Monday, August 19, 2013

Closing This Door

I have been neglecting my writing as I pack up my office to move, and carry things downstairs.  Sorting, throwing, making hard decisions; my least favorite work.  It's come down to the following, besides the uninteresting manila folders full of papers—

being left behind:

  • Desert Sage tea leaves
  • Spring Cherry tea (one bag)
  • wooden clocklet with dragonflies
  • russet mugs
  • atlas
  • cherry gummies
  • corn soup
  • old typewriter
  • blonde folding desk
  • broken shell, from friends’ children
  • bright Turkish cookbook card
  • two played-out ficuses
  • swan calendar
  • United Nations flag
  • Italian vase
  • blue speckled mugs
  • rooster (cockerel) mug
  • some oregano in Royal Worcester porcelain
  • New Mexico charm bracelet
  • terra cotta face
  • two torn batik patchwork jackets
  • two cobalt blue glasses
  • handmade wooden briefcase (graduation from highschool present)
  • orchid
  • Christmas cactus
  • lots of Black Lab hair
  • wedding video cassettes
  • favorite 45s:  Hard Candy Christmas, American Pie, The Show Must Go On, I’ll Be There, Oh, Babe, What Would You Say, #9 Dream, Gypsy, Someone Saved My Life Tonight
  •  two of my father’s 33 1/3s:  Jose Melis Piano Moods, Down in the Valley
  • pink sneakers (too small)
  • worn-out mouse pads from the Museo Nazionale Romano (“Mosaico a soggetto nilotico”) and of ancient Athenian coins
  • various quotes, including “wherever you go, go with all your heart” (Confucius) and “To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight; and never stop fighting.”  (e.e. cummings)
  • a color drawing by the young son of friends (going to Angel Island)
  • an unfinished double-crostic book of my parents’
  • a par avion sticker
 coming along, for sure:
  • kaleidoscope
  • Cretan espresso demitasse
  • geode
  • keyhole photo
  • “Vietato entrare” sign
  • fine woven basket
  • “Ecrire” sign
  • sarcasm sign
  • bear fetish
  • lion box
  • black sheep
  • three glass marbles
  • straw fish
  • Oscar Wilde 1882 photo
  • two fortunes:  “You will travel many places”; “Your happiness is intertwined with your outlook on life”
  • Canadian $5 note
  • The Great Herbal two-volume set
  • a calendar of the Zen Circles of Kazuaki Tanahashi (from whom I took a class once)

image:  Matter of Taste


  1. LOL!!!
    i see there is no danger of your becoming a minimalist!

  2. That's for sure! Here's my definitive take on clutter: