Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Capacious Project - Sally Ito

Sally Ito is a writer living in Winnipeg. She's published two books of poetry and a collection of short fiction. Her most current project is a blog on Margaret Avison.

Contents of Sally’s Purse, Monday, July 19, 2008

• Pentax Camera (the non-digital kind)

• Seika’s Sunday School craft – a half paper-plate made into a watermelon (on Fruits of the Spirit theme)

• Three books: The Exploits of MoominPappa by Tove Jansson, Tales from Moominvalley by Tove Jansson, and The Secret Wish of Nanerl Mozart by Barbara Nickel

• Coupon Holder

• Two Chequebooks

• Registration Letter for Portage Avenue Mennonite Brethren Vacation Bible School

• A Postcard for Art show: Art Among Friends at the Winnipeg Art Gallery put on by Community Living Winnipeg

• Two flourescent orange birthday cake candles

• Two girl’s barettes, one yellow and one red

• A letter to businesses to donate items for the Manitoba Japanese Canadian Associations annual Picnic

• Cheque stub in envelope from Manitoba Arts Council for grant rec’d to travel to Newfoundland

• City of Winnipeg Community Services Receipt for Kenji and Seika’s swimming lessons

• Shopping list with chewed gum squished inside

• Boarding Pass stub from flight taken from Vancouver to San Francisco

• Boarding Pass stub from flight taken Vancouver to Winnipeg

• Business card of personal banking rep “Abbie” of President’s Choice Financial

• A postcard advertising Star Lake Lodge with their Summer 2008 Program

• A green tealight

• Program for Seika’s piano recital

• Bulletin insert from St. Margaret’s Anglican Church with little kitties drawn on them in blue pen

• 2 push pencils

• black ink pen

• Copy of the University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections sheet on the Margaret Avison fonds

• photocopy of an e-mail from Grace Thomson, current president of the National Association of Japanese Canadians (NAJC)

• 2 sheets of yellow writing pad notes on grant applications to the NAJC

• Passport

• 2 Towne Cinema ticket stubs

• Business card of Heather Conn, “Words on Fire, Works Inspired” for “spirited writing, teaching, and editorial services”

• packet of kleenex

• tube of sunscreen

• wallet

• Levenger notebook with silver pen (purchased from Xmas gift voucher for judging Kiriyama)

• Red strawcovered notebook (given from friend who went to Vietnam)

About the bag itself, it was purchased in a Barnes and Noble in Union Square in San Francisco about two years ago in February when I went to judge the Kiriyama Pacific Rim Book Prize. It was an emergency purchase. The bag I had before – a smaller, red leather purse bought for me in Italy by my sister – had a thin strap that broke just as I was breaking into a run at the Vancouver airport (while in transit from Winnipeg) to catch a flight to San Francisco. I have a terrible habit of overstuffing my bags until the straps break. When they do, I just go on to the next capacious hold-all I can find.

Go here to read more about the Capacious Project.