I joined OpenDiary in 1999 with the moniker of "Clutterbug" and the original intent being to document the decluttering process of my apartment. After a short time, I reverted to using my long-time internet name of "Czari" (known as "The Royal Russian Redhead" in certain online circles) and OD became a document of my daily life as one living with chronic, genetic mental illness.

The re-opening of OD finds me circling back to my "roots" as it were but packaged a bit differently. I discovered "minimalism." That certainly includes decluttering but one of #TheMinimalists' maxims is, "Decluttering is so much easier with less stuff." Going forward, my focus will be my personal minimalism journey and how it impacts my faith and vice versa.
~Czari

I don't do "pithy."
"If one word is good, 1,000 are better." ~Florence Littauer/Author and Public Speaker best known for her "Personality Profile" test/book series

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Rami Malek

February 9, 2019
Rami is an American actor who has been in a number of TV shows and movies such as playing Pharoah Ahkmenrah in "Night at the Museum" but "broke through" in the role of Elliot Alderson in the TV series, "Mr. Robot."  When searching for an actor to portray Freddie Mercury in the movie "Bohemian Rha...
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