This post started out one way, and ended up in a completely new direction. Let me know what you think.
The number of magazines and catalogs we receive in our mailbox has steadily decreased over the last year or two. I have a steady subscription to only three magazines. Time and Entertainment Weekly arrive every Friday, and Real Simple comes once a month. I can handle that. I think Leslie receives one or two monthly magazines, and that’s it. Less magazines equals less trash!
As for catalogs, most of the ones we get are unwanted and useless. When they come in the house, we immediately rip off the address portion and add it to the shred pile. Toss the catalog and repeatedly say “let’s get ourselves off this list,” until the next time we get the catalog and realize we forgot to get off the mailing list!
The ones that really stand out are the catalogs from companies we have never shopped at—and we know this because the catalog is addressed to the person we bought our condo from in 1992! Yes, Nature’s Jewelry hasn’t reviewed their mailing list in over 25 years, and I’m going to continue letting the company waste their money.
There is another monthly magazine we receive jointly published by the Jewish synagogues in Orange County. Each issue contains articles written by locals who now live in Israel, or parents raising their children in a Jewish minority area. One consistent writer for the magazine was a woman who, at 50 years old, went through the bat mitzvah ceremony. And at 75 years old, she fulfilled a lifelong dream of becoming a rabbi. Rabbi Dann died last month after being ordained for just six months.
You would expect that friends and coworkers wrote lovely testimonials to the Rabbi. One particular paragraph stood out:
Anyone who was blessed to know Florence knew her as a woman of substance. When she walked into the room, you turned to look, and when she had something to say, you listened. Not only did she bring a staggering amount of knowledge to the table, she was also just an amazing person and a great friend. Always had a smile and laugh ready for you and a hug on stand-by. She will truly be missed. Say not in grief: “She is no more but live in thankfulness that She was.”
How many of us can use this testimonial for ourselves?