1. read everything first. revel in how smart you used to be. 2. have drinks and snacks ready. notebooks burn slowly. 3. watch out for flying paper ash. 4. the little metal spirals won't burn. 5. get the tissues. you'll be more emotional than you think. 6. let your spouse throw in the pictures. you know the ones. 7. ditto for the cards and letters.
time is the fire in which we burn. ~gene roddenberry