Sunday, July 24, 2011

Do We Really Need All Our Stuff?

Randy Frost, in his book, Stuff:  Compulsive Hoarding and the Meaning of Things, says we hoard stuff because we are prisoners of the stories the stuff tells us about who we are.  He says you can get rid of the stuff in your life by recognizing and if necessary honouring the stories they tell.

January 11, 2012 addendum
Pinking Shears Publications recently published my book Letters and Pictures from the Old Suitcase (eds. Lil Blume and Ellen Jaffe).  We asked people to look at some of the old family stuff they were saving in trunks, drawers, and old suitcases, often not even their stuff, and write the stories that their stuff told them.  We collected and published beautiful stories about beautiful stuff.  The book probably made people want to hold on to stuff even longer.

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