Thursday, July 30, 2009

Summer Slowly

I've decided to keep both blogs running, though I will encourage you to sign up at my new blog at my new magazine, Living in Season in case I ever do abandon my beloved Blogger blog.

A long-time School of the Seasons reader and contributor, Taffy Hill, sent me a link to a blog entry by Beth Dargis of My Simpler Life about things that should be savored and done slowly.

I loved Beth’s list and was even more delighted to see the thread was started by my friend and colleague, Christine Valters Paintner, at her blog, Abbey of the Arts.

Let’s expand this idea here. I'd love to entertain your ideas about things that should be done slowly.

My favorite is walking slowly. I find this easiest to do while walking the dog. Right now my walking companion is Pepe, my daughter's Chihuahua. He likes to go slow, especially in the summer. He often plops down on the grass and refuses to move


Lady Dragon said...

I love Beth Dargis' original list. Here are a few things I believe should be done slowly.

1. Eating and drinking - Let the food lay on the tongue. Enjoy the textures. Notice the varied flavors that emerge when you chew food slowly.
2. Writing - I love the feeling of a smooth pen flowing across paper. It's something I miss entirely if I am in a hurry.
3. Grocery shopping - I love to go to a Farmer's Market or even a nice supermarket and browse all the amazing colors and varieties of fresh food. I make better decisions when I shop slowly, too.
4. Reading - I like to savor every word or phrase in a good book. I often pause to fully envision a scene or to contemplate a moving set of words.

Those are just a few of my favorite slow activities.

TopazTook said...

Sipping tea, especially if it has honey in it.

Beth Dargis said...

How fun when this came up in my Google Reader. I read your blog all the time and get your calendar companion. I love to see the new things to be done slowly.