1:00am on Christmas Eve.  Hmm.  Two important things to relate - one is the ongoing success of the matching challenge by the Morgans - it's going well.  We still have some distance, but I think we'll make it.  I published all that here today.  What I like best of all, and what is a tribute to our committed donors, is that we are more than halfway to our goal!

The second is that I found out Wednesday that we didn't get a good enough score on our R-13 grant application to get it funded.  Given that we were led to believe we would be funded, this puts us in a bit of a tizzy, but nothing we can't recover from.  You'll just have to stay tuned to see how that works out.

Simple fix - anyone want to write a check for $42,000.00 to sponsor our International Expert Meeting on Congenital Melanocytic Nevi and Neurocutaneous Melanocytosis?  It will be held in Germany in May 2011.

My Other Job

Honestly, I'm not making excuses or bragging (my shrink might have something to say about that really), but I'll just share the following to further wow some of youall who wonder how all this stuff ever gets done at Nevus Outreach: my other job is as a musical conductor - orchestras and choirs.  Remember, nobody signs up to be the blood parent of a kid with a giant nevus (hats off to you adoptive parents), therefore I can't claim any particular expertise or lifetime career ambition for non-profit management.

At this time of year, there is a lot of really good stuff going on.  Since November 6 I have conducted a Symphony Orchestra in a program of Gilbert & Sullivan excerpts with principals of Opera A La Carte, I have conducted the Bartlesville Choral Society, and I have led two sing-along afternoons of "The Messiah" by Handel.

Music, especially orchestras and choirs,  makes me very happy!  I wish an unabashed Merry Christmas to everyone, even my Jewish friends, some of whom have Christmas trees, which I know will get explained to me one day (I bet I know the answer already).

As for the rest of these challenges, be confident and think good thoughts, let's do.