Saluting the Small Businesses That Support Local Charities

For the past few years, I’ve had the honor and pleasure of chairing a benefit auction for Doorways for Women and Families, a non-​​​​profit that helps women and children who are homeless and/​​or victims of domestic violence in the Northern VA area.  This year, despite the recession, the silent auction was the best ever, featuring […]

Another Way to Give This Holiday Season

This holiday season, we are encouraged to “give our time, not gifts.”  I applauded the sentiment but then wondered just what it means to give time.  Here are some ways I have found: Give List lists ways to support communities and causes this holiday season (and year-​​​​round for that matter) that don’t necessarily require writing a […]

What the Shoe Salesman Has to Say About the Economy

President-​​​​elect Obama has a lot on his plate.  Perhaps most importantly, he’s got to get the economy moving again.  I’m not convinced that getting people to spend money should be the top priority, but let me tell you about Mike, a shoe salesman I met at Nordstrom at Pentagon City last weekend. I was looking for […]

What the Shoe Saleman Has to Say About the Economy

President-​​​​elect Obama has a lot on his plate.  Perhaps most importantly, he’s got to get the economy moving again.  I’m not convinced that getting people to spend money should be the top priority, but let me tell you about Mike, a shoe salesman I met at Nordstrom at Pentagon City last weekend. I was looking for […]