Back-to-School - Part IV


Italian Sand-Cast Pewter Minute Glass (LEO Design)


The school bell has rung!  Pupils to their desks!  While college freshmen may have encountered wistful parental partings, grade school returnees likely perceived their parents breathing a muted sigh of relief.  Such is the annual tide of school-going: students flow in and out of their institutions with seasonal regularity.  Like water, the droplets are always changing though the tides themselves remain regulated.  Over the next several days, LEO Design would like to share some interesting Back-to-School offerings—ideas to help organize, cheer and distract as students push-on through their matriculations.

It's been said that "Time is Our Most Precious Commodity."  Each day is allotted only a fixed number of minutes—and as each moment passes, it is gone forever, never to return.  More time cannot be purchased at any cost, regardless of how rich one is.  And further complicating things: though each of us possess a "bank" of time left on Earth, none of us knows his bank balance.  Wise people think about and plan the use of their time.

If a high school senior does not, yet, appreciate the value of her time—and the challenge of managing it—a college freshman will soon be made aware.  Packed course schedules, layers of projects with varying due dates, and all those enticing extra-curricular activities (which make college the best time in life), all conspire to deprive the student of unscheduled, free time.  And some new collegians are experiencing unsupervised self-direction for the first time.  But don't fear.  For some students (myself included), performance seems to increase when time is tight.  Perhaps the realization that "there's no time to waste," helps spur-on a student to utilize every minute.

The Italian sand-cast pewter sand glass, shown above, will be a good reminder of any student's most precious commodity.  Use it to time little breaks, mini-workouts or phone calls.  Like many things Italian, it doesn't promise precision (the sandglass runs from 3 to 5 minutes), but it does perform its task with great craftsmanship, style and beauty.  Click on the photo above to learn more about this handsome sandglass. 

More Back-to-School ideas tomorrow and in the days to come.


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We also can be found in Pittsburgh's historic "Strip District" at Mahla & Co. Antiques ( or in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania at The Antique Center of Strabane (

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