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Tom Ahern
Interests: Consultant, travel, writing
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I lift out today’s incoming small pile. Expectations are low. Bills … the rest. Most attempts to hijack my attention I discard without a second thought. Pathetic. Commercial. Predictable. How stupid do they think I am? Carelessly arrogant, too. YET... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at The Little Words Mean the Most
Oh, Jean-Claude. It's come to that ... for now. But it's not a 50/50 proposition on abortion rights. A sturdy majority (61%) supports those rights in poll after poll. Roe v. Wade was around for almost 50 years ... people... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at The Little Words Mean the Most
[June 24, 2022] This morning's lead headline in the Boston Globe: Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade, allowing states to ban abortions Simone -- who served with distinction as the board chair for Planned Parenthood of Southern New England; who... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at The Little Words Mean the Most
I wish you were here same place my love? same grand central? same eye contact? same grimace, doubt, assurance, you make me, i make you so yeah too: wish I weren't here not without you making sense of it for... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2022 at The Little Words Mean the Most
Tom Hanks Explains It All (NY Times): "Look, there’s plenty of reason to be demoralized. Goodness is not a constant, and the good fight is not always fought, but there is a strength and a resiliency and an eventuality to... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2022 at The Little Words Mean the Most
File under: Puppies and kittens There's always push back, from arts groups for instance. "But we don't have starving children ... or puppies and kittens! How can we raise money?" Give targeted donors (i.e., arts lovers) a great problem to... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2022 at The Little Words Mean the Most
one has robots one has Darwin stomping on stage demanding the mic to explode across the stars useless f*** OR the best theory wins Darwin's pronoun: THEY Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2022 at The Little Words Mean the Most
But I had a job this afternoon. It seemed worth the wine risk. Trying to raise (min.) $150 million for an international charity that needs a much bigger endowment. Mostly, though? Hello, my dear Sim One. This is what we... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2022 at The Little Words Mean the Most
It's been more than a year since you rolled from our bed complaining of a headache and pretty much died right there on a carpet we'd bought together. The ambulance arrived in due course. That was you next: the worst... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2022 at The Little Words Mean the Most
Delivered a routine-ish, newly updated "back to basics" webinar today re: effective [lucrative] donor newsletters ... to fundraisers in 8 countries, 36 US states, 8 Canadian provinces. Using examples of stuff that worked from 2007 to 2022. That took 1.5... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2022 at The Little Words Mean the Most
... [sorry an apology sweeps across generations DNA drills down Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2022 at The Little Words Mean the Most
Dear talented & committed & driven & itchy & socially-conscious: come on in, the water's fine and getting finer .... In just the last 2 weeks, "we" (members of The Case Writers cooperative) volunteered to help a women's-equity political action... Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2022 at The Little Words Mean the Most
Dear M... Your house this time? I'll bring bourbon-appropriate food ... There are 2 ways to go: I sometimes say I have no hobbies. But I do. Simone was one. Another is BBQ ... which is seriously bourbon-appropriate food. When... Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2022 at The Little Words Mean the Most
I don't know what I said..... yeah, this: Summer is mostly about condiments. Simone and I rhapsodized about "the condiments of summer." The dog is the carrier (maybe the buttered and brown-singed bun, too ... though I have gluten-free friends... Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2022 at The Little Words Mean the Most
Written in response (then stuffed in a bottle floating down the Thames): I'll be doing well when we pass 200 registrations [that's the minimum for making a good living: mortgage paid, taxes paid, utilities paid, and meals out]. At 200... Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2022 at The Little Words Mean the Most
"X," I love you like a brother ... but have you looked at the stock market today or lately? Discretionary spending is tough when your entire portfolio is underwater. Yes, one supposes: this, too, will pass. And the stock market... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2022 at The Little Words Mean the Most
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Your internal audience (boss, other staff, board) is NOT your true, real, target audience. Internal critics are guessing about what will happen next … when, in fact, results are all that matters. If everyone on the inside hates what you’ve... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2022 at The Little Words Mean the Most
Your ED might not accept this. Your board chair might blow spit in your face ... and doubt you back to the 3rd grade. But fundraising is hard. It works best when there's a plan. With successful models/templates to follow.... Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2022 at The Little Words Mean the Most
I tracked results. I went back to clients and asked for data: "How did it do?" Fundraising can't grow if it remains mostly a "guess-to-nation." Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2022 at The Little Words Mean the Most
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Jen and I have collaborated on various things. Lately she's taken up a new way to settle disagreements. The big bag on the right is known as Tom's bright ideas. You see the thrust from the hips, right? Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2022 at The Little Words Mean the Most
It would be enough. It would make the difference. Mark your November calendars. Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2022 at The Little Words Mean the Most
The US Supreme Court will do what it will do. The majority of justices will prevail. That's the battle. The real war happens in November 2022, with America's mid-term elections. If the usual soft turnout occurs >>> then anti-women, anti-women's... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2022 at The Little Words Mean the Most
YSCF You Supreme Court Fuckers Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2022 at The Little Words Mean the Most
... and I'm leaving the stage station, with no great hopes; just a resignation sandwich plastered on my back It's May 4, 2022 The most precious person in my life died 2 days and a year ago. Her brain was... Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2022 at The Little Words Mean the Most
Simone predicted this would happen. I didn't believe it was possible, given decades of progress in women's rights. And I was dead wrong. But there is a remedy: EVERYONE votes in the US mid-terms. That will send extremists back to... Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2022 at The Little Words Mean the Most