I have always liked fractions. Mathematical fractions that is. I appreciate the way that they can help to develop comparisons or to fine tune a view point.

Here’s a good example: on July 15, we were one quarter of the way through summer. On July 21, we were one third of the way through summer. A span of only six days.

I remember calculating that constantly during school summer vacations. It’s probably the main reason that I was motivated to learn fractions in grade school. I kept it up all the way through maritime school.

Now I do it as well, but with the opposite viewpoint. I used to wish with all my heart that time would slow down in summertime. Now I half-heartedly hope for it to speed up.

Come to the Chappy Community Center this Saturday night at 8 p.m. to hear Sam Reider and the Human Hands perform a program of Bach, Bartok, Dvorak and Tchaikovsky, interwoven with original compositions based on explorations of traditional music from around the world. You will be treated to irresistible classic melodies and fiery contemporary improvisations.

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