About Ray Calabrese



I am a widower. My soulmate died of glioblastoma. What I suffered as I watched my soul mate drift away will never compare to horror she went through. Initially, I wanted to use my blog as a way of relating to other men and women who grieve. But, as the sunlight crept back into my life, the focus of dancingalong530.com changed. I began to think more of the present and future. I wanted to paint life with colorful hues and dream of a future filled with joy and happiness. Each day I post an inspirational quote, poem, and my creative fiction stories.  My characters tell me their story and I am their vehicle for their story. Here’s hoping you get a few laughs and rest for our serious often too glum world.

What follows is a more detailed depiction of my journey. Experiencing the loss of my wife and best friend Barb, tested my optimism, never quit attitude, and faith in God. Yet, the spirit of hope indelibly marks my DNA. My wife, Barb, I always called her Babe, and our five daughters taught me all I needed to know about life. The girls grew into amazing, strong, independent women. They sustained and supported me during the darkest days of my life. Babe and the girls’ love and support were anchors to an illustrious academic career where I published ten books and well over a hundred refereed journal articles. I received several awards for the most outstanding paper. I addressed national and international audiences and conducted numerous workshops. My research at The Ohio State University focused on helping people discover the best in themselves and others changed personal lives, public organizations, and whole communities. It is a reason I try to put material on my blog that uplifts or makes you smile or think. Join my more than 24, 300 Twitter followers (@alwaysgoodstuff and discover that my tweets are always good stuff. Please feel free to email any questions to me at ray.brese@gmail.com.