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The spot for the good news, the good word, the quick reports of the many, many wonderful news items I hear all the time and want to share with the rest of you. Expect to find the good news when you come to check out "what’s the good word?"

Thursday, August 18, 2011


You know that old riddle: How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time.

I am currently clearing my office of years of accumulated stuff. Each day a little more. One shelf today; one drawer tomorrow. I fill up the recycle bin tonight and the good cleaning fairies come and remove it so I can fill it again tomorrow.

One of these days it's going to look so tidy in here I'm going to want to stay!

But no, actually it is feeling quite right to be clearing things away, giving things away, throwing things away. To everything there is a season...and it is my season to move along. The last time I retired it was a quick decision and a fast move. I left one job on Friday evening and the following Monday I moved into this one. That too was a good move. But the pace was somewhat disconcerting. I think I've got it right now. Having retired twice before I believe I've figured it out.

But it is a gargantuan task--an elephant of a job, if you will. So it needs to be done at the proper pace. One bite at a time. Time to mull over the good memories, to think of the right person to offer this book or that. Time to carry out one box at a time with the final objective of carrying out the last box on the last day.

Which reminds me: if you are one of the people I've invited to come shop my bookshelves you've only got a few weeks. I'd love to see you. Come along and help me eat this elephant.

Posted by Marion


  1. Well I have received no such invite so I will just wish the book shelf shoppers happy hunting =)

  2. Steve, YOU TOO!
    Come on down and have a look.
    Actually did you see the line about "think of the right person to give it to" -- you're in there :-)
    By all means any of you blog readers. If you'd like a look at my bookshelves, you'd be welcome.


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