My Emotional Value Auctions harness the power of witnessing to facilitate release and highlight the generosity inherent in receiving. No money changes hands. "Bids" take the form of written statements of expression that are given to the objects' owners at the end of the auction so they can see if someone's written message moves them to bestow it on them. Authentic expression and public vulnerability are rewarded. To read Nicholas Shroeder's thoughtful take on this event in the Bangor Daily News, click here.