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$1000

We all have keepsakes, items that are the physical incarnation of an event, a memory, a relationship… talismans through which we can remember.  Oddly enough, there are individuals who gather around themselves a disproportionate amount of keepsakes as a way … Continue reading

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Suffering As An Option

One episode of Hoarders is about a woman caught between a rock and a hard place: She knows that she is a hoarder; the evidence is piled up all around her. Knowing that she has this problem makes her feel … Continue reading

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Better Than Expected

I know an older woman nearing 90 now whose memory is becoming more unreliable as each year plays itself out.  As she loses control over her memory in dribs and drabs she becomes anxious over things in ways that she … Continue reading

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Getting Away With Something

I was watching a film in which one of the characters, Ralph, had mounted a belligerent homophobic campaign against gays by using Bible verses as his justification for his vitriolic words.  Further on in the film we see Ralph in … Continue reading

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Settling For Things

We might think because our house is not filled to the ceiling with items or garbage that we are not hoarders!  But at the heart of hoarding what people with fewer items share with obvious hoarders is the desire to … Continue reading

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We Have To Work At It!

The woman who keeps 300 cats confined in her house.  The guy who keeps smoking meth despite the three major strokes it has inflicted on him.  The woman who buys another ceramic bunny despite the 10,000 already pushing against the … Continue reading

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Ruining Our Inner Life

Sometimes things said by others can crush us such as “Were you born that ugly or have you worked at it?”… “Thank God I’m not you!”… “Did your parents have any children who lived?”  Such words wound the spirit.  But … Continue reading

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