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one could apply this to almost anything, it seems. my aging parents were over the other day, and as we were sitting in the living room talking about dinner plans, things started to get a little prickly. i said, 'hey, what about we take a little walk in the neighborhood?' and it was like the perfect intermission in the visit. afterwards we went to dinner and all prickliness was gone.

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How funny you should write about intermissions. This Sat I start the first-ever sabbatical (as I've been calling it) for 8 weeks, all client work on hold (with their support, bless them). My plan is rest + percolation + fun while handling day-to-day necessities. I love thinking about this period as an intermission instead.

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Wonderful! Enjoy :)

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I like the idea of optimism in the intermission!

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Your post reminded me of a childhood memory- when I was growing up in Chicago in the late ‘60s, my sister and I went to see the movie musical Oliver at the Lakeshore Theatre. There was an intermission! (And souvenir booklets!) Shortly before the 2nd half began, a woman sitting behind us said “ it’s too bad Nancy dies…” We were devastated! 😄

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I watched the first half of 'Drive' many years ago. The DVD (remember postal movie rentals) was scratched so I could only watch the first half. Got the replacement disc a few days later and watched the second half. Boy does that movie take a turn for the dark after halfway!

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haha oh boy it does

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I love this concept and have been implementing it (though did not call it intermission) with my piano practice for years. Instead of, say, an hour a day of practice, I do half an hour or less take a break (and sometimes a long break) and then do the other half. I also try to remember to do it with my writing and, like the half of a movie, I take a break from it for a whole overnight. Thanks for helping me think of other ways to take an intermission.

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Yes! I often find that your brain subconsciously absorbs the practice when you walk away from the piano. Sleeping on it seems to REALLY work

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I started doing this with movies a few years ago because my aging body won't let me stay up as late as I used to. I agree with you that it's pretty great! I often reflect on the movie during the day between in a way that seems to make the second half more meaningful and enjoyable.

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Love it

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Terrific for this 77 year okd

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LOVED THIS but when I went to make the zine it was really tiny , only 1/4 of an 81/2 x11 paper. Am I doing something wrong?

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Here's a video that shows what size it should be: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ab4O9SWNl9g

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I do this with books for sure. Just last night, I started Seek You: A Journey Through American Loneliness by Kristen Radtke and could have very easily finished it. I decided though to let it settle and simmer a bit in my mind instead of plowing ahead.

Counterpoint: in my dreams last night, there were a number of situations where I felt excluded by groups I was with—that's definitely a theme in the book and it definitely was not the most restful sleep! So there might be some downsides to this approach depending upon the subject matter :D

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Yes! This is a great idea for graphic novels, which you can often hoover up in one day. (I love Radtke!)

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Think it might have been a comment of yours that finally pushed me to read it!

Oh and I’m really, really, really, REALLY glad I didn’t read the parts of about Harry Harlow’s life and experiments before I went to bed last night :/

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