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Thursday, November 30, 2006

too late

The file cabinet is almost empty. Four drawer ugly metal thing that sat in my front room where I weave. Very useful in its day. Two of the four drawers full of magazines on hanging folders to keep them neat and tidy and easy to find. These are really important weaving magazines.... Trouble is, I never open the drawers to pull out an old issue of any magazine. I just keep getting new ones that tantalize me. And now there are too many lined up to even think about culling them for really good ideas and toss out the rest. And the minute I decide that something is a "a really good idea," my interests change and something I tossed out is what I really want to do. On top of that, most magazines are reissuing really good ideas as "the best of..." and I buy those as books without ads so they take up less space.
What I'm coming down to is that I should really get rid of these magazines. Even the ones with autographs from people I know who have written the articles or had their work featured in an issue.

One drawer was full of files of past projects, journals, letters, cards, ephemera. Trying to sort that out gives me great anxiety. I am a saver. Can't help it. I just want to be more organized in how I save things. Keep trying. But still, it's disorganized, discontinuous, disjointed, disappointing. How will I ever write my memoirs if everything is so jumbled?
Some of my letters amaze me.... I vaguely remember the times, the events, but I hardly recognize myself as I read the saved copies. Some so businesslike, some so sentimental, some so full of interesting things only half remembered.
Those I am saving. But the ugly file cabinet is definitely history.

07:45 Posted in cleaning | Permalink | Comments (0)