With thanks to my cousin Robert in Massachusetts, this is about sparking joy. He’d read an article in the Wall Street Journal about Japanese author Marie Kondo and emailed about it. Her book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, published in October 2014, has been a sensational success. It includes the idea of tokimeku, that clothes should spark joy. All items have energy, as Chinese feng shui and Japanese Reiki remind us. If an item doesn’t spark joy, Kondo suggests letting it go. I would extend that thought to everything. If you don’t love an item, let it go, as its energy isn’t doing you any good. Having trouble saying goodbye to it? Take a picture of it, then add it to a photo album or burn it onto a CD.