Roberts, Elizabeth., and Elias Amidon.  Prayers For a Thousand Years
New York: 1999
ISBN 006066875

Page 67

Take time to listen to the birds,

the waves,
the wind.

Take time to breathe in the air,
the earth,
the ocean.

Take time to be still,
to be silent,
to allow God to fill you up
with deep peace and love.

Mairead Maguire, Recipient of Nobel Peace Prize, Community of the Peace People, Ireland

Roberts, Elizabeth., and Elias Amidon.  Prayers For a Thousand Years.
New York: 1999
ISBN 006066875

Page 70

We slow to the world,

take a deep breath,
another,
and yet another.
We allow our spiritual gravity to bring us to rest
and find our place.
Remembering bubbles up.
We know this place.

Here
we listen to our children,
laugh from the bottom of our belly,
heal and are healed by our neighbors,
touch the ones we love.
We recognize delight.

In being restored we remember
No effort is complete without the essential ingredient of
sacred rest

Wayne Muller, Author and teacher, Bread for the Journey, California

Doors 4 - SPEED - Speaker Transcript 
Doors of Perception 4 Speed Speaker Transcript
Juliet Schor: “Speeding-Up of Everyday Life”
Updated 18-12-1996 www.doorsofperception.com/doors/revamped_frameset.html

Let me briefly mention five principals of design that I think go along with the downshifting trend.

First of all they need less expensive versions of products, eco design is typically very upscale and therefore contradictory with the downshifted life style.

Second we need to stop continuously upscaling because downshifters are not, they are going in the opposite direction.

Moore, Thomas,  The Re-enchantment Of Everyday Life
New York, 1996
ISBN 0060172096

Pages 13 and 188

I once approached my wife with the idea of purchasing yet another machine to help make my work more efficient. I would have had to use family funds, and so I sought her opinion. “Yes,” she said, “it makes a lot of sense to be able to work a little faster, but for the same amount of money you could buy a beautiful rug for your studio.” I bought the rug.... If something in a town isn’t working, but the place does have enchantment, then the brokenness is not so serious and may not even need attention. An enchanting house may not have running water, and enchanting city may not have an efficient bus system, and an enchanting person may be out of work or lying in a hospital bed. Good functioning is not the primary value in a soulful life.

Shenk, David.  The End of Patience.
Indiana: 1999
ISBN 025333634

Pages ix and 1

With hypertext, endings are irrelevant -- because no one ever gets to one. Reading gives way to surfing, a meandering, peripatetic journey through a maze of threads. The surfer creates his or her own narrative, opting for the most seductive link immediately available. As a research technique, this is superb. As a mode of thought, however, it has serious deficiencies…. What if I told you that there's no such thing as a fast modem, and there never will be?

Sparrow. “Proverbs.” UTNE READER

All vacations are justified.

No one ever relaxed in a lounge.

Jeremy Seabrook interviewed... UTNE READER ALMANAC
Pages 58-9

Get to know your neighbors and greet them whenever your paths cross.


Welcome new people to the block with a gift of food or an offer of help.

Shop at neighborhood businesses, even if the prices are slightly higher.

Losing local businesses will cost your far more than you’d ever save at superstores.

Davidson, Jeff.  Time Management, Breathing Space
United States, 1991
ISBN 0942361326

Page 11

Time is

Too slow for those who Wait,
Too swift for those who Fear,
Too long for those who Grieve,
Too short for those who Rejoice,
But for those who Love
Time is not.

Henry van Dyke, Sculptor and Artist

Gleick, James.  Faster: The Acceleration of Just About Everything.
New York: 1999
ISBN 0679408371

Page 223

The paradox of efficiency means that as the web tightens it grows more vulnerable to small disturbances – disruptions and delays that can cascade through the system for days.

For example: American Flight 1128, inbound form Mexico, is now forty-four minutes late, and the computers are deciding whether to delay some of the connecting flights those passengers will be racing toward. This, too, will be a real-time decision based on complex modeling.

The computer will know how many people are how many minutes late for each flight. It will consider the distance to the gate, the time before the next available flight to the same city likelihood of new delays at the other end.

Stephen L. Talbott,  The Future Does Not Compute
Sebastopol, CA: O’Reilly and Associates; 1995
ISBN 1565920856

Page 189

And somehow the “analog” motions of writing make the words more intimately and expressively my own than the efficient, drumlike repetition of nearly identical keystrokes. It is not at all the same experience to write (or speak) the words “ugly” and “fair,” whereas little difference can be found in typing them.

Cameron, Julia.  Creative ability. The vein of gold
New York. 1996
ISBN 0874778360

Page 15

Writing by hand is not merely writing. It is “righting.” If we follow our hand, which both leads and follows our thoughts, that hand will point to the trail. (Since we are on a pilgrimage, this is important!)

Writing by hand is like walking somewhere, instead of whizzing there in the car. We notice landmarks. We retain a sense of direction. Writing by hand will show us True North and the false directions and switchbacks that have occurred, the shortcuts that saved us nothing and took us nowhere.

Kovach, Bill.  Warp Speed: America in the Age of Mixed Media
Century Foundation: 1999
ISBN 0870784366

Page 89

Many of the problems journalists face in the Mixed Media Culture stem from fear of being scooped and lack of preparation. The speed with which stories break means traditional news organizations are forced to make decisions more quickly now than they have ever been. This is different from the days when news services such as United Press International coined the term "a deadline every minute."

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Hopkins, Richard B.
Prentice Hall Publishing
Des Moines, IA 1999

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The Red Hills —PETER DICKINSON (from: Chance, Luck and Destiny)
A short story emailed from Lois Tzur at the Kibbutz Naan in Israel

One year, about 1930, a European party comes to the area and makes films of Opsim’s father at his work. They find that his method of producing iron involves seventeen separate processes, all of which he believes to be equally important. Of these only five are really scientifically essential: the coarse charcoal provides the heat and carbon monoxide, the ants nest makes an efficient blast-furnace, and Toko-toko provides the blast; the red rocks are high-grade iron ore, and the white earth is powdered limestone which joins with the impurities in the ore and floats up when the iron melts and sinks to the bottom.

Walt Whitman,  Leaves of Grass

I exist as I am, that is enough,

If no other in the world be aware I sit content,
And if each and all be aware I sit content.
One world is aware, and by far the largest to me, and that is myself.
And whether I come to my own today or in ten thousand or ten million years,
I can cheerfully take it now, or with equal cheerfulness,
I can wait.

Marshall J. Cook,  Slow Down and Get More Done
Hermosa Beach, CA: Listen and Live Audio, 1995

1. No one has the right to steal your time.

2. You decide how to use technology, not the other way around. Use the tools, not let them use you.
3. Make possibilities, not plans
4. Give yourself a break; treat yourself at least as good as the family dog.
5. Whenever possible, put it off
6. Don’t spend, save or waste time; live.

Once a day, do something that your ordinarily wouldn’t do, but would like to try. Eat fallafel for lunch. Skip lunch and go for a brisk walk. Skip the walk and browse through a store you have never been in. Listen to a street musician.

Muoio, Anna. "Great Ideas in Aisle 9."
Wired magazine, April 2000
Page 48

"Creativity can cause a lot of confusion," he says. "When a group starts brainstorming freely, it will often digress after just three sentences. Or you get people trying to synthesize ideas while they're acquiring ideas, or trying to acquire ideas while they're compressing ideas. Then the whole system pretty much gets out of whack."

But, by breaking the creative process into steps and developing tools to optimize those steps, this idea factory is able to run at an ever-faster pace. "We're striving to perfect our system in terms of speed and efficiency," says Mettler. And for that reason, he insists, the BrainStore will never run out of ideas.

Gleick, James. Faster:  The Acceleration of Just About Everything.
New York: 1999
ISBN 0679408371

Page 222

I'm going to kill myself. I should go to Paris and jump off the Eiffel Tower. I'll be dead. You know, in fact, if I get the Concorde, I could be dead three hours earlier, which would be perfect. Or wait a minute. It -- with the time change, I could be alive for six hours in New York but dead three hours in Paris. I could get things done, and I could also be dead.
-- Woody Allen

Clocks cannot tell our time of day
For what event to pray,
Because we have no time, because
We have no time until
We know what time we fill,
Why time is other than time was.
-- W.H. Auden

Page 230

It is easy to forget how very new in human history is the whole notion of time-saving. Personal time management did not exist as a distinct category in book publishing until the 1980s.