Category Archive: Giving

Practicing hospitality, not the Martha Stewart way

Two values I would like to pass on to my children are hospitality and generosity. Unfortunately, I am not very good at either. Years ago I went to an Emily Barnes seminar at her home in Riverside. She gave a piece of advice about hospitality that I have not forgotten. People are more concern about [...]

What character goals do we have for our children?

Soccer, basketball, scouting, karate, piano lessons,  art lessons – we give our children many opportunities to grow. Have we also considered the character traits that we want our children to develop? It can be all too easy to let the prevailing culture’s values carry us along while we are too busy with the daily living. [...]

Volunteer work for children

Did you sign up for “Give a Day, Get a Disney Day”? I have to admit, when my daughter and I signed up to volunteer, we were not motivated by altruism, but by the free ticket to Disneyland! According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, about 63.4 million people, or 26.8% of the population, [...]

What can we do for Haiti?

What can we do for Haiti?

Everyone is talking about Haiti. Is it enough to just talk about Haiti? My son reminded me yesterday that it’s possible to feel strong emotions about a devastating situation and that in itself somehow gives us the impression that we’ve done our part. Our mere sympathy for Haiti shows that we are compassionate people, and [...]