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Tom Ahern
Interests: Consultant, travel, writing
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For my future, anyway: he predicted the whole thing, just the way it turned out. I am 73 now, as I write. A few months from now: 74. I was 17 then? We stood face-to-face in our tiny knotty-pine kitchen,... Continue reading
Posted 4 hours ago at The Little Words Mean the Most
If I tell you what the title is, you'd just steal it... (guess I don't trust your lawyers, alas.....) Here's the sub-title, though: How some careless words on social media burned down my international career ... and the surprising good... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2021 at The Little Words Mean the Most
Pro donor comms are about giving your supporters a lovely experience at every stage: 1st gift; 2nd & subsequent gifts; + recurring thank you’s all along the journey; + regular reporting... Do that? You’ll fund WAY more mission ... because... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2021 at The Little Words Mean the Most
You know, it's interesting. Now that we've been there, done that, I guess a vacation home in Meredith, New Hampshire, up the hill from Lake Winnipesaukee, makes emotional sense. Fix my parents' marriage? Why not try. That vacation home was... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2021 at The Little Words Mean the Most
That wasn't the plan. Until my senior year in high school, I didn't know there was a Brown University. Or what it was; stood for. Brown was a lousy, leftover color. Sharper, brighter, better colors made some kind of brown... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2021 at The Little Words Mean the Most
Brown was where I put a shine on my yearning. I wanted a unicorn's horn. I deserved it! I wanted to win that horn without putting in any work required. I expected to be a would-be prince without a sure-whenever... Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2021 at The Little Words Mean the Most
from discards wastage outtakes the stuff that got in the way Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2021 at The Little Words Mean the Most
I met Nick my freshman year. He was a unicorn prancing down the dorm's loud linoleum halls at Brown University. I'd never met anyone my own age remotely like him, head to toe. For one thing, he wallowed in eye... Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2021 at The Little Words Mean the Most
What MY Simone needs from jackass-ready robot-me immediately is a loving, touching, warm, understanding, patient, hugging, anticipating, helpful, humble (+ some more hugging), admiring "because I've known and watched you be amazing for a very long time," grateful "because I... Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2021 at The Little Words Mean the Most
Over time we pretty much stopped cooking. A few years ago a chef-made gourmet-takeout place est. itself 20 minutes away by car. For instance, on this week's menu? Cajun-braised wild-caught salmon and roasted sweet potatoes. Bless your heart ~ and... Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2021 at The Little Words Mean the Most
Dad drove. Superbly, thanks to many unforgiving experiences during World War II. He'd dodged German ambushes and land mines. Across France and Belgium, he'd grimly gripped the at-all-costs steering wheel of America's legendary Red Ball Express, delivering supplies to anti-fascist... Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2021 at The Little Words Mean the Most
You remember, right? Hair suddenly emerged in your crotch? My chin was bare. But in my shorts I wore a five o'clock shadow. It grew and then twirled like a manured field. And damn did it itch! What a calamity.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2021 at The Little Words Mean the Most
Misunderstandings launch a million melodramas. This was a classic. Because in the nearest small city, at age 10, short and sharp-eyed, I walked with my head down > I found stuff. I found dropped stuff. The routine: I got out... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2021 at The Little Words Mean the Most
Simone became an official adult during America's "women's rights" movement; 60s-70s. By 2001, she'd established herself as a consultant to nonprofits, specializing in fundraising and governance. That same year, she co-founded, as a volunteer, the RI Women's Fund (WFRI); inspired... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2021 at The Little Words Mean the Most
> MISSION: ... to help local women seek statewide office. > OK: In 2014 RI elected its 1st female governor. > OK: In 2021, she became Secretary of Commerce U.S. under Biden > Thanx, EXCLUSIVELY, to the Women's Fund? Get... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2021 at The Little Words Mean the Most
you hear tinfoil rain cat scratch rain sand through your hand rain runnels of rubber roofing nails drowning rain rice rain cranberries rain snare banging rain monkey paw rain rainy rain rain and you hope it never stops Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2021 at The Little Words Mean the Most
A sweet volunteer gives me a self-sticking VISITOR badge. Please follow me. January in New England. I stick the badge on my LL Bean puffy coat. Which I shed because suddenly I'm hot. My gentle volunteer leads me though the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2021 at The Little Words Mean the Most
Modern medicine. I'm amazed repeatedly. Had the privilege of interviewing a pediatric heart surgeon: a long-distance runner since college, he successfully fixed a newborn's heart; a heart no larger than my adult thumbnail; a heart the size of a "be... Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2021 at The Little Words Mean the Most
Simone's asleep. I'm listening to her light exhales (and occasional Borealis-deforming snores). Night sounds. If it were spring, I'd crack a window and listen to the peepers paper the darkness with longing. Each time she breathes I murmur thank you.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 30, 2020 at The Little Words Mean the Most
The scam came that close. We're old. You have to wonder: Are we just victims now? Are we prey? And, if so, why not? My father spent his last two years in a nursing home. He'd graduated high school into... Continue reading
Posted Dec 26, 2020 at The Little Words Mean the Most
How you know that you have good winter boots. After a 3-hour brush-grooming session during a blizzard? All of the above: wet, not cold. My winter boots are made from the same stuff as wet suits. Continue reading
Posted Dec 17, 2020 at The Little Words Mean the Most
This is OUR public service announcement, from Sim One and Tom, vulnerable, victim-class, because we're OLD (plus 70) and losing it? (supplementary prayer: Dear Darwin Above, save us!) whoops, sorry: wrong bulls-eye > What happened, disturbingly: > Today (fourth quarter,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 13, 2020 at The Little Words Mean the Most