Getting away with family is important. So I am grateful for a spring break trip to the Cumberland Plateau of Tennessee last week.

Overall, I give myself a B+ for shutting out work — which was kept to a minimum.

The greatest asset was the absence of an Internet connection in our cottage. And I only took the laptop to a nearby wi-fi hot spot twice over five days.

But the Internet, cell phones and other technological advances make getting away more challenging than ever before. However, rest and restoration are important parts of life.

In fact, such breaks from routines can even make our routines more creative and effective. At least I hope so — now that I am face-to-face with 303 new emails and a short deadline.

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