Center for American Values — You’re Invited to a Great Event to Support the Center

Over the past couple of months, we’ve been getting to know the wonderful mission of — and some of the great folks at — the Center for American Values, a cultural and civic centerpiece located in the downtown district of the great city of Pueblo (or “Pee-eb-loe”, as some of the local ranchers say it), Colorado.  We had a great conversation with Dalton Sprouse, the Center’s Development Manager on the December 12th 2012 “Walking A Walk” show, which you can still hear on-demand on our Show Archives Page.

If you’ve heard our conversation with Dalton, or you’ve looked over the Center’s website, you’ve likely drawn the same conclusion that we have:  This is a fantastic organization that deserves our support, especially given what they’re doing to educate our Nation’s youth, the American values that they’re working to preserve, and the honor and respect that they pay to our Military men and women, and especially to our Country’s Medal of Honor recipients.

There’s an opportunity to provide some of this support — and to have some fun — coming up in a couple of weeks, March 2nd 2013, the first Saturday of the month… See (download or view) the flyer here:

Center for American Values – March2 Dinner & Auction

The Dinner and Auction will be held at The Broadmoor Hotel and Resort in Colorado Springs, with a cocktail reception starting at 6pm, dinner at 7, and the fund-raising auction commencing at 8.  There will be special auction guests, the opportunity to bid on some very special and valuable auction items, and you will enjoy the great satisfaction of helping to support the Center’s tremendous educational programs.  The Broadmoor is offering special discounted room rates for folks who want to stay overnight for the event.

So, to all of our friends and supporters of the show:  Please do consider attending this event to support the great Center for American Values… We hope to see this fine organization rise to prominence and influence, and to become a national resource and treasure, and with your help, it will!

Cross-ref: Ruby for Newbies class

This is a bit off-topic for “Walking A Walk“, but some may find this of interest…

I’m pleased to announce a programming class, Ruby for Newbies, to be held this Saturday, July 21st… Click here to go to Ruby for Newbies for details.

Please share this link — — with your friends, colleagues — whoever you think might be interested.  Thanks!

We’re writing a book!

Walking A Walk is going to write a book!  “Stories of the Brave”!  Find out more about this project here:

There’s a short video there… if nothing else, it’ll convince you that we (Lorin & Dixie) are better suited to radio, not television!

We’re new to the crowd-source funding business model, and new to — it’s amazing, and gratifying, to see just how well this approach to project seed funding actually works!  With many people giving just a bit (micro-donations), it adds up to substantial support to reach a project’s financial goal and requirements.

Key to this is getting folks to help spread the word of the project — encouraging them to post messages on their own Facebook pages, Twitters, emails, etc. — together with their own recommendation of the project’s worthiness.  In this way, hopefully, the project goes viral, with word and recommendation reaching an ever-growing audience.  Out of what can become tens-of-thousands of referrals, a smaller portion of them actually like what they see in the project, and they donate.

Of course, it helps to build in some rewards for project support too — and we’ve got some great ones for “Stories of the Brave”.  You’ll have to check out the project page to find out about these…

All funds raised will be directly invested into the book’s hard costs: copy editing, layout, artwork, production, printing and distribution.  In fact, our WAW production company staff is investing a matching sweat equity amount into the book’s production as well, which means that we’ll be producing a high-quality volume (hopefully the first of an annual series) that people will be pleased to own and read.

Copies of “Stories of the Brave” will be donated to the military (as challenge pass-along copies), libraries and other appropriate organizations.  Kickstarter project funds in excess of our original financial goal will go towards providing even more donation copies.

If you want to help us spread the word about “Stories of the Brave” to your own community of friends, family and colleagues, here’s an easy-to-use short-URL: — We truly appreciate your help in sharing this project and for any support you can give it.  Thank you!

Milestoning along…

We had anticipated — hoped for — the next “magical” milestone for our Walking A Walk Facebook page… but certainly dared not hope for it to come so soon!

Sometime yesterday (Thursday the 31st of May) afternoon, it crossed the 1,000 follower mark… and shows no sign of slowing anytime soon, as it’s well on its way to 1,500 this evening, a day later.  Astonishing.  Humbling.

Again, with all humility, we say thank you to our friends, followers, colleagues, listeners and guests — and especially Pete — for lending Walking A Walk your support and great wishes!

For our part, we’ve pledged our unwavering efforts to make the show, and its associated resources, as good as we can, and to be here for as long as you all think that the effort has worth and value… to share their stories of service.

Harper’s Ferry

Old Catholic Church in Harper's Ferry

Old Catholic Church in Harper’s Ferry

Spent yesterday afternoon touring Harper’s Ferry National Park, WV, with cousins.  What a great place… Confluence of so much history: early colonial, prototypical American industry, abolitionism & John Brown, Civil War, Storer College, freedom and African American progress…

Washington knew the place well, having done surveys in the surrounding — then wild and untamed — countryside.  Jefferson knew it too, and visited there at least once.  They’ve named a rock for him.

It was a launch pad for Lewis & Clark and the Corps of Discovery!  Capt. Lewis spent a good deal of time in Harper’s Ferry, before meeting up with Capt. Clark, to provision the expedition, especially with the iron frames for their boats and with necessary weapons and tools.  Beautiful place too: congruence of the Shenandoah and Potomac Rivers.  Wonderful day!

Dixie and cousin Janice on Jefferson Rock, Harper's Ferry

Dixie and cousin Janice on Jefferson Rock, Harper’s Ferry

Another milestone…

“Celebrate! Celebrate! Dance to the music!”

Milestone: Our page has just crossed the 500-Like threshold, which is pretty neat!

Thank you to all our friends, followers and supporters! We appreciate you all so much.

And if you’d like to help: Would you kindly spread the word?  Share “Walking A Walk” and our mission with your friends, family, colleagues and others in your Community of Influence… 1,000 here we come!

Business cards

It’s a small thing, but nearly every entrepreneur celebrates a bit when the new business cards arrive.  Our new set for Walking A Walk was designed in a fit of inspiration and need, and arrived late last week.  It’s nice to hand someone “our card” just to say: “We’re really here to stay!”

Then, just as we’re congratulating ourselves, our really smart business partner says “Better order another box of a thousand… you’re gonna need ’em.”