Author Archive: Eric San Juan

Are We Giving Enough to Charity?

Flickr Hundreds of billions of dollars is given to charitable causes every year. Earlier this month, Giving USA released its 2017 report, which reports on the philanthropy of 2016. There was some good news to share: 2016 saw a 2.7% increase in charitable donations when compared to 2015. Last year, an estimated $390 billion was donated to charity, an increase from the $379.89 billion given to charities in 2015. The estimated $390 billion is made up of donations from corporations, estates, foundations, and individuals. Where the money is going That’s an insane amount of money – but where is it all going? It’s estimated that nearly $123 billion of that money went to religious institutions last year – places of worship, religious activist causes, and…
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How to Keep All The Family Happy in the Garden

Image source With the summer months finally upon us it’s that glorious time of the year when we can turn our attention to our gardens. As the garden is one of the most important parts of any home this is a space where all the family can relax and enjoy quality time together. Therefore you want to ensure that your outdoor space is a fantastic area for everyone. Here are our tips on how to look after your gardens so that all members of your family, at all ages, can enjoy the garden together. Overall Design Gardens come in all shapes and sizes, so you will want to look at the space that you have available in order to truly understand what you can do…
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Night Garden Delights

Contributed Post Flickr Picture Do you ever enjoy your garden in the evening or as darkness descends on the world? Probably not and that’s because most people haven’t designed their garden to be the perfect place to spend the day as evening drifts into the night. But you can, and there are plenty of cool, impressive features that will make your garden a delight at night. So, let’s look at a few of the best ideas. Great Furniture Credit Source Forget about those old wicker chairs or the plastic furniture. It’s time to get a tad more creative with the furniture that you choose for your garden. For instance, you should think about looking at luxury outdoor furniture that aesthetically resembles the type of furniture…
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Electoral Fraud: Boogeyman, or a Genuine Problem?

Contributed Post Wikipedia With so many people unhappy with the way elections have turned out over the past couple of years – including a particular one that occurred sometime in November 2016 – concerns about electoral fraud seem to have become more prevalent in the news and on social media over the past year or so. In fact, many politicians seem to be preemptively complaining about electoral fraud before the elections have even taken place. Still, most of the complaints seem to take place afterwards. Should we simply chalk all of this up to “sore losing”? Are people only crying out “electoral fraud” because they didn’t get the result they wanted? Well, that may very well be the case for many people. But others may…
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Busting 5 More Persistent Beer Myths

yesterday, I pulled out my trusty bow and quiver and, after accidentally killing my pet cat and a small family of nearby chipmunks*, took aim at some pernicious beer myths. It’s time to take aim at a few more, because there is no better feeling than lording some pointless piece of knowledge over someone in an effort to make yourself feel a little better about your small, sad little life. This selection is perhaps a touch more subjective than the last, but I have the benefit of being right, so I’m not too worried about any subjectivity here. Here are 5 beer myths you should totally stop believing: Contract Brewing is Bad Photo courtesy of CraftCan on Photobucket CraftCans Contract brewing is something of a dirty…
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