The 5 hidden benefits of a Carnival cruise

Carnival Cruise Lines was started in the early 1970s with the aim of bringing recreational cruises to the average person after it having been the domain of only the rich.

I recently took a cruise on the Carnival Ecstasy, and let me tell you: they have reached their goal.

In fact, there are so many benefits to the Carnival approach that were unexpected, I felt a need to walk you through all of the ones I noticed. Continue reading

The Spirit of Giving

The holidays are fast approaching. With the first month of the Christmas season nearly over, that means Thanksgiving is almost here. It’s a time to appreciate what we have and think of those less fortunate. This is a popular time for donations to people who cannot afford to have a Thanksgiving celebration of their own.

On an overall level not necessarily connected to the holidays, retail mega-conglomerate Wal*Mart looked out and saw some of its own in need of a helping hand. They have set up The Associates in Critical Need Trust to provide grants to employees who have fallen on hard times, such as through the death of a spouse or a natural disaster, to provide some relief when it’s needed most. But that’s a corporate undertaking, and sometimes the holidays demand a local touch.

One store in Ohio is making the news for its charity. As an example of a store-wide, rather than company-wide, initiative, it is running a food drive to provide help for those who can’t afford a Thanksgiving meal. The drive is to benefit Wal*Mart employees. The people being asked to help out are also Wal*Mart employees. Continue reading