Simone Uncensored

May 13, 2019

Some jokes…from a friend looking out for the rest of us!!

My ability to remember song lyrics from the 80s far exceeds my ability to remember why I walked into the kitchen.

 

First rule of cleaning while listening to music…The toilet brush is never the microphone…Never.

 

Does refusing to go to the gym count as resistance training?

 

She danced like nobody was watching. But people were watching and she looked like bees were attacking her.

 

Filed under: Just for fun

April 29, 2019

So beautiful…So meaningful…An unjust law is no law…

Have you ever watched The Great Debaters? The movie is sooooo fantastic.

White university against Black College. True.

James L. Farmer, Jr. is on the debate team…And he made the last – and winning – point. Farmer was known as 1 of the big 4 four civil rights leaders of the 60s.

So here was – and still is – the issue…

  • Civil disobedience is anarchy OR is civil disobedience a moral act?
  • Nothing that erodes the rule of law can be moral. OR. An unjust law is no law at all.

And in the movie, the young James Farmer (in college at 14 years of age) says to all those white people… “I have a duty to resist … with murder or civil disobedience. You should hope I choose the later.”

Civil disobedience… I will fight. We will fight. Against racism and sexism. I will embrace others – trans and cis and Latinx and whites. We will embrace and fight. I will resist and resist. Will you?

 

Filed under: Social Commentary

April 15, 2019

Critical fundraising … is critical!

Rogare’s U.S. Critical Fundraising Report… Prepped by cool colleagues… Pay attention to the bad news!!

  • State of public trust and what it means for charitable giving.
  • Stagnant donor retention rates and national giving levels.
  • Tax reform and what it means for charitable giving.
  • A look at diversity, inclusion, and gender equity in fundraising.
  • The rise of data, technology and social media – and their effect on fundraising.
  • The rise of social fundraising.
  • The current and anticipated talent crisis.

Check out the Rogare blog. Rogare…the fundraising think tank – and home of critical fundraising.

Read the US Rogare report that focuses on critical issues facing US fundraisers. It’s not a pretty picture – and we’d better fix this pretty darn soon!!!!!

April 10, 2019

To PPT or not to PPT

Absolutely PowerPoint is so very very very right and good and appropriate and useful and cool and marvelous…And stuff.

Also true that PPT is just not necessary. Please, let’s interactively present and engage in conversation etc….. WITHOUT using PPT.

I mostly always use the latter…RED & BOLD!

So check out poem below. Written by Eugene Scanlan, PhD, CFRE, 01-25-02

PowerPoint Persecution Blues: (after Bob Dylan)

For I’ve been PowerPointed

‘Till I’m disjointed.

Been misled

By an overhead.

Can’t change what I want to say

In any way.

Because it’s on the screen

All neat and clean.

And it always tells me what comes next,

Even if there’s another context

I want to talk about;

With PowerPoint there’s no way out.

For in work and life, at least for me

It’s not always “bullets 1, 2 and 3”.

In life when all is done and said

What really matters is not the next overhead.

So today we may wander here and there.

There might be side trips if we dare.

We may stop to smell a flower,

And that’s the Point – without the Power!

 

Filed under: Leadership

April 4, 2019

Measuring fundraising

Maybe my next newsyletter will focus on how to measure fundraising.

BUT ONLY IF YOU ALL SEND ME YOUR THOUGHTS!!! 

I’m thinking 2 kinds of measuring:

Measuring our institution’s fundraising performance. What would those measures include? For example: Organizational culture. Culture of philanthropy. Fundraising body of knowledge and applying research.

Measuring the performance of the chief development officer. What would those measures include? (And I’m telling you right not, “making goal” is not an appropriate measure!!!!)

Ideas? Send them to me.

March 31, 2019

Pictures worth a 1,000 words

Saw an old picture. Decided to gather several together. I call this leadership and respect – and love. Love for others. Love for community. Love for differences.

1968

 

 

 

1968 Olympics Black Power Salute. Mexico City. Tommie Smith & John Carlos.

Colin Kaepernick taking the knee, 2016/

And how about this marvelous New Yorker magazine cover?

Love. Leadership. Courage. Respect. Justice. Speaking out. Taking risks to care for others and everyone.

Thank you.

March 25, 2019

Transformation: Where love meets social justice

Transformation newsletter [Activism. Economics. Intersectionality. Nonviolence. Culture. Love and Sprint. Environment. Care.] Lovely newsletter located at the website openDemocracy.

Check out this article, February 7, 2019: Five behaviors that perpetuate toxic capitalism. Author Suzannah Weiss.

  1.  Praising kids unconditionally.
  2. Pushing kids, even when it takes a toll on them.
  3. Looking down on people who get less done.
  4. Praising people based on money.
  5. Telling people to care about their health so they can work.

This article was originally published at Everyday Feminism. Check out Everyday Feminism.

 

March 13, 2019

Just some dream stuff…

How I wish the world was…

Why I Am a European Patriot,” Roger Cohen. New York Times, Saturday, January 26, 2019

“Patriotism is to nationalism as dienity is to barbarism.”

The End of Likability,” Katha Pollitt. The Nation, January 28/February 4, 2019

“Women dancing, women cursing, women running for president and not apologizing – what is the world  coming to?”

How Ralph Northam and others can repent of America’s original sin,” The Reverand William J. Barber II

“…Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam’s social life…included parties where white people dressed in blackface…implicating not only a few bad apples but also white elites across social and ideological lines. To African Americans who survived the status quo of racism, this is hardly a surprise. But it does raise again…the question of what it means to repent of America’s racist past and pursue a more perfect union.”

This is a beautiful and deeply sad article.

I wish I could mandate that everyone has to read Ta-Nahsi Coates’ book  Between the World and Me. 

How I wish…

 

Filed under: Social Commentary

March 11, 2019

Pretty darn cool quote…

One of you out there told me about this quotation. I’m sorry to have forgotten whom. But here is the great quote…

Theodore Rossevelt, The Man in the Arena, April 23, 1910. In Paris France…

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better.

“The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs; who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”

This was an excerpt of Roosevelt’s speech, “Citizenship in a Republic,” delivered at the Sorbonne.

Filed under: Leadership

March 4, 2019

Fun? Comfort? I’m not always sure.

I’m more and more into music.

I’m like in love with the new version (4th one) of A Star is Born. I keep listening to Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga sing Shallow and Always Remember Us This Way and I’ll Never Love Again and Maybe It’s Time.

I came late to Bruce Springsteen. But now?! How about Dream Baby Dream… Look at the people. Waitin’ on A Sunny Day. And so many more.

Since I flew to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at the end of January….I could fly to see Bruce and E Street. And I’m definitely going to see/hear Sean Rowe. Yes, I’ll drive all the way to Troy, NY. “To Leave Something Behind.” And he covers this oldie, “1952 Vincent Black Lightning.”

The music makes me feel…Better? Less worse? Fun and comfort? I’m not always sure.

Filed under: Just for fun

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