At one point this summer I was at loose ends. I was ready to start something new but feeling oddly ambiguous about any of my many (perhaps too many) options. I remember thinking “I’d love to have a project that I didn’t have to come up with.” Whump, whump, they started falling from the sky.

“A penny saved is a penny earned.” These are some things that are saved: money, time, effort, lives, souls.

Small bowl, wooden bracelet from India, tiny heart-shaped bowl, sapphire earrings, engagement ring, glass Buddha head, gold tie tack, dog tags, Cathedral high school charm, marbles found on our property, the heart-shaped key to my Grandmother Boss’ house, coins from various countries, hand-shaped earrings,