Barry Courter has a 24-year-old son who is a college graduate and a 19-year-old daughter who is a sophomore in college.
Q: Dad, what’s the difference between saving, collecting and hoarding?
A: You’ve been going through my stuff again, haven’t you? Seriously, I know you are asking because we are going through your grandparents’ things. I think there are two answers to the question. If you have the room — and I mean a clean, safe place that is out of the way — to keep it, then keep it. Stacking it on the floor doesn’t count. The flip side is, if it hasn’t been touched in the last year, or it won’t be touched again in the next 12 months, throw it away. The real answer is somewhere in between.
— Barry Courter
Barry Courter is staff reporter and columnist for the Times Free Press. He started his journalism career at the Chattanooga News-Free Press in 1987. He covers primarily entertainment and events for ChattanoogaNow, as well as feature stories for the Life section. Born in Lafayette, Ind., Barry has lived in Chattanooga since 1968. He graduated from Notre Dame High School and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga with a degree in broadcast journalism. He previously was ...