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Live Your Dash: Make Every Moment Matter

Live Your Dash: Make Every Moment Matter

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by Linda Ellis

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Includes the original poem “The Dash.”
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


Includes the original poem “The Dash.”
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.

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.
Live Your Dash 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. An inspiring look at life based on the fantastically successful poem.

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Library Journal
Ellis, based in Georgia, rose to prominence on the strength of her poem "The Dash" (two versions are included here) and has since been quoted on network and cable news shows. The title refers to the dash between a person's birth and death dates, i.e., the time one is alive. Her book of homely wisdom includes testimonials from Sen. Bob Dole, coach Lou Holtz, and The Young and the Restless actor Sean Kanan. A kind of Edgar A. Guest in both verse and prose, Ellis is a lazy, doggerel-prone poet but a relentlessly encouraging life coach, the sort who invokes the "Round Tuit" (doing something when you get around to it) and the "I Infection." VERDICT While Ellis's style and message are essentially trite, she, like any good doctor of the soul or body, does no harm; to those who find her directness appealing, she may do much good.

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Meet 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.

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Live Your Dash: Make Every Moment Matter 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
lovetoreadpd More than 1 year ago
Reading Linda's essays and poetry is like taking a walk with a trusted friend-sometimes you laugh, sometimes you cry. But, you are always left with a feeling that you are not alone and can make it through the next crisis in your life. I, especially, appreciate what she has to say about smiles being contagious. I've tried to practice this philosophy in my life and have found it to be true. Linda, keep contemplating and writing-your thoughts and smiles are needed!
RobinNS More than 1 year ago
Live Your Dash...what a concept. "RIP" (Recognize, Implement, Proceed).."My Four D's".."I Infection".I experienced these new concepts in the first 30 pages! In this book I have learned ways to "Deal in Real" and to "Live like you are living" yes living. The more I read the more I learned. The more I learned the more I read. The concepts are simplistic yet powerful and are written in a way that I easily connected with. I couldn't put down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The wonderful thing about this book of gems is that you can pick it up, read one story, be inspired and put it down. In my busy life, that is a great feature! Every story is unique and stands alone. I take it with me when I know I'll be waiting somewhere so that I can get quick inspiration! The clever way in which Ms. Ellis writes makes the stories and lessons stay with you. For instance, she writes about "Stratitude," which is, she says, a strategy of gratitude. The stories made me laugh. The poems made me cry. Rachel
Livinmydashnow More than 1 year ago
If everyone read this book, the world just might be a nicer place to co-exist...
Lizette31 More than 1 year ago
I received this book as a Christmas Present (asked for it on my wish list). It is inpirational and makes you look at Life in a whole diffrent new way. It is so TRUE. You must LIVE YOUR DASH every day. I recomment it to everyone.
NancyA732 More than 1 year ago
This book is a reminder that life is a gift to be treasured and by applying simple changes to our priorities and outlook, we can find our passion, appreciate ourselves and others more and realistically reach our goals. The stories and poems are humorous, entertaining and comforting and one in particular, of the many that I could relate to entitled, "The Mourning After", will console your soul! This is a beautiful book that you can read and reread and always continue to be inspired.
Frank_Sonnenberg More than 1 year ago
Live Your Dash is a gift for your heart and soul. This book is brimming with practical and inspiring advice to help YOU make every moment matter. I love it!
ZASDM More than 1 year ago
After reading the "Dash" book by Linda Ellis. I could not wait until the release of this book. I was especially inspired by the story of Zachary, the 10-year old boy who marvelled at the wonders of a snowstorm. Thank you Linda for making me realize that "every moment matters". Cheers!!
godsfreshfire More than 1 year ago
I have read some of Linda Ellis's poems and material that are in "Live Your Dash". Linda has been given the music of the muse and her work will touch your heart, challenge your mind, and comfort your soul. She weaves out pages of her craft and her words and the imagery it conjures will set every emotion in your fiber demanding a command performance.
LoveagoodreadDL More than 1 year ago
Linda Ellis has purposefully simplified her poems, prose and messages to ensure her words were not only read, but literally felt by the multitudes. I never considered reading this book a "task," but instead an enjoyable, easily flowing escape from life's stresses. Reading cleverly chosen words, I was unknowingly drawn to the simple, and yet in that very simplicity, powerful life-changing messages conveyed by this author. Like an experienced artist paints a beautiful portrait of life, Ms. Ellis shares advice and antecdotes in a comprehendible fashion. If she had written these life lessons in a complicated, convoluted manner, they would never be as easily remembered and therefore, integrated into our daily lives! LOVE THIS BOOK!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
After hearing of this book i couldnt resist reading it... i dont regret it
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murphje More than 1 year ago
I read the Dash poem to my social studies class before Thanksgiving. Some were very touched by this beautiful poem. They said thank you for reading the Dash. It made them think about how easy it is to take life for granted.