December 2016 Lifestyle Letter

From time-to-time we like to turn this space over to one of the contributors who help bring these pages to life each month. Linda Dohse has been writing for us from the start, telling the personal stories behind some of the ordinary people who make this such an extraordinary place to live. Now we’re pleased to let you get to know Linda, in her own words.

Hi. I’m Linda and there are two things I’d like you to know about me: I love to write and I love to talk. Many people might even venture to say I have “the gift of gab.” I discovered my love of writing at a very young age, and as I got a bit older, also discovered how much I loved meeting new people. Writing was, and still is, a great way to express my feelings, and as I realized many years later – combining my love of meeting new people and sharing their stories was also something I really enjoyed. And if you ever ask me which I prefer more – writing or talking – it’s a close one, but the written word would almost always win out over the spoken one.

That’s because writing is my true passion, and my favorite articles to write are human-interest stories – stories that tug at my heartstrings and make me realize that – in spite of all the negativity and disrespect in the world today – there are still a lot of great people out there. From writing about someone who “paid-it-forward,” a person who helped another in a time of need, or simply those who are living a life that is humble and kind – writing these types of articles warms my heart and strengthens my soul in such a profound way. I have had the privilege to meet many truly wonderful people over the years, and being able to share their goodness in writing with others has been a true blessing.

I give thanks for my given gift to write, and bless these humble and giving people I have met and been fortunate enough to write about. To all of you – I thank you from the bottom of my heart for sharing your stories of grace and humility with me. And to those I have yet to meet, I am truly looking forward to our paths crossing in the future and being able to share your goodness with others.