I remember a time before the BlackBerry. And while I appreciate its value for emergencies, mapping and the like, I am not fond of its other effects. Today, we are flooded with distraction and noise, and the skill is not drowning in it all.
As I sat there feeling sorry for myself, I noticed that the bushes lining the trail were wild blackberry bushes overflowing with fresh berries. I plucked one and was instantly transported to a memory of picking blackberries and raspberries in my grandmother's backyard.
With no disrespect to Steve Jobs, we all need a break from our electronic toys from time to time. If you feel the need to take a break from your cell phone, read on for a list of good reasons to do so.