When I reached the section of the board where I keep my rather extensive collection of "Things To Do," I found several articles I'm fairly certain I'd never seen before. For instance, the one about "Ways to Stay Motivated to Finish What You Started" wasn't familiar at all, and I'm pretty sure I would've remembered saving "How to Burn Calories in Bed."
But along with the curiously unfamiliar articles were more hand-scrawled comments. In the margin of a torn-out magazine article about transplanting trees was, "If a tree falls in the woods, do the other trees make fun of it?"
And added to an article I'd saved on "Gutting Your Bathroom" was, "Oh, God! Please -- no!"
I'd saved an article about what I'd considered to be an innovative shelving system in which the books are stacked on mounted L-brackets rather than shelved horizontally. The accompanying photos showed a wall of colorful books -- a stack of red ones next to a stack of yellow books next to a stack of black ones.
"Sacrilege! Books are for reading, not decorating!"
And beneath that, in completely different handwriting, someone had added, "But on the other hand, you've got different fingers."
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