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Beach Balls and Station Wagons

Beach Balls and Station Wagons

Long after the beach lifeguard left his post for the day and before some of the lyrics to Looking Glass’ number one song Brandy were deemed misogynistic, I travelled with my mom and three siblings to a remote beach west of our tiny town of Crystal River, Florida. I’m...

Fearing Verdicts

Fearing Verdicts

In town to attend a national conference on guardianship and elder law, I was in San Francisco twenty-nine years ago when the Rodney King verdict was announced. I remember eating a fresh sourdough avocado sandwich for a late lunch at a small cafe near Fisherman's Wharf...

Who Wants to Handle the Truth?

Who Wants to Handle the Truth?

Helen Keller is credited with saying, "The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched - they must be felt with the heart." It turns out that we are not as fragile as once was thought. We actually can handle the truth and the emotions...

Is it Time to Change Tradition?

Is it Time to Change Tradition?

In 1966 I was born into an Italian American family living in the northeast. Tradition and the importance of family was invisibly etched into our coat of arms, and consecutively witnessed during ritual Sunday gatherings around a giant bowl filled with macaroni and meat...

Leadership Choices, How I Might Have Done It

Leadership Choices, How I Might Have Done It

After college and before I met the man I am married to, I dated a narcissist. During a brutally lengthy five year, on-again, off-again relationship, I was ultimately forced to confront my own control and anxiety issues. Now, my recollections of this time are still...

Lidia’s Legacy

Lidia’s Legacy

In the early 1990s, I worked for a law office and provided geriatric care management for several of the firm’s clients. We offered family law services, trust, and estate planning, and handled dependency cases. Half of the work was legal in nature, and the other half...

Lunch, Literacy and Some Pivot Programming

Lunch, Literacy and Some Pivot Programming

Some not so obvious casualties of this COVID-19 pandemic are the auxiliary services previously provided to communities by nonprofit entities before our worlds were flipped upside down. Once a region has developed processes and procedures to support urgent needs for...

The “Help One Artist” Campaign

The “Help One Artist” Campaign

Most of us know at least one brilliant artist. A painter, sculptor, writer, actor or musician. Someone who perhaps has sacrificed a steady paycheck for the satisfaction of creating within their own vision, folks who are true contributors to our culture. Art influences...

Meadowlark Resilience

Meadowlark Resilience

Just this week, nature peeked out big and signs of a seasonal change are everywhere. Viridescent laurel leaf buds spider out toward the sky and line our front lawn with the contrasting white pear blooms of our neighbor’s yard. Deep purple hyacinth blossoms encircle...

The Worry Warrior

The Worry Warrior

If I have a superpower, it’s definitely my ability to worry. I come from a long line of worriers. My grandmother was a worrier, my mother is a worrier and I seem to have inherited this flair. And now pandemics have a way of re-igniting this force in me. Stress and...

The Chops to Deal

The Chops to Deal

I’m in my fifties and I’m trying really hard not to freak out! Today, as I headed to Costco, it hit me, my generation has never really experienced anything like this global pandemic and there’s a chance that we don’t have the chops to deal. We’ve tangoed with some...

Ownership vs. Leadership

Ownership vs. Leadership

Just like no one truly owns a beautiful forest and no one truly owns a coral reef, nonprofit organizations were not set up to be owned by any one individual. Sole ownership of a tax exempt entity is counter intuitive and the antithesis of the sectors' original...

Gratitude and Reverence

Gratitude and Reverence

Lately, with all of the strong feelings and opinions being expressed in our society, I sometimes feel like perhaps we are losing sight of some very important aspects of life, being part of a community, and mainly expressing gratitude and reverence. This weekend we set...

Where Did Honesty Go?

Where Did Honesty Go?

Lately, I've been looking for truth in a lot of places, and coming up short. These days it is difficult to tell if a news story is factual and void of conspiracy theories. If there isn’t a conspiracy theory unveiled, then my mind quickly develops one. It seems that...

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