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Material Possessions

Photographer Lisl Steiner On Letting Go Of The Past

Bonni Brodnick | Posted 06.17.2012 | Fifty
Bonni Brodnick

A wise octogenarian once said, "Don't be possessed by your possessions." Actually she said it last weekend, when she invited me to her new "stuff shop," a spot she had rented for a month to try to make a dent in the dispersal of her long-collected ephemera.

When All My Stuff Was Stolen -- A Story of Transformation

Isabelle Laurenzi | Posted 05.29.2012 | College
Isabelle Laurenzi

Nothing had really changed. OK, my stuff was gone, but I was still ME. What else mattered? I love myself the way I am, and while I still like having beautiful things, I know that losing all my possessions gave me a greater awareness of the best possession I have -- myself.

The Joy and Pain of Things

Randy Frost | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Randy Frost

Irene's attachments to things and the emotions tied up in them cost her a husband and, for the most part, a normal life.