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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...

Creating A Crosswalk For Collaboration

Creating A Crosswalk For Collaboration

This week I was on a Skype call with a colleague who lives oversees and we were discussing the challenges of building an effective international work team. Knee-deep into our chat, I stated "it's almost like we have to build a crosswalk, and develop a safe space for...

Photos from the Front Seat

Photos from the Front Seat

Some people meditate or practice yoga to find balance, others like to go for long walks. Me? The most effective way for me to restore and renew is to hop in my car, pump a full tank of gas and bring along my Nikon DSLR camera with some lenses. Then, I just drive....

Power Family

Power Family

I am pretty certain that my lineage does not include links to royalty or political power. I do not believe any of my ancestors have run for, been born into or held any type of political office. We are the opposite of the Kennedys, the Bushes, the Carters, and the...

A Sabbatical for Old Glory

A Sabbatical for Old Glory

Old Glory will not be flying in front of my home this weekend, but not for the reasons you might think. Typically, my family likes to show our patriotism and when we moved to our new home a few years ago, high on the to-do list was installing a new flag pole mount on...

TanPoPo No Ye…The Traveling Dandelion Seed of Goodness

TanPoPo No Ye…The Traveling Dandelion Seed of Goodness

A few years ago I had the good fortune to work with some amazing folks in Japan. We took a train from the hustle & bustle of Tokyo to a very quaint little city nestled in the mountains. When we arrived two hours later in Nara, Japan, the sun was just beginning to...

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