Kathy's Reviews > Siesta Lane: A Year Unplugged, or, The Good Intentions of Ten People, Two Cats, One Old Dog, Eight Acres, One Telephone, Three Cars, and Twenty Miles to the Nearest Town

Siesta Lane by Amy Minato
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Dec 27, 2010

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I found this book mildly interesting. The author left busy Chicago and settled into one of eight cabins on a piece of property in Oregon. She had no electricity or running water and the group shared meals in a "main house." Life slowed down and Amy Minato was able to get back in touch with herself and the land. I loved some of her observations, particularly one on the abundance of choices in modern life. She finds herself overwhelmed in a grocery store in Eugene and says, "I had always believed that the more choices in life, the better; but now that doesn't seem true. It feels more like oppression of its own kind. Every miniscule decision takes time and energy...and takes me farther away from my connection with everything deeper in life." This book made me stop and take a breath.

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