Adventures beyond time

Adventures beyond time

Thursday, December 18, 2008

ARNOVA, Thanksgiving, Family Christmas

I attended the ARNOVA meeting a few weeks ago in Philadelphia. I have been going to the annual meetings of the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action for decades, every since I started in university fund raising and teaching. This year I even participated in the Friday Night Bash and, as you see in the photo, won a NoBell Prize for my spoof on non-theory. My little Liberty Bell award is now hanging on our Christmas tree. In was a cold, lovely few days in the City of Brotherly Love. I skipped some sessions and walked to Independence Hall in the snow one afternoon.

Thanksgiving has come and gone.
We smoked a turkey in the backyard in Gainesville, hiked on our favorite trail, and spent a few days in Cedar Key. There was certainly no snow. It was warm and sunny.

Last weekend we began our Christmas celebration. Meg, Pam, and Pam’s friend James came for four days. We trimmed the tree, hiked in the woods, visited Micanopy, had a wine and cheese tasting session on the porch, ate smoked salmon, smoked pork roast, tamales, and fig cake, and generally just laughed and talked lots. It is very nice to have Christmas start early and last for two weeks instead of a day or two.