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Once a Sweeper, Always a Sweeper

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Oct 26, 2017 Advocacy, Career Mamma, digital story telling, Illustration, Leadership, Storytelling 2 Comments

Aaron Burr Jr. had some free advice for Alexander Hamilton in the now all-too-famous musical “Hamilton” created by Lin-Manuel Miranda.  In Scene One, Burr states immediately upon meeting Hamilton, “Talk less, smile more,” encouraging Alexander to become more of an observer and less of an over-communicator. Great advice in this day and age when everyone seems [...]

Flexible Response and a Plan of Action

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Sep 29, 2017 Advocacy, Grant Writing, Leadership , , , , , , 0 Comments

Disaster Recovery = Flexible Response + A Plan Of Action Pinellas County, Florida This month working with The Humane Society of Pinellas (HSP) we demonstrated that a big part of creating the smoothest and quickest path to recovery from the damage endured by Hurricane Irma was about our immediate response both with the communications department and with our [...]

Manifesting the Turbulence Surrounding Us

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Sep 8, 2017 Advocacy, Career Mamma, Leadership , , 4 Comments

Spinning, spinning! Many of us have been dealing with an increasingly turbulent atmosphere that has presented as violent hurricanes, the announcement of the ending of the DACA program, a healthcare system in dangerous limbo, and public demonstrations of racist, threatening and viciously unkind human behavior. Even if we are not affected personally, many of us [...]

Coping with Confidence Paralysis

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Mar 20, 2017 Advocacy, Career Mamma, digital story telling, Illustration, Leadership , , , , 0 Comments

I finally fired off an email reply to an organization. This is not my first inquiry. It’s not an unsolicited email. It is a response to an almost year long quest to gain an interview (or series of interviews) with their experts for one of my programs (hopefully I’ll be able to share details in [...]

Commander in Tweets, Leading Through the Tangled Webs of Social Media

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Mar 6, 2017 Advocacy, Career Mamma, Colors, digital story telling, Grant Writing, Illustration, Leadership , , , , , , , 2 Comments

During a casual weekend phone chat with my buddy, Artist and Art Gallery Owner Sarah Ellen Smith, we galloped into a topic that has been on my mind a great deal. The diminishing focus on engaging truthful storytelling, and the emphasis on catchy headline and byline communications have us both very worried about our country’s [...]

This Metabook is Mega Cool!

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Jan 14, 2017 Advocacy, Career Mamma, digital story telling, Illustration, News, Photography, Storytelling , , , , , 0 Comments

Every once in awhile, I get a lucky break! This December I was in the right space at the right downtime. A colleague of mine named Tatiana Bacchus asked me to review a literary project for a new digital medium called a Metabook™. She worked as the Production Coordinator, and was so excited to tell [...]

Taking Time to Take Care

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Jan 9, 2017 Advocacy, Career Mamma, Leadership, News, Photography, Storytelling , , , 1 Comment

Last year was great in so many ways and then not so great in a few other ways, especially toward the end of the year. I observed so much grief and loss, I felt like I had to cheerlead my way out of 2016. Several clients called me with big concerns over the funding trends that might [...]