Thursday, January 20, 2011

A Little Rebellion

Apparently its complicated to simplify. I tried to get rid of my smart phone yesterday.

  I'm starting to feel that having super fast internet all the time is not really necessary. I think probably for some it is, but as I look back over what I use my phone for it's not saving my life. Sometimes I feel a bit claustrophobic being so connected. The last time I was unreachable was on my honeymoon because I accidently left my phone at the church (it really was an accident, I promise). I felt kind of rebellious in the best way. No one could get in touch with me, even if they wanted to. There's a certain amount of feel-good freedom in that. And I really don't need to be entertained all the time. I remember when people watching was entertaining. What if I did that while I sit in the car and wait for Witt to return a redbox? Even if I can't get out of my data plan I should probably put the phone down. I don't think I need to feel guilty for sitting still, not doing anything. And books don't have to be reserved for long car trips. On that note, I have been reading a really good book called "The Heart is a Lonely Hunter," by Carson McCullers.

 What I like about this book is the simplicity of the way she writes. At times I'll read a sentence and go back and read it again because I liked it so much. She can say something about life in just a few words. It reminds me of this quote:

"All good books are alike in that they are truer than if they really happened and after you are finished reading one you feel that it all happened to you and afterwards it all belongs to you: the good and the bad, the ecstasy, the remorse and sorrow, the people and the places and how the weather was. If you can get that so that you can give that to people, than you are a writer."
- Ernest Hemingway

I do believe simple is better. Just try a handful of raw almonds. Sweet, like a nutty cherry. I am hooked. 

Gypsy Slow Down

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