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Elin Stebbins Waldal

Elin Stebbins Waldal is a writer and a speaker. Her first book, Tornado Warning, A Memoir of Teen Dating Violence and Its Effect on A Woman’s Life, earned the 2012 Readers’ Choice Award for Best Parenting Teens Book, received a 2011 Mom’s Choice Awards® Gold Medal in the Adult Book Category and was recognized as a 2012 Eric Hoffer Award Finalist and won the Eric Hoffer da Vinci Eye Award for best cover art. Elin writes about all things “midlife” on her blog, Beyond the Backyard Blues, Midlife in Full Swing. instagram: elinwaldal

Because my mother is no longer alive to ask, I try to imagine the emotions that would have been swirling through her mind as she entered Penn Station on an unknown day in early January of 1944—fear, excitement—surely she must have experienced both. It was cold then, temperatures hovered around 27 degrees—and although I don’t …

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