The beach lies smooth, flat, glistening after the night's tide, and the sand slips softly under my feet. Here there is plenty of time for silence. Once a week I take a day off from the internet. And after meeting demanding writing deadlines, or after a busy travel schedule or any time I need to weave more simplicity and solitude into my days and nights, I take a break and stay away from social media for a few days to give myself time to read, watch the sun rise, and set. To listen and give my full attention to my family and friends, and to daydream, putter, pray to the earth, rest and renew my spirit.