I decided to structure this book so that cyber readers everywhere could add their stories and thus to make this a collaborative effort. The idea of having others add to this work was inspired by an old TV cartoon show where the viewers actually played an active role.

Winky Dink
Winky Dink was a cartoon character who was popular in the mid ’50s. Winky Dink fans sent off for their own special Winky Dink kit that contained a sheet of clear plastic and special crayons. Before the show, viewers rubbed the sheet of clear plastic over the TV screen so that during the show they could come to the aide of Winky Dink. For instance, if Winky Dink was being chased by a bad guy and he came to a cliff, viewers drew a bridge to the other side so Winky Dink could escape, then erased the bridge. What fun it was to draw bridges, ladders and escape hatches, and to participate in Winky Dink’s adventures!

In much the same way, I am inviting you to participate in the completion of this book, to "draw your own bridges." Our country, our freedom, our way of life — these are the Winky Dink adventures of our daily existence. This book is about living for the greater good, structuring our lives so that we rise to the occasion on a daily basis, as situations occur, to make a difference and carry freedom forward to future generations. This book is about the bridges you can build every day, bridges that I call "citizen actions."

Contribute Actions, Stories, Examples and Ideas
There are a number of ways you can contribute to the book. 

  1. Contribute additional "Actions" 
    Clearly there are more than the 100 acts of citizenship (i.e. citizen actions) outlined in the book. Some of the most creative and compelling examples in this book have come from friends. I invite you to add your own, to include Actions that you believe can help to keep the country strong and thus free. 
  2. Provide additional information and thoughts about specific Actions 
    At the end of each Action, there are "buttons" where one can find related Sites and Resources, More Examples and/or Reader-Submitted Stories.  Most of this information will come from readers. 
  3. Help complete unfinished sections 
    Parts of the book are not yet finished and could benefit from reader contributions. For the most part, these areas are quite evident.   
  4. Make suggestions you feel would make the book clearer, more factual, or more compelling 

Where facts are involved, please document your source. If your information is used, we’ll recognize you in the Book Contributors section.  Contact me directly with your additions and ideas by using the Contact Author link.