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It’s a Go!

By January 5, 2021One Comment

Make that a huge checkmark!  With the assistance of website doyenne Naseem Hyder, has been successfully upgraded and retooled.  I’d been making do myself with limited technical background since the site’s inception.   I hope you agree that the site is now easier to navigate and more attractive than its first version.  I learned some new stuff along the way, but could not have done it without Naseem.  Covid provided lots of time to to get it together.

I have hundreds and hundreds of photos to pull from taken during the DANCEworks years by photographer David Bazemore.    More will be added as time permits.  I am a compulsive photo taker when in Japan.  All those photos are mine.  Please ask my permission if you’d like to use any.  You’ll most likely get it!

I hope you’ll become a subscriber to the site, if you’re not already.

I have also written a personal guide to Kyoto, Japan.  Someday, I hope to make it an ebook.  Rather than have it languish as a pdf file, I would like to offer it free of charge to any blog subscribers who might have an interest in it.  Email me if you’d like a copy: The guide provides a somewhat different perspective to enjoying Kyoto.  FYI:  I need to copyright it.  The guide is not yet ready for primetime, but it should serve perfectly well as it is now.

I was a bit shocked to find out I’ve written over 280 blogs so far.  The subject matter covers a lot of territory, but I think you’ll find something of interest as you browse through the titles.  I hope so!  I rediscovered my pleasure in writing, which has been satisfying as I look to keep learning and growing in my now 8th decade!

I welcome your feedback.  Don’t hold back!

It’s a wrap!!  Thanks for your support and encouragement.

Dianne Vapnek

In an attempt to slow life's quickening pace, I'm writing to share my personal perspective on the aging process, its dilemmas, the humorous self-deception, the insights and the adventure of it all. I spent the bulk of my time in beautiful Santa Barbara, CA, but manage to get to NYC a few times times a year. I've been a dancer/dance teacher and dance supporter almost all my life. For the past20years, I help create and produce a month-long creative residency in Santa Barbara for contemporary American choreographers and their dancers. It's been incredibly gratifying. This year, I decided it's time to retire! Big change. I also now spend several weeks a year in Kyoto Japan, residing for several weeks in the spring and the fall. I've been magnetically attracted to Japan for many years. Now I live out a dream to live there part-time.

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