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December 2, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

Heather Hale: Compliment your kids without giving them big heads

Megan Shauri: 10 ways you are ruining your own happiness

Carolyn Bigda: 8 Best Dividend Stocks for 2015

Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

Samantha Olson: The Crucial Mistake 55% Of Parents Are Making At Their Baby's Bedtime

Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

The Kosher Gourmet by Megan Gordon With its colorful cache of purples and oranges and reds, COLLARD GREEN SLAW is a marvelous mood booster --- not to mention just downright delish
April 18, 2014

Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review August 20, 2010 / 10 Elul, 5770

Tech may give old hobby new life

By Mark Kellner



http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | RICHMOND, Virginia --- The onetime capital of the short-lived Confederate States of America (1861-1865) was able to recast itself as a regional business and financial hub, as well as remaining the capital of the Commonwealth of Virginia. If Richmond could reinvent itself, could not a seemingly "doomed" hobby, whose leading association just had its annual convention here?

I speak of stamp collecting, more properly known as philately, and it was the American Philatelic Society (APS), which took over a fair amount of space in the Richmond Convention Center and adjacent Marriott Richmond Hotel in mid-August to promote the hobby's message. For those who imagine philately as boring, they've probably never examined a stamp, seen the intricacy of the design, or researched the story behind the postal issue. (Why is Mother Teresa appearing on a new USPS commemorative stamp next month? Because of her humanitarian work, her birth centennial, and because she was an honorary U.S. citizen.)

Stamps, you see, were how some of us learned about the larger world around us before there was the Internet, Google or Wikipedia.

But the rise of e-mail, Web sites and multimedia have pounded philately; membership in the APS (www.stamps.org) is around 38,500, down from over 50,000 at its peak. Linn's Stamp News, the hobby's American journal of record, is still a great paper, but circulation and ad pages are a far cry from their heyday in the Jimmy Carter era. And, while there were a good compliment of young people at the APS event, the median age of most collectors is closer to that of Vice President Joe Biden than it is to that of teen heartthrob Justin Bieber.

So, what's a hobby to do?

Digitize, and that's happening, slowly but surely. Visit a Web site such as www.stampalbums.com, said one top-drawer specialist, and you can find pre-designed album pages for just about every country from Abu Dhabi to Zululand, including "Tannu Tuva," a briefly independent territory in Siberia. A year's membership in the Web site costs $30, and you can then download and print out album pages to your heart's content. When you consider a printed, three-volume United States album can cost $40 or more, that's not a bad deal.

With thousands of stamps having been issued since 1840's introduction of postal adhesives, organizing stamp data is important. The Scott Standard Postage Stamp Catalogue, once available on CD-ROM, will be digital again, I'm hearing. That will be a good thing, especially since the printed five-volume set of 2011 volumes can set you back $400. Charge me $100 per year for the same data digitally, and I'll sign up.

"The American Philatelist," monthly magazine of the APS, is a digital production, said editor Barbara Boal in a session with would-be contributors. Members who sign up for a monthly e-mail can download a PDF of the magazine, she said; ultimately, at least 10 years of back issues will be available online, a treasure-trove of research and background information.

And, of course, eBay and other online sales sites - the APS has one of its own for members only - make it easy to search out rare and not-so-rare collectibles. On eBay, however, it is possible to be "burned," so a sales site such as the one APS operates offers additional assurance. (Not only would buyer and seller have to be members, but if the seller is a cheat, they can be expelled from the organization.)

Another plus: technology can help you prepare an exhibit, or a stamp talk, in truly impressive style. Mr. Karl Rove, noted for several non-philatelic accomplishments, regaled a convention dinner with stories of G.O.P. political campaign envelopes (called "covers" by the Cognoscenti), starting with the first Republican nominee, John C. Fremont in 1856. The talk was well illustrated with PowerPoint slides, and a grand time was had by all.

You know, there may be life in this old hobby yet.

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JWR contributor Mark Kellner has reported on technology for industry newspapers and magazines since 1983, and has been the computer columnist for The Washington Times since 1991.Comment by clicking here.

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