Daylight Saving Time

The Power of Growing Older

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Pub Date 01 Aug 2024 | Archive Date 13 May 2024

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Daylight Saving Time: Facing age with grace and mindfulness

When we are young, we think little about growing old. But time soon catches up with us: the first gray hair, a buckling knee, the purchase of reading glasses, or when a heart attack at the age of 56 rattles your world and reminds you that none of us gets out of here alive.

In this meditative and intimate personal narrative on the act of aging, David W. Berner discovers how to accept and revel in the present, when the days that remain are fewer than those that have passed, and offers a path for celebrating life’s final chapters.

Through the lessons of seasonal change, the natural world, literature, and spirituality, Berner gives us a kind of instruction book on the art of growing older, challenging us to accept aging’s transformative powers. As a keen observer of the world, he forms a guiding philosophy on how to discover joy in the time we have left and nourishment in life’s remaining seasons.

Daylight Saving Time: Facing age with grace and mindfulness

When we are young, we think little about growing old. But time soon catches up with us: the first gray hair, a buckling knee, the purchase...


A Note From the Publisher

David W. Berner is the best-selling author of WALKS WITH SAM and the award-winning author of A WELL-RESPECTED MAN, OCTOBER SONG, ACCIDENTAL LESSONS, ANY ROAD WILL TAKE YOU THERE, THERE'S A HAMSTER IN THE DASHBOARD, NIGHT RADIO, and the memoir THE CONSEQUENCE OF STARS. He is the recipient of honors and awards from The Society of Midland Authors, The Chicago Writers Association, and the Eric Hoffer Book Awards. He has been the Writer-in-Residence for the Jack Kerouac Project in Orlando, where he was privileged to live and work at the Kerouac House for two-and-a-half months. He later was honored as the Writer-in-Residence at the Ernest Hemingway Birthplace Home in Oak Park, Illinois. His work also has appeared in the Chicago Tribune, Clef Notes Chicagoland Journal for the Arts, and Under the Gum Tree.

David moved from Pittsburgh to Chicago to work as a radio reporter and news anchor for CBS Radio and later pursued a career as a writer and educator. His first book ACCIDENTAL LESSONS is about his year teaching in one of the Chicago area's most troubled school districts. The book won the Golden Dragonfly Grand Prize for Literature and has been called a "beautiful, elegantly written book" by award-winning author Thomas E. Kennedy, and "a terrific memoir" by Rick Kogan (Chicago Tribune and WGN Radio). ANY ROAD WILL TAKE YOU THERE—a 2013 Book of the Year from the Chicago Writers Association—is the author's story of a cross-country road trip with his sons and the revelations of fatherhood. The memoir has been called "heartwarming and heartbreaking" and "a five-star wonderful read." His novel, A WELL-RESPECTED MAN was a 2019 honoree in the fiction category of The Society of Midland Authors Awards.

David W. Berner is the best-selling author of WALKS WITH SAM and the award-winning author of A WELL-RESPECTED MAN, OCTOBER SONG, ACCIDENTAL LESSONS, ANY ROAD WILL TAKE YOU THERE, THERE'S A...


Advance Praise

A remarkable read about one man’s quest for happiness and fulfillment in the years he has left. Finding joy in the minutiae of life—good dark coffee, a quick conversation, a bit of meditation—is a deceptively simple prerequisite for a life well lived. It takes an honest journey such as this one, from a darker state of mind and with unique insight, to truly open our eyes to the importance of these little things. An authentic and moving narrative with fittingly beautiful and powerful writing.

International Review of Books 


Like Hemingway, David's writing stimulates the mind and the heart.

Martin Wells, author of Lost for Words 

A remarkable read about one man’s quest for happiness and fulfillment in the years he has left. Finding joy in the minutiae of life—good dark coffee, a quick conversation, a bit of meditation—is a...


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This is a beautifully written, wise set of personal essays, memoir-style, from a man who is reflecting on his life and on the aging process. I would have enjoyed this more if the chapters had had titles because I felt a disconnect between the chapters that would have been alleviated with titles. I especially appreciated the author’s wisdom on the differences between loneliness and aloneness.

Thanks to NetGalley, the author, and publisher for an advanced reading copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

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I just finished reading "Daylight Saving Time" by author David W Berner. I would like to thank Net Galley for the opportunity to read and review this book.
The title and subject matter interested me as I am of this same age group and station in life. This narrative seems to be thoughts and musings from journal entries and early morning writing sessions from David's shed while living in Chicago, then Pennsylvania then back to Chicago.
His thoughts range from memories of childhood, of his parents, his upbringing, his sons his ex-wife and his current wife.
He has observations on the direction of his health, how he spends his time attempting to make each day count and not to while away the time of the days he has left. He is of the mid sixty age group where he faces his gray hair that there is less of it and the aches and pains that increase daily.
The tone of this tome is melancholy. He realizes he has lived most of his life already, and his desire is to have the remainder have purpose, Joy, and meaningful encounters with friends, family and his sons.
As a parent he questions did he do it right? Impose too much of himself into his sons? He has fears for his health, and his desire is to Live Mindfully.
This is a great read and had me pondering the things he was pondering. As one of the same age group I am attracted to simpler activities, less people around and more meaningful ways to spend my time.
I found his thoughts interesting and his observations of nature profound as we are in the middle of gray sky winter with hopes of Lighter days and buds of spring and new life just weeks away. Near the end of the book, he wrote about being born into the Light and in Death going towards the light. As Nature and the process of aging has its way with each person and our bodies, mind and soul. One thing we all have in common is we are drawn to and have a deep inner need of being drawn to Light.
I would recommend this read, it makes you pause and ponder his musings and I agree the Moka pot coffee is one of Lifes simple pleasures and a delight.

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