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3 October 2013 0 Comments

Spittin’ in the Wind

Ever sailed a boat? There’s nothing like the feeling of catching the wind just right. Some days, the wind is perfect – enabling you to get where you want to go with little effort. Other times, it’s blowing in the wrong direction or is weak and erratic. Fundraising is a lot like sailing. As a [...]

24 October 2011 0 Comments

Secure Your Own Mask

You hear the words every time you board a commercial airplane:    If there is loss in cabin pressure, oxygen masks will appear…         …secure your own mask before assisting others. When I started travelling with my young children, those words became more relevant – and alarming! My overpowering instinct is to protect my kids [...]

20 April 2011 0 Comments

Running on Empty?

My friend was distraught, growing more anxious with every turn. He was grateful for the ride from the airport, but concerned about the gas gauge indicator, which looked as if it had passed “E” sometime last week.  It didn’t help that the surroundings were unfamiliar and that the driver appeared unconcerned (or unaware) of their [...]

29 January 2010 0 Comments

Finding the TOY in TOYOTA

The first Toyota I remember was a 1968 Toyota Corona (the precursor to the Corolla).  My parents had just bought it by trading their 1962 Chevy station wagon plus $600.  My ten-year-old mind could not understand why they had to pay extra money when the trade left them with a smaller car! This week, Toyota [...]

28 November 2009 1 Comment

1 – 1 = 1

No, it’s not some kind of new math, but it is a challenge to those who think life is a zero sum game.  When following our natural tendency, I think they are right.  But I also believe there is a better way to act that almost always produces more. A great illustration of this principle [...]

14 November 2009 4 Comments

Buttoned Up

Do your best; look your best. Pretty basic stuff, right? So you can imagine my chagrin to look in the mid-morning mirror and see my button-down collar unbuttoned! Then I started to recount the day: Up at 5:30, catch the 6:15 into downtown, then the skyway, the coffee shop, the guard’s desk, the elevator, three [...]