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I live in the small village of Trumansburg, NY – population 1,800. I’m just five minutes away from a beautiful lake and stunning state park, 15 minutes away from 4 other state parks, and 45 minutes brings me to a nice ski resort. It really doesn’t get much better. Except right now…..’cos once a year we welcome 20,000 visitors for the Grassroots Festival of Music and Dance. Its 4 days of non-stop music and dance just a couple of blocks from my house.

I love to dance. So, this morning I went for a swim and then worked on a big federal grant (CMS) and then enjoyed some great music (Kevin Kinsella and Driftwood were highlights).

So, instead of finishing off the article that I started for you, I’m gonna give myself a bit of a break and share with you a section of my book that I never published. The topic is writing succinctly. …I’ll polish off the article about what to do when a funding agency makes a mistake and jeopardizes your application next week.  In the meantime, I hope you enjoy this one. Read More→

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Photo: Gift of Jack Leishman, Ashland, OR

Dare to love yourself..
As if you were a rainbow..
With gold at both ends.
~ Aberjhani

I learned something new yesterday. At 46, that doesn’t happen every day so I thought I’d share it. Read More→

Photo: Gift of Jack Leishman

“Go to your fields and your gardens, and you shall learn that it is the pleasure of the bee to gather honey of the flower,

But it is also the pleasure of the flower to yield its honey to the bee.

For to the bee a flower is a fountain of life, And to the flower a bee is a messenger of love,

And to both, bee and flower, the giving and the receiving of pleasure is a need and an ecstasy.”

Kahlil Gibran

One of the questions that I asked the top grant writers I interviewed for my book was “Where is the art of grant writing? What makes you masterful?” They gave me a wide array of responses and I’ll share a couple here. Read More→

During the interviews for my book, the top grant experts that I interviewed shared their wisdom about building relationships. Here are three nuggets from their vaults. Read More→


One action that will make you a much better grant writer

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For those of you who know me personally or through years of reading these newsletters, you know that I’m not a big fan of ‘the five secret tips that you should know’ razzmatazz.

But I do know that there is one thing that you can do that will forever change the way that you write grant proposals…..serve as a reviewer.

It makes a huge difference. It’s not particularly fun and there is little financial reward but I can guarantee you that you will learn a lot and it will change the way that you write. Read More→

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