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Teens to showcase films in final session

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This Tuesday, Dec. 4 at 5:30 p.m. will be the last installment in our teen series of classes on making short films. This final session will be a screening for all the participants to show the films that they’ve worked on over the past several months. For more information, you can call 575-622-7101, visit 301 N. Pennsylvania, and like us on Facebook.

Book Talk by Debra Thomas
Technical Services Supervisor

After looking the last several days for something inspiring to review, I’ve opted to share a book written by Brooke McAlary entitled “Slow,” because in my world of frantically trying to cover two jobs for months now, I’ve come around to the observation that there are a vast number of people dealing with the same hectic, worrisome issues in their everyday lives. There seems to be a constant need to achieve great things in our jobs, balance social activities, and continue the quest to fill our homes with endless “more” which has, very effectively, impacted our well-being, both psychologically and physically, yet the majority of us never stop long enough to become aware of what has become a progressive slide into a discontented lifestyle.

McAlary is one of the lucky ones who not only came to this realization, but decided to do something about it by very simply resigning from the exhausting job of “keeping up with the Joneses.” “Slow” begins with a letter written to Mr. and Mrs. Jones in which the author states, “I am writing to inform you of my withdrawal from the race to keep up with you. It has come to my attention that prolonged attempts to compete with you have been detrimental to my health, my bank account, my self-confidence, and my ability to feel content. This is a price I am no longer willing to pay.” She is tired, frustrated and would like to instead lie on the grass watching clouds, have family movie nights, and oh, so many other wonderful things in lieu of the heretofore rat race competition previously indulged in while trying to achieve balance between home and work life.

The concept of doing less in our lives is one that can seem as foreign as to be untenable. How would we accomplish everything needed if we do less? Well, this book inspires us to find the balance to live a less complicated, hectic life, quit digging deeper and deeper holes in our quest to achieve perfection, and maybe find the time to connect with family, friends, co-workers, and even get to know our neighbors rather than engaging with strangers on social media. Simplicity is a very realistic goal when you decide that a life with “less stuff, less stress, less expectation, less to do, less to prove” is the life you would actually like to wake up to in the morning.

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Brooke, after embarking on a mission to cut out the excess in her life and reconnect with what is really important, makes it her mission to help others achieve simpler lives. She writes the blog “Slow Your Home” and hosts and produces “The Slow Home Podcast.” Working with an abundance of helpful advice and enlightening insights, you can begin to cultivate self-awareness, re-assess values, and decide to live a life you might just love again. So make an appointment with your head and heart and make it happen. Really, it’s OK, and even better, it’s allowed, because the best present you can give yourself and your family this Christmas is to live life “Slow.”