The Kenosis of Clutter

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True confession time: I'm a clutter bug. I always have been, with books, CDs, and other forms of media being my worst offenses when it comes to acquiring stuff that I never use or under-use. Recently I got library privileges at my local seminary, which has helped some, but I still have the addiction."Hi, my name is Carl, and I'm a bookaholic." Everyone in unison now: "Hi, Carl!"What's fascinating about all the books strewn (yes, no other verb will do) all about my house is that they … [Read more...]

Consume Less, Enjoy More

For as long as I can remember, I've had issues with digestion. It's a family thing: my dad complained about indigestion, and apparently had an ulcer (no one talks about ulcers any more. Did they go out of fashion when acid reflux kicked in?). Speaking of acid reflux, I finally took my indigestion to the doctor, started taking a proton-pump inhibitor, and had an endoscopy when I discovered that I had a condition called Short Barrett's Esophagus. The "short" means it only was at the bottom of my … [Read more...]

Clutter Bulimia

We're getting ready to have a large spring sale at the bookstore where I work. Selected titles will be discounted 30% — and "selected" means close to a fourth of our current inventory, so there are some real treasures to be found there. We're trying to reduce our inventory level in anticipation of remodeling the book department, hopefully before the Christmas rush kick in six months from now.Cleaning is not my long suit. I'm a packrat and a magpie, I love to fill my life with interesting b … [Read more...]


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