I consider myself incredibly lucky to have a job that -- most days -- I really, truly love. But like all work, some days it's tiring, or frustrating, or otherwise dispiriting. On those days, I head over to the Flickr stream for our This Place Matters campaign to cheer myself up. No, I'm not kidding -- or kissing up. There is something about looking at the variety of images that slide by that just plain makes me happy. From country vistas to thriving downtowns, and buildings in every state of repair (and, sadly, disrepair) the pictures show a deep, heartfelt connection between people and places. The level of effort people have gone to -- gathering huge groups, donning costumes, erecting billboards -- is mind-blowing.
I found out recently, through a web radio interview, that Dolores McDonagh, one of our vice presidents, recovers from a tough day in the same way. In her conversation with Chris Epting, host of The Pop Culture Road Trip, she filled him in on the This Place Matters program (and it's magically restorative powers), the story of one of her places, and some of the work that's currently going on here at the National Trust. If you keep listening after Dolores is finished, you'll hear some more stories on the preservation theme, as well.
Don't believe us that this slideshow can brighten your day? Take a look below... and then consider sharing a photo of your own. It's easy and, if you submit before September 15, you could be eligible to win a new camera.
Sarah Heffern is the content manager for PreservationNation.org.