Over the years, we have sold things on ebay, had yard sales and used several of the sources found in this book.This past week at our house, have been cleaning closets and getting rid of things.we got rid of an old dryer that was sitting in our garage. However, this book covers a lot of ideas I had not even thought about. This is the time of the year when many of us are decluttering. Why keep it around anyway? There’s no need to keep stuff that you’re no longer using in your closet, because this book is full of options for selling those things that you no longer want. Donna Smallin Kuper goes though a wide range tips and strategies for making money from selling at local consignment shops, online, in newspapers, yard sales, and flea markets. She also suggests ways of getting rid of things that you may not know that you can sell. For instance, she gives advice on how to make money by getting rid of old computers, old phones, and empty printer ink cartridges. There is even advice on selling to pawn shops and giving what you couldn’t sell to charities and getting receipts to claim on your income tax.
In Heber Springs, Arkansas there lived a hermit photographer. He lived and died as obscure as his photograph subjects in the little Ozarks town. For forty five years he photographed the poor cotton farmers and small-trades people who despite their grueling poverty occasionally spent the fifty cents it took to record a birth, a marriage, a young man going off to war, any other important moment in a person’s life.
Even though he had grown up in this part of Arkansas, Disfarmer always knew he was somehow different than the other members of his community. Despite the fact that he was born in a nearby town and his father had fought for the south during the Civil War, he was always considered a stranger to the tiny community. Mike Disfarmer was born with the surname Meyer, but since he knew that the name meant tenant farmer and Mike knew he was no farmer, he legally changed his name to Disfarmer in 1939.
Disfarmer lived out his days living above his little studio in his small bachelor apartment day after day, year after year until his death in 1959 at the age of 75. His building was dismantled. His exposed negative plates stayed for years in boxes piled in Joe Allbright’s carport until 1971 when Peter and Karen Miller gave up their New York City lifestyles to run the weekly Arkansas Sun.
The remainder of the book tells about how the author of the book along with the Millers worked to bring the eccentric artist’s photographs from obscurity to be included in the New York Metropolitan Museums of Art and Museum of Modern Art.
Because I had lived in a small town in the Ozarks, I have been able to understand some of the stories that Julie Scully told in the book about how people in the Ozarks are concerning strangers. I personally lived in an area for over 25 years and yet I too was considered a stranger by long time residents. I enjoyed this story very much. I would definitely recommend this easy read.
Emily was born with Downs Syndrome, but that didn’t make her less valuable as a human being. It made her more valuable. She had none of the malice of other children. She was special to her family and all that knew her. Even though she was not strong, she was brave. Especially when her family discovered she had leukemia. She bravely tolerated the chemotherapy, even though she did not understand the what was happening to her. Her illness was in remission for a short time but then returned and there was nothing any doctor could do for her. She died in her family’s loving arms. To her father and mother she was a gift from heaven that God shared with them for a short time.
Matthew Patterson shared this beautiful story about his eldest daughter who did not beat the odds when it came to Down Syndrome. He did an excellent job sharing the dignity of this young life which ended before Emily was old enough to enter kindergarten. I enjoyed this beautifully written memoir of a father who deeply loved his daughter.