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Live your dash : make every moment matter /

by Ellis, Linda, poet.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: New York, N.Y. : Sterling Ethos, 2011Description: xi, 276 p. ; 24 cm.ISBN: 9781402787294 :; 1402787294.Title notes: $17.95 2-2012 (db)Subject(s): Self-realization | Happiness | Joy | Life skillsSummary: Sharing her messages of joy, hope, and positive energy, the author of the poem "The Dash" presents inspirational stories, essays and poetry on how to live life to the fullest, along with tales of people who have been "touched by the dash."
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Includes the original poem "The Dash."   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   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. <br> 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.     <p> </p>

Sharing her messages of joy, hope, and positive energy, the author of the poem "The Dash" presents inspirational stories, essays and poetry on how to live life to the fullest, along with tales of people who have been "touched by the dash."

$17.95 2-2012 (db)

Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • Introduction (p. vii)
  • "Live Your Dash" Poem (p. x)
  • On Self-Reflection
  • R.I.P (p. 1)
  • Deal in Real (p. 3)
  • It Is What It Is (p. 5)
  • Advise Yourself (p. 8)
  • Inside Accessories (p. 10)
  • WYSIWYG (p. 13)
  • "I" Infection (p. 18)
  • Would You Choose You? (p. 21)
  • On Happiness
  • Getting Ready (to Live) (p. 24)
  • "The Day Between" (p. 31)
  • The Smile Connection (p. 33)
  • Filters (p. 37)
  • Forgive ... and Forget? (p. 42)
  • Senses Six and Seven (p. 45)
  • And Sometimes ... You Win (p. 47)
  • On Success
  • Definition of Success (p. 58)
  • Nice Things (p. 63)
  • Structure/Stricture (p. 67)
  • Adaptation (p. 71)
  • Passion (Find Yours) (p. 76)
  • Invisible Fences (p. 80)
  • Close Enough (p. 101)
  • On Gratitude
  • Stratitude (p. 106)
  • Every Single Day (p. 111)
  • AOKs (Acts of Kindness) (p. 117)
  • Little White Lies (p. 127)
  • Greener Grass (p. 131)
  • "One More Day" (p. 135)
  • On Stress
  • Problem Scale (p. 138)
  • Morning Mantra (p. 142)
  • On-Call (p. 145)
  • The Noise of Life (p. 149)
  • Simple City (p. 153)
  • On Life
  • The "Me's" (p. 161)
  • Automatic Pilot (p. 168)
  • Live Life in Person (p. 172)
  • "Be HERE" (p. 177)
  • Density of Life (p. 179)
  • "Rewind" (p. 185)
  • Failure to Affix (p. 187)
  • On Moments
  • Fractions (p. 193)
  • "Moments" (p. 195)
  • Savor the Flavor ... of Life (p. 197)
  • Senses (p. 199)
  • Scars and Memories (p. 202)
  • Contributors (p. 206)
  • On Time
  • Invitations (p. 209)
  • "Tomorrow's Yesterday" (p. 211)
  • AAA (Age, Awareness, Appreciation) (p. 213)
  • Lilly Rocks (p. 217)
  • Relish (p. 220)
  • On Legacy
  • "The Other Side" (p. 223)
  • The Mourning After (p. 226)
  • "Remember Me" (p. 229)
  • Is That You? (p. 231)
  • Boxes (p. 234)
  • Tomorrow's Eve (p. 237)
  • Names (p. 239)
  • The Sole Soul (p. 241)
  • "Nobody Came" (p. 243)
  • Touched by "The Dash"
  • The Dash's Dash (p. 247)
  • The Original "The Dash" (p. 250)
  • David Cook (p. 252)
  • Senator Bob Dole (p. 254)
  • Tim Currier (p. 257)
  • Captain Richard Marshall (p. 260)
  • Bev Martin (p. 262)
  • Susan Phelps (p. 263)
  • Sean Kanan (p. 264)
  • Carole Ann Cole (p. 266)
  • The Story of Makayla Joy (p. 268)
  • Acknowledgments (p. 272)
  • "My Life Song" (p. 274)

Reviews provided by Syndetics

Library Journal Review

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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