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Year: 2006

Giving Liberally? Or Conservatively?

Watch Rick’s Column Here or Listen to Rick’s Column Here Until recently, I was convinced that Ebenezer Scrooge was a conservative, at least before his transformation. His refusal to give to the poor at Christmas time personified our perception of a...

The “Best” Gifts

Watch this video on YouTube One of the concerns parents of young children have around Christmas is teaching the kids to value giving as well as receiving. Many of us have difficulty with our own contradictory impulses. We don’t want to turn our kids into greedy...

Conscious Giving

Watch this video on YouTube It seems almost obligatory this time of year to write a column about giving. Pressure to give, give, give is everywhere. Ads urge us to buy everything from sweaters to screwdrivers to SUVs on the grounds that they will be perfect gifts to...

Ebenezer Scrooge and Your Christmas Spending

Watch this video on YouTube This time of year, I see Ebenezer Scrooge everywhere. My office is decorated with figurines of Scrooge and Tiny Tim, various editions of A Christmas Carol, and other representations of the classic story by Charles Dickens. This isn’t...

“The White Filly ” – London’s First Book

by Rick Kahler After two years of wanting to be a paleontologist, London changed her career choice.  She was four years old when she decided she would rather be “an author and illustrator of children’s books.” At age ten, nothing has changed....