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“Part­ing ways” (Au­gust is­sue) res­onated with me, but from an op­po­site per­spec­tive. As the youngest child in a low-in­come fam­ily with seven chil­dren, per­sonal pos­ses­sions were precious. I in­her­ited my sib­lings’ dis­cards – menageries of chipped ceramic an­i­mals and other things that had noth­ing but sen­ti­men­tal value. Upon en­ter­ing the work­ing world I moved out of the fam­ily home and into a 12-foot car­a­van, to­gether with boxes and boxes of such “trea­sures”. In a nutshell, liv­ing in a tiny space with precious lit­tle stor­age for 18 months ef­fec­tively cured me of my col­lect­ing habit. Thirty years on I still have the urge to throw out things that I haven’t used or worn for a few months. Julie Na­tion, Ohakune


I have a se­cret I would love to share. For many years I have re­ceived your mag­a­zines and they are too spe­cial to throw away. When the mag­a­zine ar­rives in my let­ter­box, I de­vour it im­me­di­ately… from the back cover to the front, mostly in one sit­ting. Some­times I am so in­spired, I put it down and get to work re­ar­rang­ing inside or out or try­ing a new recipe. But the se­cret I would love to share with other read­ers is this: I store each mag­a­zine by the months, and each month I dis­play a new stack of mag­a­zines to read over, be­cause my newly ar­rived mag­a­zine doesn’t last me a month long. Oh how in­ter­est­ing it is to see how your mag­a­zines have evolved over the years. Rose­mary Burns, Blen­heim

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