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There are 9 comments on the Columbus Dispatch story from Dec 11, 2009, titled Movement teaches parents alternative to harried lives | The Col.... In it, Columbus Dispatch reports that:

First came the slow-food movement, working to counteract fast fare and put the happy back in meals.

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Mike D

Lewis Center, OH

#1 Dec 11, 2009
Unfortunately this works about 4 hours a week for me. Maybe I could call the power company and request to have my power shut off 1 day a week... eventually increasing it to 3 days a week. I wonder if anyone would notice.

Interestingly enough, I was working in New Albany removing wind damaged trees last year just after the Sept. hurricane we had. The power was off to the entire community, every kid in the neighborhood was outside playing...something I had not seen since being a kid. That is what our neighborhood was like everyday 40 years ago. Anyone else following my logic?
Bernadette

Austin, TX

#2 Dec 11, 2009
Mike, I think your point is well made! And what we have found is we can take those moments where things seem to really be working the way we want them to, and we can bring those elements into everyday life. Like your story, we went camping several weeks ago with a big group. There was no cell phone connection in the area and the presence we all felt with each other and with ourselves, felt so great. I realized that I can take that into our home by turning the phone off on occasion - especially during the afterschool hours. And I can regain that same feeling of presence. Find the elements that work and repeat them. Find the elements that don't and shift them.

We have more ideas like that on our site: http://www.slowfamilyliving.com
http://www.bernadettenoll.blogspot.com
Good luck

Columbus, OH

#3 Dec 11, 2009
I am childless, but even I get frazzled watching friends shuttle their kids to sports, band, choir, church, 4-H, Scouts, piano lessons, art lessons, etc. etc. year around. I even told one friend it might be better to back off and limit each kid to one or two activities per "season." Her reply was that she wanted to enrich her kids and make sure they built a strong resume to get into a good college. I'm tired just thinking about it. I'll keep my relaxing long walks with my dog, thank you very much!
petra

Dublin, OH

#4 Dec 11, 2009
A quick visit to your site, bernadette, tells me there's a bit of a problem with your ecumenical bent. Because we see the evidence of a great move toward a One World Religion everywhere now, your cheery suggestion about including Advent Calender for Solstice making in your group was a real warning to me. Reminds me of the story about the glass of nice cool water with just a tiny little bit of arsenic in it.
Joseph

Columbus, OH

#5 Dec 11, 2009
petra wrote:
A quick visit to your site, bernadette, tells me there's a bit of a problem with your ecumenical bent. Because we see the evidence of a great move toward a One World Religion everywhere now, your cheery suggestion about including Advent Calender for Solstice making in your group was a real warning to me. Reminds me of the story about the glass of nice cool water with just a tiny little bit of arsenic in it.
whatever it's a lovely site with great ideas regardless of their orgin, but then again you are more likely than not some mega church going hater of anything other.
petra

Dublin, OH

#6 Dec 11, 2009
Joseph, what a foolish idea you have. I would never darken the door of some Rick Warrenite mega-church. He's one of the Kings of the Ecumenical/New Age movement. Don't you know that? There are many like you who don't have a clue and you are easy marks for the deceivers.
Bernadette

United States

#7 Dec 15, 2009
Yes Petra, we welcome one and all in a truly ecumenical fashion. And we strive everyday to leave any judgment out of all of it. In a class recently we had 12 people - there were 4 different religions represented and some non-religious folks as well. All agreed that what we seek in family life is more connection with each other and more presence too with ourselves, our tasks at hand and the people around us. I hope you get another chance to check out our website at http://www.slowfamilyliving.com
Jacinda

Columbus, OH

#8 Dec 15, 2009
Those Malley's have it right. We always have a good time at their house and there is never a TV on or video games.
molly

Columbus, OH

#9 Dec 15, 2009
I so appreciated this and its companion article. It's easy to give lip service to slowing down and cutting back, but this articulates the principles and goals beautifully.

Thanks, Molly
http://www.remedialeating.com

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