Just for fun

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.

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January 14, 2019

Oh my gosh! WTF?!?!?!?!?!?!?!

Watch this video. Show this to your board. Share the video with your staff.

Maybe if everyone in the sector sent this video to every single foundation and corporation…. And the GOVERNMENT!!!!!!!! And even some of those individual donors. Hmmm….

Click here: WHAT IF PIZZA SHOPS WERE FUNDED LIKE NONPROFITS?

Maybe have this on a big screen scroll in the lobby of your organization. Maybe send this to every single taxpayer in your town, city, province, state. (I know. I’m getting carried away.)

Thanks, Bloomerang for sharing this MARVELOUS VIDEO and everything else you do all the time. Love you.

January 3, 2019

Sophia and The Princess Bride

Once upon a time, there was a young girl (5 years old) named Sophia.

Sophia and her mom were watching the movie The Princess Bride.

In this one scene: Our hero Westley – and his beloved Princess Buttercup – flee through an icky landscape with many icky things chasing and snatching and and … Buttercup is mostly kinda shrieking and fluttering and doing all those icky things attributed to “girls” – that real girls (#LikeAGirl) actually don’t do so much.

Over and over, Westley rescues Buttercup from dasdardly evildoers and gruesome monsters.

Sophia is squealing and cheering as the story progresses. But…

Sophia finally jumps up and actually yells at Princess Buttercup. “Stop waiting for Westley to help you. Quit screaming and fight!”

After the story ends – of course, happily – Sophia invents a new game to play with her mom. But Sophia makes a slight variation.

“Mommy, you play Westley and I’m Buttercup. And don’t rescue me. I can rescue myself!” 

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That’s my kind of girl, woman, female…person.

Read this delightful book. Watch this cool movie. Cult status.

Check out William Goldman: American novelist, playwright, screenwriter. (Died 11-16-18.) Some of his other work: Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. Marathon Man.  A Bridge Too Far. All the President’s Men (Adaptation of the Bernstein/Woodward book). And so much more.

And for the writers out there, here’s what Goldman said…. “Writing is finally about one thing: going into a room alone and doing it. Putting words on paper that have never been there in quite that way before. And although you are physically by yourself, the haunting Demon never leaves you, that Demon being the knowledge of your own terrible limitations, your hopeless inadequacy, the impossibility of ever getting it right. No matter how diamond-bright your ideas are dancing in your brain, on paper they are earthbound.” [William Goldman, Adventures in the Screen Trade.]

November 26, 2018

WOW! This could be so very cool!

THE PHILANTHROPY INITIATIVE AT THE NATIONAL MUSEUM OF AMERICAN HISTORY 

Thanks Jeff Broberg, cohort 17, MA in Philanthropy and Development at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota for sharing this!!!

“The Philanthropy initiative is a long-term project to collect, research, document, and display materials relating to the history and impact of American philanthropy, broadly-defined. An annual program, The Power of Giving: Philanthropy’s Impact on American Life, and changing exhibition, Giving in America, explore the collaborative power of giving in all forms and at all levels across a wide spectrum of issues and movements.”

HOW GREAT… Philanthrop is part of American history. Remember the writings of Alexis de Tocqueville — and his article “Democracy in America.” In this article, de Tocqueville wrote about civil and political society and the individual.

….Videos. Exhibits. Info about who gives and why and how and what we give. Giving and the arts, environment. Sample pledge letters and more.

Thank you thank you, Jeff!!!!

September 17, 2018

Loving quotations…redux

Hey thanks you all who read my blog. You sent such cool quotations to add to my quotations!!!

From Vicki James: “Fundraising allows ordinary people to change the world.” [YES! Ordinary people. Because philanthropy should be a democratizing activity…not just a major donor/major gift / wealthy thing!!!

Alex Cooper says: “My favourite, concise quote/directive is ‘every interaction is an ask’ – ingraining this in the organizational culture can sometimes be difficult but it is definitely a game-changer in terms of amplifying the narrative at every touchpoint once it’s in place.”

Bonnie Katusich gave me the total quote from Marianne Williamson, which I shared in my original blog:  “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us.We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, talented, gorgeous, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small doesn’t serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us, it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people per mission to do the same. As we’re liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”

And there are more quotes to come!!!

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September 12, 2018

More quotations!!

I use quotations in strategic plans for clients… in fundraising plans…in articles and in books…And I use quotations to rejuvenate myself…

Thanks to all of you for sending me quotations.

Thanks, Patti Saunders, for sending this lovely poem from Marge Piercy.

On the birthday of the world
I begin to contemplate
what I have done and left
undone, but this year
not so much rebuilding
of my perennially damaged
psyche, shoring up eroding
friendships, digging out
stumps of old resentments
that refuse to rot on their own.
No, this year I want to call
myself to task for what
I have done and not done
for peace. How much have
I dared in opposition.
How much have I put
on the line for freedom?
For mine and others?
As these freedoms are pared,
sliced and diced, where
have I spoken out? Who
have I tried to move? In
this holy season, I stand
self-convicted of sloth
in a time when lies choke
the mind and rhetoric
bends reason to slithering
choking pythons. Here
I stand before the gates
opening, the fire dazzling
my eyes, and as I approach
what judges me, I judge
myself. Give me weaons
of minute destruction. Let
my words turn into sparks.

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August 27, 2018

Hysterical songs…just for fun

Thank you Ellie, James, Annabel, Emma, Hadley, and Betsy for introducing us to Heywood Banks!!!  These are the 2 favorites for our weekend together. Heywood lives near Flint, MI. Michigan. My Michigan!!!!! I have to see him live!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

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August 21, 2017

Story telling … and novels

I’m always collecting quotations. I can talk about fundraising through novels and pop song lyrics.

I just finished this great novel. The Trespassers by Tana French.

Cop story. Very mysterious. Lots of twists and turns. Magnificent writing.

Which person is telling which story. And which story is real or so real or a lie or it’s my story and you begin adding to it and then it’s our story and then….

“When you were with her, you found yourself coming up with stories.”

Telling a made-up story: “It felt magical. As if the whole thing had actually happened but somehow we’d both forgotten.”

“She told me she loved bookshops. Magic, she said, specially small ones like this; you always felt like you might find the one book you’d been looking for all your life, at the back of some shelf.”

I use these kinds of quotations in articles and in the books I write. Almost mystical. So full of … feelings. Meanings. Understandings

I made up tons of stories, elaborate stories… To help me fall asleep. To mitigate the boredom in long car rides. I’d pick them up later. You know, the next chapter.

I do that now. With winning the lottery. My social justice foundation and staff. Gifts to siblings. A flat in Paris. Specific gifts to specific causes. (But damn. I keep forgetting to buy lottery tickets!)

 

 

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March 3, 2017

Post-mortem from the Oscars

My nephew Daniel Joyaux is a film critic. Visit Third Movies & CultureA blog about the best, most interesting, and most offensive works in film, music, & entertainment culture…. both current and classic.

Read Daniel’s Oscars post-mortem. You’ll have fun and appreciate films all the more.

He writes soooooo well. (And he’s not even biologically related to Tom Ahern!) Such great and informative insights in his blog.

Regularly, we ask Daniel about movies we’re considering: “Should we see this one? How much did you like it? Will it make me sad and today isn’t a good day for sad?”

And he explains why something is good and how it compares to other movies from long ago.

And and and and and …………

So follow Daniel on Twitter (@Thirdmanmovies)

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January 15, 2017

What people say…

I’ve collected quotes since I was in high school. (Hmmm…Maybe earlier?) I have volumes of them in my computer, in the  books I write, in strategic plans for clients, and on the top of my file cabinets.

Quotes help me codify my thoughts…make me cry…inspire me…give me hope or sadness.

So I think I’ll share some favorites, old and new. How might you use these? How do you feel about these? Anything you want to share right here in the blog – with me and others?

“The one thing you have that nobody else has is you. Your voice, your mind, your story, your vision. So write and draw and build and play and dance and live as only you can.” Neil Gaiman. (Thanks, #SandyRees for tweeting this!)

I read this and feel empowered. Maybe that sounds silly. But sometimes I feel like I’m too out and too candid and swear too much and rant too much and and and and …. But that is me. My voice, my mind, my story, my vision. So I’ll celebrate being me.

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Simone Joyaux, ACFRE, Adv Dip, is an internationally recognized expert in fund development, board and organizational development, strategic planning, and management.

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