I've just returned from the most amazing place. I'm not talking about Hawaii, where I spent the holidays with my daughters, my sister and my ex-husband -- though it was lovely, and all the more so because of the foot of snow that's greeted my return to New York. I'm talking about the week I spent unplugged, away from email, social media and TV. Occasionally unplugging from all our devices and techno-distractions is one of those seemingly small adjustments that actually have the power to transform the way we see the world, live our lives and interact with the people who matter most to us. The unplugged version of myself was better able to give these things my full attention -- which, as Daniel Goleman says, is "a form of love." And I was able to remember, to paraphrase Louis C.K., that no device or screen can match the HD quality of the actual world.
With the holidays almost here, Cindi Leive, Mika Brzezinski and I have decided that there is no better time to unplug, recharge and renew ourselves in time for the new year. And what better way to do that than by unplugging and disconnecting from all our devices? Big Data, unfettered information, the ability to be in constant contact and our growing reliance on technology are all conspiring to create a noisy traffic jam between us and our place of insight and peace. So Cindi, Mika and I agreed we needed to go beyond our usual, day-to-day vows to take time away from our devices. We wanted to do something bigger. From Monday, Dec. 23, through Sunday, Dec. 29, we'll be taking time away from TV, social media and email -- and we hope you'll join us.
The Tony-winning actress Phyllis Newman -- the girl with the best laugh on Broadway -- lives in a beautiful penthouse apartment overlooking a green-swarded Central Park. Her next door neighbor is Jerry Seinfeld and she once had another neighbor, Glenn Close, who often climbed over the fence to see her.