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Cuba

Havana Campas Dance combines Flemenco and African dance

I spent nine days in Cuba on a photography tour. We were in Havana, Vinales, Cienfuegos, and Trinidad. Reflections: Cuba is a country in transition. It is not a third-world country, rather more a first-world country which has been neglected for 30 or 40 years. Once elegant buildings and first-world infrastructure are decaying. The infamous […]

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Reflections on the Election

Today is Nov. 9, the day after the Presidential election between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. Last night, I barely slept. I went to bed about 10:30 p.m. because I had to get up early to catch a flight. Still, I tossed and turned, my stomach numb, my heart heavy with sadness, fear. I wondered […]

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Beyond Equity: Removing Barriers

I was at a meeting a number of months ago where we talked about equity. The speaker showed the picture of three children looking at a ball game over a fence. It is a great illustration to show the difference between equality and equity. Equality is giving everyone the same thing. Each child is given […]

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Beyond Diversity — Having Courageous Conversations

I attended the Beyond Diversity training given by Pacific Educational Group – called Advancing the Courageous Conversation and Defining Courageous Leadership in Education. I was skeptical before starting the two-day training. Quite honestly, there are few trainings that are worth giving up two full days. Usually, I don’t find the information sufficiently stimulating. Usually, the […]

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SVP Thriving in India

I published a blog on my visit to SVP Bangalore and SVP Mumbai. Check it out: http://www.socialventurepartners.org/seattle/blog/  

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Thoughts About Africa

Mother and baby in village

I had never been to sub Saharan Africa before. We went to a private game reserve in South Africa called MalaMala. Then we went with some friends to Zambia near Kafue National Park. We stayed a couple days in Livingstone to see Victoria Falls. And we spent one day in Johannesburg where we visited an […]

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Asking and Being Asked

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My friend and colleague Brian Saber interviewed me for his site Asking Matters about how I make asks and how I like to be asked. You can read the feature here. His questions really made me think about how important it is to feel comfortable making an ask when you fund raise.

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How printing new business cards made me reflect on what I do and why I do it

Small things can turn into big things. You know, the broken oven that turns into a kitchen remodel. So, I am running out of business cards. Time to reprint. And reprinting business cards has led me to reflect on what I do and why I do it. What do I want my new business cards […]

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Guest Blog on The Learner First Web Site

I was asked to write a guest blog on The Learner First web site. Check it out here.

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Burma (Myanmar) 2013

Sunrise

Our trip to Burma was a photography tour led by a long-time friend Dave Cardinal. I had not taken photos before, so when we decided to go on this tour, I got my first camera — a Canon Rebel. I am happy to report my photos improved over the trip. Burma was temples and monks, […]