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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.

UMN SSW 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
UMN SSW 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
UMNGLBT 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
OutFront 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
Rod 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
SPACE 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
Puna 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
SDN 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

Grand Finalé

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.

12/2 12/312/412/512/612/712/812/912/1012/1112/1212/1312/1412/1512/1612/1712/1812/1912/2012/21

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!)

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Caregiver Support Marathon

Are you a caregiver? About to be a caregiver?  Know a caregiver?

Need help?  

Join us for a six-part caregiver support marathon.  Primary caregiver experts share how to gain and maintain stable health.

Our guest expert(s) answer these questions . . .

  Neuvirth1. How do you prepare to be caregiver?

Expert: Michael Neuvirth

Michael is the Founder of Caregiver Reviews. Starting out as a caregiver for a loved one with Dementia while juggling his practice as a Patent Attorney, Michael tried to find technology based solutions to help him in his role as a caregiver. He searched for a resource to learn more about products for caregivers. Since he didn’t find such a site, he created CaregiverReviews.Com from scratch!

MacLellan2. What can you do as a caregiver to remain physically healthy?

Expert: Christopher J. MacLellan

Chris is the Founder of the site The Purple Jacket.  He studies Leadership and Communication at Gonzaga University. He has a diverse background in Social Work, Ministry, Senior Care, Arts Management and Professional Sports. Chris earned a B.A. Degree in Child Family and Community Service from Sangamon State University in Springfield, Illinois and studied Theology at Sacred Heart School of Theology in Hales Corners, Wisconsin.  Chris also hosts a weekly, lively, LIVE talk radio show titled Be A H ealthy CaregiverClick to listen, any time.

Snelling3. How do caregivers remain sane when faced with the added stress of being a caregiver?

Expert: Sherri Snelling

Sherri Snelling is CEO and founder of the  Caregiving Club and author of A Cast of Caregivers – Celebrity Stories to Help You Prepare to Care.  She is a nationally recognized expert on America’s 65 million family caregivers with special emphasis on how to help caregivers balance “self-care” while caring for a loved one and was recently recognized as one of the Top 10 Influencers on Alzheimer’s by Sharecare, the online health and wellness experts site created by Dr. Mehmet Oz.

Seebo4. When should caregivers seek help?

Expert:  Donna Seebo 

Donna Seebo is an author, publisher, lecturer and renown mental practitioner and counselor. Donna also produces insightful, inspiring live-talk radio show, The Donna Seebo Show

Using her personal experiences, Donna has created a program to teach individuals to develop their own mind powers to enhance their daily lives and personal relationships. Donna’s program involves a lively display of her own mind skills and then begins to explain, in easy to understand terms, how anyone can develop their own mind’s abilities.

Donna is the author and publisher of a successful children’s book series. Believing that constant development and change is not only important but exciting, she has begun this new adventure with an award winning first book called, “God’s Kiss.” The book is a heart warming story of a young boy and his adventure through a world of talking animals, magnificent mountains and valleys to a place where young people gather on Christmas Eve to seek the special kiss of life. The book is filled with exquisite illustrations by the renowned artist, Ed Gedrose. Click this link to order your copy of God’s Kiss today.

chapel5. When you ask for help, and no one responds, then what?

Expert:  Hal Chapel

Hal Chapel is Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Lotsa Helping Hands, a social entrepreneurial company powering online caring communities to help restore health and balance to caregivers’ lives. He earned his undergraduate degree in philosophy from Harvard University. He later returned to Harvard to pursue multidisciplinary studies in education, cognitive psychology, and neuroscience, receiving a Masters of Education in 1996.

Hal lives his lifelong commitment to the idea that the power of community empowers the individual. Having grown up in a town where neighbors looked after each others’ children, where his parents’ household was the center of the extended family’s activities, where the school community was the foundation for his own development, he has continued that commitment through various experiences including once living in an intentional community and presiding over various local nonprofit organizations, and of course, leading Lotsa Helping Hands.

laBey6. How do you recover from being a caregiver?

Expert: Lori La Bey 

Lori La Bey is the Founder of Alzheimer’s Speaks.  Her mission: Driving Change in Our Dementia Care Culture

Lori started her formal career working with the developmentally disabled.  For nine years she thrived on organizing and streamlining systems to improve the quality of life for her residents.

Lori’s second career was a twenty-five year journey in residential real estate. There she identified the senior market long before others accepted the demographic facts.  Lori developed The Classic Lifestyles™ Program a one stop educational and support services for seniors, their families, and the professional working with them. The program focused on removing the fear wrapped in later life transitions. It was here Lori began her speaking and training career.

Producer: Soul Dancer

Click to listen to Donna Seebo interview Soul about his mission and vision:  CareGiver LifeLine.

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“You’ve got such a GREAT radio voice …”


I produce a wide variety of radio shows. I combine my masters in social work skills (that draw people into deeper conversations) with a healthy sense of humor to co-create lively, engaging shows.

My interviewing skills often surprise my guests and experts. I strive to inspire those ah-ha moments on live talk radio.  When YOU have an ah-ha moment, your listeners start listening more closely to what you say.

Treat yourself to an interview to feature on your site or blog. Help others get to know you, your product or service.

Call me to explore more after you sample the following examples of my interview style and show production.