While a seminary student, classmates bestowed this name upon Linda, perfectly capturing the trajectory of her life~~a never-ending process of becoming.
The butterfly is her favorite symbol for resurrection and transformation.
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From an early age, Linda’s spiritual practice involved writing letters to the Divine in her journal.
Her first distinction as a writer came when her New Bremen, Ohio teachers selected her as the editor of the high school’s newspaper, The Crimson and Gold. While a student at United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio, her academic writing was praised for its clarity and the depth of her thinking. One of her papers was published in a University of Dayton academic journal, Explorations: Journal for Adventurous Thought.
In retirement, Linda is reinventing herself as an author. Click here for link to “My Writing Journey.”
Linda’s memoir, A Long Awakening to Grace will be published in August 2018. In the process of writing it, a profound level of inner wisdom emerged from her pen as she came to understanding and compassion for herself and her family amidst the trials experienced during the twenty-two years her children’s baffling challenges remained a mystery. Her life path is one of continually emerging into acceptance of her humanity, especially the less-than-desirable parts of herself, while being challenged to evolve into expanded levels of consciousness and compassion.
“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.” ~Philo
Before retiring fully in 2012, Linda’s professional path gave her an appreciation for the indomitable spirit present in the midst of all people’s stories and struggles.
After receiving her Master of Divinity degree with a specialization in spirituality and pastoral counseling in 1979, she served as an Associate Pastor, a Living-in-Process Facilitator of spiritual recovery groups, a Family Therapist for those caught in the pain of addiction, an Imago Relationship Therapist for couples and families, and a Relationship Coach for couples and singles.
In 2001, she was hired as the Director of Couples’ Programs by The Relationship Coaching Institute, a virtual organization. In that capacity she trained couples’ coaches from around the world via the internet and phone and edited their couples’ newsletter. She served for four years as Dayton’s Relationship Coach, writing a monthly column for Single Source News.
Linda lives and writes in Centerville, Ohio, a suburb of Dayton. Her daughter lives with her and her Siamese-mix cat, Kiko. A life-long learner dedicated to growing spiritually, she enjoys participating in writing and spiritually-oriented groups.