February 7, 2016

In Foster, Rhode Island/USA, there’s heavy wet snow. It looks lovely. But tree branches are breaking. Electrical lines are stuttering. I suspect we may lose power anytime. But we do have a generator.

Reflective days… Tony Elischer‘s death and talking about him on Ted Hart’s radio show.

Some of us have been chuckling about Tony managing his funeral like he managed his wonderful productions with all of us… and his marvelous solo plenaries.  I’d have expected no less than Tony selecting the elements of his funeral. The final notes were Queen’s song, “Don’t Stop Me Now.” So I’ve been listening to that. I can promise you, Tony, we aren’t stopping you. You’re still burning through our skies. Thanks for your leadership in so many arenas.

Then I went on a tour of Queen‘s music and Freddie Mercury. I’d forgotten so much… Thanks, Tony, for my youth’s music tour.

Did you like all of Queen, Tony? How about Bohemian Rhapsody? How about We Will Rock You? We Are the Champions. And how about this acapella version … with a concert mash-up?

You sure strutted on the stage, Monsieur Elischer. And I mean that as a compliment! You and Freddie.

Thanks, Tony.


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About Simone Joyaux

A consultant specializing in fund development, strategic planning, and board development, Simone P. Joyaux works with all types and sizes of nonprofits, speaks at conferences worldwide, and teaches in the graduate program for philanthropy at Saint Mary’s University, MN. Her books, Keep Your Donors and Strategic Fund Development, are standards in the field.

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