How NOT to Let [Trump] Politics Ruin the Holidays

Agree on a “Quid Pro Quo” family reunion.

During your family gatherings, to make it through the holidays, implement this quid pro quo policy. All who enter your home gain access ONLY if they agree to a hiatus — no political talk.

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In the age of Trump, how to create healthy discourse during the holidays? Share nostalgic family photos, rather than waging a political minefield of bellicose bickering.

A family is thicker than water – except in this post-2016 election era. How many of you walked away from nine punishing rounds of political “discourse” during Christmas last year, vowing never to speak to your once-favorite cousin or idiotic brother-in-law ever again?

If the data is any indication, a lot of us cut visits short or avoided Christmas, Hannukah and the holidays altogether. In a paper, M. Keith Chen of UCLA and Ryne Rohla of Washington State University, politically divided families avoided each since the election. Using smartphone data, the researchers determined where people live versus where they spent Christmas – and how long they stayed. Then they collected 2016 presidential voting data at the precinct level to approximate political leanings.


pic6 300x199 - Don’t Let Politics Ruin the Holidays (Again)The results were startling. Compared to 2015, Democratic voters were about 5 percent less likely than Republicans to travel for Thanksgiving in 2016. Those who did travel did not significantly shorten their visits to Republican hosts. Republicans were more likely to travel to a distant for Christmas and holiday dinners, but they shortened their visits by over 40 minutes. Visits were also shortened proportionally to the number of political ads aired in the traveler’s home media market. For every thousand political ads, visits were shortened by 1.5 minutes. In Florida, that resulted in a 1.2-hour reduction in holiday time for politically divided families.

Given the divisive political climate, we continue to live in, things might not be much different this year. So, the big question is, how do we cross that divide? How do we enjoy a calm and (mostly) Merry Christmas, Happy Hannukah and holiday season dinners? How do we get through Christmas without resorting to sword fights with rolls of wrapping paper? How do we survive – and maybe even heal – our broken families?

The effect of partisanship and political advertising on close family ties

Agree ahead of time to focus the conversation on what binds you together: your shared family history. Revisit photos and home movies from yesteryear. Put together a slideshow of digitized photos and display it on your TV. Ask everyone to bring their favorite family memories to share over dinner. If you have a family historian, request that they tote along the big photo album that contains images going back generations. (And let them know that they don’t have to bring along great-grandma’s fruit cake recipe this year.)

IMG 7233 970x343 - How NOT to Let [Trump] Politics Ruin the HolidaysOur photo scanning company has digitized more than 600 million family photos, and we often hear from customers about how much these photos mean to them, how many memories they conjured, how many new stories they got to hear from great-grandma because the photos jogged her memory.

  • Pull out the photos
  • Share the stories from the past, but not politics
  • Maybe instead of shrieking and whooping at each other, reminisce
  • Instead of lunging at each other, laugh
  • Instead of screaming at each other, cry together
  • How far would you travel for that kind of togetherness?


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How to Digitize APS Film? 50% Off Deal


Remember those cartridges of APS film? They all have something in common. It’s still hidden in plastic cartridges. In today’s all-digital world, these too must be preserved. That is why ScanMyPhotos is helping by providing A FURTHER DISCOUNT — 50% OFF APS FILM SCANNING.

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Details: Cannot be applied to prior orders. Excluding applicable sales tax. Void where prohibited. A minimum charge of $20 is applied towards this order to cover scanning, but not return S/H which is extra. No refund for unused credit, so, send at least 5 rolls of APS film.


Though Advanced Photo System (APS) was a type of film used only for a short time, the images captured on those negatives might be some of your family’s favorites. Preserve them with scanning!

Take advantage of our great, flat-fee pricing – regardless of exposure count (15, 25, or 40 exposure). When ordering, choose 2,000 dpi JPEG scans for just [regularly $7.95] $3.98 per roll or 4,000 dpi for [regularly $12.95] $6.48 per roll.

Your negatives will be individually scanned onsite at our facility in Irvine, California, and handled with the greatest of care by trained professionals to ensure the highest quality digital format possible.

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For #GivingTuesday Giving Free Photo Scanning

ScanMyPhotos Proving Free Photo Scanning For “Giving Tuesday” to families affected by hurricanes and wildfire natural disasters.

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After a year of devastating natural disasters, we are providing free photo scanning to stop this from ever happening again. If your home was affected by a natural disaster this year, up to 1,500 standard photos will be digitally preserved without charge per address (pay just for return S/H). To apply for this donation from ScanMyPhotos and ordering preparation, please contact Support @ for complete details.

Get Involved. Each year, nonprofits, small businesses, brands, schools, and religious organizations all over the world celebrate the global day of giving. This link provides all the tools, resources + ideas your organization needs to participate in GivingTuesday.

What is “Giving Tuesday?

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12 Tips to Hack and Score Media Attention at #CES2020


This first-hand narrative is based on 30-years of attending CES to share my top techniques to get the most out of the annual spectacular tech event.


[Source: ScanMyPhotos Media Department].  Here are twelve tips for hacking and breaking through the mountainous media clutter at CES — the global consumer electronics and consumer technology tradeshow that takes place each January in Las Vegas, Nevada. The magic is scheduled from January 7-10, 2020.

Having attended all prior Consumer Electronics Shows since 1990, has dozens of additional tested recommendations that worked for us (those are secret to keep us just a bit ahead of some in our industry also attempting to score media coverage). Hey, we need to keep some cards face down. CES is like a safari hunt to locate and capture media attention.

CES is the world’s largest consumer trade show, held in Las Vegas [January 7-10, 2020] and attended by hundreds of thousands of tech innovators and an ocean of media contacts.

Bonus: The unofficial guide to CES 2020 parties: The Complete List of Parties and Side Events for CES 2020.

1) Have a compelling story. You have less than the standard 30-second elevator pitch time to grab attention. Two sentences max to attract interest. Have your story 10X better to create relevance, urgency and share something trendingly innovative. What is the “who, what, where, why and when” to your story? Is it trending, a REAL game-changer?  Solve a problem: solved the biggest problem in photography: we pioneered an easy and affordable – with a game-changing crazy low price to scan the nations and overseas pictures. digitized 600 million photos.  People are sharing these decades of nostalgic memories on all the photo-sharing apps and new photo gadget platforms and devices introduced at CES. Past news stories from the world of photo scanning.

This year we are introducing one-cent photo scanning with instant uploading and same-day scanning add-on’s. Watch below how fast pictures are digitized — 1,000 in under 5-minutes.

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2) Download and memorize every tech reporters’ and bloggers’ headshots. Print up like baseball cards and study their backgrounds. Reporters at CES often hide their name badges or use others so they aren’t recognized. Tweet photos at media outlets exhibit booths with hashtags and Twitter addresses of those reporters you see there. Get personal and humanize your message

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3) Focus. This is like a safari hunt to locate and capture media attention. Don’t be looking down at your mobile phone when walking, instead look forward trying to identify everyone you pass for any media in the crowd. Study the name badge and at the end of every conversation use their name.


4) Position yourself. Stand near media events and news conferences and chat with reporters as they enter, leave. Start with a friendly intro, vs. heavy pitch. One time we waiting four hours just to get a single interview.


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6) Be ready with background information. Have an OMG “news peg” ready. Explain why it is news, timely and have a sizzling appeal. Be relevant and honest. Your detailed pitch and links should be available on your phone in notes to immediately send to those you meet. Today, reporters are on lightning-fast deadlines and can file stories and publish live on the spot. That’s how we scored this HuffPost CES story:

7) Be prepared to fulfill an onslaught of orders. Work with your customer service team (at they are called “personal customer service concierges”) to prepare them for pending media coverage. The most important process in making media is to then dazzle every new customer. We even send ‘thank you” flowers to customers with compelling stories. From needing pictures scanned for a memorial service to raving fans who used our live support or called to comment on how impressed they were with  Surprising customers with flowers are our only marketing budget item; people take pictures of the flowers, post with a lengthy narrative about their experience and reach dozens or hundreds of new raving fans.

Click to watch the nucleus of CES, the media center

8) Wear comfortable shoes. Start early, stay late and network. Be bold. Ask everyone you meet what THEIR best, most successful marketing and media pitch was and who profiled them.

9) Only connect with reporters who cover your beat. There are many at CES who don’t write about your specific industry, product. Don’t waste their time.

10) Take advantage of other companies held captive in their booths. Most attendees are stuck at their booths, immobile all day. Use that to your advantage to walk the show and gain valuable visibility. Never rest. Stand near company-sponsored events to track down media guests. Our favorite area for entrepreneurial innovators and many features writers is Eureka Park, the “flagship startup destination at CES where retailers, venture capitalists, manufacturers, and others find budding entrepreneurs, fledgling startups, and homegrown innovation.”

11) Smile and buy drinks. All day and night, use this strategy to invest in scoring 15 minutes of facetime and fame. When you encounter influential media contacts online or eating, surprise them by buying their food and have the server simply hand them your card; write a brief ”your lunch was on me” message on the back.

12) Crashing the speaker sessions. Crashing panels. Research who you want to meet in advance by reviewing this CES speaker list. Plan your strategy to introduce yourself and talk to panel speakers. This is where the top innovators and leaders in tech appear in person. Arrive as the prior session is leaving. Walking in backwards works too. Talk with someone leaving or frantically explain to the staffer guarding the door that you left your laptop. Rush back in. Prop yourself in the front center row and defend your seat at all costs. Chat with others sitting next to you to create friendly, harmonious rapport.

Make eye contact and engage the speaker, then pounce. Immediately at the closing, lunge at them first. Ask a question. Explain they were the reason you attended CES. Take several candid pictures of their presentation and the cavernous audience. Include a picture of the screen displaying the speaker’s title. Use video too. Tweet key elements of their presentation, add relevant hashtags, and ”cc” their twitter address below. Even money you’ll get on there radar. They will use your content as a humblebrag that they were at CES. Google news about the speaker, any books they wrote or references they would enjoy people seeing. Practice the techniques explained in ”How to Win Friends and Influence People.” It is all about them.

The final takeaway is to preset several Twitter posts to be published afterward in during the following days discussing the speaker and quotes highlights from their presentation to stay relevant, on their radar, yet without being too stalky creepy.

ces13 300x225 - 12 Tips to Hack and Score Media Attention at #CES2020BONUS: Arrive a day before CES begins. It takes days for vendors to set up their exhibits. This is the calm before the storm. There is always an entryway into the LVCC or just hover around outside. Many exhibits are located in the parking lot and in the lobby with open access. Before is the best time to meet people in a more relaxed setting.

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Washington Post Q&A Interview with ScanMyPhotos

Grateful to Jura Koncuis for inviting ScanMyPhotos to her weekly Home + Design Guests Talk program. Click here to follow along.

Q&A: Mitch Goldstone at ScanMyPhotos on how to unclutter old photos

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Mitch Goldstone is the president and CEO of He has been a pioneer in the field of photo imaging since 1990. The e-commerce photo-imaging company has digitized 600 million pictures and is located in Irvine, Ca. If you have shoeboxes and tattered photo albums full of old family photos, this is your chance to get some tips on how to get your photos under control.

Every week, Jura Koncius helps you in your quest to achieve domestic bliss. She and weekly guests, whether Martha Stewart, Marie Kondo, the Property Brothers or Amy Astley, editor-in-chief of Architectural Digest, answer your decorating, design and decluttering questions. Jura is always happy to whip out her paint chips, track down a hard-to-find piece of furniture or offer her seasoned advice on practical living and organizing. For more than 20 years, our Thursday Q&A has been an online conversation about the best way to make your home comfortable, stylish and fun. We invite you to submit questions and share your own great tips, ideas, and gripes. No problem is too big or too small.

Mitch Goldstone is president and CEO of He has been involved in photo imaging since 1990 and his Irvine, CA company helps customers preserve memories. His work digitizing snapshots is particularly important in this era where fires and floods are destroying irreplaceable family photo archives. Ask him your questions about your own issues with preserving your boxes and albums of photos.

Mitch Goldstone

Hello Jura, I am delighted to be here with you and discuss this important topic to declutter those decades of family photos. No more procrastination as it’s no simple and extra affordable to finally digitize and safeguard all photo memories at

While there are loads of pointers from our experiences and knowledge from having digitized 600 million photos, the timing is extra relevant.

Last week in California, billions of irreplaceable family photos were destroyed by the wildfire firestorms, and the losses keep occurring — from hurricanes to just the ravages of time. 


If your shoeboxes of family snapshots and infrequently visited photo albums are covered in dust it’s time to bring all into the digital age to safeguard and share those precious memories.  


Mitch Goldstone, CEO,   

I was lucky to purchase not only my wedding photos (30 years married!) but all of the negatives (35mm film) I’d love to digitize but no one seems to handle 35mm film? Can you refer to me? THANKS!

Good morning ... WOW 30 years that is GREAT.  It's also great that your photographer allowed you to purchase both your photos (make sure you do have a copyright release from your photographer for your photos) and your negatives (35mm).  

While it is quicker, easier and more economical to digitize photos you will get a better quality scan from negatives and we do scan 35mm as well as 120mm negatives.
You can follow this link for information on 35mm film scanning:

What a timely topic! I have a zillion slides that I’d love to have digital versions of instead of physically storing them all. That would be prohibitively expensive to have done. Is there a DIY alternative? It needs to be one that is faster than loading one at a time into a manual scanner unless it has an auto-feed mechanism.

Slide scanning is very tedious, while there have been some auto-feed solutions we have found them not to be very reliable and can damage some of the slides.

The simplest way to digitize loads of 35mm slides is at this link for ordering fill the box service.  We do all the work:

I have a TON of photos (both prints inboxes and digital). I could kick myself for not doing a better job managing negatives (like, labeling!), tossing duplicates (whether prints or digital), and categorizing so I can find what I’m looking for Where do I start?? THANKS for the topic of this chat!

Knowing how to start a project like this is probably the most difficult part of the process.

Best is to take a deep breath and start by sorting through and separating your negatives from your photos and then trying to categorize them my year/event etc.

After that, you will then have a better idea of what your next steps should be.

Here is the link to our site:

I have thousands of digital images from trips and family functions. What should I do with labeling and storing these? My printed photos are in scrapbooks with captions, but these are all labeled with a number.

That’s the magic number, the average order size we get are for about 5,000 photos.

Our favorite app for sharing and letting your family view, narrate and comment on all those pictures is the Keepy App

Also, you can store your photos on sites such as  Google Photos

I have a large collection (think boxes and boxes) of family slides. Is there any simple, cost-efficient way to put them in a digital form? I would like to save the images but I can’t imagine that in their present form that they will last longer than I do! Thank you.

Where get this question a lot as well as with negatives and 8mm movie film.

For slides you can start here at our Slide Scanning landing page:

This should answer most of your questions.

Shouldn’t you keep the originals of really old photos – like back from the 1920s?

Many older photos have family history handwritten notes on the back. We always suggest keeping those in an acid-free archival box.

When having those older pictures digitized select front and back scanning so that the historical accounts written on the back are digitally captured too.

Remember those old cameras that developed photos that popped out in seconds? Do those scan well?

Yes, we do remember those as that was a fun way to see your “instant” memories … just like our smartphone pictures today.

We do scan them (as long as they have not been mounted on cardboard).

I took a quick look at your web page, but I am wondering: I have maybe two dozen photo albums, the kind where all the photos are attached to pages in the album. Would we have to remove all the photos before sending them to you for scanning?

Yes. Always remove the photos from albums. And you can use index cards to write categories and subjects them bundle those attached by rubber bands.

I have a non-photo question I hope Jura can help with. I had a sofa and chair reupholstered a few years ago, and the stuffing in the cushions is compressing so much that I need to put throw pillows on the seats and backs. Is this something that can be remedied w/out total reupholstering again? The pieces are old (40+ yrs) but in very good shape.

It’s a shame that whoever reupholstered these for you didn’t offer to plump up the cushions. Forty-year-old stuffing isn’t too buoyant. I’m afraid there is nothing you can do besides get large decorative pillows to layer on top.

What kind of flowers should you send? We asked top floral designers to weigh on the meaning of flowers an what’s the latest thoughts on flower etiquette. Read my story here. 

If you do put photos in albums, what are the best kind? And what kind should you avoid?

Look for albums that pass the P.A.T. (Photographic Activity Test).
Make sure it’s archival rated and acid-free. Look for Photo safe
Acid-free, Lignin free, and PVC free.

I may not have made myself clear – the stuffing was new with the reupholstery ( about 4-5 yrs ago). It’s not the original fill material. ( and I’d had the pieces redone before, with all new stuffing, and never had this issue).

Complain to the upholsterer.

This is such a great topic! My question is can you share some ways to present digital photos to family members? For example, I never really made photo albums for my two sons. Should I just give them all the photos on a thumb drive or is there a nicer way to present without having to make several photo albums?

Great idea. By distributing digital copies of all the photos to everyone in your family also helps to safeguard everyone g by having off-site backups. Provided DVDs or thumb drives.

During thanksgiving, we recommend showing all the family photos on your TV and ask everyone to share their favorite music to get everyone involved. As the photos are displayed the music is included too.

“Also you can store your photos on sites such as Google Photos” My question is who owns the photos once I upload them to Dropbox or Google Photos or other sites? I don’t want to give a company the right to distribute them.

Great follow up question. One really needs to read the terms and conditions of each site before they use/subscribe to one, most but not all are just sites where you store your photos for your use and only your use unless you explicitly give permission for others to have access to your files.

It is sad to think of how many photos have been lost in the recent fires. Thanks, Mitch for giving us ideas and tips for getting that photo archive saved. Next week sign in for blogger Joy Cho talking about building your dream house.

Many thanks for all the smart questions. We are grateful to have this dialogue and to see so many are planning ahead. Last week here in CA the wildfires were an urgent reminder to finally digitize and save your memories.

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