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Just The Scent Of Cardboard and packing tape.
That's all it takes, and I'm back in the business end of a rented truck on what might have been the only warm day in New England last month. At least I'm unloading the truck in most of these micro–memories — not in front of our former home looking for the nth time at the remaining few unoccupied cubic feet near the ramp, wondering not if but why. Why so much stuff? When we'd already found new homes for so much furniture and miscellany?
I searched through some book boxes a few nights ago. They were still mostly unopened, scattered like a badly designed cityscape in an upper–floor room. Appropriately enough, I was looking for a copy of Things Fall Apart, Nigerian writer Chinua Achebe's novel about a man's life and family and tribal culture unraveling as missionaries and colonialism arrive in Africa. Finally I found the book, in a box cleverly labeled "books." Mental note: Next time, have more fun with labels.
Enjoy 1 free Sentinel article or audio program each month, including content from 1898 to today.
with contributions from Barb Wilcox, Bridget Broadhurst Anerly, Rachel Anna McVey, Sue Rohde, Chris Ugwueze
ITEMS of INTEREST
with contributions from Allison Kennedy, Katharine Goodloe
FINDING HOME the adventure goes on
By Phil Davis
You can help refugees HERE AND NOW
By Beverly Goldsmith
What do you call HOME?
with contributions from Joy Osmanski, António Gonga, Cynthia Tyler, Ben Rogers, Gianluca Radivo, Stephen Lapointe
I stopped fighting against my prayers
By Kathryn Dunton
On a totally OPEN ROAD
By Patricia Kadick
Quick headache relief
By Kim Proctor
Just in time!
By Poonam Likhi
What makes the Good Book so good?
By Cheryl Ranson
The Purpose–Driven Life—Is it enough?
By Meg Dendler
'Right adjusts the balance'
By Kurt Shillinger
Freed from symptoms of heat exhaustion
Prayer heals diagnosed growth on spine