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Multi award-winning author of three dozen novels,
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UNTANGLING MY LIFE
October 7, 2017
The last two weeks have been horrendous. I think we can all agree with that. Too many
hurricanes. Too much violence. Too many sad, desperate people in the world. I can't NOT
think about these people. But nor can I dwell too long on their suffering. I watch the
news. I donate to relief funds. And my heart aches.
A friend suggested to me that decluttering is a way to compartmentalize our thoughts,
and I figured, "Well, yeah. My life could definitely use some decluttering." And so it
began, starting with my jewelry. I have scads of jewelry. None of it is especially good
or valuable. Some of it is downright gawdy, but at some time, for some reason I
bought it. Now I'm detangling these long strings of beads and stones and even rocks
and sorting them into "Keepers" "Giveaways" "Throwaways." When I'm done, I plan to
move on to my pantry and then the dreaded closets.
I don't think of this as burying my head in the sand. When I finish each project, I go
back to the news so I can keep abreast of what is happening. But for a few moments
I have been able to focus on something else, something just a bit worthwhile in a silly
sort of way. My cluttered life appreciates it. My sad heart does too.