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August 27, 2008 - 8:43am
posted by Joseph Langen in simplifying, moving, uncluttering.

(Sunset- Dunkirk, NY)

JOE: Good morning Calliope.
CALLIOPE: Good morning Joe. How are you today?
JOE: Fine. Before you ask, no, I didn't get my column done yesterday.
CALLIOPE: Let me guess. Too wrapped up in your packing and cleaning?
JOE: Exactly.
CALLIOPE: What have you learned from your packing?
JOE: A little about what's important to me.
CALLIOPE: Such as?
JOE: How much I can do without. The more I take out the door to the trash or give away, the freer I feel.
CALLIOPE: Do you mean less encumbered?
JOE: I do. It makes me realize how much our trappings tie us down.
CALLIOPE: A good realization. What's on your agenda for today?
JOE: I plan to get my column written and then get back to packing. Tonight I will go to Rochester for my final outdoor concert of the season with Ruby Shoes.
CALLIOPE: Which is the band I presume?
JOE: Just so. I'm looking forward to it but not to the close of the summer. I need to think of it as a cycle rather than the end of anything. Talk with you tomorrow.

August 14, 2008 - 7:55am
posted by Joseph Langen in organizing, weeding, simplifying.


(Spanish Moss- New Orleans)

JOE: Good morning Calliope.
CALLIOPE: Good morning Joe. How are you today?
JOE: Less burdened by possessions.
JOE: I recycled bags and bags of old papers and am packing up boxes of old books.
CALLIOPE: Where did they all come from?
JOE: My years as a psychologist. I had file after file of information which might come in useful sometime but seldom did. I also have a collection of early psychology books documenting the past hundred years or so in my field.
CALLIOPE: Do you think you might use them sometime?
JOE: Hard to say but these days many old books are available online if I should need to consult them. So far they have mainly taken up space.
CALLIOPE: How do you feel with a leaner collection of possessions?
JOE: Leaner. It feels like I have been dragging things around for years which clutter my space. I'm glad to have more room. My mind has more space too.
CALLIOPE: What's on your agenda today?
JOE: More sorting and packing. I think I am ready to get back to work on publicity for The Pastor's Inferno and plan to work on my video "Are You Afraid of This Book" with the equipment I have available rather than waiting any longer to get my video camera back in operation.
CALLIOPE: You can always update it in the future if you aren't happy with it.
JOE: My thoughts exactly. Time for work. Talk with you tomorrow.

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