holiday season

Family Photos Are the Real Holiday Crowd Pleaser

Posted on 11/21/2012 by |Home & Family blogger | Comments

Home & FamilyThis is first in a series of guest blogs from professional genealogists Matthew and April Helm. If you’re tired of the same old Thanksgiving, Hanukkah or Christmas gathering routine  — a large meal followed by cleanup then football —  perhaps introducing family history into your celebration is a perfect answer to spice up things a bit. Breaking out those old photo albums and boxes is a surefire way to get everyone  interested in talking about the family and here’s how to …

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 …