Remember that conversation we had not too long ago about how much our social networks have changed because of the internet? Well, I think this article adds some interesting insight on the issue.
This past weekend I was on faculty at a choir clinic for high school girls in Occidental, CA, a little town about 70 miles north of San Francisco. We stayed in cabins in the woods, with performances and classes in the lodge house. I was "off the grid" for the first time in months. It was SO nice to disconnect from my computer networks and instead connect with other human beings. I have to admit I was a little worried about what the consequences might be of being unreachable. What if someone I love gets hurt? What if someone really needs to get a hold of me? It's so easy to forget that we've only had these conveniences for a short time and that we survived just fine for a really long time without them. In the end, everything turned out fine. I wonder if I ought to take a few days "off the grid" every month?