This week’s clearing

Here are some things I’ve gotten rid of this week: A computer accessory (thanks to eBay) A self-inflating camp mat (thanks to Craigslist) An electronic pocket dictionary that translates among five languages (thanks to Freecycle, it went to a nearby rural EMS department where about 10% of the clients, but only two of the paramedics, speak Spanish) A beauty-(is-in-the-eye-of-the-beholder)-full Schwinn … Read more

Letting go of things long gone

Today I shredded old letters from my first love. It felt good, but not in the sense of getting rid of a long-carried emotional burden. Just in the cleaning-out-my-closet sense of feeling good. I dispensed with the emotional baggage a long time ago and was surprised to find, today, that I hadn’t dispensed with the letters. Sorry if you’re my … Read more

Now you know not to lend me anything

cider pressing

In my recent sorting things binge, I’ve found the following items that I borrowed from someone more than a year ago: Plumbing wrench Washable plastic picnic plate that includes molded cup holder Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone audio book I wonder what else is lurking around my house. I guess if it’s only three items, I shouldn’t feel too … Read more

Letting go of one thing a day, except for feline’s fretting

As part of my efforts not to turn into a compulsive hoarder whose relatives will have to come unbury her from the clutter after she is suffocated under a pile of unread magazines, I’ve made an informal resolution to post one item a day to Craigslist. It’s surprising to see what gets an immediate response in the middle of winter: … Read more


I prefer to think of myself as exceptional, and I suppose that I still am, at least technically. However, being unemployed doesn’t exactly make you unique these days. It’s been several years since I’ve lived below the poverty level. When I got my first job paying an Upper Middle Class salary, I decided to reform my years of tightwad habits … Read more


Dekalb sent me this article about orphaned wild hedgehogs who have taken to a cleaning brush as a surrogate mother – a DIY hedgehog, I guess you could call it. I don’t know if I should weep because they are so cute or because it is a bit sad. Well, at least they found something that’s comforting. I had a … Read more

Bicycle hoarding

In this article in The New York Times, several of my favorite subjects intersect: bicycles, hoarding, mental health, and Canada. Do read, especially if you need encouragement to register your bike with your local municipality, buy a better lock, or pursue justice in the case of a stolen bicycle.