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St Andrews in Focus - Issue 90 Sept / Oct 2018

From the Editor


As you will have noticed, I rather like sayings. My son mentioned one I hadn’t heard before, which you might like to share. Supposedly the earliest written version was by one Alice Morse Earle (1851-1911). Then Eleanor Roosevelt apparently repeated it more than once. It goes like this:

‘Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift. That is why it is called the Present.’ Is there another language, I wonder, which can conflate ‘gift’ with ‘present’ and with ‘present time’? French, maybe? Do let me know and I’ll publish it too. Whatever else you might glean from it, the saying counsels making the most of time, enjoying the present (like our fantastic 9-year overdue summer, while it lasted?). If you can, then I say, Amen to that – carpe diem!

Flora Selwyn

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