Idle Hour

Idle Hour | East Wenatchee, WA | March 2019

The publishing industry is flooded this spring by a wave of self-help titles on doing less. The books are a reaction, I suppose, to our increased pace of life — do more, do it faster — all juiced by the latest tech. In truth, experts say, people want to be more like cormorants (in photo): lazing in the sun with friends, occasionally diving for a snack, oblivious to clocks, schedules and pressures to perform. So far, my favorite “do less” book is In Praise of Wasting Time by Alan Lightman. He’s a physicist/philosopher who offers insights into tech distractions and their effects on our creativity and sanity. Oops, gotta go. Twitter chirps.