy use!  Is that a testimony that mother nature knows best?  Does monkeying with the natural cycle really offer benefits?  Consider this moon … what’s the impact of the moon’s cycle on you?    Does the time change alter that?



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