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    Sorry this happened, Bill. Better times ahead.
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    Wow, It's such a shame that this happened, but I understand your famly and other priorities come first Bill. I hope that things work out for next year instead. I did see the paypal refund for the wet plate workshop. Maybe next time... Hope things are okay.

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    Bill, thanks for the great memories and friendships made. If not this year...maybe later. I will stay optimistic for the future memories.

    The best to you and your family.
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    It is a ton of work to pull something like this off. I can certainly respect and understand why it might be cancelled especially if workshop registrations were trailing off. I hope all is well otherwise. It was a great time last year. Perhaps we can figure out something else in the Midwest a bit less formally.....perhaps somewhere in Wisconsin? da UP?

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    Wow! Sorry to hear this. I had such a great time last year I was hoping to get up there again this year. Thanks so much for all your efforts Bill!
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    Too bad, I probably jinxed it by signing up! I hope it can be done again in the future and Bill desrves much respect for having done it in the past...Evan Clarke

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    I hope the year works out well for you, Bill. I'm disappointed but can't say that I'm shocked: this has really gotten to be a complex production and I knew that it had to be siphoning time and energy from somewhere. Perhaps you need to consider either scaling it back, or gathering a team to put it together. Looking forward to 2011 already!

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    Bill, it sounds like you too are caught in the middle age squeeze.

    I am there, and it becomes bearable, but I do look forward to the day when I can devote more time to my passion, photography.

    I have my kids demanding more of my time, my mom slowly becoming less independent, and more work responsibilities.

    I had Photostock time blocked off in my calendar until last week, when I learned that I am committed to a 5 saturdays training course for new professional credential I am to attain for work that consumes all the Saturdays in June.

    Thank you for thinking clearly, and seeing that this years Photstock was going to be a bigger stressor than was warranted, and pulling the plug in a timely manner.

    Sometimes a step back clarifies the whole situation for everyone.

    All the best to you. Channel your present day life energy to the best result for you and those close to you. When you look back on it later, it will not be thought of as time wasted.
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    It's a bummer not having Photostock 2010, but, knowing that you made this decision for your family is admirable, Bill. Organizing a photography event like this, which was getting bigger every year, probably took you away from not only your family but also, ironically, from photography. Personal photography, anyway. Well, thanks for all you've done with the previous Photostock events. They were a blast and I got to meet some really cool APUGers.

    In the end, I'm going up to the Harbor Springs area at the end of June anyway and then Blissfest in early July. Thomas, maybe Coleen and I will see you and Heidi. I'll pm you.

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    bill, although i am disappointed in the cancellation of this year's photostock, i can completely understand and relate to the need to put time and energy into family matters. we all know that family comes first and foremost. i have no doubt you feel a sense of relief having now made the decision and can concentrate on home and work and whatever else requires your attention. i will miss the gathering of friends but have not cancelled my reservations at the birchwood inn yet. i think i could probably use a few days away from MY home responsibilities by june's end so for now, i will keep my room there and see what happens. i am breathing a sigh of relief too bill for reasons only you can understand! thanks for all your efforts bill and perhaps, we will all gather again next summer...

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