From Personal Writing

I really want (and need) to know

I have been accepted in to Seth Godin’s altMBA January class, and I am thrilled about it. Last week, I received the box of pre-reading materials, and because we were snowed in all Thanksgiving weekend, I have already devoured eight of the 11 books. If nothing else comes from the class, which I absolutely do…

A little luck and a lot of thanks

Old habits and superstitions are hard to let go of. Think that’s not true? When did you last search for a piece of real wood to knock on three times (or thrice for you, Dr Marry) when talking about needing some good fortune for an upcoming something or other? That’s what I thought. When I…

When a “Waste of Time” Becomes a Gift in Time

My mother recently encouraged me to stop writing about my years living in income-based housing. She noted that I’d likely written enough about that time now and wondered why I kept referencing it. As with nearly all thoughts from my mother, this was more of a kindly command than a suggestion. I countered in a…

Just Get(ting) Over It

When I was a very young adult, I often boldly, and no doubt loudly, proclaimed that as soon as people figured out what was “wrong with them,” the onus was on them to fix it and move on because they had recognized it. If they still had hangups after that, then it was really their…

Tipping towards half-full

I wouldn’t say I’m a fully half-empty person, but I am someone who can pretty easily focus on the dark over the light; I tend to spend too much time thinking about areas where I have been overlooked versus moments when I have been lifted up. So in the spirit of trying to be at…

Interesting Investments

I spent this past week at the SOCAP conference. Aside from being in beautiful San Francisco, the conference brought about some unexpected results. Or to speak in the parlance of the conference, it paid some excellent dividends (oh yes, I’m very versed in VC speak now. Ha!) I attended the conference because the Bush Foundation…

My first mate on the journey

Last night, Dr. Marry and I attended the Jeremiah Program gala, Journey for Hope. Jeremiah’s mission is the idea that you solve poverty and inequity two generations at a time by housing, educating and taking care of young single moms and their children. It’s a mission near to my heart because in so many ways,…

Aging on the outside, forever 15 on the inside

I’m up early in the dark, on this cold and snowy Saturday morning; weather that is far too cold and snowy for the time of year. Exhausted from a week of being sick (again) and wrapping up funding meetings and our 12-hour day of online giving that was successful. Not “knock it out of the…

Battered and bruised but still trying

I’m in a super vulnerable place at the moment. My work side, I guess my professional life, has taken some enormous hits of late. We were a finalist for a significant grant prize in the region and found out last week that we didn’t receive it. The feedback I got from them was maddening. The…

Putting my money on family

I am just home from a whirlwind 48-hour trip to San Jose, CA to be with much of my extended family to celebrate the life and mourn the loss of my dear sweet Aunt Corinne. I’m exhausted like you are after you cram years of catching up with a group of people who, on the…