About Ray Calabrese


8413557A-33D1-4948-B8D6-BA5C07C7C7A4I began my blog as I grieved the loss of my best friend and wife. I wanted to share with others who grieve what I was doing to”dance alone.” Just as I didn’t foresee Babe’s untimely death, I didn’t foresee how the breaths of love were healing me. A neighbor’s kindness, new connections with those who work out with me at the Y, and those who are part of my faith community. The sunlight began to slowly creep back into my life

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. Join my more than 23,300 Twitter followers and discover that my tweets are always good stuff. Please feel free to email any questions to me at ray.brese@gmail.com.