I had to laugh when I saw this cartoon that The History Teacher posted on Facebook this morning. At the same time, I was aware of a twinge of feeling quite disturbed. There has been a plethora of articles in the local press just this last week about 'switching off' - including one by a travel writer who did a piece on a tech-free, silent retreat and a story in today's paper about a family who went on holiday to an island where there was no internet, no mobile reception, and, actually, no electricity at all...and they did it on purpose. There was a comment from one of the kids to the effect that, apart from a certain period in the tides each day, he didn't really miss it - that non-swimming period was when he wanted his iPod... He went on to say that he'd had a great time, read, played a lot of board games, and commented that he and the other kids - siblings and others at the resort - had deeper conversations than they usually do. A bit telling from an adolescent.
I will be back soon with some actual book posts. I'm about to gut my desk - I can't see the top of it at the moment, which is testament to how busy I've been. There are two big piles of books to sort. As every seasoned book junkie knows, there is always a TBR - to be read - pile. But...I realised the other day that if you're a book junkie who blogs, there is a second TBR pile - the to be reviewed pile... It's the second pile that's growing!