Take a break with a book

Are you feeling worn out from all the surges, stimuluses and tweets the last few months? Does it seem there’s just a little too much energy around us every day? I’m not talking about economic activity—we’re still in a serious slowdown as far as that goes.

But despite the very real recession in our economic lives, our 24/7 news media and world-at-your-fingertip communication technology has the potential to convey a sense of hyperactivity rather than tranquility in our social lives. Even though AHF is jumping on board the social media scene, we want you to know it’s okay to take a break from it all from time to time. In fact, I’m personally so tired I think I’ll call this a blah instead of a blog.

I know we can’t declare a withdrawal from the busy Internet, nor is there an effective sedative for cable television. But maybe the humanities—at least the restful and contemplative elements found in reading and gentle conversation—offer a remedy for the sometimes helter-skelter communication and interaction.

Even though AHF is jumping on board the social media scene, we want you to know it’s okay to take a break from it all from time to time.

If you want to slow down, try Faulkner at bedtime, or bourbon and branch water at the next literary symposium. (I also hope we never surrender our languid Southern drawl to the machine gun chatter heard on “Real Housewives of New York.”)

Sitting back with a book just might make you sleep better—and help you be primed for your next reading of the Kudzu Twines Journal.

Written by: Bob S.