Community Organizing & Kentucky Derby

Thanks to all the folks who posted comments on yesterday’s blog, my first for Blog Book Tours. (I just tried inserting a link for the first time, as one of my colleagues suggested. Hope it works out!)

Today I attended an all-day workshop on community organizing by Greg Gallusso, the man who trained Barack Obama! He’s all about the power of community and the strength that comes from establishing 1:1 relationships. He’s with the Gamaliel Foundation – I can post further information if anyone’s interested, or you can Google him. His type of organizing has many useful applications for writers – for example, our very own online community.

Then I came home to watch the Kentucky Derby – really psyched to see Mine That Bird, a longshot (50 to 1) horse come in first! And his trainer Chip Woolley (who looked like a country-western star, all in black and on crutches with a broken leg from a motorcycle accident) drove him on a 21-hour trip from New Mexico via pickup truck and horse trailer. Hooray for the underdogs (and horses.)

11 thoughts on “Community Organizing & Kentucky Derby

    • Thanks for the advice, Lynette. Do you have any suggestions as to how I can do this? I see you’re on Blogspot and I’m on WordPress, so it may be different – I’ll no doubt figure it out eventually.

  1. Darn, Julie, I can’t believe I missed the Kentucky Derby. Just shows you what a great distraction my three-week old grandbaby is.

    Sounds like you’re into some interesting stuff if you’re taking a workshop on community organizing. What kinds of topics will you cover in your blogs?…..Pat

  2. Sounds fascinating, working with the man who trained the President 🙂

    Do please share some of your lessons from the experience that might be of help to writers/authors in a future blog post or two.

    All success
    Author: “Think, Write & RETIRE!”

  3. There’s something about the strains of “My Old Kentucky Home” that make me want to drink a mint julep and I don’t even know what one is. Nice post

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