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July 26, 2012


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Camille Minichino

Love the idea of nano- (and pico) vacations, Ann!

A museum does it for me. It's the only place where I'm not analyzing and picking apart what's in front of me. Since I know I'll never be an artist, I don't really care about the structure or the technique (as I do with books and movies); I just enjoy and go where the painting or sculpture takes me. I don't even use those little "tour guides," lest I be tempted to take notes!


Yes! Museums are definitely on my list too, Camille. :-D great places for a nano-vacation. Particularly when accompanied by a cup of coffee in a "sculpture garden" or such.

Cristina Flores

In terms of a family vacation. It was quite a few years back that I took one with my family. I did a few nano-vacations while going up there to Northern California. I had never been past Bakersfield, so seeing all the green was pretty wonderful even if it was just for a day or two. Riding the train was one of the most thrilling experiences for this little city girl.


Hi Cristina!
Ah... the train! We took a number of family vacations when I was little, taking the train from California to Colorado. Great memories! :-)
I wonder if family vacations for most folks become fewer after the kids are grown. Hmmm.

Margaret Lucke

I love escaping into novels and movies, but a little part of my brain is always looking at the storytelling techniques and structure. My best nano-vacations take place in nature, like a walk in a redwood forest or on a beach or bluff beside the ocean.

Susan Shea

"Nano" and "vacation" don't usually work together for me. I want the big gesture - Hawaii, Europe, Hong Kong. But sitting in meditation pose in Yoga is a break from the rest of the day, as it getting thoroughly involved trying to find the right piece from the 1,294 in my grandson's new Lego set.

It's an interesting notion, Ann. Thanks for reminding me to try more of these minute breaks from work!


My nano-vacation is any time the rest of the family is out of the house. I always take a few minutes to sit down and embrace the quiet before I get back to writing.


Hello Peggy!
Ah, the curse of the writer... always analyzing. That's why it's such a treat for me when a book pulls me in so completely that I forget that I'm reading. Happens less and less, but still happens.

And I *love* the scent of pine trees. Getting a whiff of that, even while just walking around a small park, is truly like a nano-vacation for me! :-)


Hi Susan!
I remember Lego sets like that. A bazillion pieces. And there is something meditative/focused in searching for the right piece. Hmmm. Jigsaw puzzles are much the same. I'm thinking I should haul one of the puzzles out of our deep dark closet and set it up on a table. (The Lego sets have become huge tubs of jumbled Lego bits. Good for creativity... not so good for trying to construct a set!)
Enjoy the Legos and the Yoga!


Hello Staci,
Hey, same here! Only, doesn't happen often, with a husband who is retired and various other family members still in residence.
I try to emulate the experience by closing the office door and having a bit of chocolate. Sometimes works! :-)

Michael A. Black

Hi Ann. You know, your piece got me thinking and I realized when I go for one of my long runs it's like the nano vacation experience you described. Of course, on my next one somewhere in the back of my mind a little voice will be saying, "You should be vacuuming."

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