Philosophy of an Egg-Timer

timelyactionsI designed the cover of my book, “Timely Actions, a Guide to a Better Life and Retirement” which I self-published in June 2015 with the help of my grand-daughter, Christine Grindle and Friesen Press. I used the analogy of the grains of sand in a sand clock to represent the number of days left for the future and to explain the theme of my book.  I am posting it here on my blog, as I believe it could have a value to others whether they read my book or not.

About the Front Cover

The hourglass on the cover is a form of sandglass, egg timer, or clepsammia which was invented in Alexandria in 150 BC according to the American Institute of New York. Specimens have been found in tombs since 350 AD as reported by the British Archaeologists Association.

“Tempus Fugit” comes from the Latin phrase “fugit irreparabile tempus” in Virgil’s The Georgics which were likely published in 29 BC. It generally translates as, “Time Flies.”

In an imaginary land, we all have an Age Timer like an hourglass or egg timer and the grains of sand represent days available to us. As each grain goes irreversibly from the upper Future Bulb to the lower History Bulb a day has gone by and can never be recovered or repeated. In each of our Future Bulbs there is a finite number of remaining sand grains and as they pass through the tube to the History Bulb a Today Grain becomes a Yesterday Grain. In doing so, the value of the remaining Future Grains is raised as their number decreases. (End of excerpt.)

If a reader follows the suggestions in my book, it is possible to further enhance future days by pro-actively taking timely actions in order to mitigate the practically inevitable on-set of health and other problems as they age. “Timely Actions” may be purchased at bookstores and at

4 thoughts on “Philosophy of an Egg-Timer

  1. In law, we like the Latin phrase, “Non illegitimum carborundum, which means. loosely, “Don’t let the bastards wear you down”!


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