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Location: Gainesville, Florida
Gender: Female
Born: to be mild, only a little wild
Member: Eternal Premier Author
Joined: June 2009
At a young age, I knew I wanted to write. Was fascinated by a new tablet of college-ruled paper and pen. Just didn't know what to write. Attempted poetry in grade-school. Wrote short-stories about my close friends in junior high school. They all got mad at me (because I told the truth). Began writing seriously at age 35; just came out of the pen one day and haven't stopped since. Write mostly poetry but attempt personal essays and short stories. I love nature, family, singing in church choir and most of all, writing.

The picture is recent, this year. I look all of my 72 years! Only thing different is that I have less hair . . .almost bald . . .very freeing and something to do with my frustrations of the time pandemically and politically.
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FanStory wrote to livelylinda: Day I Almost Owned Roller Skates finished second in the contest "True Story Contest"
February 20, 2020 at 12:13AM
    Pam (respa): Congratulations on the second place finish, Linda, very well deserved.
    February 20, 2020 at 12:19PM

livelylinda: The last year and a half was rough. A variety of illnesses, cancer/surgery, shingles, flu, eye problems, etc. Having been writing much but am back on my feet again and hope to be writing more often. Stop by and say, "hi". Linda
February 3, 2020 at 5:34PM
    damommy: Welcome back!
    February 3, 2020 at 9:16PM
    judester: Hi Linda, welcome back.
    February 4, 2020 at 5:56AM

FanStory wrote to livelylinda: My Home Town, The Road to Nowhere finished third in the contest "My Home Town"
August 9, 2018 at 12:13AM

livelylinda: August 10, 2017: Survived another trip to the cardiac cath lab. Two more stents. There are now 4 stents in my last coronary artery. It will keep me going for a while longer.

Also surviving the end of what I thought was the love of my life. A good sociopath tells you what you want to hear but never the truth. It got a little scary but I am safe now.
August 10, 2017 at 10:40AM

livelylinda: January 9, 2017: had delightful holiday with my family and new love.` Three and a half months into this romance and it continues to grow and grow. I'm madly in love and the feeling is reciprocated. Friends at my church tell me they hadn't seen me smile for a couple of years and that my lips are no longer grey and my cheeks have color again. Such is the power of love! About to write a poem about this . . .Linda
January 9, 2017 at 8:05AM
    crybry67: Yes love is a powerful force! I'm so happy for you!
    January 9, 2017 at 9:10AM
    TAB_that's me: Congrats on your new love Linda!
    January 9, 2017 at 4:34PM
    I am Cat: So happy to see you happy, my friend. ;-)
    January 10, 2017 at 10:03AM

FanStory wrote to livelylinda: Flower in the Attic finished second in the contest "2-10-2"
September 18, 2016 at 1:10AM
    l.raven: HI Dos, CONGRATULATIONS sweet girl...a well deserved win at ya ya...xxoo Uno
    September 18, 2016 at 9:34AM
    Irish Rain: Congratulations!!!! Whoo Hoo!!!!
    September 18, 2016 at 11:58AM

livelylinda: Not on site much these days and writing very little. Having one of those downswings where I need to sleep most of the time . . . my body shuts down and my brain shuts down.

In contact with my newly found sister and nephew. We will be meeting in person in a couple of weeks. We were laughing about how when we first see each other, then do the 'old lady shuffle', it will take us a week to actually get within hugging distance! We have a lot of laughs. The more info I get from her about our father, the closer I feel to him. He is becoming a real person rather than just a name and a couple of pictures. After we meet, I'm sure I'll be writing something (if I have the energy).
June 2, 2016 at 9:18AM

livelylinda: Well, another trip to the cardiac cath lab. They found that the last stent placed two years ago is still doing its job and then added two more stents to open up blockage in my one remaning coronary artery. This should allow me a bit more energy and less chest pain. Linda 12/15
January 2, 2015 at 9:30AM
    l.raven: hey sweet girl...I love this can delete if you want...won't hurt my feelings...much...LOL...takes a lot of the truly you can ya you...Linda 1
    January 20, 2015 at 11:08PM
    l.raven: Have a wonderful Easter Day Numero Dos...will talk to ya soon...Love ya you...Numero Uno...xxoo
    March 30, 2015 at 11:45PM
    l.raven: CONGRATULATIONS Linda...Numero's a wonderful happy for you...Love ya you...Uno...Linda xxoo
    June 5, 2015 at 6:00PM
    Jumbo J: Just read Linda's birthday card poem to you... wanted to say a Happy Birthday to you and wish you all the very best... so sorry to hear of your condition... you know, you can be on this site and not get to know or read a lot of poets/writers... or even know of their real life stories... I am truly regretful you have fallen through my reading/reviewing cracks... I will keep my eyes open a lot wider to receive your essence in future... so again...a very Happy Birthday to you... and I hope that you are well or at very least comfortable and get to have an enjoyable day with all who love and care for you... James vx's.
    August 19, 2015 at 11:40PM
    from your friend DownUnder - Lovi

    August 20, 2015 at 2:45AM
    nancyrabbrose: I wish you all the best in your recovery and ongoing energetic and poetic living. Kathleen aka nancyrabbrose
    January 16, 2016 at 10:15AM
    l.raven: Happy Valentines Day my Uno xxoo
    February 13, 2016 at 6:43PM

livelylinda: Just an update: I was diagnosed a few months ago with Congestive Heart Failure. There are 4 stages and I seem to be slipping into stage 3 at the present time. Am tired all the time. Getting more congested and a bit more coughing. Feet, ankles and calves swell every day, most of the time. Have to use Nitro one to four times a day, sometimes I wake up between 3 a.m. and 4 a.m. with chest pains. Still get up every morning, take my dawg across the street to the park for a few minutes. Do a little house work or laundry. Write every day, head is full things it wants out of there. Basically, I'm being kept alive with some really good medications/doctors/and the grace of God. Linda
July 25, 2014 at 10:48PM
    rama devi: Sending healing thoughts, light, love, hugs and prayers. Hope you feel better soon.
    July 26, 2014 at 2:27AM
    pipersfancy: Hi Linda - if I recall correctly, you first discussed your health challenges about a year ago. At that time, your doctor was suggesting you had about 6 months to live... well, all I can say is, you must be doing a LOT right! You remain active (I know lots of "healthy"indivuals who don't walk or get outside everyday like you do!) and positive in mind and spirit! You just keep doing what you're doing, my friend... and the time you need to get all those wonderful thoughts out on paper to share with the world will be there for you! Hugs, and prayers for continued stability in your health.
    July 27, 2014 at 10:52PM
    livelylinda: pipersfancy: thanks so much for your encouraging words. I needed to see them because I have such low energy, it is frustrating not to be able to do very much. I do make sure to get out and get some fresh air every day. I usually take my dawg across the street so he can run in the park. In the afternoon I walk across the street to collect the mail. In the morning before it gets too hot and humid, I will sit out in the backyard with my coffee. Everything takes so much effort and ends with needing a Nitro. But your words see it as different - positive in mind and spirit - some days I feel that and other days I'm angry and others so sad. I've already begun Christmas shopping for this year. I'm planning on being here. I promised my 18 year old grandson, Austin, that I would be to his high school graduation May, 2015. Nice talking with ya. Linda
    August 2, 2014 at 10:33PM
    Selina Stambi: Linda, keep positive and looking upward. Sometimes, what our eyes see is not entirely the truth, because there is work being done on the inside that we cannot begin to imagine. Prayer works - praying for you! Love xxx
    September 5, 2014 at 9:41PM
    l.raven: HI Linda, just dropping be to see how you are's really beautiful here today...was outside for a little while...hope you have been able to spend some time in your garden...well just came in to see you..have a wonderful day...hope it has cooled off a bit...Love ya you...Linda xxoo soon
    September 14, 2014 at 6:26PM
    Lovinia: Hi Linda

    Congrats on your Human Suffering win! Well done.
    Hugs - Lovi xoxoxo

    September 19, 2014 at 11:48AM
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    September 22, 2014 at 8:07PM
    l.raven: First CONGATULATIONS on your win Linda ...Yeah!!!! and now....if I can help let me xxoo
    September 22, 2014 at 8:09PM
    angelface2: Hi Linda. I have just been reading about your health issues. I am so sorry to hear this. I have just begun to read your posts and want to read more. I pray the Lord will give you healing and you can continue to write. XXX Miss Sally
    October 7, 2014 at 11:01PM
    Lovinia: Happy moving day ... I hope you have plenty of helpers and all goes smoothly. Keep safe and sound. Hugs - Lovi xoxo
    October 31, 2014 at 12:54AM
    Ben Colder : Somthing for the recor. Linda, My Mary has the heart problem as well , 14 years now come Mothers' Day. 76 years of age and going strong. The devil is a lier, Jesus is Lord. Stay on the faith line and we will be in prayer as well.
    January 21, 2015 at 10:55AM
    al1801: Han g in there, Linda and I'm hoping you're not suffering. Al xx
    May 4, 2015 at 10:19PM

livelylinda: I write mostly poetry, some short stories and have some country/western song lyrics. Have been writing for 35 years. I have written about my life, a lot of nature and spiritual pieces. I use to be active in my church - a Deacon, sang in the choir, part of the worship service committee and a few other odds and ends but my health is declining so only make it to church about once a month now. It exhausts me. Have been divorced since the 1980's. Have 3 grown daughters, one granddaughter and two grandsons. My first great-grandchild, Bentley turned 4 years on November 8.
I have over 400 poems and a basket of stories and personal essays posted on this site. I usually write fairly well and attempting to learn how to polish everything and make it better. With everyones help I am sloooooowly getting there. . .
August 20, 2011 at 3:40PM
    livelylinda: I am having health issues as my heart is slowly giving out. Been in and out of the hospital, no energy, sleep a lot. Haven't written anything this year yet. Have been given 6 months to live by my doctors. Hope to write something soon. livelylinda
    July 13, 2013 at 4:19PM
    mumsyone: I just read "The Wait" and will go back to review it shortly, but I just have to say how sorry I am to hear about your condition. Is there no hope for a transplant? I pray that God will comfort you and your family.
    September 7, 2013 at 8:14PM
    livelylinda: My cardiologist and I discussed a heart transplant briefly. I'm 65 years old and believe hearts for transplant (which are difficult to find), should be used on younger people who haven't already lived a life. Besides that, the recovery would be a long one and I no longer have the patience for that.
    September 7, 2013 at 10:55PM
    Treischel: I applaud your courageous and unselfish decision due to the shortage of hearts. I too am sorry to hear about your situation. I hope you see those angels you wrote about when the time comes.
    September 8, 2013 at 11:58AM
    shortwerks: Hello, Linda. I am new to the site and just read a couple of your poems. I was hoping they were imaginative and am so sorry to find out otherwise. You are beyond brave. You will be in my thoughts. What a great example you are. Angels around you, indeed.
    September 8, 2013 at 11:42PM
    Lovinia: What tremendous courage you have. My thought and prayers are with you. I hope you live in joy and liveliness with your family and friends for as long as you have, Hugs - Lovinia xoxoxo
    September 9, 2013 at 4:18AM
    Selina Stambi: May I join you in praying for a miracle, Linda?
    September 9, 2013 at 1:43PM
    country ranch writer: Well hello Linda, you are such a brave lady to have come so far in your journey of life and to be able to spend time with the ones you love so dearly. you may have a short time left on this earth ,we never know when it will happen, but know this you will never walk alone God is with you and will be there for you welcoming you in to the Golden gate when time does come.We never know when time may run out for all of us but we must fight to the end to leave the happiest memories for our loved ones to remember us by.We have lives a good life and we are thankful to God for this. I told my God son Ritchie9999POOL) I would drop you a line he is such a sweet dear cares so much for everyone. God bless and my best to you and yours- from CRW
    September 10, 2013 at 12:18PM
    livelylinda: Yes, Richie seems to be a very nice guy. And, it was wonderful for you both to offer me condolences and best wishes for a miracle. Thank you so much for writing. Linda
    September 10, 2013 at 1:48PM
    kiwijenny: Linda I want you to check out this out. It is a sermon on salvation. I so want to get this right for myself . Our eternal home depends on it....
    September 10, 2013 at 9:26PM
    misscookie: Hello my sweet Lady.
    I'm sadden by the news, yet in my heart I know you are prepared to go to a better places. when you will see your friends and love one who went before their time. Ju8st remember daring we all are here on borrowed time. I write with a sense of humor for this I mean no disrespect. it's just my way of writing God bless you and enjoys each day with love and happiness.
    Until next time.
    September 12, 2013 at 5:47AM
    l.raven: Hi Linda, I am so glad you are feeling a bit better...that is good just keep taking it easy and nap when needed...LOL xxoo
    November 15, 2013 at 12:24AM
    RGstar: You are a brave Lady, and I admire you so much.
    Your poem will soon be ready.
    Take care brave lady, you are a walking beacon of righteousness before all those who think there lives difficult.

    Thank you for this courage

    January 13, 2014 at 8:17PM
    RGstar: Sorry for the spelling of 'their'
    January 14, 2014 at 8:23PM
    kiwijenny: Lively Linda.I am sending you a site to sign up for emails. The article I read was about amazing heart health received from the plant they made the crown of thorns for Jesus on the cross.

    To start receiving your own copy of the Health e-Tips, visit: Or forward this e-mail to a friend so they can sign-up to receive their own copy of the Health e-Tips.
    January 15, 2014 at 3:14PM
    l.raven: Hi Linda, just missing ya...hope you are Ok...get lots of rest...Love ya Linda xxoo luff
    January 18, 2014 at 11:37PM
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    February 5, 2014 at 10:48AM
    l.raven: I know it can't replace your garden...but I hope it will cheer you up...Luff Linda xxoo hugs have a great day...
    February 5, 2014 at 10:50AM
    livelylinda: Linda: you are as beautiful as this rose. What a fabulous picture! It would look pretty in my pond. I can't thank you enough for how happy you make me with this gift and all the continued support and encouragement. God bless you good! Linda
    February 5, 2014 at 11:01AM
    l.raven: Linda, don't ya just love that name...LOL you are so welcome...just feel better...and God already blessed me...were friends...have a great day...Linda xxoo
    February 6, 2014 at 11:16AM
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    February 27, 2014 at 9:16PM
    l.raven: Hi Linda, Hope your feeling better...stay off your ya Linda xxoo
    February 27, 2014 at 9:18PM
    livelylinda: Linda: my "sprained foot" has me in terrible pain. I believe that it is broken, possible in several places. It is a horrible mess but see my doctor Tuesday. Up most of the night last night in pain. Thanks for checking on me. Linda
    March 3, 2014 at 11:49AM
    l.raven: OMG Linda, you better be careful...Let me know what the doctor says...maybe you should have gone to the ER... I am so sorry you are in so much pain...hope they can give you something... stay off the foot... I will check back...breaks my ya you...Linda xxoo
    March 3, 2014 at 8:20PM
    reconciled: congrats on your win Linda.....I ddn't know it was you....-smle-
    June 7, 2014 at 4:01PM
    BLACKDYKE: Of course you are right linda, goodness knows where I was at the time. I take it all back.
    August 1, 2014 at 3:45PM
    BLACKDYKE: And congrats' on your win........
    August 1, 2014 at 3:46PM

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