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Tom Ahern
Interests: Consultant, travel, writing
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Most donors are 55 and older, studies show. For good reason. This is not a hill to die on. The science is a wall of granite. People age into their prime giving years. They've bought everything they feel they really... Continue reading
Posted 27 minutes ago at The Little Words Mean the Most
(A) they lived in Texas or (B) Texas's textbook buying clout influenced their standardized history textbooks. Stupid doesn't just happen. Stupid at this level is a strategy. Oh, congrats to the ideological victors! Hey, you won for now! Cheers: throwbacks!!!... Continue reading
Posted 3 hours ago at The Little Words Mean the Most
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as a US patriot since birth bcauz my dad fought in WWII (what did Donnie's do?) I pledge to pee on President Trump for free if that's what he needs to be OK and strong Bless your heart, you do... Continue reading
Posted 7 hours ago at The Little Words Mean the Most
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Did a little free consulting. Got the T-shirt ... which I adore!!! From my good friends at Girl Scouts of Wisconsin Southeast. Continue reading
Posted 9 hours ago at The Little Words Mean the Most
Where we are right now: Sodden and warm; a gardener's year; everything surging; air painted with butterflies; bees at their busy work, humming like an electric turbine Where we head in two days: Dublin, Ireland, for Ask Direct's 2nd Summer... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at The Little Words Mean the Most
This year they abandoned the personal letter and went instead with a beautifully designed and illustrated brochure appeal. As Jeff Brooks says over and over: "Ugly works. Corny works. Plain and obvious work." Maybe it's that. Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at The Little Words Mean the Most
She doesn't invent dumb crap like this: “People don’t open envelopes.” Which is the firm opinion of a graphic designer who talked a VA charity into mailing its donor newsletter as a self-mailer. Donor revenue fell by half immediately. Unfounded... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at The Little Words Mean the Most
...since Pence is a throwback to the Old Testament. Voters in Indiana ended up hating their-then-governor Pence. Now he's on the national stage, with a new mission to deceive. Bring it on: ideological dementia. "Why CAN'T we reverse history?" Trump's... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at The Little Words Mean the Most
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we know how to party all the rainworn day last 2 shots: (l) adjacent the caterers, Nicks on Broadway; (2) Laura L. takes charge (exactly as we'd hoped!) Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at The Little Words Mean the Most
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there are stories of itchy stuff living inside taking my mind off that Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at The Little Words Mean the Most
I had us down for a 2nd phone call today, same time, same station as last week: 3 PM on Tuesday. I spent two hours prepping, visiting the Robert Wood Johnson website and plowing through their guidelines and such, reading... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at The Little Words Mean the Most
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double-click to enlarge and learn the truth Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2017 at The Little Words Mean the Most
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Marilyn Wheaton, 5-star museum director, arranged last-minute entry for 5 of us to DC's hottest ticket: admission (free to all, if you can get in) to the National Museum of African American History and Culture. The day was overcast. Thunderstorms.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2017 at The Little Words Mean the Most
USA ELECTS HITLER SOUND-ALIKE Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2017 at The Little Words Mean the Most
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L-r: Sam checks his behind-the-scenes video, mom Steph checks sound levels, Ben flies the camera drone, Steph and Chris Davenport lean on each other for transcontinental support Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2017 at The Little Words Mean the Most
Optimist? Stupid. Join something! Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2017 at The Little Words Mean the Most
It's 10:37 PM eastern US time. If you're reading this 50 years from now, it's still 10:37 PM eastern. Unless something extraordinarily bad has happened? Did America really elect that roadside Improvised Explosive Device, Donald TRUMP, President? Simone is on... Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2017 at The Little Words Mean the Most
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the party where Simone and I are reborn every year, thanks to seeing our dearest friends at LEAST annually. Do come, if you're around!! wish you were here! Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2017 at The Little Words Mean the Most