Thursday, March 12, 2009

Object Wisdom


We all know the unexamined life is not worth living. But what about the unexamined toaster oven? Is it worth living with? If we are what we eat, are we also what we own? My blog is my effort to find out, to become an anthropologist of my own material culture, a detective of my own history. My goal is to reflect on everything I own - from pill bottles to pillow cases, from death notices to DVDs--with all the insight and honesty I can muster. Some posts are long and serious, others short and silly; some explore the deeply personal, others the wonderful, crazy world we all every case, the thing itself decides. I hope you'll find something interesting, amusing, or thought-provoking in these stories, and that you, too, will be inspired to spend a few minutes looking at the things that surround you, taking stock.


I am a writer and educator living in the Midwest.  I love language, the American West, traveling, books, deserts, art, and cats. Despite the subject of my blog --  things -- I'm not much of a shopper.  (It appalls me that anyone would spend $3000 for a purse. I'd much rather take a trip or buy and acre of land.)  But things also come laden with memories and meaning, which I explore in my blog, Object Wisdom: 

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  1. Fascinating blog. Love the quotes too.

  2. Welcome! Love your love your blog. I'm following.

  3. Thanks so much Kimberly and Pamposh. What a great social network this site creates!

  4. Lovely writing, and such great honesty. Congrats on a terrific blog.

  5. Lots of interesting and varied posts. Keep up the good work!

  6. I love the idea of this blog!! I'm a bit of a collector of things as well but most people call me a pack rat. I think it's great to go through and see what's of value and what is just full of memories!

    I'm following your blog now. I'll have to go back and read your previous posts because it's already 2:43 in the morning but I'm looking forward to it.