Finding Serenity in the Digital Age

I, like most people, rely on my smart phone and computer for many tasks and some entertainment. How do we turn it off and be serene and peaceful sometimes?

It is your right to turn things off and not answer your phone during dinner or playtime. It is very stressful to be on call 24 hours of the day.

You an take a walk without music and just enjoy the sounds of the world, the park, the birds as you pass by.

I think it takes small steps to achieve time on your own away from ipads, kindles and the like. Start with an hour or two a day and see how you feel. It may feel strange at first, but it will be rewarding in the end.

Maybe you can replace digital connections with reading a book, or burning a nice candle and doing yoga. You might read the paper while reading breakfast.

Pay attention to how you feel. Are you anxious at first and then more relaxed? Does it get easier day by day?

Let me know what you think!

A novel worth reading is an education of the heart. It enlarges your sense of human possibility, of what human nature is, of what happens in the world. It’s a creator of inwardness.

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Quinoa, Beetroot & Chickpea Burgers

The burger mixture:

1/2 cup dried chickpeas (garbanzo beans), soaked 8 hours or overnight (or one 14 ounce can of cooked chickpeas, drained and rinsed)
1 bay leaf
1/2 cup raw quinoa (white or multi)
salt
3 medium-sized red beets (about 10 ounces)
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 medium yellow onion, finely diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons cider vinegar
2-4 tablespoons finely chopped parsley
zest from 1/2 a medium lemon
juice of 1 medium lemon
1 large egg
1/2 cup quick (baby) oats
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Book Making Classes Chicago - Making a Creative Guided Journal | Dabble

pixelpeony:

I am teaching a class about how to make guided journals at Open Books January 18, 2014! Class will be from 3:30 to 4.

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Book Making Classes Chicago - Making a Creative Guided Journal | Dabble

I am teaching a class about how to make guided journals at Open Books January 18, 2014! Class will be from 3:30 to 4.

Take the Crazy Out of Moving

I am in the process of moving and it is a beast. Where to start? There are some ways to lessen the stress. Start out by decluttering. This is a very good time to donate or trash things you are not going to need in your new apartment or house. Then figure out what you are not going to pack and put that aside inn a duffel bag or a box.

Next, to save some money, check out Craigs-list for people who are giving away their moving boxes for free or at a low cost. There are also companies that deliver slightly used boxes for less money. I went with the latter route.

Label, label, label! Put the name of the room the box is going in and whatever is in the box. Be as specific as you can so you can find things quickly when you move.

Then, take a deep breath and call some friends, ask them to help pack, while you get them some pizza and beer! Happy moving!