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January 13, 2009
Vol. IX, No. 2

"Sharing Is Caring"
I don't have a lot to say this week but I have a few interesting items to share.

First up, it's time again to share from the survival blog that I read over at Adventure magazine. It may seem a bit removed from the pipe organ world but I often find some aspect of it that I can relate to. For instance, this month's entry is about panic. What could be closer to a performer's heart? It also helps me put my problems into perspective. It's all good but my favorite line is "Get organized or die" -- I think I'm going to make that my motto from now on.

"Deep Survival with Laurence Gonzales: How to Control Panic"
When we hear the word “panic,” most of us imagine someone running around and screaming. But panic takes many forms. It can be thought of simply as any behavior that occurs when the level of stress or emotion is high enough to prevent conscious thought and deliberate decision-making. Click below for more...

Next up, community member Frank Mento forwarded me an email seeking signatures on a petition for a very good cause. Why not! Here are the particulars:
Dear Friends,
You may already have received this, but it is so important, I'm passing it along.
Quincy Jones has started a petition to ask President-Elect Obama to appoint a Secretary of the Arts. While many other countries have had Ministers of Art or Culture for centuries, The United States has never created such a position. We in the arts need this and the country needs the arts--now more than ever. Please take a moment to sign this important petition and then pass it on to your friends and colleagues.

Last but not least, community member Susan Burkhalter has posted her latest BLOG entry. Her newest topics include (1) Albert Schweitzer, Part II; (2) A Really Good Sandwich. Let Susan know what you think!

I've shared. I care. Now I'm going to say...Have a great week!

Dan Long

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