Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays!

“Devoted though we must be to the conservation cause, I do not believe that any of us should give it all of our time or effort or heart. Give what you can, but do not burn yourselves out — or break your hearts. Let us save at least half of our lives for the enjoyment of this wonderful world which still exists. Leave your dens, abandon your cars and walk out into the great mountains, the deserts, the forests, the seashores. Those treasures still belong to all of us. Enjoy them to the full, stretch your legs, expand your lungs, enliven your hearts.”

God bless America — let’s save some of it.”

― Edward Abbey


Wishing you and yours a warm and wonderful Holiday week filled with rich food, close family, and a little time for enjoying “this wonderful world which still exists.” It still exists, in part, because you do.







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  • Heidi Habeger
    Posted at 10:02h, 02 January

    Just want to chime in too and thank you for this post. Best wishes to you in the new year and thanks for being a guiding light for us in the development world! Heidi

    • David Allen
      Posted at 20:55h, 02 January

      Thank you Heidi, Beth, and Joe. I am glad that you find the posts useful and grateful that you took the time to say so. Best wishes for 2020!


  • Beth
    Posted at 15:14h, 30 December

    Thanks for posting this instead of something along the lines of “You know, you should really be working until midnight on December 31st so your donors feel APPRECIATED when they want to make those last-minute gifts!”

  • Joe Engel
    Posted at 13:46h, 30 December

    Well said, as always, David. Thanks for the ‘pick me up’ in these challenging times….

  • Creal
    Posted at 07:28h, 26 December

    Happy Holidays, David! Thanks for this lovely post!

    • David Allen
      Posted at 09:00h, 26 December

      You are most welcome. I feel like we sometimes focus too much on the mountain that’s left. Every once in a while, we should take the time to consider what has been accomplished. It makes the mountain ahead seem more doable.


  • Rebecca F Smith
    Posted at 13:35h, 24 December

    Happy Holidays to you and your family, David! Thank you for sharing your thoughts and wisdom. I especially appreciate what you sent today! Happy 2020 to one and all!

    • David Allen
      Posted at 09:02h, 26 December


      Thank you for posting your comment. Happy New Year indeed!


  • Lisa Haderlein
    Posted at 07:52h, 24 December

    Thank you! Wishing you and your family a happy holiday season and a wonderful 2020!