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Dane Ann Smith-Johnsen was born, reared, and now resides in Florida.  She is a down to earth kind of woman with a nurturing love for her fellow man.  Dane's quests for knowledge throughout her life, and her curious desire for adventure have blessed her endlessly.  She is the mother of three wonderful children, who grew up all too soon.  Why must they do that?  She currently basks in her role as a “doting grandmother...and a plant fiend!”



 “Renaissance Woman” as one of her former professors called her fits Dane rather well.  She has so many interests in the ordinary things of life as well as a very BROAD BASED formal education, including: two college degrees, a Bachelor of Science Degree in the Sciences and a Master’s degree in Public Administration.  Dane also earned many post baccalaureate credits (60+ in Fine Art and about 27 in Education.) 

Besides the great diversity in her education, Dane is multi-talented in the arts and loves gardening.  She enjoys the four P’s: photography, painting, poetry and plants.  Some of Dane’s paintings and photography are posted on  The following link will take you directly to her art and digital design gallery.  

Her family, friends, photography and plants may be seen on facebook

Please also visit her plant exchange group as well.  Especially if you live in the Suwannee Valley area. SuwanneeValleyFlowerandPlantExchange/.com 



Last, but not least, Dane is a published poet.  Her book, “100 Poems for Life” is available through and Publish, at:  Email Dane directly at with your inquiries  about signed copies.

Life is Wonderful!  I'm alive and loving it!

Brainstorms for a Title...Please VOTE now!

Blog Posted:12/21/2010 10:52:00 AM

We're still having fun!

 You can, too.

Add some lines to our collaborative Christmas poem

(See 12/20/10 Collaborative Poem Progress)

We began our creative project on 12/18/10 and took off to a funny start right away. It was updated on 12/20/10 and posted on a blog on that date.  Additional couplets are still being added to that blog. So, read the poem, and submit a couplet in the comments section of that blog if you want to...until midnight EST 12/23/10, when I will edit and post the final credit to all contributors.  Now, we have brainstormed for a great title.  See title ideas on this blog and then, please cast your vote in the comments. 

We have a few title suggestions:

1.  Santa Versus The Bulge (Carolyn Devonshire)
2.  Jolly Claus's Human Flaws (John Freeman)
3.  Jolly Claus's Chocolate Flaws
4.  Jolly Claus's Belly Flaws 
5.  Jelly Belly Santa Clause 
6.  Santa Claus' Veggies! 
7.  Santa Claus' Diet 
8.  No Sweets for Santa 
9. Santa's Hidden Sweets
10. "Super Sized Santa's Sterling Holiday Mantra" (Linda Marie Bariana)
11. Super Sized Santa's Holiday Magic! 
12 Super Sized Santa's Holiday Diet! 
13 Super Sized Santa's Secret Stash
14.  Winsome Elf Turns Biggest Loser (Carolyn Devonshire)
15. The North Pole Diet (Deb Wilson)
16.  Mrs.Claus The Santa Slimmer (Deb Wilson)
17.  The North Pole Diet Dilemma  << I cast my vote for this one!)
Thanks for all of the inspiration!

Come on guys and gals...Help me out here!  Vote and Have fun!
Merry Christmas to All and to All a Great Write!

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  1. Date: 12/22/2010 9:53:00 AM
    Hi Dane Ann-- ^_^ I vote for #17 as well ^_^ --sorry I missed out on suggesting for a title-- and one popped into mind too---"Santa C's Weight Fantasies" this collaboration was so much fun! Thanks for thinking of this ^_^ Have a wonderful Christmas!! :) -- hugs nikko :)

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  1. Date: 12/22/2010 9:34:00 AM
    I vote for no. 14 as the most unique and appropriate. Merry Christmas. Joyce

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  1. Date: 12/22/2010 6:32:00 AM
    Jelly Belly Santa Claus! Gotta love the internal rhyme! Light & Love my Danie & Ingrid!

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  1. Date: 12/22/2010 3:51:00 AM
    I cast my vote for # 17 "The North Pole Diet Dilemma"

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  1. Date: 12/22/2010 1:30:00 AM
    I think we have a title! "THE NORTH POLE DIET DILEMMA" What do you think, collaborators? Is that okay? (Remember couplets can still be added until midnight EST December 23rd.)

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  1. Date: 12/22/2010 1:25:00 AM
    How about "The North Pole Diet Dilemma" Does anybody like that one? Does everybody like that one? (Inspired by your input!)

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  1. Date: 12/21/2010 10:28:00 PM
    Winsome Elf Turns Biggest Loser

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  1. Date: 12/21/2010 10:11:00 PM
    I thought of these two, The North Pole Diet Mrs.Claus and the Santa Slimmer

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  1. Date: 12/21/2010 4:55:00 PM
    Linda-Marie, I love the Super Sized Santa part. Mantra makes me thing too much of a prayer or a chant even though I know it can be used to mean magical. HELP US OUT FOLKS! OK Let's see...more brainstorms: 11.Super Sized Santa's Holiday Magic! 12. Super Sized Santa's Holiday Diet! 13. Super Sized Santa's Secret Stash (HELP!) Super Sized Santa's __________ More idea's please! LOOK AT POSTED SUGGESTIONS AND BRAINSTORMS IN MY COMMENTS...IN ALL COMMENTS...AND ADD IDEAS PLEASE.

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  1. Date: 12/21/2010 4:11:00 PM
    OK Dane Ann .. how about this for a title.. "Super Sized Santa's Sterling Holiday Mantra".... will encompass all the things relevant to the lines of the poem collaboration.. ... hope u like...luv..

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  1. Date: 12/21/2010 12:04:00 PM
    I'm still brainstorming>>>please join in! 6. Jelly Belly Santa Clause 7. Santa Claus' Veggies! (None???) 8. Santa Claus' Diet 9. No Sweets for Santa 10. Santa's Hidden Sweets

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