From Stacey Julian, editor of Simple Scrapbooks magazine:
The history of photography and the fact that it has been, up until a decade ago, primarily the privilege of very few, has created the perception that any and all pictures are priceless. This may sound bold, but this is no longer the case. Any commodity that is no longer scarce, loses its value over time. Now ... before you freak out and think "is she NUTS, my pictures are ALL priceless to me," hear me out. A picture and the memory it represents become meaningful when you add thoughts and personal insights that give it context and significance in your life. Nobody, not even your own children really want to have a collection of thousands of pictures. What they want are a few highlights that help them recall and reflect and be grateful for childhood and life. They want to feel intimate with a scrapbook and know that you have lovingly selected from among the masses, a few pictures for them to keep and cherish.
Do me a favor and chew on this!
In case you're wondering:
We had a 3.0 earthquake on Tuesday morning at 7AM, but other than that one, it's been fairly quiet, mostly under 2.0, which you rarely feel.
I did send the dog letter from last Tuesday and later I found a present on the doorstep filled with Fourth of July goodies and a note saying, "We are very sorry...they will not be left out any more."