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I met the most amazing craftspeople when I was in Portland last week. Read my USA Today piece, 10 Portland makers who will make you say, “Please take my money!” and get all your holiday shopping done early!

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picture this: my africa photos and an amazing offer from wemontage

Montage of Lois Alter Mark's Africa pictures from WeMontage

My favorite decorations for my house are photos and books. Both tell stories, and there is nothing I love more than looking at my old pictures and reminiscing about the moments they capture. [Read more…]

tackling the family photos

Photo of photos!

When we had to evacuate our house during the San Diego wildfires a few years ago, I unhesitatingly left behind all our material possessions except for our photos and home videos. Because they were so important to me, I started packing cartons of them into the car days before we actually had to leave. I made sure my parents, who live just a few miles away, did the same.

This whole process was a major pain in the neck and I swore to myself I would figure out a way to get the photos organized and keep them safe so we’d never again have to worry about them getting lost. That was apparently easier said than done so, since then, I’ve pretty much done nothing – other than take hundreds more pictures. [Read more…]