"Simple Green: Confessions of a Former Earthchild," by a semi-lapsed environmentalist, is a rumination on keepsakes and mementos and how best to Reduce, Reuse, & Recycle them after somebody dies and leaves all their stuff behind -- a life's residue, inevitably destined for the landfill, unless a sentimental collector intervenes. A personal essay/memoir by Deborah J. Lightfoot, author of the "Waterspell" fantasy trilogy.
Here's an excerpt:
"My mother-in-law, my mother, George, Paul: one by one they've died and left us their stuff. I tell myself that I'm not to blame, given the circumstances, for abandoning simplicity and surrounding myself with all these objects. To the casual observer I may look like the worst sort of materialist, a practitioner of over-consumption. But if they'll look a little closer, they'll see that frenzied shopping at department stores and outlet malls did not create this clutter. I've been collecting specimens, like an archaeologist who brings back artifacts to document dead civilizations. My home is becoming a museum, a repository for precious bits of other people's histories."
I began as a journalist, or at least that's what I got my degree in. After college, I worked for a newspaper, then as a magazine editor and feature writer. These days I earn my living as a freelance editor for a national nonprofit organization. I've written three award-winning books of history and biography. I'm a member of The Authors Guild. My newest work is a fantasy, WATERSPELL, an intricate, multi-layered trilogy about a girl and the wizard who suspects her of being so dangerous to his world, he believes he'll eventually have to kill her ... which poses a problem for him, since he's fallen in love with her. My married name, and a name I've sometimes been published under, is Deborah Lightfoot Sizemore.read more
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