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Helping others by pushing snow
Recently, I was travelling across the upper plains, when I woke up to the thermometer reading negative 26 degrees. I hadn't experienced these kinds of temperatures since I lived in Minnesota as a child.
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We're social, tech savvy spenders who have the shortest attention spans that make us one of the most well known generations. Who are we? We are millennials and we want to give your non-profit organizations more than any other generation.
Visiting the elderly
It's tradition for many families to sit around the Thanksgiving table to pause - momentarily - while each person says something they are thankful for.
How to start your own volunteer adventure
While showering one Tuesday morning, I had an epiphany.
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Last week, my blog was about New Year's resolutions, but it had a Tuohy twist. I wanted to drive home the point that I had hopes many people would make declarations that weren't so self-centered and went beyond their own desire to better just themselves. Many of you liked it, and some of you did not. One reader declared it lame. Of course, I wanted to tell her to pick up a pen and see what she could come up with and then let me critique it, but I decided to be my kinder, gentler self and not go there. Honestly, it took all I had not to go there, but I didn't. Aren't you proud of me?
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Let's start 2012 out on the right foot, the correct path, a good mindset, have the best intentions, etc etc, etc. No, I'm not going to talk to you about personal resolutions. I'm not going to give you five steps to healthier living or have you add blueberries to you daily food pyramid. Nor am I going to tell you to drink more water, eat less red meat, walk faster or sleep more. However, all those are excellent recommendations; I should try them myself.
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This is a guest post by Heather Taylor. Taylor is a freelance writer, consultant and radio producer.  Since January 2011, she's also happily served as a job coach in the AARP Foundation WorkSearch Program,  helping adults aged 50+ who are unemployed to find satisfying work. You can follow her on twitter at @findingthejobs.
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This is a guest post by Heather Taylor. Taylor is a freelance writer, consultant and radio producer.  Since January 2011, she's also happily served as a job coach in the AARP Foundation WorkSearch Program,  helping adults aged 50+ who are unemployed to find satisfying work. You can follow her on twitter at @findingthejobs. 
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This is a guest post by Jean Case, CEO and co-founder of the Case Foundation. A passionate believer in all things digital and the potential of technology to change the world for the better, Jean and her team focus the efforts of the Foundation around many of the same entrepreneurial approaches she and her husband Steve cultivated throughout their business careers. The Case Foundation is recognized for its leadership in leveraging new technologies and applying innovative approaches to increase giving; catalyze civic and business participation; and promote innovation, collaboration and leadership in the nonprofit sector.
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How was your Thanksgiving? I hope it was memorable. Ours was one of the best ever. We all loaded up and headed to Baltimore because the NFL decided the Ravens would play on Thanksgiving night. Now, I was perfectly happy about this scheduling as not only did I not have to cook, I didn't even have to drive around and pick up food. It was just perfect. I told SJ, "You can either have a game dog or chicken tenders, and if you are really good, I'll throw in a funnel cake." Can it get any better than that?
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