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I want to take a minute to recognize the 40 million Americans who perform a great labor of love every day: family caregivers. Thanks to their tireless efforts, parents, spouses, and other loved ones are able to remain at home — where they want to be. Day after day, these unsung heroes take on huge responsibilities that can be overwhelming, stressful and exhausting.
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For years we’ve heard a Paul Revere-type warning: The millennials are coming! The millennials are coming! Indeed they are here, pushing aside boomers and Gen Xers this year as the largest generation in the labor force. Predictions are that in five years, they will comprise more than half the workforce.
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With fall here and the football season underway, here are the recipes for some of my favorite frugal tailgating fare. Notice the names of the recipes. Do you detect a theme? That's right, I'm playing the devil's advocate with these devilishly delicious dishes, but in each case the spices can be reduced or even eliminated to turn down the heat factor. Be sure to wear rubber gloves when handling hot peppers and spices.
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With Labor Day behind us, you're probably thinking about putting away the outdoor grill for the summer and wondering what to do with that half empty bag of charcoal left over from the grilling season. Well whatever you do, don't throw it away!
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Labor Day isn't the easiest holiday for the millions of folks who are unemployed.
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In 1884, President Grover Cleveland designated the first Monday in September as Labor Day and an official Federal Holiday. In 1898, Samuel Gompers called Labor Day, "The day when toilers' rights and wrongs may lay down their tools for a holiday...touch shoulders in marching phalanx and feel the stronger for it." I had to look the definition of phalanax up; that's a big word for 1898.
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