Elin Stebbins Waldal

Elin Stebbins Waldal is a writer, speaker and an advocate. She is the author of Tornado Warning, A Memoir of Teen Dating Violence and Its Effect on A Woman’s Life. Tornado Warning  won the 2012 About.com Reader’s Choice Award for The Best Parenting Teens book, won the 2012 Eric Hoffer Book Awards da Vinci Eye Award for Best Cover Art, was recognized as a 2012 Eric Hoffer Award Finalist and earned the 2011 Mom’s Choice Awards® Gold Medal in the Adult Book Category. Additionally Elin blogs about midlife at Beyond the Backyard Blues.


Lines of Age

  Lines…there are picket lines, fence lines, lines to wait in, lines to pull, lines to cross and lines to walk. And yes there are also…lines of age. Age lines are covered with foundation, soaked with moisturizer, erased via injection, surgeries, and in short are the recipients of countless dollars spent. Preserving youth…preserving is in fact a way of halting time…what really does it look like when time halts? The images of my husband Jimmy’s parents flash before my eyes....more

Why Did You Stay?

It has taken me years to get to the point where I could openly address the violence I endured as a late teen. Of course people within my inner circle learned after my life careened off the road like an out of control speeding car, my family, my friends they were my 911 call. They learned that for years I had been cloaked in a veil of silence. They learned that in reality I had been a victim of an out of control situation, and they learned that I had been powerless against the fast moving dynamic called the cycle of violence....more