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Follow the nearby links to get information about some of the things I do, services I offer and things I care about. For anything related to dancing, dance leadership and dance-related educational programs, follow the Music & Dance link. For Climate Reality presentations and info on climate change (spoiler alert – it’s real, it’s an existential challenge for humanity and we must address it) follow the Writing & Advocacy link.

Information about The Richest Man in New Babylon – the rules for achieving financial serenity – can be found under “Writing & Advocacy” also.

Latest information and updates will be found under the “Journal” link. It will include a little bit about all of the above.

Quotations and Observations

Some of the words I try to live by with nods to some of the people who inspire me.

When you stumble, make it part of the dance.

― Native American Proverb

“Fern was up at daylight, trying to rid the world of injustice. As a result, she now has a pig. A small one to be sure, but nevertheless a pig. It just shows what can happen if a person gets out of bed promptly.”

― E.B. White, Charlotte's Web

It’s not enough to write so that you can be understood: you must write so that you cannot possibly be misunderstood.

― Raymond Woodbury Pence, DePauw University, via William R. Burleigh, Editor, The Evansville Press

I know that it's easier to portray a world that's filled with cynicism and anger, where problems are solved with violence. What's a whole lot tougher is to offer alternatives, to present other ways conflicts can be resolved, and to show that you can have a positive impact on your world. To do that, you have to put yourself out on a limb, take chances, and run the risk of being called a do-gooder.

― Jim Henson, It's Not Easy Being Green: And Other Things to Consider

Education is when you read the fine print. Experience is what you get if you don't.

― Pete Seeger

Shtinky's ToDo List

Patrick McDonnell is a brilliant writer and artist, and deeply committed advocate for kindness in the world. Meet and get to know Earl, Mooch, Shtinky and the rest of the Mutts cast at Mutts.com. You can sign up for the daily Mutts e-mail newsletter, learn shtuff and even find intereshting shtuff to buy.

It's a miracle that happens every day.

― Edward R. Kennedy, Newspaperman, on publishing a daily newspaper.