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March 2, 2013

Mardi Link: Older and wiser? About time


I studied Einstein in high school, when I was the age my youngest son is now. I never really understood that space-time continuum thing-a-ma-jig. But I decided to revisit his ideas now that I’m older and wiser. (Or, just “old and weird,” for you 16-year-olds.) I looked Einstein up on my son’s smartphone. Here’s what he had to say about time, shortly before he died in 1955:

“Time has no independent existence. The separation between past, present and future is only an illusion, although a convincing one.”

Well heck Al, you’ve got me there. I guess I don’t understand you any better now than I did when I was 16. But it does seem to me like something stinks about your theory; maybe it’s just that missing tuna fish sandwich.

Still, I’d like to know what happened to Feb. 29, because I could’ve really used the extra day this year. For something that doesn’t exist, time sure is in short supply.

Mardi Link is a Traverse City writer and the author of “Isadore’s Secret.” She has also written a memoir about motherhood that will be published later this year. Send comments and questions care of the Record-Eagle or via email at

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