September 3, 2018
I have been an avid dancesport enthusiast since as far back as I can remember (though it wasn't called Dancesport back then). My formal dance training began when I first met my life (and social/performance/competition dance) partner, Setsuko Tsuchiya, in the 1990's at a YMCA dance in Berkeley, California. We began studying American Smooth and Rhythm dance, later switching to  International Ballroom and Latin/American style dance, understudying professional champion and coach, Mr. Albert Franz (Albert Franz Studio). We are keen amateur social, performance and competitive dancers registered with USA Dance and Japan DanceSport Federation. My partner, Setsuko, wrote a book about dance that I highly respect and can personally recommend as a dancer: IN SEARCH OF SOMATIC THERAPY (Savant 2018), available in softcover and eBook formats. 

Recently, my partner and I were asked by the International Ballroom Dance Club to teach a "really truly" beginner class in balloom and Latin dance that would inspire rather than off-put folks new to dance. We're scheduled to lead a seven-week class entitled "Newcomer American Rumba/International Waltz" starting 24 September 2018 (registration is at the Ala Was Golfcourse Palladium on 17 and 24 September). We will be offering it in the spirit of transformative education (emphasizing curiosity, discovery and learning) over teaching, hopefully creating a new generation of lifelong social, keen amateur, performance and competitive dancers. 

Oh, yes. We did this maybe fifteen years ago at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, forming the UHM DanceSport Club, which produced over 50 social/keen amateur dancers and several competitors some of whom are now professionals! Starting dance is all about taking the first step. We look forward to being there as you take your first steps in a pursuit that encourages health and sociability throughout all the ages of life. 


September 3, 2018
Okay, so it's Labor Day, and I thought maybe a labor of love would be appropriate, this time emphasizing my theory and method of learning, Transformative Learning, of which I write in UNLOCK THE GENIUS WITHIN (Rowman and Littlefield Education, 2015) - The key to my approach to transformative learning is empowering the learner through curiosity and discovery, so I was particularly pleased to read "To Raise Confident, Independent Kids, Some Parents Are Tryi...
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July 5, 2018
The fourth of July is when everyone American celebrates the birth of the United States of America, right? Maybe. But I've always believed that it's the day when the world celebrates MY birthday, replete with fireworks. Like Yankee Doodle Dandy, I've always been a firecracker, and I guess I will be until I pass from this crazy world. In the meantime, I bring that energy into "thinking outside the box" in everything I do. 

Take education, for instance. A university professor for over 40 years, I...
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May 6, 2018
Now there's a question worthy of a blog post!  Of course, it depends to some extent on one's age and socioeconomic status; if you "have" then the world's typically all right, if you "have not," it's typically not alright, perhaps seemingly even hostile or, yes, downright evil in some instances. I suspect the answer is far more subtile, however, irregardless of one's age or socioeconomic or political perspective. 

An experimental 1982 American film entitled "Koyaanisqatsi" took on this question...
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April 23, 2018
"Fake news" isn't new. It's been around for centuries in the form of gossip. But society's never had a platform whereby gossip could be shared on a mass global basis, where its mere repetition and topic popularity could elevate it from believability to assumed truth. Bad news in a rapidly globalizing world, where politics and governments can depend on popular "news" to remain in power. 

The ancient Greeks taught us that there are five appeals that we as humans tend to accept: 1) logos (well-re...
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Savant Bookstore Honolulu MARCH MADNESS SALE

February 20, 2018


exclusively at Savant Bookstore Honolulu

50% off Suggested Retail Price (SRP) of select, in-house display books at our in-house bookstore throughout March 2018 while stocks last,


25% off SRP on all other in-house and online softcover books throughout March 2018 using discount code MARCHMAD


Up to 90% off Suggested Retail Price (SRP) for all our Amazon Kindle eBooks starting 5 March and ending 12 March 2018 via a Kindle Countdown Deal....

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Happy Wolf Moon

January 4, 2018
Being both the night of the wolf moon AND a new year, I want to take this moment to wish all my readers, followers and friends

a Merry Christmas (or Holidays), a Happy New Year, and a howling Wolf Moon!

Daniel S. Janik
Author of 
      THE TURTLE DANCES (Savant 2013)
      A WHALE'S TALE (Savant 2009)
SOURDOUGH SCOTT'S BEDTIME FAIRY TALES FROM ALASKA (Publications Consultants 2005) including the much beloved "Wolf and Moon" tale. 
#wolf #wolfmoon #newyear #christmas #author #whales #turtles #Alaska
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December 25, 2017
It's Christmas Day, and, irrespective of one's religion, it is, in many ways, the ultimate humanity day. True, it's constantly being assaulted by individual religions vying for supremacy, businesses vying for participant's money, and hackers attempting to steal identities and information, but over the centuries, it has remained the epitome of humanism. It remains a day of reflection on all that makes us human. 

Religions are social clubs consisting of humans garnering others to share in and va...
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December 15, 2017
Let's get something straight right from the beginning. Much of today's stated ideas regarding "investment" is simply gambling.

In my mind -- and admittedly it's an old (and hopefully wiser) one -- gambling is about risking everything for an uncertain return. Few would disagree. But today's idea of "investment" is that any "fees" as well as any "principal" initially put up is liable to loss; in many instances the "investor" can even incur debt! What an "investment" means to me, is that any and...
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November 24, 2017
Today was Thanksgiving -- a day to be thankful to Native Americans who saved the European immigrants from extinction in the New World. A time to be thankful for all we as Americans are blessed: Freedom, Choice, Security, Happiness and the opportunity of having my books and poems published! I hope you will join me in thanks by checking out my latest books:

Multi-Award-winning author of

     THE TURTLE DANCES (Savant 2013)

     A WHALE’S TALE (Sav...

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About Me

Daniel S. Janik A former physician turned educator, nauralist, author, editor and publisher, Daniel S. "Dan" Janik with plenty to say.


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