Archives for category: Editorial

We’ve all been there: you have a great idea and want to know how to make it happen. The first four people it is proposed to respond with “I love this! But first please read this 1,000 word essay on why you don’t understand how busy I am.” Read the rest of this entry »


Or, What do you mean I can’t bill you for lunch? Read the rest of this entry »

I rendered two politicians speechless today.

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When I was a little girl, despite the fact that we aren’t Christians, I LOVED Advent calendars.

Mind you, I had no clue what Advent was beyond the vague understanding that something wonderful happened at the end of it, having to do with babies (I was a little unclear on the concept that it was this specific baby). And I loved getting a surprise-a-day.

Today I see that in fact, I did understand Advent on the most important level–that every day brings gifts; anticipation building toward an apotheosis; that all you have to do is open the door.

It’s a wonderful metaphor for nonprofits. Read the rest of this entry »

The name of the post was a sign on my office wall.

On September 12, 2001, I looked at that sign, and I thought about falling people and disintegrating buildings and hundreds upon thousands of my brothers and sisters, vaporized, and realized that I couldn’t spend my life in a cubicle.

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I’ve wormed my way into trade shows as “press” before, on the strength of my blogging empire (as one friend calls it), but this week I was actually treated like press at the Independent Garden Center (IGC) show in Chicago. And some of what I’ve seen confuses, or disturbs me.

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