To me, tulips signify spring. Did you know, while they personify Holland to many, tulips came originally from Central Asia.

 “Spring is nature’s way of saying, ‘Let’s party!’”

~ Robin Williams, American comedian (b. 1952)

As one of our devoted EcoRise interns, Sarena and I departed our co-working space at Center61 late on a recent Friday afternoon, we wondered why it was so quiet.

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.

Follow the link to learn more about Dondurma (Turkish ice cream).

Follow the link to learn more about Dondurma (Turkish ice cream).

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).

The coat of arms of The Netherlands.

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!

The Instagram page of Mustafa Seven.

The Instagram page of Mustafa Seven.

Final notes …

~ Turkey boasts some outstanding artists and photographers. You might enjoy the beautiful Instagram profiles of:

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. As an aside, I find viewing these Instagram photos to be humanizing. They show us that even from the other side of the world, we have a lot in common. But also of course, they illustrate the beauty of Turkey.

Have you noticed something? The number of links is increasing. As I discover new Turkish Instagrammers, I will keep adding them.

~ 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.”

Carolyn’s Nonprofit Blog

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.

The encouragement of NTEN: Nonprofit Technology Network has been invaluable. NTEN continues to help me navigate the ever-changing “tech” world of nonprofit management, fundraising, and communications. Look in the right hand margin of this blog under my Gravatar to find a section with links devoted to information about NTEN.


  • A little puppy action one Saturday morning while I was visiting Anderson's to get a pound of French Roast.

    A little puppy action one Saturday morning while I was visiting Anderson’s Coffee to buy a pound of French Roast.

    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.” 

  • Blogroll – a few of my favorite blogs may be found on my partner blog, Fundraising Resources (right hand margin under, “Blogroll”). It is a diverse mix!
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