charity challenge

Allow me to take a break from my regular political fundraising and tell you about an organization that could use our help.

It’s the holiday season: we rejoice in miracles and holiness of this time, enjoying family, food, friends, and festivities. As families, we gather to share time, love and traditions and create memories that last a lifetime.

The children at Carolina Children’s Home have often experienced the season quite differently. Home has frequently been a place of abuse, not hugs; neglect, not love; abandonment, not gathering.

This Christmas, let’s take these children into our family circle of caring. We can help create holiday magic and memories for the children and give them a holiday full of joy and love.

Pub Politics is a weekly webcast from a local bar where my husband, Republican Wesley Donehue and Democrat Phil Bailey and talk with featured guests about South Carolina and national politics. This week Phil and Wesley are raising money for the Carolina Children’s Home. Republican or Democrat, let’s open our arms to these children!

Please go to, click the “Give Now” button to the right and make a donation. Any amount, big or small, will make a difference!

Thank you in advance for your generosity. Have a very Merry Christmas!

mrs. post, i respectfully disagree

I was shocked by this headline in the Chicago Tribune last week…“Emily Post Institute says holiday e-cards OK in their book.”

 Mrs. Post, I respectfully disagree.

“Holiday traditionalists, prepare to be shocked.” Indeed! I continued to read… “Electronic greeting cards are now considered acceptable by an old and influential etiquette authority: the Emily Post Institute.”

So says Daniel Post Senning, the author and spokesman for the institute.

Senning is quoted saying “ the world is changing, and etiquette needs to change with it.””I think that’s entirely acceptable,” he said, “particularly if that’s the difference between (the sending of cards) happening or not happening.”

According to the article, holiday cards are being sent less and less the old-fashioned way. U.S. Postal Service statistics show a 7.5 percent decrease in holiday greeting cards sent in 2009, compared to 2007 statistics. General correspondence saw a 6.9 percent drop over the same period, according to the USPS.

Suni Muhammad, of Chicago, was interviewed for the article saying he’s not in favor of electronic cards. “It’s not the same,” Muhammad said, adding that you can’t put an e-card on the mantle or affix it to the refrigerator door like the old-fashioned kind. “It’s always good to get something surprising in the mail.”

Suni, I wholeheartedly agree! Technology makes automation easy, 
receiving a traditional card is worth so much more. 
It says you are important enough for me to take the time to do it personally.

Days after the article, Anna Post tweets:


 Here is what I think @AnnaPost, I am of the opinion that E-cards are not cards at all.  They are emails, which I think we can all agree, we get way too much of.  Perhaps e-cards do have an appropriate time and place but let’s keep the holidays sacred and just say no to e-cards.

If you are too busy to send a paper holiday greeting card, please just skip the gesture all together… there is always next year!