Guest Author Pesi Dinnerstein

Robyn and Jodi, the ladies at WOW, have done it again!   They are introducing us to another inspirational writer today.  So without further ado, please welcome Ms. Pesi Dinnerstein!


Pesi Dinnerstein (a.k.a. Paulette Plonchak) has written selections for the best-selling series Small Miracles, by Yitta Halberstam and Judith Leventhal, and has contributed to several textbooks and an anthology of short stories.
Dinnerstein recently retired as a full-time faculty member of the City University of New York, where she taught language skills for close to thirty years. She has been an aspiring author and self-acknowledged clutterer for many years, and has spent the better part of her life trying to get organized and out from under. Despite heroic efforts, she has not yet succeeded; but she continues to push onward, and hopes that her journey will inspire others to keep trying as well.

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Finding Me in My Mess

by Pesi Dinnerstein


I ran into my old friend Ruth the other day as I was rushing down the street between errands.

“How are you?” she asked, pausing briefly after each word.  This was not a casual greeting to be met with a “Great!—And how are you?” response.  We hadn’t seen each other in quite a while, and she obviously wanted to know how I was feeling on a deep and honest level.

But, for some reason, I couldn’t seem to come up with an answer.

“How am I?” I repeated out loud.  “I don’t know, Ruth.  It’s been so long since I’ve thought about it . . . I really don’t know.”

I promised to call her when I had more time to talk.  But her simple question continued to disturb me for quite a while.

How did I feel? . . . and why didn’t I know?

The first part was a bit more complicated—I wasn’t quite sure how I felt.  But it didn’t take much to figure out the second part.  The reason I didn’t know is that I had clearly lost touch with myself.  And, sadly, this was not an uncommon occurrence in my life.

Things slipped away from me all the time—my keys, my ATM card, the phone number I had just scribbled on a piece of paper . . . . There seemed to be an endless stream of items lost or misplaced or put in the wrong pile—a common side effect, no doubt, of living with a mess.

But, still, to lose myself . . .

I decided it was time to step back and look at the situation from a broader perspective.

I had just finished writing A Cluttered Life; and after years of reflecting on the subject, I had no shortage of insights.  I had even managed to acquire some pretty effective techniques for creating order.  Why, then, I wondered, had I become so overwhelmed once again that I didn’t even know how I was feeling?

Suddenly, it came to me that it’s not about insight or action; it’s about being present.  I may now understand many of the psychological and spiritual dimensions of my relationship with clutter and even do what I should to keep my life under control; but until I’m actually living in the moment—and paying attention to what I experience in that moment—losing myself is still just as easy as losing my keys.

Just A Thought …
If you’re approaching the New Year with plans to finally ____(fill in the blank), this book will give you a good dose of humor before you set to task!
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A Cluttered Life: Searching for God, Serenity, and My Missing Keys tells the story of Pesi Dinnerstein’s touching, quirky, and often comic search for order and simplicity amid an onslaught of relentless interruptions. When a chance encounter with an old acquaintance opens her eyes to the extent to which disorder has crept into every corner of her existence, she begins a quest to free herself of the excess baggage she carries with her and finds—to her great surprise—that the answers she has spent a lifetime searching for lie within her own piles of clutter.
Dinnerstein’s battle with chaos takes her on an odyssey of self-discovery that leads from the mess spilling out of her closets and the backseat of her car to the more subtle forms of disorder in her everyday life and, finally, to the most hidden expressions deep within herself. In the end—with the help of devoted friends, a twelve-step recovery program, and a bit of Kabbalistic wisdom—her struggle with the things of this world is transformed from a distraction along the way into its own journey of healing and personal growth. At turns insightful, unsettling, and wildly funny, A Cluttered Life describes how one woman found her true self—and spiritual clarity—while trying to make sense of her muddled world.



I received a copy of this book, at no charge to me,
in exchange for my honest review.
No items that I receive
are ever sold…they are kept by me,
or given to family and/or friends.

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  1. I’m a little OCD so I don’t really need this book, but I have 2 people in mind who could really use this!! Maybe I need to give it to them as a gift!!

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