Friday, December 3, 2010

About Me and Welcome to My Whole House!

Hi! I'm Do Mi Stauber. Welcome to My Whole House! It's called My Whole House because it has so many different rooms. As Barbara Sher says, I am a scanner--I'm never going to do just one thing, though I do as many things as I can really well.

So in this house you will find rooms for teaching, music, art, indexing, time management, miscellaneous obsessions...and rooms I haven't even discovered yet. When it gets confusing to have so many interests, I remind myself that I live in my whole house. I hope you'll enjoy exploring it with me!

If you identify with this scanner idea, I recommend that you seek out Barbara Sher. Read her book Refuse to Choose as well as The Renaissance Soul by Margaret Lobenstine. And start doing everything you love!

Some more things about me:

I've been a book indexer since 1986.

A what, you say? Well, if you have a nonfiction book like a textbook, there's an index in the back where you look up what page things are on. I write those. It's a wonderful job because every few weeks I get to immerse myself in a completely new subject. Music appreciation, the experience of being deaf in Japan, the encyclopedia of Islam, how to teach reading. I get to use several different parts of my brain at the same time. And I get to be a gateway to the knowledge readers are looking for.

I sometimes teach and speak about indexing. My book, Facing the Text: Content and Structure in Book Indexing, has become a standard text. I have won the highest award in the indexing field.

If you'd like to find out more about the book or about my indexing services, go to my indexing website.

I'm a musician.

I joyfully perform in a duo with Paul Kuhlmann, blending our voices and instruments to make energetic, intense acoustic music. We're called Two Doors Down. We sing songs by a wide range of artists, including Bob Dylan, Girlyman, Dave Carter, and the Indigo Girls, and original songs by me. We met at a weekly informal folksinging group, drawn together by our love of harmony, our fascination with interesting chords and evocative lyrics, and our joy in intensive practice.

You can find out more about us by going to our Facebook page. You can see some videos by going to the "dmstauber" channel on Youtube.

I'm an artist.

I work in colored pencil. I call my pieces "intimate landscapes," because I focus on the closest details. My subjects include both animals and natural surfaces like trees and rocks. When I look at a stone or bark surface with that awed attention, it speaks to me like another being. And when I look closely at the skin or fur of an animal, it becomes a landscape.

If you'd like to see my art or buy originals, prints, or cards, go to my art website.

I'm a teacher.

It seems as if every time I learn how to do something, people start asking me to teach it to them. Sometimes this even happens before I've even learned how to do the thing. I believe that everyone should try everything that looks fun to them, and I enjoy figuring out how to get ideas and skills across. I've taught indexing, art, time management, software use, and anti-bias education. These days I am developing a program called Digging for Treasure. It will help people go through a process I've done many times now: understanding and organizing your knowledge so that it can be shared with others. I'll be teaching this process through individual coaching, live workshops, and teleclasses or webinars. I'm very excited! Stay tuned for more details!

I look forward to connecting with you! Email me at Follow me on Twitter at @dmstauber.


  1. Congratulations on your new addition! It's a perfect name, and a wonderful concept. I look forward to hearing about all you learned at the workshop. I'm a scanner like you (it was you who introduced me to the concept) and I always had so much shame for being torn in so many disparate directions. If I'd just focus, I could be successful . . . but look at you - such a success and scanning besides!
    Bless you, my friend for being all of yourself, and giving others permission to do the same.
    : )

  2. Yippee - another scanner :-) What a perfect name for the blog! Congrats on your first post.

  3. Glad to find another scanner...and another blogger. Congrats on getting started. Great name for the blog!

  4. Good to see you on the web! I used to have a blog on quirky science issues, called The Angry Lab Rat, but dropped it in '08.

    I loved writing it, but just ran out of time for it with my crazy life. Maybe again, some day.

  5. Hey, Do Mi -- just wanted to say how much I love your blog's tagline, "There's room in our lives for everything we love."

    I like to think it's not just everything, but also everybody. :-)

    Thanks for writing!

  6. I heard a rumor that "Paul and Do Mi" have become
    "Two Doors Down" - a singing duo beyond compare... ?!!
    Happy summer! and happy singing!


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