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Linda Ellis
Linda Ellis
Author of "The Dash" and "Live Your Dash"


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."

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...


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