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A “Soul-ution” For Superfluous Stuff

Photograph of Consilia Karli.

Consilia Karli, Legacy Circle Member

While looking for a birthday gift for my sister, I came upon this electric fly swatter! Eureka! I finally found something I was pretty certain my sister did not already have, and that she might find useful. My sister was thrilled. It was unique, inexpensive and handy (not to mention, it gave her a laugh and would be a good conversation piece with her kids and grandkids).  Besides, she knew that I wasstill committed by mutual agreement to send a donation in her honor to Mary’s Pence.

Like most folks in the USA, my siblings and I have been fortunate and complicit in having surplus and superfluous stuff in our homes. We have each begun to notice a lack of storage for all that stuff we have accumulated. As a “soul-ution” to our problem we made a pact a few years ago. My sister, my brother and his wife, and I have been giving donations to Mary’s Pence on gifting occasions, rather than spending/wasting money and our precious/diminishing lifetime on this earth searching for material gifts that we don’t need or want.

Because Mary’s Pence gives grants toward multiple justice issues and limits its focus on the Americas, it was a cause we could each agree on. My sister still makes something for me in her crappy crafts group, and my brother and his wife are good for a bottle of my favorite cheap wine. And the world is a bit better for it.

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