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April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review

Collecting and hoarding

By Jim Mullen




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Marty and Sally bought a charming 120-year-old house in the country last spring. I went to look at it a few weeks after they bought it. They were almost finished filling a large dumpster sitting in the driveway with refuse from the house.


"Wow, there was enough junk in there to fill this thing?" I said. Martin and Sally just looked at me with dead eyes. Finally Martin said, "This is the seventh dumpster." They had already filled six.


Soon after, I saw my first episode of a show called "Hoarders" (A&E, 10 p.m. Mondays). I hadn't realized this kind of hoarding was a syndrome, probably because all of us have a little hoarder within. Very rare would be the person who doesn't collect something — matchbooks from places they've been, snow globes, angel statues, Beanie Babies, Hummel figurines, Playbills, scorecards, autographs — and maybe we wonder if we are hoarders or collectors. I have a friend who collects Easy-Bake Ovens. They have to be perfect and in their original boxes.


Another collects Barbie Dolls, another Depression glass. Even if you're not a collector, your friends collect for you; if you're a football fan each birthday and Christmas will get you closer to hoarder heaven. Thanks, Bob, for the football-shaped telephone. How did I live so long without one? There is no hobby or interest so small that it doesn't have its own baseball caps, pennants, beach towels, coolers and pens that people will buy you over the years.


But we all must have a little of the hoarding gene in us, or our houses wouldn't need walk-in closets and three-car garages. We would have no pictures on the walls, only two pairs of shoes in the closet, and you'd hear lots of people say, "We could use less cabinet space." You wouldn't see any ads for "professional organizers." Is collecting Roseville Pottery or teaspoons the same as having a house full of old newspapers? What is the difference between hoarding and collecting?


Experts on the show say that hoarders collect things that have almost no value: hubcaps, old newspapers, beer cans, cats.


One show featured a woman who collected garbage. She would not throw out rotting food, which was all over the house.

Letter from JWR publisher


The experts also say that hoarding is an obsessive-compulsive disorder, because real hoarders get upset if you try to tidy up or remove any of their stuff. The woman that hoarded garbage became very upset when people tried to clean it up for her. The hoarders all say they're perfectly happy living in the midst of it all.


But I'm not sure the experts are right: What if hoarding things of great value is a disorder, too? Do the CEO's of giant banks need more money? Why is being obsessed with collecting cash better than being obsessed with collecting newspapers? How can you explain why a guy who made $125 million last year is upset that he only made $80 million this year? Does that sound rational to you? If you made $80 million last year wouldn't you just quit your job and go live on an island somewhere? What if the extremely wealthy are as emotionally disturbed as the guy who collected 50,000 beer cans? And I'm quite sure that if I tried to take away some of the CEO's $80 million, he'd become upset. Ever notice that no one gets more upset about taxes than the rich?


At least the guy with all the beer cans isn't hurting anyone but himself. Can you say that about the executives who run (or ran) Bank of America, Lehman Brothers, Citigroup, AIG, Chrysler and GM? Their hoarding has hurt millions of people and no one thinks they have a problem? Where is that TV series?

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Jim Mullen is the author of "It Takes a Village Idiot: Complicating the Simple Life" and "Baby's First Tattoo."


Previously:


Chain of fools
Please come pick up your acting awards, ESPN commentators, you've earned them
You've been superpoked by the U.S. gov't
e-Readin', e-Writin' and e-Rithmatic
A pose by any other name
Warning: Column contains 2010 spoilers
‘He loves only gold, only gold’
Think about direction, wonder why …
Flushing your money down a diamond-studded toilet
More like ‘wack’ Friday
The good, the ad and the ugly
The desert of the real
Let books be large and in charge
I was insulting people way before the Internet
GPS drill sergeant: Left, right, left!
Butterfly in the sky, you make winds go twice as high
Music to my ears it's not
You don't light up my life
Fair or not: Country living is far from ‘Little House’
A parable for the ‘ages’
Top 100 Cable news stories of the century
Green dumb
A developing story
Thinking outside the lunch box
What's good for the goose is good for the scanner
Newspapers will survive, but network TV?
A really big show of generation gaps
When pigs flu
The reports of our decline have been greatly exaggerated
Mergers and admonitions
Invest in gold: little, yellow, different
Stuck in Folsom Penthouse
Collecting karma
Setting loose the creative ‘juice’
It's all in the numbers
You're damaging your brain with practical skills
The real rat pack
The unspeakable luxury of the Park-O-Matic
Gross-ery shopping



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