Maybe it’s Instagram. Or Bejeweled. Or Pinterest. Or even Facebook. You know what it is. It’s that one app-slash-social network-slash-time suck that is, when you really stop to consider it, lessening your quality of life. So here’s a crazy idea: quit. Unsubscribe. Get off. Maybe this is all you’ve needed – a little nudge. Take this day apart to make a change that will improve your whole week, and beyond.
Excluding photos, money and practical items, what keepsakes would you rescue from your home if it was on fire?
“I have to unplug. I’m so wired in at this point I feel like I’m living in Tron. After the PC & phone are off, I practice two things. First is my favorite suggestion from the UNDO list. Write a letter you do not intend to send. This is really calming and alleviates frustrations built up over the week with colleagues, loved ones and even myself. Second, I make a point to meditate, to just breathe and do so deeply. I’m conscious at these times more than ever how shallow my breathing becomes and visualize opening myself up and allowing the breath to reconnect me to life.” (Elizabeth Reynolds)
It’s a bit of a drive, but seriously – this might be the coolest thing you do all summer. The Mount Wilson Observatory (at the top of a twisty road north of Pasadena, in the San Gabriels) is showing the work Saturday and Sunday of 30 artists who were invited to “invade and explore” the buildings and grounds; participants come from the Center for Land Use Interpretation, the Museum of Jurassic Technology and Viralnet. Some of the work is sculptural, some interactive, some scientific. The art will at least be interesting; the view from the top of L.A. will be incredible.
Ever been to Storm King? The crazy-beautiful sculpture park an hour north of the city? We’re going tomorrow; there’s a big fancy summer solstice party that starts at five — but we’re going for the day and even if we don’t manage to get into the party, the day is bound to be beautiful — the park is 500 acres of lush woodland and hillsides dotted with works by Calder, Serra, Lichtenstein, all the biggies. Come wander. Kids love it. Great place to picnic. There’s even a bus from Grand Central.