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Live your dash : make every moment matter / Linda Ellis.

By: Ellis, Linda M [author.].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookDescription: xi, 276 pages ; 23 cm.ISBN: 9781454912224 ; 1454912227.Subject(s): Joy | Conduct of life | Life skills | Happiness | Self-realizationDDC classification: 158 Summary: "Linda Ellis unknowingly began a worldwide epiphany when she wrote "The Dash" poem in 1996. As an executive, she never dreamed that her childhood wish to become a poet would be fulfilled, but continued to write anyway--until her poem was read aloud on a syndicated radio program and became an instant, meteoric success. Calls came in from people around the country who wanted to share how "The Dash" had touched their hearts. That was the beginning of an enduring phenomenon, which inspired Linda to travel around the nation motivating others to "life their dash" and make every moment matter. LIVE YOUR DASH captures the message of the original poem: it's not your birth or death that matters most, but how you spend each passing year. Linda's 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, author James van Praagh, and American Idol winner David Cook (who has the lines of "The Dash" tattooed on his forearm)"--Summary: "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 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. "-- Provided by publisher.
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Includes the original poem "The Dash."<br> I read of a man who stood to speak<br> At the funeral of a friend<br> He referred to the dates on her tombstone<br> From the beginning to the end<br> He noted that first came the date of her birth<br> And spoke the following date with tears,<br> But he said what mattered most of all<br> Was the dash between those years. In 1996, an announcer read Linda 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. <br> 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.

"Linda Ellis unknowingly began a worldwide epiphany when she wrote "The Dash" poem in 1996. As an executive, she never dreamed that her childhood wish to become a poet would be fulfilled, but continued to write anyway--until her poem was read aloud on a syndicated radio program and became an instant, meteoric success. Calls came in from people around the country who wanted to share how "The Dash" had touched their hearts. That was the beginning of an enduring phenomenon, which inspired Linda to travel around the nation motivating others to "life their dash" and make every moment matter. LIVE YOUR DASH captures the message of the original poem: it's not your birth or death that matters most, but how you spend each passing year. Linda's 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, author James van Praagh, and American Idol winner David Cook (who has the lines of "The Dash" tattooed on his forearm)"--

"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 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. "-- Provided by publisher.

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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. (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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