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Entries from January 31st, 2013

What about those New Year’s resolutions?

January 31st, 2013 · No Comments · Philosophy

Out the window already? Don’t worry. Be happy. Perhaps you weren’t completely yourself when you made them. Way too much is piled onto that one poor day, don’t you think? I don’t partake in that whole New Year’s resolution silliness. This year, though, I caved to social pressure and snuck in one or two. Fortunately, […]

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Pen lust

January 28th, 2013 · 4 Comments · Uncategorized

I am a pen magnet. I don’t mean to brag, but that is an indisputable fact. Pens gravitate toward me wherever I go. They just can’t seem to keep away from me. Apparently they find me really attractive. The minute they see me, they’re sure I’m going to do all kinds of cool things with […]

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You can actually buy sock loss insurance

January 17th, 2013 · No Comments · Uncategorized

It’s true. But not for the socks you already have.  (Sorry to get you all excited.) You have to buy your socks from the company that insures them. But keep it in mind for future socks. I so hate losing socks — it gnaws at me. like a mouse on a corncob. How does this […]

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The invasion of the vacuum cleaner parts

January 13th, 2013 · No Comments · Excess of Possessions, Passing it on

While everyone at one time or another has encountered the unsolved mystery of sock loss, far fewer are aware of the much lesser known phenomenon of the rampant proliferation of vacuum cleaner attachments. In this treatise, we will explore existing theories regarding vacuum cleaner attachment reproduction; the origins of said theories; the behavioral patterns of humans […]

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Weeding books: how I do it

January 10th, 2013 · No Comments · Excess of Possessions, Recycling

What I’m keeping: two kinds. 1. Books I haven’t read yet and still want to read. 2. Books I’ve read and loved so much that I actually open them up periodically and read over my favorite parts. What I’m not keeping: everything else. 1. Nay to books that have been sitting on my shelf without […]

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A few words about books

January 4th, 2013 · No Comments · Excess of Possessions, Philosophy

Ah, books! — for some of us the hardest thing to part with. Book collecting is the most excused area of hoarding, often confused with intellectual prowess. But it’s still hoarding. Remember that Umberto Eco book that was so popular, called The Name of the Rose? The one he wrote following that, Foucault’s Pendulum, was…. […]

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Photo essay of junk that went bye-bye

January 3rd, 2013 · 1 Comment · Excess of Possessions, Passing it on, Recycling

As promised, here are the exciting photos of what I extracted from my home during the month of December. As you look at each one, think about the amount of cubic space freed up by the removal of that much stuff.  Here’s an ironing board (a 1920s one for midgets, replaced by a taller one); […]

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Wishing you a Simpler New Year!

January 1st, 2013 · No Comments · Decluttering, Excess of Possessions

New Year’s resolutions!? To that I say “Pah!” Everything is a work in progress. Why load up one poor day with so much weight! Alright, I admit it. I do it too. Make vows of one sort or another. But at least I don’t beat myself with them! That’s not what they’re for. If I […]

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