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Pack Thank You Notes

Posted on 04/18/2014 by |Travel | Comments

TravelOnce when I was in Switzerland, I met a local woman who went out of her way to show me around the resort town of St. Moritz. She refused payment — and even my attempt to pay for lunch. When I finally had time to pick up a gift for her, it was Sunday, and all the shops were closed. Except, of course, the touristy one. So I bought her a box of chocolates. I gave a Swiss woman a …

Let’s Give Caregivers the Support They Deserve

Posted on 03/27/2014 by |Public Policy | Comments

CaregivingYou get up, get dressed, cook breakfast, make bag lunches for the kids, drop the kids off at school, rush to work, prepare for a big meeting, call to check in on your mom during lunch, go to your meeting, schedule your mom’s next doctor’s appointment, race to the pharmacy after work, drop off mom’s meds on your way home, cook dinner, help the kids with their homework, check in on mom again, and – finally – go to bed. …

8 Ways That Grandparents Really Rock!

Posted on 09/6/2013 by |Aging, Home & Family Expert | Comments

CaregivingThis Sunday is National Grandparents Day and to celebrate, I’ve compiled a list of the eight reasons I think grandparents are beyond fabulous: They’re grand role models. This generation of grandparents rocks, but not in a chair on the front porch. Today’s Grandma and Grandpa live more active, interesting lives than any generation before. They’ve been there, done that — and they’ve brought the grandkids T-shirts to prove it. Their values, skills and life experience make them people to look up …

Volunteers Washed Away in Severe Weather

Posted on 10/29/2012 by |Giving & Volunteering | Comments

VolunteeringHere in Washington, D.C. most people have stocked their cabinets with water, batteries and non-perishable foods and settled into their cozy homes to weather the severe rain and wind that Hurricane Sandy is unleashing. But what about those who don’t have a roof over their head? The reality is that their situation becomes very fragile during these times because many of the services the homeless rely on operate only with the generous help of volunteers. And with the severe weather …

Caring for the Poor and Disadvantaged – an Act of Kindness

Posted on 10/18/2012 by |Philanthropy & Fundraising | Comments

VolunteeringCarlos Slim, the richest man in the world, was recently quoted as saying “We have seen donations for a hundred years … and the problems and poverty are bigger. They have not solved anything.”  I’m perplexed by this statement. If you are a type A personality (like I am), you may think to yourself that Slim may be right.  Though global poverty has decreased over the last five years, according to a Brookings Institute study, the number of fragile states is …

The Beatles’ Favorite Costar Dies at 82

Posted on 06/20/2012 by |Movies & TV | Comments

EntertainmentHe won a Tony Award and was one of Britain’s most beloved TV stars, but Victor Spinetti, who died June 18 at age 82, will always be known as the actor who costarred in three movies with The Beatles. >> The teens in Ringo’s mystery photo have been found after 49 years! If the girls in the theater had stopped screaming long enough during A Hard Day’s Night (1964), they would have enjoyed Spinetti as the exasperated TV director who …