Live Your Dash: Make Every Moment Count
Written by: Linda Ellis
Genre: Non-Fiction - Inspirational
Available on: Amazon and Everywhere Books Are Sold
In 1996, an announcer read Linda's Ellis's poem "The Dash" aloud on a syndicated radio program -- and, to her surprise, it became an instant, meteoric success. Calls came in from people around the country eager to tell Linda how her words had touched their hearts. That was the beginning of an enduring phenomenon.
"I read of a man who stood to speak, At the funeral of a friend, He referred to the dates on her tombstone,
From the beginning to the end, He noted that first came the date of her birth, And spoke the following date with tears,
But he said what mattered most of all Was the dash between those years."
Bio on the Author: Linda Ellis started writing poems as a child, a talent inherited from her Irish grandmother. She spent years working in the corporate world, but made the decision to leave it behind and pursue her dream of becoming a writer. Her poetry has been featured in bestselling books and magazines such as Family Circle, US News and World Report, and other major publications. Her poems have also appeared on local television and hundreds of radio programs, including Radio Delilah. She lives in Georgia.
Her books and products have sold hundreds of thousands and her latest book, Live Your Dash (Sterling Publishing, 9/2011) captures and expands upon the theme of the original poem: It's not your birth or death that matters most, but how you spend each passing year. Linda shares her message of joy, hope, and positive energy through uplifting stories, essays, and poetry, along with tales of people who have been "touched by the dash," including Bob Dole, legendary football coach Lou Holtz, and American Idol winner David Cook. The book and speaking program surrounding it, represent an inspiring look at life based on the fantastically successful poem.