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May 09

Top 5…Mommies Edition

Mother’s Day is just around the corner, so if you haven’t picked out that card or ordered those flowers… STOP READING THIS RIGHT NOW AND GET TO IT! WHAT ARE YOU NUTS?! DOWN MISS THIS! SHE BUSTED HER ASS FOR YOU ALL THE TIME. ONE DAY WON’T KILL YA! Anyway, in honor of Judith Helen …

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May 07

I’m So Sick of Dots

Dots. What a pain in the ass. They seem to get in the way of a lot of good. Now  you might be thinking, “Well DK, that’s great. Why don’t you lie down for a while a take a couple of magic pills of sleepy sleep and wake up ready to leave your fantasy world …

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May 07

DK’s Quick Thought for the Day

  I did a TEDx talk at The George Washington University called “Politics with Purpose” – enjoy the show…

Apr 19

Boston Marathon 2013, and Our Unity

Mar 25

Tune Up Those Community Fibers

Community is what defines us, in so many ways. We are shaped, inspired, challenged, and even celebrated through out connection to community. But too often this shaping requires a little adjustment, some “re-shaping.”  Like Herman Melville explained, “We cannot live only for ourselves. A thousand fibers connect us with our fellow men.”  I believe it …

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Mar 14

Band Breakup? No Worries, Just Go Solo.

We have all been there. A grant runs out, and so therefore does your program position. The company calls that “All Hands” meeting just so that they can tell you that the firm is about to “right-size” – and you’re apparently not the right size at all. Or your business partner starts whining to you, …

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Mar 08

Snowquester? Noquester.

This was a tough last couple of days here in Washington, DC for members of the meteorological society.  Weathermen (and women) from across the region (along with those of the famed “The Weather Channel”) spouted off about the impending doom and gloom of a MONSTER March snowstorm, with inches upon inches cascading down throughout the …

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Mar 04

Music Makes The Intro

A couple I know was recently on a vacation. Upon returning to us here in the Real World, I asked how the time was with their R&R. “Good, but we needed someone like you there. We didn’t talk to anyone and kind of kept to ourselves. You know how you are? You’d talk to anyone.” …

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Feb 24

So You Wanna Be Startin’ Something?

A friend of mine asked me the other day, “How do you…you know… start something?” My friend was having trouble articulating what truly he was trying to get me to talk about, but after a round of drinks it came out a little easier to understand. “I’m just afraid to drop everything, risk failure, and …

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Feb 15

Fundraising Starts With Asking, Always

Tons of talk and reports recently about fundraising, especially in our current economy, and the story-lines surrounding turnover and trouble finding, hiring, and maintaining strong Directors of Development at many nonprofits across the country.  Recently, I was asked from the perspective of someone not “in the biz” as it were (i.e. not a Professional Development/Fundraiser …

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