A friend of mine collects brass bells. Big ones, little ones, old and new ones. All kinds of brass bells. In my opinion, you can't do a whole lot with brass bells. I was about to point this out to my friend one day but stopped myself at the last minute in the interest of self-preservation. I knew what her response would be. "At least you can ring bells once in a while or polish them and make them look pretty! What can you do with that silly stamp collection of yours once you've got it glued into your book?" Well. It's a hard thing for non-stamp collectors to understand, but to those of us on the inside, the magic of stamps is a captivating thing. With stamps you can step on the moon with Neil Armstrong or harvest cassava with a Caribbean Indian. You can travel with Napoleon in Europe or spend a lazy day in the Colorado Rockies.
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