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People all over the Internet are exploring slower lifestyles. Visiting their sites will provide a glimpse into life in the Slow Zone.

Disclaimer:  These families and individuals are choosing to slow down for a variety of reasons, so please proceed knowing that philosophies and religious views may differ from my own and David C. Cook’s (publisher of Not So Fast).

Blogs

  • Living, Learning and Loving Simply: The mother of four children, this mama-blogger has said that her purpose in this stage of life is to love God and others through homemaking and hospitality. Through her kind and positive tone, she offers helpful tips and thoughts as she ponders her simple, slower life.
  • Walk Slowly, Live Wildly
  • Holy Experience Ann Voskamp seeks to create an online oasis via her Web site. Though designed as a blog, she has chosen to turn off the comments feature and encourage visitors to simply pause, read, and reflect. If people are struck with a thought that they long to share, Ann asks that they contact her by e-mail. Married to her farmer husband and home educating their six kids, Ann is practicing photography, writing blog posts that flow like poetry, pondering, and praying to (in her own words from the bottom of her home page) “slow and see/the sacred in the chaos/the Cross in the clothespin/the flame in the bush.” She does all of that, and invites us into it.
  • Overcoming Busy
  • Flourishing Mother
  • Simple Mom
  • Simple Kids
  • Slow Family Living
  • Free Range Kids
  • Notes from the Frugal Trenches: Mom-blogger in London writes about her simpler life. Includes categories such as how she views downshifting, frugal food, frugal travel, and her No Spending Days.
  • The Sloth Ethic: I suppose there’s such a thing as too slow. Does this blog promote a too-slow life? Tagline reads, “A blog about not getting things done.” But here’s a quote from one of his entries: “[C]ompulsion is the antithesis of the Sloth Ethic way, because part of the beauty of slowing down is that you take control of your own life again, in a world which is endlessly trying to take it from you.”
  • Carl Honore’s blog: Author of In Praise of Slow and Under Pressure, Carl Honore continues to explore where in the world people are speeding up and slowing down.
  • Slow Leadership blog: Offering ideas for returning humanity and and civilizations to organizations (their description).
  • Slower Living: They seem to have stopped posting in 2008, but the archives remain for curious readers. They write, “Slower Living is moving through life at a pace that lets you enjoy whatever comes along, instead of chasing after what you don’t have and may never achieve…time and attention are essential to proper enjoyment and understanding. If you gobble down your food, you’ll hardly taste it — and you’ll probably suffer from indigestion as well. If you rush headlong through a beautiful garden, you’ll see nothing. If you run as fast as you can allong a path, you may well trip and fall.”
  • These Days in French Life: check out the left column for her recommended reading for launching a slow year. Most are her own posts, but a few point to outside sources.
  • Gravity of Motion published this post of her journey from constant motion to the slower pace of a small town.
  • No Impact Man’s blog is by a man who is trying with his family to make the lowest environmental impact possible while living in New York City (a secular approach).
  • Semi-Organized Mom posted about going TV-Free, slowing down her family’s intake of shows and ads and encouraging activities that pull them together, like playing games together, reading books, and communicating with each other instead of staring at a screen.

Books

Articles

Websites

  • Slow Movement: A secular website publishing articles about such topics as slow travel, slow cities, slow food, and slow schools. Promoting ecological and sustainable ways of thinking and living, helping people start in their own back yards. Some of their articles incorporate Eastern ideas, so run it through your own worldview-filter.
  • Slow Planet: They say, “Slow is not about doing everything at a snail’s pace; it’s about working, playing and living better by doing everything at the right speed.” They have some forums and a few blogs on slow-related topics.
  • Slow Down Now: The International Institute of Not Doing Much, “Slow Down Now” claims to be “The official website of the International Institute for Not Doing Much. Humorous slow-lifestyle articles and stories from the almost true to the truly absurd.” A lighter look at slowing down.
  • Family Matters
    Dr. Tim Kimmel, author of Little House on the Freeway and other books on family matters–many about living a less hurried life–has a website and ministry with resources for families.
  • Choosing Voluntary Simplicity
  • Center for Screen-Time Awareness (formerly TV-Free America), home of TV Turnoff Week.
* Photo credit: Kriss Szkurlatowski