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Where do you go?

This week we are featuring a story about taking a techno-sabbath- meaning that we need to unplug from all of technologies for a period of time now and again. It’s a great idea especially for those of us who are a little overwhelmed with the idea that emails and text messages have to be answered immediately, every day, 7 days a week.

But this begs the question – how do you escape? Where do you unwind? The beach? The mountains? The gym?

Spring is a wonderful time to explore the great outdoors as an escape from every day stress and technology. Hiking trails, state parks, city parks, or the woods behind your house may be just what the doctor ordered. For some, a garden is a great escape, while others enjoy becoming one with nature while fishing on a small boat on a lake.  Having a “quiet” or contemplative place is a peaceful and great way to unwind and unplug.

Where do you unwind? Share your favorite spots here.

3 comments

1 snowbunny { 04.28.10 at 10:46 am }

TGINPR and Verdi!

2 snowbunny { 04.28.10 at 10:43 am }

On the weekend I typically hit the DND button on my phone —and since im pretty techno-financially challenged, theres no problem concerning a cell phone.. I take my vacation in the backyard, digging in the dirt, ‘rescuing’ earthworms with the kids, river rock hunting with my husband so we can make improvements on our fledgling garden borders, and spending time with my best friends, an old acoustic 6 string named Ms. Caldonia for those rainy days, and for the sunny ones,Mr.Sketchbook and inkpen…logging a visual account of the new foliage springing up in the beds, and jotting down the results of my ‘experiments’ with certain garden remedies ie: the N to C ratio of my compost…

3 Faye Giordano { 04.28.10 at 9:01 am }

I give myself techno time off on weekends. I do not use e-mail on weekends and try to limit phone calls. Unless it’s an emergency, e-mails and phone calls have to wait until Monday-Friday. I put my home phone on voice-mail and only reply to urgent messages. That leaves me peace and quiet to listen to classical music, especially opera, on the weekends with no disturbances. Difficult to do, yes, but worth it!

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