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 share...in 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: