APS StampShow 2008 – The Big One

August 8, 2008

I confess. One of my passions is collecting postal history and stamps. I have been enamoured by this since the age of 8, over 50 years now.

Postal stamps and covers (envelopes) with stamps affixed are my addiction. Communication via the mail has always fascinated. Even in this age of e-mail, regular mail (so-called snail mail) continues to provide a useful service. There is nothing like receiving a letter from a friend or relative you can hold in your hands and read. It is much more personal.

Next Tuesday I am flying to Boston to attend the annual convention and philatelic exhibition of the American Philatelic Society. This year it is being held August 14-17 in Hartford, Connecticut. I am using the event as an excuse to visit with a good friend of mine who lives in Boston. Yes he is also a collector. We are going to the show together and plan to have way too much fun!

The American Philatelic Society was founded in 1886 and now serves over 44,000 collectors in more than 110 countries. It is the largest nonprofit society for stamp collectors in the world. The society is headquartered in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania.

The show itself moves to a different city every year. Last year it was held in Portland, Oregon. Some highlights of the event include:

  • 155 plus dealers
  • Postal Administrations from 5 different countries
  • Fifty plus national specialty societies
  • Over 150 seminars and meetings
  • More than 900 frames of competitive exhibits (a frame holds sixteen 8 1/2 x 11″ pages).
  • Philatelic rarities will be on display.
  • Admission is Free and the public is always welcome.

For those seeking more information on the great hobby of stamp collecting or the American Philatelic Society please checkout their excellent website at,

www.stamps.org

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The Meaning of Life 101

May 2, 2008

Sounds like a deep question, but to simplify just ask yourself this – what are the 5 things I value most in life?

There is no right answer to this exercise. It all depends on the individual and what is important to them and their well-being. With another birthday coming up, 59 years young this time, I thought I would have a look at where I am now in my life and here are my answers in order of importance:

1. Relationship with my wife. This is the root of all my happiness.

2. Love for my children. Darn they can be a challenge at times, but the love you get back its priceless.

3. Good friends. There is a country song by Tracy Lawrence and others now called, “Find Out Who Your Friends Are”. True friends stand by you through good and bad.

4. Health. Goes without saying, but you have to work at it.

5. Interests. Hobbies and activities that give you relaxation, stress relief, and maintain self-esteem. For me these include, philately, writing, reading, and golf.

Further Reading:
“The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People”, Stephen R. Covey, Free Press, 1989, 2004


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