One Year, One Thing

  Today Facebook provided  me with my year in review, saving me the trouble of reflecting on the year myself.  (Ha!, nice try, Facebook!) Facebook’s look back at my year bears little resemblance to how I experienced it.  Facebook missed many high points and all of the low ones. Tis the season for looking back over the year and thinking about the next one. Despite … Continue reading One Year, One Thing

Lessons from Dad on making a difference

It’s Fire Prevention Week so this post is in honor of  my dad, a retired firefighter and fire prevention educator. Herosim is about concern for other people in need, a concern for defending a moral cause knowing there is a personal cost or risk…and you do it without expectation of reward. The quote above is by Phil Zimbardo, PhD,  President and Director of Research for … Continue reading Lessons from Dad on making a difference

Bringing Beauty Back

On my desk are two books to help improve my writing by writing fewer words, better. It takes me 1,000 words to say anything on this blog.  I don’t have that kind of time and neither does anyone else.   My academic training whispers about APA format,  methodology, and conclusions. Hey, whisper! Blogs aren’t journal articles. Back off, you’re getting in my way! Anyway… I love … Continue reading Bringing Beauty Back

Following my own Advice

Here’s how I did following my own advice for navigating the spectacle of ASAE in Nashville last week.   1. Take time for silence and be mindful. Grade: C On the positive side, I noticed the wonderful music and thoroughly enjoyed the delicious food and drink of Nashville.  Staying fully present in each session allowed me to experience ASAE in a new way.  It’s amazing … Continue reading Following my own Advice

Six ways to be more intentional and have more fun at a conference

Have you ever come home from a conference exhausted and wondering what the heck just happened? This happens to me, especially at large conferences like the American Society of Association Executives annual meeting and expo.  ASAE is large (5,000 people here, I think) and has more going on than one simple person like me can follow. I am a dust bunny and it’s Spring Cleaning.  … Continue reading Six ways to be more intentional and have more fun at a conference

Evaluation Resistance Dudes

We talk a lot about resistance in the field evaluation.  “Evaluation has so much to offer. Why do organizations, funders, participants,  and leaders resist our efforts?” People resist evaluation for the same reason we resist exercise, meditation, and eating our Brussel spouts*. We fear change. Even “good for us” change, especially “good for us” change, is scary.  Often, we can’t do anything about the “bad … Continue reading Evaluation Resistance Dudes

A new look

Based on the frequency of posting here it might look as if I’ve decided against this whole blogging thing. I haven’t.  Actually, I’ve been thinking quite a bit about what I want to put out there in the world, on and off the internet.  There’s even a handful of posts waiting for me to click “publish”.   I’ve been blogging without blogging and rather focused on … Continue reading A new look