Welcome to my online "home" of sorts.

 

At the moment, it is what I'd call a "functional" web site.  It contains most of the information I need to get out there, the links work, etc.  But it's not finished.  It's in a constant state of evolution...but it's not quite finished yet.

 

...why, you ask?

 

Because I have a great tendency to put others' needs before mine.  In fact, I would say this is an overarching theme of my life.  A drawback of this desire to serve others first is that I have sacrificed promoting myself or being selfish (in a good sense of the word.)   

My goal for the next couple of months is to make this space more accurately reflect the tireless effort I have invested in many people and a variety of projects, and to reflect more of my own personality within the context of this site.  

You'll enjoy it.  I know you will.

To get us started, here is a link to my historical fiction short story Inglorious Danseurs.  

 

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My greatest goal in life:

I've often heard the question, "What would you do if you won the lottery?"  Well, here's what I would do:  open an orphanage/school/art space.  Yep.  My greatest ambition in life is to create a place where at-risk youth can be raised in a safe, encouraging, and challenging environment; one that combines interaction with other living creatures (plants and animals) as well as emerging technologies.  This space would also house residence and work space for artists and creative thinkers of different fields; year-long residencies would be given gratis.  This has been a dream of mine since high school.

I was surprised to hear that others shared a similar dream.  Two of my MFA classmates at the University of Utah, Tanja London and Li Zhan, worked with me to write up a mission statement for the BenTanLi Foundation as part of an assignment for our Dance Administration course.  You can read it here.

Of course, a dream like this would require massive funding, so for the moment I am left to continue planning, designing, and exploring ways to fund this.  Does anyone have Bill & Melinda Gates' number?