Archive for April 2011

My Street in the Spring Fog

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I’m book purging. My inspiration was a This American Life piece about a man who retired, and tossed away all the old manuals, notes, books and papers from his old job. He said, “That was a different time of life. I don’t need these anymore”. So that’s how I feel about my books. By far the largest category of purged books is GUILT books: these are books I own because someone told me I should read them. Gone! Then there are the GIFT books, books given to me by my children and others,  that I will never read, but feel attached to because I love the giver. Gone. There are the CLASSICS: I have zero intention to read  some of my CLASSICS, but keep them because they are CLASSIC. Bye bye CLASSICS. Also, there are SPIRITUAL books, books that mark my decades and decades of SPIRITUAL life. Gone. Next to go are my JOURNALS. I am only keeping the ones that show me I haven’t moved past an issue yet. The rest are history. Literally. The last category of books to be purged is books that STINK. Yes they really have an odor. These yellowed trade paperbacks or books that are just plain old have seen better times. Away they go.


From the Library of Congress

The Library of Congress has a huge stash of spectacular images. These women are interred at a camp during WWII…part of our legacy of national shame.