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(BPT) - The holidays are just around the corner and with the big holiday season comes big spending. Americans spend an average of $737 on holiday gifts, decor, food and more, according to the National Retail Federation.
(Family Features) The holiday season is a time for generosity and kindness. While you're on the quest for the perfect gifts for loved ones, why not pick those that support children in need?
(Family Features) The influence of family can be a powerful thing. When asked who inspired her as a child, Rosa Parks, an extraordinary American activist, answered, "My family, I would say, my mother, and my maternal grandparents. I grew up with them."
(Family Features) - Nothing captures the warmth of the holidays quite like the gentle glow of candlelight. This season, set the mood with delicious holiday scents and decorations by making fragrance your centerpiece.
(Family Features) With frigid weather and gloomy days, adding some charm and pizazz to your front porch can seem like a lost cause in the winter. But there are a few ways to bring a fresh, chic feel to your porch that will last well past the holidays.
(BPT) - The holidays are known for eliciting cheer, thanks and a sense of community as families come together to share some of their most treasured traditions, whether that’s gathering for a special meal, organizing an activity or finding a way to give back to those less fortunate. Last year, Americans gave $316 billion to charity according to Giving USA, but it’s not just financial donations needed. Many organizations depend on donations of time and kindness to get by.
A father and son duo of used car dealers have been charged with more than $530,000 in state sales tax theft for allegedly underreporting sales and neglecting to turn over money collected as sales tax.
The two men, Yunas Khan, 52 and Tabraiz Khan, 27, were charged last week by Queens District Attorney Richard Brown.
The Affordable Care Act is less about healthcare and more about collecting fees, taxes, personal data and promoting a single payer system. The schemes and machinations inflicted on Congress to facilitate the passage of Obamacare have prompted many to ask if it is constitutional for the government to make any law it wishes for the sake of society, grant exemptions and exceptions to those who wrote the law and their constituents and, in the process, limit freedom and confiscate wealth?
A society that can give you everything you need is able to take everything you have. For almost 100 years, our politicians have been trying to persuade us that wealth and property are not individual but communal. The traits of charity and benefaction have been superseded by the notion that everyone, no matter their value to society, should have everything that everyone else has, simply by virtue of existing. If everyone owns everyone else’s wealth collectively, political campaigns are merely never ending conflicts about who gets what. If a person does not own what he or she produces, then who does?
The contentious issues generated by Obamacare are symbolic of the basic conflict in the world today. It is between two principles; individualism and the sanctity of private property and collectivism, where man lives for the sake of the group or collective. History books are testament to George Washington’s prophetic declaration and admonition that “private property and freedom are inseparable.” The ash heap of history is littered with governments that plundered and enslaved their citizens.
We have reached the point in America where the government is unconstrained to do anything it pleases while citizens may act only by permission.
Paintings and other forms of art lined the walls of the Queens Historical Society in Flushing for its exhibit on Quakers in Queens. But on Sunday afternoon, the art that was shown during a lecture series with an artist had a more direct message.
Sabrina Jones, a graphic designer who has worked on a number of books, came to speak about her newest, “Social Justice According to the Gospels.” In it, she takes not only the narratives – but the messages – of the Gospels and lays them out in drawings of Jesus in modern day.
The synagogue was devastated last year by Hurricane Sandy, causing an estimated $150,000 in damage, according to its executive director, Barry Rachnowitz.
But now things are looking up, and Rachnowitz spent much of this week helping prepare a Thanksgiving feast, which brought together the temple’s pre-school students and their families on Tuesday afternoon.
Thanksgiving is a time to be appreciative for the things you have. It is a kickoff to the holiday season when all are encouraged to think of their fellow man and give just a little bit more than they normally would.
In fact, many food banks and homeless shelters depend on the holiday season for supplies as people are more likely to donate food and funds now.
(BPT) - For the love of your life, channeling all of your romantic feelings into a perfect present is a challenge. This year, a surefire way to that person’s heart is a gift that celebrates health and wellness and brings the two of you closer.
(BPT) - The holiday season is a time when people are looking to give back. Sometimes this giving back encompasses spending time with others in the community, and other times it is showing support for programs that give back across the world.
(NewsUSA) - Feeling like you haven't had this much trouble making a decision since Leno and Letterman first went head-to-head?
There’s nothing like being outdoors. It soothes the soul, calms the spirit and delights the senses. Most of us can’t spend as much time as we’d like outside, but many clever methods can bring the serenity and beauty of nature into your home. Take a look at a few of the innovative ways that you can introduce nature’s beauty, from a lush garden to a spectacular rocky coastline, into your interior spaces.
(BPT) - An ever-growing popular concept in personal healthcare is the idea of the empowered patient (also known as being an advocate for your health). This term can mean different things to different people, but the general concept is that an individual makes well-informed health decisions based on research and conversations with their physician. One person who has applied this concept to her own personal health is Florida-native, Leslie Cunningham.
(BPT) - It’s no secret that finding the perfect gift around the holidays for everyone on your list can be a daunting task. If your list includes someone who enjoys spending his or her free time fixing things around the house, why not show them you appreciate their DIY enthusiasm with some great gifts that will come in handy for their next project?
(BPT) - While vinyl siding has historically been the most-used siding material in the U.S., its continuing advancements are allowing even more choice when it comes to two critical qualities desired by homeowners: outstanding curb appeal and low maintenance.
(NewsUSA) - Trying to find that perfect holiday gift for friends or family who have everything can be a daunting task. If they're a techie, the job can be even more difficult.
(Family Features) When collecting recipes for holiday gatherings, forget about dishes that require hours spent in the kitchen and focus on quick, flavorful options that feature an all-time favorite ingredient - sausage.
(Family Features) It’s that time of year again when everyone needs help finding the perfect holiday gift. Whether you need a gift for a foodie friend or a family member who likes to cook, these awesome ideas are sure to please. Even better, the list features several different price ranges so there truly is something for everyone on your list.
(NAPSI)—When it comes to putting a sparkle in someone’s eye, few gifts can do the trick quicker than jewelry.
(NAPSI)—If you are looking for a holiday gift for someone special, here’s a gem of an idea. A delightful collection of diamond jewelry celebrates the unique, beautiful woman—mother, daughter, wife—who is an important presence in your life, holds everything together or keeps in motion the many different aspects of the universe you share.