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Found Objects: Cat Magnet

I found this little kitty while doing a 'cart run' at Trader Joe's. A'cart run' is just what it sounds like-running around the parking lotcollecting all the shopping carts you can find. Someone must havepurchased this furry guy in a nearby shop because when I found him hewas still in his package.

Though the colors are off, it reminded me of my childhood pet, Teddy Bear. He was our family cat for a little over 16 years when he died.When we had to put him to sleep, he was actually older than my younger brother. That is such a bizarre fact to remember,I know.

Anyway, he was a fun little pet. Not only was he fun to play with,but when I would wink at him with one eye, he would wink back with one eye. He was my little pal. Sometimes, when he thought I had slept enough, he would wake me with a paw between the eyes. In his younger days, he would run outside even though he was an inside cat. I would eventually find where he went, wait, and grab him to bring him back safely.

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Found Objects: Wooden Block

Well, there isn't much to this little toy block. After a night of shopping, we found it outside of Trader Joe's last winter. Someone had placed it up on top of the trash can lid. At that time, with finals approaching, work being stressful, and time for school projects dwindling, being a kid again was very appealing.*

This block became a reminder to not become too stressed out with these little details. It also became a great addition to my selection of found objects!

*Speaking of wanting to be a kid again, around that same time, Heather surprised me for my birthday with a childhood-themed Birthday Adventure! Our activities included Chuck-E-Cheese for a morning of video games and the Boston Science Museum!

Found Objects: A (more personal) Biblical Perspective of Death

A month ago, the doctor's discovered that my grandfather, Dominic A. Baio, would face his fourth battle with cancer. However, unlike the first three battles, there was nothing they could do to remove it or delay its advance.

This was the closest death that I've had to face, and it certainly was a new experience. At many points, I wanted to stop everything and shout "This isn't right!" or even more dramatically, "Life isn't supposed to be like this!" Something inside of me was angered by this experience. There is an aroma to death that was extremely unpleasant. The weeping, the sobs, the whole process took me some time to figure out. But I think I have captured a large portion of my agitation about this situation.

I wasn't angry at God or at Papa or at anyone else. I was angry at death itself. Let me see if I can explain myself. The Bible tells us that God created everything and it was good. He created everything, plants, animals, planets, stars, a…