Moonlight

Moonlight

Last night the moon woke me up. I opened the bamboo shades and my bedroom was filled with her light.Whereas the sun energizes me to move outward, the moon coaxes me inward. 

Recently two opportunities arose to speak with friends about how my parents’ deaths have invited me to enter more fully into my life. It seems a paradox, but deep inside I know it to be true.

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Jennifer Juniper

Jennifer Juniper

didn’t expect my grief for my dad and my mom to be so different from one another.  Feeling a connection to mom has been easier, perhaps because we are/were so much alike? I can’t yet talk about Dad without crying. Not weeping just my eyes overflowing. There is this tender place that I touch when I think of him or realize I just tried to call him or want to call him and ask his advice.

Today someone sent me the lyrics to Donovan’s “Jennifer Juniper.”  He said it should be my theme song. A few weeks ago, I heard it on the radio  and it was the  first time I realized where Dad got my nickname, Juniper.  The song was released early in 1968.  So it was playing in the ethers as Mom was pregnant with me and Dad was in his last semester at  Rockhurst College. And then I entered their world in October.

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Gratitude for Being Fired: Five Practices that Helped Me Get There

Gratitude for Being Fired: Five Practices that Helped Me Get There

At the beginning of this year I started working for a nonprofit I loved.  I was invited to raise money and awareness for communities I am so passionate about - the homeless, folks with mental illness, good people struggling to make ends meet and needing quality health care and students, lots of students. A perfect fit.

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Mission Stories: Deep Listening

Mission Stories: Deep Listening

We know making an emotional connection with our donors and supporters is essential for success in raising awareness and funds for our missions.  At it's most basic we do that through telling stories. But many of us are increasingly uncomfortable with the influence of a formulaic and provocative "let me push your cry button" style of storytelling overtaking our communications

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