It all began with a stop at a red light. While Kevin Salwen and his 14-year-old daughter, Hannah, were waiting at a traffic light, they saw a black Mercedes coupe on one side and a homeless man begging for food on the other. "Dad, if that man had a less nice car, that man there could have a meal," Hannah protested. She pestered her parents about inequity, insisting that she wanted to do something. "What do you want to do?" her mom responded. "Sell our house?" That is exactly what the family did. "We essentially traded stuff for togetherness and connectedness," says father Kevin Salwen. Hannah and Kevin wrote a book about the family's experience, The Power of Half, which will be released in February. [ more ]
Tip for the day: Consider donating half of something to a worthy cause, perhaps it's money set aside to fund an animal shelter, putting in time at an old folks home reading mail and hanging out, or perhaps it's finally donating some money to that charity you've been meaning to for quite some time. Now is the time to act!