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Do We Really Need More 'Stuff'?

The University of Central Florida Forum | Posted 04.07.2017 | Green
The University of Central Florida Forum

By Michael Bass UCF Forum columnist Since most people are busy acquiring more and more things, it may be past time to start thinking about the questi...

5 Of The Best -- And Most Useful -- Swag Items

Judith Natelli McLaughlin | Posted 07.19.2016 | Fifty
Judith Natelli McLaughlin

What are my top five swag items? Well, here you go. Key chain. I can never have enough key chains.

The Lacquer Box

John Feffer | Posted 07.06.2016 | Travel
John Feffer

My wife and I lived in Tokyo for three years. At the end of our time there, we threw a going away party for ourselves. "No gifts," we told all our friends. Instead, they could bring something for the potluck meal. Oh, and they had to take something away with them.

The Unencumbered Life

Tom Morris | Posted 06.15.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Tom Morris

Are the things we own blessings or burdens? Actually, do we own our stuff at all, or does it own us? The New York Times ran a wild story this weekend...

About Isolation, Race, Relationships and Friends

Joe The Nerd Ferraro | Posted 02.06.2015 | Religion
Joe The Nerd Ferraro

There are real people really hurting. Turn on our customized media and we see what might spin into a race war over men being killed and the accused walking away. No matter what sources of media you are using, we are seeing it.

Confessions of a Hopeful Hoarder

TueNight | Posted 07.08.2014 | HuffPost Home

Hoarders get a bad rap, but outsiders see can't see our good intentions; the way we, in our fantasy lives, have a place for everything, even if our everything is a lot more than other people.

Super-Size My Foyer: On Size and Snark of McMansions

Kimann Schultz | Posted 06.17.2014 | HuffPost Home
Kimann Schultz

I came upon an article "McMansions: An Architectural Parable on the Death of the American Dream," which points to its originating article "Let Them Ea...

Letting Go of Stuff

Katie Lance | Posted 04.08.2014 | HuffPost Home
Katie Lance

I was reminded that at the end of the day our stuff -- is just that -- it's just stuff. It's just that so much of our stuff has so much meaning.

Steve Gadd Sets the Groove in Gadditude

Ralph A. Miriello | Posted 11.19.2013 | Arts
Ralph A. Miriello

This album grows on you each time you play it. Put it on your CD player or iPod and simply sit back and enjoy. Steve Gadd's staid, subtle performance throughout is a testament to his ability to let the music speak for itself with a total lack of hubris.

Save Me From My Souvenirs

Karin Kasdin | Posted 10.08.2012 | Fifty
Karin Kasdin

Once I thought all those trinkets would remind me of shared, carefree days. Now they just remind me that I need to dust.

Stuff: An American Phenomenon

Mark Hanlon | Posted 09.09.2012 | Impact
Mark Hanlon

We love "stuff" in our country, don't we? Apparently, we love it so much that we're willing to pay for someone else's stuff too, just to add to our own.

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.

Stuff We Don't Need: What's The Point?

Debra Ollivier | Posted 02.24.2012 | Fifty
Debra Ollivier

Between gifts and post-holiday blow-out sales, the list of stuff we really, truly don't need will burgeon. And even though we can live without half of it (if not way more), it seems there's something about stuff--sheer stuff -- that rivets us.

Best of TEDTalks 2011, #12: Less Stuff, More Happiness

Graham Hill | Posted 12.09.2011 | Technology
Graham Hill

We are showing people that we can have everything we need, and that our lives and planet will be happier, healthier and more beautiful using less stuff and space.2011-12-09-tedtredtedtedted.jpg

Graham Hill: Less Stuff, More Happiness

Posted 12.09.2011 | Technology

In this special year-end collaboration, TED and The Huffington Post are excited to count down 18 great ideas of 2011, featuring the full TEDTalk with ...

Fran Moreland Johns: Your Stuff As 'Art'

Red Room | Posted 01.21.2012 | Arts
Red Room

A dumpster filled with 457 items was recently exhibited in Manhattan's Dumbo Arts Festival. It is the work of collage artist Mac Premo and he says the dumpster-art is "a portrait of a life."

Send Your Orphan Heirlooms Home

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 10.09.2011 | Entertainment
Megan Smolenyak

About a decade ago, I accidentally launched into a sub-hobby of genealogy - one I refer to as orphan heirloom rescues. The idea is to return items to descendants of their original owners.

Stuffing It

W. Hunter Roberts | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
W. Hunter Roberts

When you sort everything you own in nine days, you see clearly what's important to you.

Getting Rid of Stuff

Dr. Susan Corso | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Susan Corso

What do we do when "stuff" happens? Do we stuff our stuff? Do we stay conscious about it? Do we wallow in it? Does stuff run us? Or do we run stuff?

Excellence in Higher Education: A Proud And Meaningless Tradition

Riley Waggaman | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
Riley Waggaman

In these modern, consumer-savvy times hardly a day goes by without an inquisitive prospective student asking a college tour guide, "The facilities her...

When Hackers Took My Video Viral

Kirsten Dirksen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Kirsten Dirksen

On tiny homes, happiness, Freud's nephew, the 'Story of Stuff,' and why massive change will only come about when people realize their lives are better for making a change.