Introduction

Services Offered

Portfolio

Accolades
Projects & Reference Information
What's News

Patricia Dines

Freelance Writer, Editor, Public Speaker & Graphic Artist

Specializing in Environmental & Community Topics


Here are the links for Patricia's most recent articles and activities and recent talks and media appearances.


ACCOLADES FOR PATRICIA DINES


Note: For descriptions of each project, as well as additional client and reader feedback, see the Portfolio section.


"Patricia has keen insight into sustainable living and business practices. She's provided NorthBay biz magazine with several articles along those lines (as well as other subjects), which have had excellent reader response. Her work is thorough, detailed, timely and of high quality. She also meets her deadlines -- something I always appreciate!"
Julie Fadda, Editor, NorthBay biz magazine

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"Thank you so much for your contributions to our newspaper. People are clearly reading your [Ask EcoGirl] column and you're such a delight to work with. You meet deadlines and your work is well-done and thoughtful. I like your writing style, thorough and upbeat, and encouraging people to actually do things. I love what you're doing!"
Vesta Copestakes, Editor, Sonoma County Gazette

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"Dear Patricia -- Thanks for the story on Sonoma Compost. It's a great read that our readers will find both interesting and educational. We are happy to have the work of a pro and welcome further stories by you on topics related to the agricultural industry in Sonoma and Marin Counties."
Tim Tesconi, Editor Sonoma-Marin Farm News, Previously Ag Staff Writer for the Press Democrat (33 years)

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"Yay, Patricia! I am thrilled that you're going to write for us... I love the unbridled enthusiasm and creativity of the Ask EcoGirl column. It engages people. I like your writing in general, and I want Peace Press readers to catch onto your enthusiasm and know-how. Thanks again."
Debra Birkinshaw, Boardmember Peace & Justice Center; Member Green Sangha Sonoma County

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"I've worked with Patricia very closely in creating The Next STEP newsletter for the last two years. She is an excellent researcher, a dedicated worker, and an exceptional writer. She can distill a tremendous amount of information down to the core ideas, and make the final result look easy. She consistently keeps both her clients and her audience in mind, and always comes up with solution that pleases them both. I highly recommend her."
Jim Gleaves, STEP Editorial Committee, Senior Tech Support at Safari Books Online

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"Patricia -- You are doing a wonderful job with the [STEP] newsletter. I can't even begin to tell you how many things I have learned and use in my daily life. I take your newsletters to work and hang them up in the workroom to share with people. Keep up your hard work. Sebastopol is a better place to live thanks to people like you. Best wishes for a beautiful New Year."
Chris Nelson, Sebastopol Realtor

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"I love The Next STEP newsletter! It's given me so many ideas and is so friendly not preachy."
Newsletter reader (in our annual anonymous survey)

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"Excellent articles Patricia -- and fun to read! Congratulations on the colorful front page placement and thanks for continuing to make a difference for the masses by educating via your passion and talent for writing. EcoGirl will soon be flying into other communities and publications, I can feel it. Good luck with her."
Melissa Weaver, Educator, Enhanced Health Systems

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"Dear Patricia -- I just read your article, 'Taming our Tiny Ant Friends.' I think it's just great that you write these articles, and always with such conscious respect for the earth, and in this case, all those amazing little ants."
Patrice Ryan, Reader

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"Hi Patricia -- I met you at the CNPS Chapter Picnic yesterday & recognized your name from the columns ... then when I got home, I noticed that the page I had torn out of the West County Gazette to pin up in the kitchen was actually your column for this month, "Discarding Your Stuff...[Ecologically]"! This is SO useful. I wanted to thank you.
Betsy Livingstone, Registered Nurse (RN), CNPS Boardmember

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"From the moment I met Patricia in 1995 at a Sonoma County health fair, I was impressed by her passion and enthusiasm for bringing awareness of important issues to the public. I have been deeply touched by her perseverance and dedication over the years. No matter what the issue, Patricia has incredible insight and a great ability to organize and present relevant information so that "we the people" are better educated about the state of our world. I can only imagine how many people's lives have been changed for the better because of the work of this one committed woman."
Debra Gorman, Massage Therapist

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"Hey Patricia, Good work [on the latest STEP newsletter]! Keep up the good green amazing work. Warm cheers."
Carolyn Scott, Documentary filmmaker; Executive Director of ReelGreen (Real Films, Real People, Real Change)

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"Solar financing is a complex topic and you nailed it."
Chris Cone, Writer, Coordinator Green Energy Loan Program

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"The Organic Guide [offers a] cornucopia of organic delights .... If a visit to northern California's wine country is in your travel plans, be sure to pick up a copy .... A wealth of healthful information you're not likely to find in Fodor's."
Delicious Living magazine

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"I honestly believe that The Organic Guide should be required reading for any institution of higher learning teaching classes on agricultural sustainability and food systems. Check it out for yourself."
James Johnson, The Quantum Agriculture Project  

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"The conference was seamlessly run, high energy, great fun, ignited hopes, and nurtured visions. I'm leaving with some specific ideas and contacts and new interest in government involvement."

"I liked the entire program from beginning to end. I've done workshops and conferences all my working life -- this was the best."

"I left feeling empowered and positive, rare for this topic."

"The resources book is fantastic. It helped my listening because most of my notes were already taken! I look forward to reading it and to making contact with the panelists."

"It was really a wonderfully-coordinated and highly-informative opportunity. Thank you!"

Attendee comments after the Conference "Better Not Bigger: Grappling With Growth in Sonoma County" (Ms. Dines created the event book, led in the educational design, and was on the Conference Steering Committee which co-created the overall event)

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"I appreciate your ability to fully grasp complex and critical issues and make them clear to people who aren't familiar with them."
Tara Treasurefield, Writer/Editor/Journalist

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"I like the way you choose words and evoke vitality in your writing. Very nice! You're a great ambassador for organics! I'm amazed at how well you can sum up a complex movement and (hopefully) motivate readers. Brava!"
Carol Venolia, Co-Author of Natural Remodeling for the Not-So-Green House: Bringing Your Home into Harmony with Nature; Columnist ,"Design for Life," Natural Home Magazine

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"I am writing … to express my deep appreciation for Patricia Dines' outstanding and unique work in writing, editing, and providing the graphics for the widely successful [STEP] newsletter.... The community response has been overwhelmingly positive … and I believe the use of toxics in Sebastopol has declined significantly as a result of [it].

Patricia applied her writing and organizational talent when appointed to the "Citizens Advisory Group on Energy Vulnerability" (CAGE), which addressed sustaining City services in the face of upcoming peak oil impacts....Patricia clearly demonstrated her ability to bring the committee focus on producing the final report using her communication and organizational ability….

Patricia's more recent venture into writing "Ask EcoGirl" provides … helpful answers to the many questions people have related to environmental and energy issues. The writing style presents the information in an easy to understand manner which raises the interest level of the reader.

Patricia has provided valuable contributions of her talent to Sebastopol and Sonoma County.

I unhesitatingly recommend her to any company or agency that is looking for a highly creative individual who can deliver the desired product for customers or audiences of any community."
Dave Brennan, Sebastopol City Manager

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"Thank you for your continued efforts to let everyone know what is going on. I appreciate your diligence as well as the quality and spirit of your efforts. They are wonderful!"
Beth Meredith, Co-Coordinator, Sustainable Sonoma County

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"Your work is tremendously helpful to everyone in the [organic] movement -- every farmer, business, and, of course, the consumer."
Helge Hellberg, Executive Director, Marin Organic Program

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"Thank you for all your wonderful resources and references. Your information is always useful and valuable to me. You are a light-worker for Mother Earth, that much is obvious!"
Alison Anton, Certified Nutritional Chef, Whole Gourmet Natural Cooking

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"I'm seeing your writing here and there and am appreciating your spirit, wisdom, and voice ... Thanks for all the great work you do in this community. You are really a force, making the world a better place!"
Christina Carpenter

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"Many thanks for your devotion and energy and boundless spirit."
Leslie Gardner, Garden Manager, California School of Herbal Studies; Director, Sonoma County Herb Exchange

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"Thank you for caring so greatly about our world."
Farrell Winter, Writer


 

Also see The Organic Guide reviews page at www.healthyworld.org/OGReviews.html.


The photograph of Patricia Dines at the top of this page is by Chris Stewart, San Francisco Chronicle.
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Page last updated 5/17/16
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