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Patricia Dines

Freelance Writer, Editor, Public Speaker & Graphic Artist

Specializing in Environmental & Community Topics


BIOGRAPHY: SHORT VERSION

Patricia Dines has been a professional writer, editor, graphic artist, and public speaker for 30 years, serving many thousands of people through her books, newsletters, articles, workshops, and more. For the past 20 years, she's specialized in environmental and community topics, bringing forward useful information that inspires readers, deepens their understanding, and empowers constructive action for a better world.

One of her current key projects is the Ask EcoGirl column, a syndicated eco-advice column with a geeky superhero twist. She also offers her "insanely useful" Ask EcoGirl booklet series, with nutrient-dense information on being green, and provides ongoing eco-information and actions on her Facebook page.

In addition, Ms. Dines is the Editor and Lead Writer of The Next STEP newsletter, which gently educates readers about everyday toxics and easy effective alternatives. She also writes regularly for NorthBay biz magazine and other periodicals, and has written seven books on local organics. She's been a guest on various TV shows, where she's shared her cheerful eco-info and tips.

She's recently embarked on a new branch in her work, sharing more of her personal and spiritual side. She wrote and illustrated her new book, "The Goddess Who Forgot That She Was a Goddess." This enchanting and unexpected spiritual story is nurturing and empowering for people of all ages. It sweetly seduces us to peek below our cloaked sadness to discover our core divinity and the place where all hearts join together in the mystery.

You can also read more of her personal and spiritual writing in her personal blog, Life's Sacred Remnants.

For more information about Patricia Dines and her offerings, including her past articles and how she might serve your periodical or organization, see www.patriciadines.info.

 


BIOGRAPHY: LONGER VERSION

Patricia Dines has been a professional writer, public speaker, and graphic artist for 30 years, serving many thousands of people through her books, newsletters, articles, workshops, and more.

For the past 20 years, she's specialized in environmental and community topics, bringing forward useful information that inspires readers, deepens their understanding, and empowers constructive action for a better world.

Her work has been featured in a wide variety of periodicals, locally and nationally, and she's been a guest on various TV shows, including "The View from the Bay" (ABC-TV's San Francisco talk show, hosted by Spencer Christian and Janelle Wang) and "Beyond the Headlines" (ABC-TV's Emmy-award winning public affairs TV show, hosted by Cheryl Jennings).

COLUMNIST. Ms. Dines currently writes the Ask EcoGirl column -- a syndicated eco-advice column with a geeky superhero twist -- and a fun logo! With compassion and intelligence, EcoGirl makes it easy for readers to bring greener practices into their everyday lives. EcoGirl's mission is to "encourage the eco-hero in everyone" -- because she knows that we're all part of the solution!

Ms. Dines has also recently released her "insanely useful" Ask EcoGirl booklet series, offering nutrient-dense information on that makes it easy to create a healthier eco-friendly life -- and often save money too! The first two titles are Healthier Housecleaning and Detoxing Your Life.

NEWSLETTER EDITOR & AUTHOR. Additionally, since 2001, Ms. Dines has been Editor and Lead Writer of The Next STEP newsletter, which gently educates readers about everyday toxics and easy effective alternatives. Readers consistently say how much they value this newsletter, with many giving specific examples of changes they've made in their lives as a result of reading it. (You can also see the portfolio page for this project here.) Note: In January 2014, we celebrated thirteen years of publishing The Next STEP!

BOOK AUTHOR. Patricia Dines has also written seven editions of two local organic guidebooks, The Organic Guide to San Francisco and The Organic Guide to Sonoma, Napa, and Mendocino Counties. Both books have been recommended by a wide range of periodicals, including the TV travel show "Bay Area Backroads" and national magazines such as Bon Appetit and Delicious Living.

Ms. Dines has extensive knowledge about environmental topics and is passionate about sharing this information with readers in a helpful and empowering way. For more information about her skills and background, see www.patriciadines.info


ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

FREELANCE WRITER. Patricia Dines has written articles about ecological and community topics for a variety of periodicals, including NorthBay biz magazine, Common Ground, The (North Bay) Bohemian, The West County Gazette, Steppin' Out magazine, The Environmental Impact Reporter, and The Sonoma County Peace Press.

PUBLIC SPEAKER & TRAINER. She also loves connecting with people in person, and has designed, co-created, and spoken at events that have informed and empowered thousands of people. This includes talks and events for: The Health & Harmony Festival, Sustainable Sonoma County, The Peace & Justice Center, Alliance for Democracy, North Bay EcoFest, The Cancer Resource Center, and Community Market.

BACKGROUND AS A COMPUTER EDUCATOR. In addition, she brings to her work experience from her previous "incarnation" in the computer industry, where she empowered computer users by writing articles and technical manuals, doing training and training design, and as a computer programmer. For ten years, she served both small companies and major corporations, including Price Waterhouse, Peat Marwick, and EPRI (Electric Power Research Institute).

POET & PHOTOGRAPHER. Patricia's poems have been published in We'Moon and Grace Millenium, as well as twice being winners in contests of the Sebastopol Center for the Arts. Her photographs have been displayed in public shows, including Natives by Locals: Photographs of Flora and Fauna, and The Photographers Darkroom Photo Show.

EDUCATION. Ms. Dines has a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Duke University, with a full major in Theatre Arts (an early sign of her love for both the logical and creative). She was an Angier Biddle Duke Scholar, and graduated Magna Cum Laude.



For more information, see Patricia Dines Portfolio or contact Ms. Dines at pd [at] patriciadines.info.


"We are drowning in information, while starving for wisdom.
The world henceforth will be run by the synthesizers, people able to put together the right information at the right time, think critically about it, and make important choices wisely."
E. O. Wilson, Consilience: The Unity of Knowledge

Photograph by Patricia Dines
(c) Patricia Dines, 2003. All rights reserved.

 


The photograph of Patricia Dines at the top of this page is by Chris Stewart, San Francisco Chronicle.
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