It’s Time To Get Ultra-Ready

During late March and early April many of you probably spent several hours watching March Madness, the Masters Tournament – or both. By contrast, I spent my time avidly following the 38th annual Barkley Marathons, where just a few weeks ago, history was made. Even if you’re not a runner, this 100-mile, ultramarathon event is […]

Here’s Looking At U2

Last month, I had one of those experiences that you remember for the rest of your life – I saw U2 live in concert at the Sphere in Las Vegas! I could probably stop right there because what could be cooler than that? But the equally cool thing is, it was completely spur of the […]

Check Your Logo At The Door

Whether you work for a business or non-profit, chances are good that it has a logo – and that this visual representation of your brand goes hand-in-hand with almost everything your organization does. In fact, most of us wouldn’t dream of producing anything like business cards, ads, letterhead or corporate swag without one. Which makes […]

Why Do We HEART Our In-Kind Supporters? Let Us Count The Ways

It’s hard to believe. But we’re now a month into 2024 – and less than a week away from one of ALAN’s favorite holidays. We’re talking, of course, about ALANtine’s Day, that special time of year when we take a moment to show some extra love for all of our extraordinary supporters. This year instead […]

Paint Life Grand

Each year at Christmas, my daughter and I buy each other one inexpensive, frivolous gift. This year we somehow both ended up gifting one another coloring books. The book she gave me was of the “paint with water” variety where you reveal the hidden colors on the page by running a water-dipped paintbrush over what […]

Happy Trucker Driver Appreciation Week (X 52)

Years ago, I recall reading a Peanuts cartoon when Lucy asked her grandmother why there was a Mother’s Day and a Father’s Day but not a Children’s Day. “Every day is Children’s Day,” came the quick reply. Lucy didn’t get the explanation at the time – and neither did I, because I was a kid, […]

What Can We Do? Four Practical Suggestions For How We Can All HELP After A Disaster

Yesterday morning, Hurricane Idalia made landfall as a strong Category 3 hurricane near Keaton Beach in Florida’s Big Bend, leaving considerable damage and devastation in its wake. That’s the bad news. But here’s the good news: Even since before this storm intensified, ALAN has been hearing from numerous people like you who are ready to […]

Hurricane Idalia: Situation Report

ALAN is fully mobilized to respond to Hurricane Idalia and we are interfacing with our non-profit, industry and government partners to bring trusted resources and information below. Once the storm has passed and the damages have been assessed, we anticipate our non-profit partners will be reaching out to request logistics support. As they do, we’ll […]