Anatomy of a Pile

Clump #14:  Clear away another pile of paper.

Miles of piles!  Here is another ugly mess of paper.

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Most of it is easy to dispose of, especially when so much is clearly out-of-date.  No Sweat.

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But the devil is in the details: the piles within the pile.  This one isn’t too bad: the shred pile.  Easy to spot and eliminate.  More for the recycling bag!

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Papers to file.  Some need new file folders.  This Geek Squad contract, upon closer inspection, could be shredded and recycled.  Out of there!

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A disk of photos given to me by a friend, stepped on and ruined.  The pile itself is not bad enough, but this adds a soupcon of deeper self-recrimination. How difficult would it be to ask for another copy?  Let’s be reasonable … it’s not the end of the world.

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Cards bought, but not sent.  More guilt.  O.K., put those with other cards — at least now they can be found when needed — resolve to send out quickly at the next occasion.

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My sentimental streak acts up.  I am not a purist.  A few cards sent to us and some programs from special shows will go into a container in the basement.  When I have cleared all the major clumps from my life (imagine that!) (Please don’t laugh!) I will consider putting them in albums, or finally toss them out.

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Then there are little paper clippings.  I cut them out for a reason.  Some can be filed.  Others discarded.  The little ones can be written out or taped in a small notebook I keep for writing down ideas.  Here’s one example: a “miracle fix” for the glass on toaster ovens (and regular ones), is the heavy-duty Mr. Clean Eraser sponge, according to Karen Azriel, who wrote in to the Philadelphia Inquirer.

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This is the book.  It easily fits in my purse.  That’s me in the distance, in my dreams!

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Below, a sample page with little pearls of wisdom stuck inside.  From the daily Cryptoquote puzzle:  “The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the greatest intention.”  –Oscar Wilde   (See unsent greeting cards, above.)

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This was a magazine I bought for the article: “America’s Secret Beaches, 25 Secluded Sun Spots,” a USA TODAY magazine, Summer 2012.

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If I was to cut out and file the article, it would be six pages.  Instead, I could list the 25 beaches in my notebook, or I could just list them here … and google the name if I happen to be searching out one or another.  Here they are:

1. Gasprilla Island State Park, Little Gasparilla Island, Fla.;  2. Petroglyph Beach, Wrangell, Alaska; 3. Wai’anapanapa Black Sand Beach, Hana, Hawaii;  4. Headlands Beach State Park, Mentor, Ohio;  5. Rockaway Beach, New York City;  6. Roger Wheeler State Beach, Narragansett, R.I.;  7. Higbee Beach, Cape May, N.J.;  8.  Horseneck Beach, Westport, Mass.;  9.  Playalinda Beach, Titusville, Fla.;  10.  Wrightsville Beach, Wrightsville, Beach, N.C.;  11.  Cape Henlopen State Park, Lewes, Del;  12. Boneyard Beach, Bulls Island, S.C.;  13. Manzanita Beach, Manzanita, Ore.;  14. West Ship Island, Gulfport, Miss.;  15. Jetty Island, Everett, Wash.;  16. Sand Harbor, Incline Village, Nev.;  17. Sand Bar State Park, Milton, VT;  18. Cayo Aurora, Guanica, Puerto Rico;  19. Crystal Cove State Park, Laguna Beach, Calif.;  20. First Landing State Park, Virginia Beach, VA;  21. Schoolhouse Beach, Washington Island, Wis.;  22. Nanny Goat Beach, Sapelo Island, GA;  23. North Beach, Ponderosa State Park, McCall, Idaho;  24. Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, Munising, Mich.;  25. Pemaquid Beach Park, Bristol, Maine.

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I think this pile is trying to tell me something.  The magazine and the fishing line were together in the stack!  Maybe I should be writing a blog called Beach A Day!

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Piles within the pile vanquished!

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