Turning 50 – a most precious gift…
On 12/21/10 Soul Dancer (Soul University Founder) celebrated his 50th birthday,
We wonder. Do you consider turning 50 years old, an achievement?
As a former case-manager for people living with AIDS, Soul knew at least 47 people who died well before their 50th year. His father died at 52. His death on Christmas day in 1965 came a few days after Soul blew out his five birthday-cake candles. (Yes, Soul turned five just a few days before his Dad died at age 52.) Mother died in ’97 at the age of 76. How she ever made it to 76 after raising nine children, (most of them as a widowed single parent) is truly a testament to the power love bestows upon us!
All things considered, Soul enjoys better health today than when Ihe was 25 (when he was close to 300 pounds). With every passing your, Soul finds life ever-more amazing.
What’s Soul’s journey? A social worker? A monk? A shaman? All the above to be of service.
Soul gives as much as he receives. The more he receives the more he gives.
To support his journey to be of service, kindly consider offering a gift – directly – to any of the organizations noted below. (Please share directly with that organization by clicking on their link.)
THANK YOU to the following generous souls who shared a gift at the time of this original post (December 2010).
Allison E, Arlene C, Beverly F, Cheryl G, Cindy S, Dave L, Dennis B, Eddie D, Elizabeth K.E., Gaillen W, Hazel B, Hope J, IVA Media Group, Jean O, Jodel M, Joshua K, Karen S, Laurie K, Linda L, Lisa C, Maria S, Mark G, Mark M, Mary L, Paris L, Passive Millionaire Industries, Richard K, Savage Marketing, Stewart B, The PEOPLE Academy, Inc.
|We start Soul’s trip down memory lane in Cedar Rapids, Iowa (Soul Dancer’s birth-state.) Soul honors his Mother’s birth state as well as two dear Aunties by remembering the Jane Boyd Community House.||click to play
|Our journey moves from Iowa (Soul’s home state for 18 years) to Minnesota (Minneapolis – actually). Soul called Minnesota home for 22 years! From 1990 – 1996 he completed his Bachelors in Human Relationships and his Masters In Social Work at the University of Minnesota.||click to play
|While completing his MSW degree, Soul interned at UMN’s GLBT Programs Office.This internship created a legacy that continues today. With the help of many, the FIRST EVER official University of Minnesota GLBT Alumni Network was born. Soul is President Emeritus of this alumni group.||click to play
|Before, during and after his University days, Soul enjoyed volunteer work on many fronts. More then 75% of his volunteer efforts happened with OutFront Minnesota.||click to play
|Next? Illinois! Chicago to be exact. For two years, Soul experienced Chicago and continued his passion to be of service by volunteering at The Center On Halstead.||click to play
|Soul moved from Illinois to California to call San Diego home for a few years.While enjoying sea-side life, he met Rod R. Villemaire, founder of the All Bird Rescue Foster Network while writing and publishing Pay Me What I’m Worth. Rod purchased Soul’s book. Rod credits Soul’s work as part of the many ingredients that helped him publish A Bird’s Eye View!||click to play
|From Encinitas California, Soul moved to Hawai’i’s Big Island (known as ‘Hawai’i’ on most maps). Where on the Big Island? A luscious, tropical space known as SPACE!||click to play
|Having settled into Island life, Soul decided to cross-off a long-over-due (over 20 years worth of overdue) to-do! In high school, he enjoyed singing in an award-winning choir!Fast forward to 2010, his vocal chords are put to good use as a baritone in the Puna Mens Chorus.||click to play
|Since 1980, Soul has traveled to over 20 countries to study and teach a wide variety of spiritual traditions.During this time, Soul started and continues to maintain a network of professionals, shamans, monks and related leaders all dedicated to being of service. This network is known as the Souldancer Network now known as Soul University. Soul University provides access to unique, powerful personal, professional, organizational, social and spiritual development materials.||click to play
Okay! That concludes our trip down memory lane!
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Want more than a sound bit? Check out our BlogTalk Radio series (starting with 12/2; ending with 12/21) to learn more about:
- who Soul Dancer is
- how the organizations below made this list
- how you can help these organizations directly.
The following links point to 21 unique Blog Talk radio shows. Each show integrates an organization (featured below) into how this organization played a role in creating the person Soul is today.
HEADS-UP! In some of the first shows, you’ll hear Soul talking about a massive fund raiser. As you come to know Soul, you’ll discover he rarely does anything small-scale! (Smile!)