Anyone owning Apple stock should be pleased. I have boosted their annual turnover by a significant margin. I bought five (5) photo books, with several additional pages. That adds up.
The thing is, I have so many photos, and they seem to disappear into the hard drive. Best of all, these books make excellent Christmas presents. I will be a hero, because I produced something surprising and useful. They are far better and more long-lasting than some branded product, which will go out of fashion or break. Books are enduring, whereas computer hard drives have been known to fail.
Years from now, someone might look at the book and think of me. I created not only a fine Christmas present but also a monument...
_ I’m in the process of scanning old photos into my computer. Instead of languishing in a box in the attic, they can languish in a computer file.
At some point, as I decided whether to “save” a photo, I recalled a Communist habit of airbrushing certain figures out of official photographs. Kremlin watchers would try to discern internal politics from studying the line-up at official outings. We now know that airbrushing meant an untimely end or spent years in Siberia.
I have some sympathy with the eraser, not the erasee. I have not saved photos of people that I do not like or wish to forget. How is that different from the Russian habit? It is natural for humans to want to erase bad memories (either ones you have or caused)...or at least to try.
Prior to writing novels, the author enjoyed a multifaceted career: from decorated combat aviator to advertising professional to global communications director of a major consumer brand. He has traveled the world and met sports, film and television stars, political leaders, and royalty. He graduated from Middlebury College, is married, lives in Germany, and has two grown children.