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Respecting Caregivers

Respecting Caregivers

I have always had respect for caregivers. It is a difficult responsibility, requiring a great deal of sacrifice and dedication. Not surprisingly, it can also result in a lot of stress and, in many cases, financial as well as physical strain that can impact the caregiver’s own well-being. A recent study by the National Alliance for Caregiving and AARP showed me some of the numbers and really opened my eyes to how extensive the issue of caregiving actually is.
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How Technology Can Shape Storytelling

How Technology Can Shape Storytelling

Joe Sabia, head of development at Condé Nast Entertainment, gave a TED talk in 2011 about technology and storytelling. The takeaway is simple: stories haven’t changed all that much over the history of storytelling. How we tell them, on the other hand, changes constantly. Before the Internet, we kept our life stories in journals and letters, and we told stories to remember our loved ones. We assembled photo albums that were passed on from one generation to the next.
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Give the Gift of…Money

Give the Gift of…Money

You’ve heard the idiom that the only two guarantees in life are death and taxes. When the two intersect, there can be hell to pay. Maybe not hell but certainly the IRS. On a federal level, most people are protected by the estate tax exemption ($5.43 million in 2015) and don’t owe any of these transfer taxes when they die.
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The Power of Giving

The Power of Giving

Numerous studies have been done on the benefits of giving and I’ve talked about this before: Giving makes us happier. As we move from Thanksgiving into Black Friday and Cyber Monday, there is now a way to put your gratitude and savings to even greater benefit by participating in #GivingTuesday. The purpose behind #GivingTuesday is to highlight the values of service and giving back. To do this, #GivingTuesday uses social media to connect partners and people all over the world. It provides a platform to help individuals, organizations and communities find ways to tap into resources and touch our capacity to care for each other.  It also serves to remind us of the power of giving.
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Thanksgiving Traditions

Thanksgiving Traditions

I am a big fan of traditions. I believe traditions form the fabric and structure in our lives that help tell the story of who we are.  So with Thanksgiving just around the corner I started looking at some of the traditions associated with this holiday. And was amazed to find that some of the facts didn’t quite fit the story as I remembered it.
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