Ash Backwards

“Their departures had demanded an impossible balancing of pragmatism and emotion. And in nearly every case, they led, eventually, to regret—over a host of unmet needs, yes, but more so over lost heirlooms and mementos, the objects that help give life to human memory and a sense of who we are as people. What happens, these conversations seemed to ask of the endless lists of forgotten belongings, when we lose them?” Alisssa Greenberg in Pacific Standard: The Things They Lost In The Fire. (Something worth thinking about before a disaster strikes: What do you grab before you go? I’m good as long as my wife and I grab my kids, my pets, and my MacBook Air. Not necessarily in that order…)

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