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4 Tips For Financial Success

4 Tips For Financial Success

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Even though making resolutions can improve your financial situation and is a good thing to do at any time of the year, many people find it easier to do so at the beginning of a new year. No matter when you begin, the basics remain more or less the same. Here are four tips for getting ahead financially. Get Paid What You’re Worth and Spend Less Than You Earn This may sound simple, but a lot of people struggle with this rule. Make sure you have an idea about what your job is worth in the marketplace by conducting a thorough evaluation of your productivity, skills, contribution to the company, job tasks, and the going rate, both outside and inside the company, for what you do. Being underpaid even at a rate of $1,000 a year can have a massive cumulative effect over the course of your fina...
Tired of People Dying Needlessly? You Can Make It Stop!

Tired of People Dying Needlessly? You Can Make It Stop!

Health
The majority of Americans want health insurance reform with the choice of a public option that keeps insurance companies honest, lowers costs, and increases service. The choice of a public option provides you a non-profit health insurance alternative you can purchase. It's one that can't be canceled if you lose a job or move. We have only a short period of time to reach the critical mass we'll need to pressure Congress into passing healthcare reform including a public option this year. We need to tell them that including a public option plan in this year's bill is non-negotiable. Here's some very important things you can do, right now, that will have huge impact: Sign the America Can't Wait petition. Donate a few dollars right now to the legislators who have pledged to not sign any ...
Pope Pius XI, Pope Pius XII and Two Different Responses to Hitler’s Anti-Jewish Laws

Pope Pius XI, Pope Pius XII and Two Different Responses to Hitler’s Anti-Jewish Laws

Law
Recently I watched Amen, a Costa-Gavras film about an SS officer and a Jesuit priest trying to get the Vatican to denounce the Holocaust. It was very critical of the Pope for his feeble response to the atrocities being committed against millions of Jewish lives. How fair is that criticism? I decided to research the actions of the two popes during the 1930s and 1940s and see how they reacted to Adolph Hitler and his policy against the Jews. Pope Pius XI, the pope during most of the 1930s, was increasingly confrontational of Hitler and the Nazis as their actions began to affect more people. Pope Pius XII, the wartime pope, privately approved of sheltering Jewish refugees in church property, but he never publicly condemned the shipping of Jews in concentration camps and the killing of Jewish ...
Norman Rockwell and the Civil Rights Paintings

Norman Rockwell and the Civil Rights Paintings

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Fifty years after he first started doing work for the magazine, Norman Rockwell was tired of doing the same sweet views of America for the Saturday Evening Post in the early 1960s. The great illustrator was increasingly influenced by his close friends and loved ones to look at some of the problems that was afflicting American society. Rockwell had formed close friendships with Erik Erickson and Robert Coles, psychiatrists specializing in the treatment of children and both were advocates of the civil rights movement. His most profound influence was his third wife, Mary L. “Molly” Punderson, who was an ardent liberal and who urged him in new directions. On December 14, 1963, Rockwell did his last cover for the Saturday Evening Post and he began working for Look magazine. Look magazine fin...
Fallen Hero: Fly Girl from Kalamazoo

Fallen Hero: Fly Girl from Kalamazoo

Fallen hero
Fallen Hero: Fly Girl from Kalamazoo By Pamela JeanIt began to occur to me if I'm going to write you while I'm still in the 319th Army Air Forces Flying Training Detachment, I'd better start. One of my three roommates is home packing up her things today - washed out, she is. Had her Army check ride yesterday, and the Lieutenant recommended for her elimination. I'll be having my next Army ride any day now, so maybe I'll be packing up too... The words above were written by a young woman named Mabel Rawlinson. After mailing that letter to my mother, Mabel finished her training as an Air Force pilot and was given her wings. She would be ready to serve her country in a time of war. In honor of Memorial Day, please allow me to introduce you to this remarkable woman. Mabel Virginia Rawlinso...
Urban Farming

Urban Farming

Urban farming
Welcome! From throughout our country, these engaging blogs are authored by ordinary citizens with things to say about social, economic, environmental, human, or political conditions in our nation or world. We hope you will sign in and add your comments, too. Urban Farming and the Christian Imperative to Feed the Poor Posted by Angelo Lopez on March 18, 2014 One of Jesus's greatest imperatives to his followers was for them to care for the poor and to feed the hungry. Many Christians over the centuries have tried to follow Jesus's mandate, serving in food kitchens and building shelters to feed and house the poor. In today's industrial society, a new problem has appeared that affects the health of many of the poor. In many poor neighborhoods in the cities and towns, the poor have no ac...