Archive for August, 2013


Pet Sympathy on National Dog Day

On August 26 every year, pet lovers in the United States celebrate National Dog Day, an unofficial observance honoring man’s best friend. According to the Humane Society, Americans own 78.2 million dogs and nearly half of all households have a dog. Americans spend an estimated $50 billion a year on their pets—expenditures which include vet visits, food, toys, bedding, treats, necessities, and indulgences like Halloween costumes, hats, custom outfits, and grooming/salon visits. Brand name companies are following the trend, offering high-end pet products. More hotels are pet friendly. Cutting edge technologies like owner/pet interaction apps and software, streaming TV for dogs and cats, and ID microchips grow increasingly common. Whether Click to Read more…

Senior Citizen’s Day

Today is National Senior Citizen’s Day, a US holiday proclaimed by President Ronald Reagan in 1988. On this day, older persons are honored for their contributions and achievements. People are living longer, healthier, more active lives thanks to modern medicine and a health conscious society. Retirement doesn’t mean the end—it’s just the beginning of a new phase. Getting older doesn’t mean becoming obsolete. These days, seniors continue to enjoy work, take on new challenges, travel, keep fit, and enjoy themselves. If you know a senior citizen, take the time today to pay a visit. Do something special. Say thanks. Let them know how much you appreciate their knowledge and the Click to Read more…

Back to School

Summer’s almost at an and and children are returning to school to begin another year. Most will be starting a new grade, and some will be attending a brand new school. It can be an anxious time for both parents and their sons and daughters. Here are a few tips to help kids cope: Be Positive: Don’t get stressed out thinking about things that could go wrong. Instead, think about all the things that will go right when you meet new teachers and other students, and see old friends. Be Friendly: Smile often. Making new friends is a great way to start your school year. Don’t get down if things Click to Read more…

Same-Sex Marriage Etiquette

Rhode Island and Minnesota have now joined other states in legalizing same-sex marriage, and the number of gay/lesbian couples tying the knot has increased. Like any other wedding, the guest list and other points can become contentious. Here are the answers to some commonly asked questions about marriage etiquette. We’re inviting our friends, but do we also have to invite their children? Plainly state on the invitation that the ceremony and/or reception is adults only. Be polite, but stay firm. Requesting an RSVP is common sense, and also gives you the opportunity to contact a guest who didn’t quite get the message and clarify your wishes. What about relatives who Click to Read more…