FOLDING MAGAZINES

I enjoy magazines. I like to thumb through them quickly. Then I like to go back and read the articles that are of interest. I will go through one more time and pull out pictures or articles that I want to keep. So, a magazine would likely stay around my house 3 or 4 months before discarding. If I discarded it. Some I kept.
When we began planning this move, I knew that the magazines I had saved must be one of the first things to go. I have trouble throwing things away…but especially if I think there is something in there I might need to see again. I did not say this was sane…it just ‘is’.
And, so, I began throwing away magazines. I just picked up armloads and dumped them in the dumpster without looking at what was in my hands. I knew if I ever looked…I would spend too much time looking…one more time…just in case I missed something the first time.
I began letting all my subscriptions run out, and all did before we moved. But from the look of the publishing world…this may not be a problem too much longer. Magazines are folding quicker than you can say “what’s on the cover?” These are already gone : Blueprint, Cottage Living, O at Home, Mary Englebriet’s Home Companion, Home, Domino, and the saddest for me…Country Home. These are books that have provided me many hours of substance to peruse…planning, and choosing what I liked and didn’t. I have read Country Home and Home Companion for as long as I can remember. It saddens me to see them go.

But, they are not the only ones. These are going or gone: PC Magazine, Discover, Teen, Gourmet, National Geographic Traveler, EGM (a gaming magazine Alex likes). And from the looks of things, many more will follow.
Teen Magazine? I remember this from MY teens. They always had those great pullout pictures of the latest hearthrob. Gourmet? I thought this was a very well established foodie magazine…not that I would know. We have been receiving PC Magazine at my house since the boys were young. It’s about computers…I have never read one. I know what works what on my computer and that’s all I need to know. Too much knowledge clutters up the brain, ya know.
I had made many good resolutions to follow when we moved to the Creek House. One of these was not to buy so many mags and not to KEEP the ones I bought. Oh, how I would LOVE to be able to go back through all those Country Home and Home Companion that are in the dumpster just one more time. So many of the decorating tips and ideas there were timeless.
It makes me wonder just what will be left when all this is over? And, what will Barnes and Noble put on all those periodical racks in the front of the store?
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