“Spring is nature’s way of saying, ‘Let’s party!’”
~ Robin Williams, American comedian (b. 1952)
Center61 is a great place to work, but it is also a happy, social place. Normally by the end of the day there is a lot of activity and camaraderie. But outdoors, there was a pleasant breeze, the sky was dramatic and beautiful with puffy clouds floating overhead, and the temperature was perfect. We decided the reason no one was inside at the office is that “spring” has arrived in Austin, Texas. It is time to enjoy the outdoors and to “party”!
Now, bear with me – I know this latest blog update is “all over the map” – but one thought has led to another. It is spring, you know.
The modern image of tulips above comes from one of my favorite resources for photographs, Fotolia. Wikipedia tells us the word tulip, first mentioned in western Europe in or around 1554 and seemingly derived from the “Turkish Letters” of diplomat Ogier Ghiselin de Busbecq, first appeared in English as tulipa or tulipant, entering the language by way of French. For a thorough and lovely illustrated write-up, see Wikipedia.
Tulips are among my favorite flowers. They have come to symbolize Holland for many, but tulips originated in Central Asia and were cultivated by the Turks as early as 1,000 AD. The flower was introduced in Western Europe and The Netherlands in the 17th century by botanist and horticulturist, Carolus Clusius.
Turkey is a fascinating and beautiful country. In my younger years, I spent several weeks traveling through its coastal cities and visiting the archaeological sites found there. Not being as well known generally as historic sites in other countries like Egypt and Greece, I was astonished by these amazing places – not to mention the beautifully prepared foods and delicious wines of Turkey, the latter consumed primarily by Westerners. I can still taste (and miss) the Dondurma I savored there (follow the link to learn more).
On Carolyn’s Nonprofit Blog, visitors from Turkey are among my most devoted readers. I was sorry to learn about the ban of various social media platforms by Turkish authorities earlier this year, but was pleased the ban on Twitter – and all but a few YouTube videos - has now been lifted. See, “Turkish court lifts total YouTube ban” by CNN International (April 4, 2014).
As for Holland and The Netherlands – I am pleased to have Dutch (as well as Irish) ancestors. Two of my Dutch ancestors served in the American Revolutionary War and they and their families were among the founders of New York (New Amsterdam). About a year ago, while exploring my ancestry, I discovered the blog, Dutch Innovation | From the Dutch Masters Through to Tomorrow’s Cutting Edge Tech. You might enjoy following it as well.
It would seem the Dutch are relentless innovators, and they are solving many of our world’s most pressing environmental and sustainability challenges. With each new blog post, I am inspired.
Keep an eye on the Dutch – we need their inventive spirit now more than ever!
Final notes …
~ Turkey boasts some outstanding artists and photographers. You might enjoy the beautiful Instagram profiles of Bera Nur Okumus, Devrim Ates (Revolutionship), EMRKRM, Ciler Gecici (Audiosoup), CivilKing, Sezgin Yilmaz, Mustafa Seven, Ozan Turk, Ozgur Aksoy, Ufukaltunkas, and Ugur Tuney to start – search for “Turkey” on the platform to find more. They have captured images of their own country and others – the results are often quite stunning.
Have you noticed something? The list and links are growing. I am being introduced to more photographers on Instagram. As they “find” me there, I will keep adding to the list. I am also alternating images of some of my favorite Instagram pages, the one above by Mustafa Seven.
~ If you are looking for my “Irish” post about “asking,” you can now find it as a separate article. Follow the link to, “Asking: Make the Iron Hot by Striking.”
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This blog is based on more than twenty-five years in the nonprofit sector. Included are some of my most rewarding experiences as well as a few of the challenges. You will find herein many old fashioned “tried-and-true” ideas, as well as new ones. I consider myself to be both a traditional fundraising professional, and someone who values innovation.
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I posted a link to Anderson’s Coffee in Austin, Texas during the holidays. I have become reacquainted with a business I patronized back in my college days in Austin in the late 1970s, and I’m enjoying it. Hence, I’m keeping the link for a time as well as this “follow-up tweet.”
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