Friday, April 1, 2011

Slow Movements

via Wikipedia
Have you ever heard of Cittaslow? Me neither. Here's what Wikipedia says about it:

Cittaslow (literally Slow City) is a movement founded in Italy in October 1999. The inspiration of Cittaslow was the Slow Food organization. Cittaslow's goals include improving the quality of life in towns while resisting "the fast-lane, homogenized world so often seen in other cities throughout the world" – as the official description puts it. Celebrating and supporting diversity of culture and the specialties of a town and its hinterland are core Cittaslow values.

Cittaslow is part of a cultural trend known as the Slow movement.

Interesting concept. Apparently, Gökçeada (pic above) is about to claim a new title: Turkish island to become ‘slowest’ in world. Sounds like a nice place to go and write for a while, doesn't it? Quiet island in the Aegean. With lots of....quiet. Sigh. This is the second time I'm mentioning a retreat this week. Maybe I need one? Hmm. I'll have to settle for some yoga and reflection for the moment.

Speaking of reflection...I'd like to share the book trailer for my blogger friend Jessica Bell. It's Jessica's voice in multiple media: Her writing, her mother's lyrics, her singing voice, and her strumming the guitar. Trust me. You want to watch this haunting clip.

Greek cuisine, smog and domestic drudgery was not the life Australian musician, Melody, was expecting when she married a Greek music promoter and settled in Athens, Greece. Keen to play in her new shoes, though, Melody trades her guitar for a 'proper' career and her music for motherhood. That is, until she can bear it no longer and plots a return to the stage--and the person she used to be. However, the obstacles she faces along the way are nothing compared to the tragedy that awaits, and she realizes she's been seeking fulfilment in the wrong place.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Jessica Bell grew up in Melbourne, Australia, to two gothic rock musicians who had successful independent careers during the '80s and early '90s. She spent much of her childhood travelling to and from Australia to Europe, experiencing two entirely different worlds, yet feeling equally at home in both environments. She currently lives in Athens, Greece and works as a freelance writer and editor. Jessica Bell's poetry and short stories have been published in various anthologies and Literary Magazines. A full list can be found on her website. Additionally, she has written various English textbook materials and is also a singer/songwriter/guitarist. Ms. Bell's experience as an Australian living in Greece has greatly influenced her writing.

Jessica Bell has a Bachelor of Arts from Latrobe University, where she studied subjects such as modern English literature, fiction writing, nonfiction writing, screenplay writing, editing and publishing children's literature, myth and ideology, and 18th-century romanticism. AND

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Sarah said...

I saw Jessica's trailer on another blog--beautiful. Regarding slooooooow: I wish it was more my speed, but it would take a lot of practice for me to be able to tolerate it!

PT Dilloway said...

I'm all for slow movement, except with my Internet connection. They do have Wifi there right? How else am I going to blog?

Carolyn V said...

Yay Jessica! Love her trailer. She is very talented.

Old Kitty said...

Jessica Bell has a beautiful voice!!!!! I wish her all the luck with her wonderful book! Yay!!

Awww I love that image of writing by the sea with and just enjoying all the slowness around - lovely!! take care

Jessica Bell said...

AW, thank you Carolyn!!! :o)

Golden Eagle said...

I love Jessica's trailer! :)

Slow doesn't sound too bad at the moment.

Southpaw said...

I sure wouldn’t mind slowing down.

I love Jessica's trailer.

KatOwens: Insect Collector said...

Slow sounds divine! Thanks for sharing Jessica's work.

Missed Periods said...

Jessica's book sounds great. I can't watch the trailer right now because I have a sleeping hubby next to me, but I'll be back. said...

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