Monday Morning Mugshots – September 22, 2014

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L’automne!

Last week was cool + rainy, and this week it’s set to be summer temperatures. I’ll take this as a sign that the crush of fall will subside into sunnier things.

Last week I had a lot of fun writing a terrible thank you letter.  In it, I highlighted 7 silly things I see in thank you letters to donors, and 7 things to keep in mind to make your thank you a little less… ridiculous!

There was also something I needed to get off my chest. In an open letter to Seth Godin, which most certainly he’ll never read, I asked him “so what?” It seems many of you would share my sentiment on this one: making real change is so much more than just identifying the problem. Real change happens when we move beyond the what to the why and the how.

I’ve also polished up another batch of Colludo 16 month wood block calendars – would you like something pretty + handmade to keep on your desk? I’d love to send you one! Let me know where I can send it. 

Every year when fall rolls around, I also promise myself to read more books. Currently, I’m making my way through a copy of some speeches given by Howard Zinn. I’ve had to stop reading them before I go to bed, however, because they get me so activated and agitated that I can’t sleep. Here’s just a taste.

“To be hopeful in bad times is not just foolishly romantic. It is based on the fact that human history is a history not only of cruelty, but also of compassion, sacrifice, courage, kindness. What we choose to emphasize in this complex history will determine our lives. If we see only the worst, it destroys our capacity to do something. If we remember those times and places—and there are so many—where people have behaved magnificently, this gives us the energy to act, and at least the possibility of sending this spinning top of a world in a different direction. And if we do act, in however small a way, we don’t have to wait for some grand utopian future. The future is an infinite succession of presents, and to live now as we think human beings should live, in defiance of all that is bad around us, is itself a marvelous victory.”