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Seems like I do this every couple of years, or perhaps it is more often, but it seems like a long-scale cycle.
My mind is always awhirl, thinking, thinking about writing, thinking about ideas to share. Thinking about a way to make money from my writing about things I want to write about. I know that I could freelance. This isn’t about that. This is about identity, changing technology, and fear of success.
I put all my writings on this site, well most of the blog writings, a few years back. I was happy with this. Reason Creek is where the my personal logic flowed. Then while working a temp job to evade the demons that pecked at my brain constantly as my brother Roger was dying and for a while after his death, I listened to hundreds of audio books as I proofed digital versions of old theses for the local university library. During that time I found there was a spot in my brain where Interesting Things which could be filed under the heading of Women’s Legacy Project were found. I purchased the domain and began pulling things out of my brain with which to organize the site. Let’s see… this would have been in March 2015. A year later, this past March, the site was doing well enough to attract a diverse group of women to tell stories on WLP about women who had changed their own lives.
Then… somewhere along the path in the last six months… I’ve stumbled off my productive path and into a patch of rumination brambles. It is now September and I am looking at all these things/aspects over which I’ve stumbled:
So I came over here to Reason Creek to vent and create an image of what is going on in my scattered brain. (I created the Mind-map image with Scapple.) I now think I see the problem I am having, in addition to the shading non shading of certain items; the items in red at the bottom of the mind map exist in two different roles and at two different levels in my way of seeing the world. I either need to become comfortable with the status overlap in two areas of my life or rearrange something.
Nothing is solved. But I feel better. My world is both expanding as a business person, and this requires shifting my identity as a writer out of a very comfortable spot into a place that is risk-based, and this is happening as my daughter prepares to officially change her primary status from daughter to wife. Her status change does not change my mother role and how I will see her, but it will change how I behave towards a woman with her own household in her own right.
Word of advice: don’t change your business model when rearranging your personal life. Needless to say, I do not take my own advice.
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Lumpers and splitters are very different types of people. Some people want to group things together, some want to create subgroups with larger groups or topics. It is really about similarity and difference. This is a great tool for helping to determine authenticity, meaning, and value of all the things you have collected over the decades when you relocate, downsize, or just pragmatically pare down possessions.
I use the terms handmade, hand-me-down, and heirloom to make parsing items a bit easier than using authenticity, meaning, and value that can seem rather alien when talking about possessions that have accompanied you and provided context for you through significant parts of your life.
If something is handmade, or you know who crafted the item, when it was made, or where it was made, document what you know, and how you know it.
For example: Great Uncle Carl collected these paintings in England during WWII. They are water colors painted by a person far more famous for his writing. They were given to him by a Swiss friend he met in London who was a friend of the artist.
Provenance is the personal history, or story, of an item. This helps in authentication of items. Materials used in item can also help validate its time period. Bakelite jewelry was manufactured from around 1920 through the 1940s. Silk was needed for parachutes so it was rare in fashion during the early 1940s.
Knowing the path of ownership and how something came to be yours, who owned it before you, and how that person came to have it, provides a personal context that can be interwoven with other stories of the life of that person.
A wall hanging may have little significance to most people, but having a hand-stitched hanging that your grandmother gave to your mother who in turn gave it to you can be considered a treasure. Something that is handed down generation to generation can be very meaningful to members of a family simply by virtue of having been touched by those you loved and those they loved.
Items can be thought of as important simply by who handled the item. Signs of wear that might take away monetary value can add personal value.
A silver tea service made in Colonial America by Paul Revere has signifiant monetary value. Items made of high value materials are often accorded status as a family heirloom. Status is often transferred with the object. Eldest sons often inherit such items along with the status of family patriarch.
Assessment of these traits will often clarify whether something should be preserved, to whom it could be meaningful, and whether documentation needs to travel with the object. It is also good to remember that these aspects may be attributed by others to items you own and to which you have no special attachment.
A cookie jar from J.C Penney may be special to someone simply because it sat on your table when she was small.
Noting what you attribute to each category mentioned above for individual items as well as what others attribute may help you decide how to handle specific items for storage, giving, and sale.
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