Interning in Dar es Salaam

February 10, 2013

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In May, Sarah Schaet (this month’s TheDonatingDrummer $100 recipient), will be leaving Tallahassee for two months while she volunteers as a medical intern at a regional hospital in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. The internship is through a program called Projects Abroad, which places interns and other volunteers in 27 countries around the world. I’ll let […]

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The first year of The Donating Drummer project was a blast! We raised funds for the ASPCA … helped launch a website … paid off a student loan … put on a pizza party for homeless families (and drummed with the kids!) … gave someone sailing lessons … bought some little girls outfits for their […]

Tips for Tots

November 30, 2011

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Drink ‘em up! And don’t forget to tip your bartender . . . Especially if that bartender is my friend, Rob the Bartender (a.k.a. RobDrinkenstein)! For 14 years now, Rob has run an awesome philanthropic program, Tips for Tots, around the holidays, to give toys, food and clothing to many children and families who desperately […]

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So, it’s confession time . . . I’ve always wanted to be Batman. And by “I’ve always wanted to be,” I mean, um, I still do. Maybe that explains the move toward having a closet filled with nothing but black shirts and blue jeans. Seems like a very Bruce Wayne thing to do. It might […]

Talking Without Words

October 21, 2011
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Oh, now this one is right up my alley! After ten months of supporting various projects here at TheDonatingDrummer, we, for the first time, have one that involves . . . drums!! I just got off the phone with Rachel Smith in Austin, Texas, who is excited to purchase frame drums to use with autistic […]

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A Penny For Your Thoughts, $5 For Your Feelings

October 14, 2011
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Feelings = Art = Coffee?! If a complete stranger walked up and handed you a pencil and paper, would you be willing to take a few minutes and oblige him by drawing some vaguely artistic representation of how you happen to be feeling at that very moment? Well, if you happen to be tooling through […]

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The Usual Suspects

August 25, 2011
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Was it Professor Plum, with a dagger in the study? Or perhaps Miss Scarlett, with a revolver in the dining room . . . That’s right- you know what I’m talkin’ about. It’s time to play Clue! Emilie’s League A recent transplant to Portland from Canada, Emilie Wapnick (the multipotentialite over at just started […]

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A Work In Progress

July 14, 2011
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July’s $120 recipient: Jess Chen. Her goal: empowering the storytellers and artists of the 22nd century. Supporting gig: with John Denver tribute artist, Ted Vigil- Longview, WA. Filmmaker, artist, spoken word poet. I am super excited to introduce the incredible Jess Chen, who I had the pleasure of meeting in-person last month at the World […]

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Six Months and Sailing . . . Right Along

June 1, 2011
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I get to set the rules around here, right? Click below to choose your answer to that question . . . Well, since the responses to that bogus survey were a unanimous “YES” (how long did you sit there, trying to punch one of those buttons?), we’re blowing all said rules out of the water […]

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Dance, dance, dance . . .

May 12, 2011
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In the words of the almighty Bee Gees . . . “. . . you should be dancin’, yeah!” And that’s exactly what Christina’s daughters will be doing a month from now, in their annual dance recital. Providing children with performance opportunities in any of the arts is such an incredibly valuable experience for them. […]

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