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Celebrate Mother’s Day Your Way

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 This Sunday is Mother’s Day. What could be considered a Hallmark card holiday, Mother’s Day has an interesting history.Mother’s Day was first celebrated in the United States in 1908 when Anna Jarvis held a memorial for her mother at a West Virginia church. She campaigned to recognize “Mother’s Day” to honor her mother,   Ann Jarvis. Ann had been a peace activist who cared for wounded soldiers on both sides of the American Civil War and created ...
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The recent nationally televised error at the 89th Academy Awards was a lesson in crisis communications. There are many takeaways that unfolded from the huge gaffe when Warren Beatty, a presenter of the award, was given the wrong envelope.Since probably you either were watching the event unfold or have read about it afterwards, it isn’t necessary to recap the event but rather discuss what it teaches us in terms of lessons in crisis communications.An article in the February 25, New York Time...
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 National Volunteer Week (April 23-April 29) is an opportunity to honor people who volunteer. With AAHAM both at our local chapters and the national organization, the opportunities to volunteer are innumerable.Our members who give their time are quite remarkable.   Their stories serve to inspire others to find ways to contribute time and energy to local, national and global causes. In addition to volunteering with AAHAM; many of our members find the time and energy to raise their ...
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So where did the hour go?Even though I lose an hour of sleep and have trouble adjusting, I do love Daylight Saving Time (DST). It means I can drive home when it’s still light out and have time to take my dogs for an evening walk and sit outside on my deck and play Words with Friends on my deck. But where does the hour go when we spring forward?DST was proposed by the American inventor and politician, Benjamin Franklin. He supposedly joked that Parisians could save money on candles by getti...
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Our annual Legislative Day is set this year for May 1-2 at the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill. When you are thinking of coming to Washington, I thought I would offer some Washington movie trivia to ponder. As an avid HBO, Showtime, Netflix and Amazon user, my movie watching has greatly increased now that I’ve become better able to maneuver my way around. Legislative Day in Washington brings to mind some of my favorite films that were filmed right in Washington. If you have t...
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February is American Heart Month

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Heart Heath Tied to Brain HealthTo me February is the love month but it’s also American Heart Month, created to raise awareness about cardiovascular disease which impacts more than 17.3 million people annually. Did you know that heart health is closely linked to brain health? According to the American Heart Association, following a heart-healthy lifestyle can lower your chances of having a stroke and it can also make a big difference in your mental abilities as you age.Consider these heart...
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Environmental Wellness

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Did you know that your overall well-being is closely tied to the health of your environment? The environment can have a huge impact on the way we feel overall. I think we take much of this for granted and simply may say “oh, it’s a nice day today.”It’s important to have an awareness of the Earth’s natural resources and their limits. It’s important to realize the effects of your daily habits on the world around you to live an accountable life. What practices ca...
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Things to Be Thankful For

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As we enter anotehr holiday season; it is also a time for reflection and thinking of the abundance of things to be thankful for. There are many reasons to feel truly blessed.We are thankful for our team at the national office of wonderfully gifted people who embrace our culture of quality service and teamwork in everything we do at AAHAM. They are at the cornerstone of our ability to respond to members’ needs and requests.We are thankful for the opportunity to work with the talented volunt...
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A Homebody’s Joys of Traveling

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I recently heard an interesting presentation about traveling by travel writer and blogger Tom Swick based on his book, “The Joys of Travel”.   Many AAHAM members travel for business as well as pleasure and a lot of Swick’s points seem applicable.Many people think about travel for its visual association of seeing new places.   Yet for me, living in northern Virginia offers this as well. Within less than an hour’s drive, I can go to the Virginia wine cou...
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 With AAHAM’s 2016 Annual National Institute’s (ANI) soon approaching in Las Vegas; I hear people sometimes say they love going to conferences and especially the ANI, but they seem to always be in a bind at work both before and after a conference. Going on a vacation or attending a conference seems to be a double edged sword because of the mounds of work you have to do both before you leave and when you return.Over the years I’ve learned a few tips that I’d like to s...
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