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When my mother died, I kept only a handful of her belongings — some costume jewelry I’d always loved, two highly-utilitarian crockery soup mugs, a single decorative glass chicken (from her four-score collection), Richard’s old-school-roll-up-with-a-crank tape measure (since I didn’t already own a length-quantification-device), and one seriously freaky-looking wicker monkey that hung in-my-bedroom-then-on-her-sun porch (‘cuz…

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Me: So tell me now why you’re keeping this set of encyclopedias from 1983? And designer sheets for a size bed you no longer own? And a dozen different half-empty-decade-old containers of makeup? Client: Well you see, it was all really expensive. Me: You don’t actually use any of it, though. Right? Client: Not for…

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Growing up as I did with a depression-era-hoarder for a parental-unit, my childhood was filled with incomplete projects, not-yet-fully-realized ideas, and I-swear-I’ll-find-a-good-use-for-it-one-of-these-days stuff — every bit of which mi madre promised she would eventually transform into something amazing. Unfortunately, most of it never happened. Then time ran out. After Pearl’s funeral, I spent three months…

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While decrapifying a client, I ask a lot of annoying questions. The most important inquiry (no matter whether we’re talking the getting-rid-of-physical-piles or clearing-out-of-space-in-an-overloaded-schedule or stemming-of-a-paper-tide-that’s-flowing-in-at-head-height-and-causing-liquid-respiratory-impairment) is always “tell me why you’re keeping it.” Should my peeps present me with a good reason (meaning logical-defensible-and-immune-to-my-indefatigable-efforts-at-satanic-advocation) — that thing/activity/document stays. If what they offer instead is…

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Living In A Tin Can

Random Person: “So where do you live?” Me: “I’m a full-time RVer. I live in an Airstream. You know, one of those little silver travel trailers?” Random Person: “Wait — so you can just pick up and go? Wherever you want? Whenever you want?” Me: “Pretty much. Hawaii’s tough — lotta paddling.” Random Person: “Wow,…

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Happy New Year! So tell me, just exactly how ridiculous is your collection of goals for the coming 365 days? I mean, I know it’s still early — but if you’re like most folks, you already have plans to lose 20 pounds, stop smoking, clean out the garage, remodel your kitchen, earn a promotion, obtain…

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COMING SOON! (all sorts of amazing links to all sorts of cool stuff about public speaking)

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Sometimes when you’re not paying close enough attention, life can creep in on you from all sides. You bring home some junk from your mom’s house, you forget to open the mail for a week, you agree to a few extracurricular projects at work — then before you know it, you’re knee-deep in clutter, behind…

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How often do the words “I need” come out of your mouth?  Listen to the people around you today and notice how prevalent this phrase is — “I need a Coke” — “I need to upgrade my computer” — “I need a pair of red pumps” — “I need to get my hair cut” —…

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It’s deeply ironic, considering how passionately I despised that godforsaken “Measurement/Statistics” class in college (alongside the fact that my answer for “what is one plus one?” comes out right only about half the time) — but I’m a lover of numbers. Analytical findings, deductive inference, inductive reasoning, and the sociological implications that accompany the whole…

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