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Melinda Newman
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Melinda Newman, author of "Causes and Effect: My Year of Giving Daily" blog
Melinda Newman, author of "Causes and Effect: My Year of Giving Daily" blog

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Thank you and goodbye...for now
When I started this blog on Jan. 1, 2013, I thought it was about my relationship with money, but I was so wrong— It was about my relationship with life.  Writing the blog and giving daily has been such a joyous experience. I feel like my heart expanded over...

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Here's What Happens Next...
I’m a little in shock. I can’t believe our time together is ending tomorrow. The year has gone by so quickly. I’ll write in much greater detail what my little experiment has meant to me tomorrow, but before then I have some exciting news.  Some of you have ...

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A Fond Look Back...
One of the best parts of writing Causes & Effect this year has been learning about so many great charities. Sometimes, I’d start the day knowing which organization I wanted to give to, but, often, I’d decide what I wanted to write about and then I would hav...

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I'm sensing a trend...
As I was flying back to LA today from Raleigh, I was thinking about all the causes I’ve given to during my year of giving daily and how unintentional patterns started to emerge.  When I look back at the charities, they’ve been tremendously diverse, but it t...

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My First Typewriter...
As we’ve been cleaning out our father’s room at the retirement community, we’ve found a treasure trove of items that my sister and I gave dad, including a pencil holder I made for him when I was in second grade and a stamp holder my sister must have made fo...

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Checking back in on that money thing...how much is enough?
When I started this blog Jan. 1, one of my goals was to change my relationship with money, or most specifically, my fear over not feeling financially secure in this very uncertain world.  I wanted to see what would happen if I committed to giving away at le...

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My Parents, The Lingerers...
I’ll say this much for my parents, when it came to death, they weren’t lingerers. With both my mom and my dad, the doctors and nurses told us they were dying, but it could be a matter of months. Both of them died within a few days of the doctors’ pronouncem...

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To my mom, Charlotte...
My mom died on Christmas Eve six years ago. It’s clearly a horrible day when your parent dies, but I would recommend avoiding Christmas Eve if at all possible. It certainly casts a pall on Christmas. I feel like my mom has gotten short shrift in my blog thi...

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Dad gets his final wish...
A small note: If you haven’t lost someone close to you, this story may strike you as tasteless. If so, I apologize. For those of you who have been through it, I hope you can appreciate the morbid humor of the situation... Melinda My mom passed away on Chris...

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Isn't focusing on healing enough to worry about?
There are so many wonderful things about the freelance life, but one of the facets that isn’t so great is that there is often no safety net if something goes wrong.   When I became aware of entertainment publicist Christoph Buerger’s illness, I knew it coul...
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