Friday Reads: 1,001 Ways to Slow Down


“Friday Reads” is a weekly blog written by reference librarian Faith Lee about great books, magazines, and the occasional reference work.    Blogs may be about new titles added to the library, selections from the Staff Picks shelf or about something she recently read.  Admittedly, there is a definite slant toward nonfiction, because, well, she’s a reference librarian and likes to learn new things.  Guest bloggers take a turn sometimes too.  No matter the source, good reads are featured here. 


This week’s book, isn’t as much of a “good read,” as it is a “good contemplation”.  1,001 Ways to Slow Down:  a little book of everyday calm by Barbara Ann Kipfer is quite simply a numbered list of things to do or attitudes to adopt to help one lead a slower, more mindful life.  It is beautifully designed with a plethora of floral watercolor illustrations by Francesca Springolo, and an attractive font on high quality cream colored paper.   The chunky form gives the impression of holding a colorful little gem in your hands, that is meant to be enjoyed.

The author, who admits to having a “driven nature,” has selected quotes from famous people as diverse as Marcus Aurelius and Henry David Thoreau to augment her list.  As a practitioner of living slowly all of my life, I can attest to the usefulness of many items on her list, for example:


Watch autumn leaves parachute slowly out of trees and tumble gently across the landscape.

Speak with kindness.

Avoid making some decisions today.

Let a vehicle cut in front of you on the roadway.


Although, “Sing out loud!” would cause those around me to cry out in pain.

You can find this book on the new nonfiction shelf with the call number 158 KIP.


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