check out that charity that wants your money

passing dollars from one hand to anotherIs it the spirit of giving this time of year or the spirit of give to me ? The latter may seem more appropriate when inundated with requests for charitable donations.

Ignore the emotional appeal and ask yourself: Do I support their mission and objectives? The best place to find the answer for this question is the charity’s own website.

The next question is: How do they spend their charitable donations? Answer this question by checking on a charity at one these sites.


Better Business Bureau

Charity Navigator

Tenn. Secretary of State Charitable Fundraising

And remember “a fool and his money are soon parted.”

choosing an e-book reader or tablet

e-book reader or a tablet? Kindle or Nook? iPad or Kindle Fire?

Who has the better marketplace? Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or Apple?

With each new product the choices get harder. It basically comes down to what you need and what product can deliver it at a price with which you are comfortable.

Check out the CNET article “Kindle vs. Nook vs. iPad: Which e-book reader should you buy?” to help you decide. Whatever you decide know that tomorrow it is outdated and be prepared to accept it for a year or two. Who knows what 2012 will bring.

Sidebar: I opted for the $99 Kindle Touch with special offers, but I see an iPad in my future.