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Thursday, April 10, 2008

Sorenson shares talent at library

Dale Sorenson has been drawing cartoons for as long as he can remember. He even pens a poem and composes a song now and then. The talented Alta man will give a special presentation at the Storm Lake Public Library Thursday, April 17 as part of National Library Week (April 13-19). His talk will begin at 6:30 p.m. and is being made available by Friends of the Library.

Sorenson started drawing as a kid. He has drawn a "gazillion" cartoons, using issues in the news as his subjects. Some of his work has appeared in the Storm Lake Pilot-Tribune.

His poetry and song writing is something he also finds enjoyable - going from humorous topics to serious ones.

He published a book, "Sunshine in the Dust of a Wandering Mind" several years ago and includes a little of all of his works.

He has discovered a singer for several of his songs - in the past he has performed them himself, recorded them onto CDs, which he is proud of. He sent one song, "I'm Sitting in the Hot Seat" to then President Bill Clinton and received a message, written on White House stationary, stating, "We appreciate your talent."

He also sent a song entitled, "Looziana" to then Governor John Edwards who was impressed and had him forward it on to the state's promotional people.

"It's a lot of fun," he said, adding he doesn't really know where he picked up the talent. He said that some pieces of his creative output turn out better than others, but he always enjoys the time he spends doing it.

He often awakens during the night with ideas and is quick to get them on paper. "Sometimes my imagination goes a little crazy," he said with a smile.

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