Category Archives: extended family

Millennials and the Holiday Spirit

  Although it may be the holiday season, as far as presents go that doesn’t mean a whole lot to Millennials. Like so many other issues, they have their own ideas about gift giving. Apparently what they want is cash, mostly to pay down college costs and other debt. So much for the negative stereotype that those born between 1980 and 2000 are lazy and have a sense of entitlement. Millennials are laboring under a collective $1 trillion in debt from student loans and still struggling to find jobs. Yet … Continue reading

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3 Holiday Survival Tips

Norman Rockwell didn’t have the picture quite right. Does any family actually look like this, especially in December? The holiday season is packed full of high expectations. And Andy Williams’ Christmas hit, “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year,” makes it impossible to not be disappointed. The holidays can be stressful and chaotic – making your home look festive, not sure about what gifts to buy, the hassle of traveling to visit family, all the cooking and baking. Here are some common sense tips – why don’t you see … Continue reading

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Financing your holidays

With the winter holiday season gearing up and soon moving into full swing, are you concerned about the financial impact of celebrating this year? With the economy still at a slow crawl, you may find that the extra expenses of entertaining, traveling and gift giving are enough to jeopardize your carefully crafted budget. But rather than waiting until January when the bills start rolling in, how about taking a stand now and challenging yourself to stay within your financial plan. If you are a Millennial yourself – or even the … Continue reading

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China Connections

On a recent trip to China, I was prepared to be overwhelmed by the dramatic grand sights – the Great Wall, Forbidden City, Terracotta Warriors, Three Gorges – but what surprised me were the small exchanges I had with some of the Chinese people. Many of them were willing, even eager, to relate with Westerner visitors. Their openness made for lasting memories of a rich culture and remarkable individuals. China seems to do everything fast, from building bridges and skyscrapers to making changes in social policy. In the late 1970′s … Continue reading

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