…the Story behind the Story

Cindi, Linda and our Mother

Photo taken in December, 2012,
three months before Linda’s passing.
Cindi Elli on left, Linda Leslie on right,
in the center is their mother, Martha Johnson,
who inspired the book’s Marie-isms.

If my sister had lived, she might have one day finished this book that she began 30 years ago. Linda passed away in March of 2013, after spending her last few months in my home. She wanted to be with her family at the end; we were all blessed with bittersweet moments together.

It took some time after her death before I had the strength to go through her many files and papers.  An avid reader, Linda left behind dozens of journals with her thoughts, favorite quotes and insights about how one person could make a difference in the world — something she always believed was possible.

I couldn’t believe it when I found the first three unfinished chapters of this book.  I remember when Linda had the idea and began writing it; her son Ryan was 8 or 9 years old at the time.   He now has a son, Quinn, who is 12.

Linda had typed up several pages; the rest were hand-written thoughts scribbled on scraps of paper stuck in a notebook.  She had nine chapters outlined with possible lesson themes; her title was to be The Dream Book.

Linda would have been 63 shortly after her death.  On her birthday, our family scattered her ashes in the Rocky Mountains.   It was that weekend that I made up my mind to finish this book, which I re-titled The Dream Travelers.

This book is dedicated to my sibling and soul sister, Linda Leslie, who had written as page one in her book:  (original author unknown)

What Matters

One hundred years from now, it will not matter
What kind of house I lived in,
How much I had in my bank account,
Nor what my clothes looked like.

But the world may be a little better because
I made a difference in the life of a child.

The book is finally finished, Sis. I hope that it fulfills your purpose and makes a difference in the life of a child.

As always, “I’ve got your back.”

In honor and memory of the life and spirit of Linda Leslie, The Dream Travelers book has been donated to children’s hospitals, organizations, libraries and schools.

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