I want to thank each of you who has taken the time to read my musings about dance. I’ve had a lot of fun reading and researching various aspects of dance and sharing them with you. I set a goal for myself to write one blog a week for four months which I managed to do, even with all the other activities that vie for my attention! But with the holidays quickly approaching, I am going to take a break from writing weekly and add to this blog more sporadically. I hope you check back then and again, and please feel free to send me your thoughts and musings at

I will leave you with this poem written by an anonymous Confederate Soldier in the 1860’s.

I asked God for strength, that I might achieve;
I was made weak, that I might learn humbly to obey.
I asked God for health, that I might do greater things;
I was given infirmity, that I might do better things.
I asked for riches, that I might be happy;
I was given poverty, that I might be wise.
I asked for power, that I might have the praise of men;
I was given weakness, that I might feel the need of God.
I asked for all things, that I might enjoy life;
I was given life, that I might enjoy all things.
I got nothing I asked for but everything I had hoped for.
Almost despite myself, my unspoken prayers were answered.
I am among men, most richly blessed.

May God richly bless each one of you!

Dancing on,

Debra Newby

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