We all know that we're not supposed to attach value to material things. But it's still nice to surround yourself with things you like. Record a file (WAV or MP3, preferably MP3) with a couple of sentences or more about the most important thing you own. It can be just cool, or expenseive, or have sentimental value. Tell the story of how you got it, why it's important to you. Describe it. Then send it to me at emily at chapman-leff dot net, and I'll stick it in the podcast I'm making. If you can, get your friends and family (people of all ages!) to do it. If you can't record it digitally, put it on a cassette tape and mail it to me -- just e-mail me for the address.
I'd really appreciate it if you'd do it. It'll only take a minute out of your day. If you have any questions, e-mail me.