Bio

Dorothy Wilhelm calls herself a porcupine trainer. That’s her term for the sticky situations and prickly people we all have to face on a daily basis.  She believes we all handle porcupines every

Dorothy_Wilhelm_Headshot day, whether we want to or not.  Dorothy is a professional humorist, speaker, radio and TV personality who brings energy, good humor and fun to her presentations on using creativity to solve the problems of daily living and welcoming life change with enthusiasm.She is a familiar Northwest media personality and appears regularly on radio and TV, hosts and produces a TV series on TCI-TV called My Home Town, and writes a newspaper column which appears regularly in the Tacoma News Tribune and other publications nationally.   But it has not always been this way.

Some time ago, Dorothy was a widow with six children and a bleak outlook.  She had less than a year toward her college degree, no work history, and, as far as she knew, no employable skills.  She could not even drive her car on the freeway.

Today she still has six children, but everything else has changed.

Faced with a need to put her life on track, Dorothy put into practice her belief that every person has untapped, and often unrecognized, resources that can maximize every opportunity.

That belief paid off:  Dorothy is now creator of seminars which use humor and practical strategies to enable  audiences to develop their own creative resources to manage life change and the Second Fifty Years. In addition to her current programs,.Dorothy was the creator of the award winning Never Too Late on KH20 radio Tacoma and her humorous features appeared weekly on KIRO radio and TV where she was Creative Living Expert for many years.    (KIRO is the CBS affiliate in Seattle and the largest News/information station in the Northwest.)    Her radio broadcasts have drawn thousands of requests for reprints.  Her column appears nationally in such publications as 50 & Better.  She  has a degree in Communications from Marylhurst University  – and she drives anywhere she wants!

Comments

  1. Dorothy,
    I too grew up on the banks of the Kootenai River. We were downstream from Libby about four miles. My Dad was an avid hunter and I remember crossing the river at Warland many times. Elliot Draw was one of Dad’s favorite hunting spots. He had a tale he passed down about Dunn Creek Nell catching trespassers on her land. As I recall, Julius Neils was one of them she held at gun point and forced to do her laundry on an old washboard.

    Sincerely
    Mike Brewington

  2. Your niece, I believe,, Barbara Galloway, gave me your name and suggested I contact you. She’s the Resident Director here at Friends House, where I’ve been living for three years, after moving from 10 years on Whidbey Island.. You sound like a very funny woman; I hope I can meet you some day. Barbara said you’re always interested in older people who’s written books, and I turned 80 last August. –I”ve had various publictions through the years and recently, Floating Bridge Press in Seattle published a book, on which I had been workiong for six years: About Face: Facial Injuury and Reconstruction in WWI. It’s an Introduction to WWI with 21 poems written from the perspective of the facially injuured soldiers and their wives. Obviously, it’s not a funny book, but she said you like to promote the work of older writers, and I’m that. My earlier book, “Old Is Not a Four-Letter Word” (Papier-Mache Press, 1997) iS funny. –I’m off to my daughter’s house in town overnight but will give you a call lsoon. I’ll be in Seattle in January. (Ann Gerike (rhymes with Cherokee)301-804-4110. (This is very small type!)

  3. Dorothy, you are such a delightful lady, and a great inspiration to all types and ages! What a story you have to tell! No wonder you have a newspaper column and are in constant communication with the public Especially in this day with what is going on in the world, we need a ‘female’ Bob Hope, like you!!! ….Thank you for being so squirky and making the world laugh with you!!! ………..Also, thank you for telling me about the emergency beepers. It was super meeting you at the recent LWB meeting, and hope our paths meet again.
    T E Worthy

    • Dorothy Wilhelm says

      Thank you m’dear. I do my best, but you know what we say – and it’s true – without readers there can’t be any writers, so thank you!

  4. I’d like to share your poem, “As Long as it Matters” on my blog and link to your website. I didn’t think you’d mind. Years ago when you came to present to the Tacoma Pen Women and you gave us that poem, I had no idea how many times it would come in handy. It’s on my bedroom wall so I see it every day at least twice. And yes, I have died my hair red!

    • Dorothy Wilhelm says

      Dear April,
      Please forgive me for taking so long to reply to you. I’ve been traveling and it seems that every time I go away, it takes me longer and longer to get back to business. Certainly, you may use my poem with link and credit. I’m glad you dyed your hair red. Not too sure what color mine is. I’ll have to check. Thanks, Dorothy.

  5. Dorothy, hello!
    I just discovered you, for the first time, in The Olympian, and want to thank you for creating a smile on my face and a few chuckles out loud. So I’ve checked out your website. From reading other emails to you, I see that you may champion writers of a certain age. I’m one, and I’d welcome your support of a fellow artist. I’ve written a 16-page booklet of Liner Notes to accompany my 16-song CD of autobiographical songs (including my Fleetwoods’ #1 Hit “Come Softly To Me” and Top 40 Hit “Graduation’s Here”, which you may remember from 1959, since broadcast on US radio nearly 3 million times). These 16 songs and the booklet tell the story of First Love Revisited, reunited after nearly 40 years apart. Well, here’s a link that will save time and space and give you the scoop and samples of each of the 16 songs. I’d be delighted if you’d share: http://www.GoldCupMusic.com. Enjoy!

  6. Dorothy, hello!
    I just discovered you, for the first time, in The Olympian, and want to thank you for creating a smile on my face and a few chuckles out loud! As a result, I’ve checked out your website. From reading other emails to you, I see that you apparently champion writers of a certain age. I’m one, and I’d welcome your support of a fellow artist. I’ve written a 16-page booklet of Liner Notes to accompany my self-penned, 16-song CD of autobiographical songs (including my Fleetwoods’ #1 Hit “Come Softly To Me” and Top 40 Hit “Graduation’s Here”, which you may remember from 1959 and it’s since being broadcast on US radio nearly 3 million times). These 16 songs and the booklet tell the story of First Love Revisited. We met at ages 16 and 18 – and were reunited after nearly 40 years apart. Well, here’s a link that will save time and space and give you the scoop and samples of each of the 16 songs. I’d be delighted if you’d share: http://www.GoldCupMusic.com. Enjoy!

  7. Norene Feller says

    Hi Dorothy,

    I live in a 50+ community in Parkland WA,. Our social club in this community is always looking for entertainment for our residents. Do you ever so personal appearances for different associations. If so, what if any would the fee be. Lover to hear about your story.
    Norene

  8. Happy New Year !

    Thank you for your inspiration, contributions to
    journalism and the community.

    Eagles Can Soar !

  9. Joseph Boyle says

    Dorothy,

    As I start my 4th quarter I am thankful to have had your inspiration & mentorship influence my first 75 years.

    Joseph Boyle

  10. Pauline Welker says

    Dear Dorothy,
    I have met you more than once. The occasion you might recall most was an April fools day gathering at your condo in Dupont a few years ago. I was there with Dick Ferguson and he was saved from having to marry me by consensus of the party attendees. (I am joking about that part, of course). I think about you often and still stop at the Dupont library and I am also member of the golf community at The Home Course but rarely play a game these days. I am single and live on the West side of Olympia in a Senior apartment complex near the Capital Mall. I got your contact information from the Library. Thanks for being who you are and I am looking forward to reading “it’s never too late.” Blessings to you and yours Pauline K Welker

  11. Norbert F Buchholz says

    can you buy the book on line as we now live in Ashburn,VA?

  12. M. Jean Holman says

    Dear Dorothy,

    This is probably a wild request. I really thought that I read when I looked your name up on the computer that it said you lived on the Westside near the mall. I never can find something again that I once found so I am not surprised that I cannot find that again! I belong to Daughters of Pioneers of Washington Chapter #4. We are the caretakers of the Crosby House Museum which is Bing Crosby’s grandparent’s house. We do tours and I am the Financial Secretary. Part of my job is that I ask speakers to speak at our lunch/meetings. Tumwater now owns the Crosby House, but as long as we make the history of the area known, we are the caretakers of the house. We pay the fuel bill.

    My father’s grandmother came from Ireland at the age of 13 with a cousin. She ended up taking care of the children and doing other work for the Tiltons. When James Tilton became the Washington Territorial surveyor, Mary Garrity came around the horn with Mrs. Tilton and their children and Charles Mitchell. In the book, Free Boy, A True Story of Slave and Master by Lorraine McConaghy and Judy Bentley, the Mary Garrity in the book is my great grandmother. She came to this area in 1855. She met James Holman who came from England and they married. I have Mary’s bible with the inscription from Mrs. Tilton, “Presented to little Mary Holman by I Tilton. Oct. 14, 1865 Olympia, WT”. I’m not trying to get into a book, just to let you know sort of what the Daughters of Pioneers here means.

    Our Bylaws say we cannot pay for speakers. That is the bad news. If you cannot come, I will totally understand. I just thought I would ask.

    My cousin and I would really like to give you a private tour of the Crosby House Museum. Those are best because there are no interruptions. If you choose to do that, just let me know when you would like to do that. Since I retired I do belong to several group like I am on the sales team for a Children’s Hospital Guild, etc. but most any time would be fine.

    If you were free to speak to the group at the Crosby House Museum on April 9, 2020, please just let me know. A time of 20-30 minutes would be great. That is a potluck day and you are so welcome to come to lunch whether you speak or not and you do not need to bring anything. It is not a large group. Many members have moved to other states, some older or ill, so we have about 20 people who come to meetings. There are 48 members total, with a few honorary members, some Friends who are not members, but come for social reasons or to help. I send out the yearly newsletter with the dues information so I will forward you a copy of the newsletter I just mailed out to give you an idea of what we do.

    I will look forward to your reply. Thanks!

    Sincerely,

    M. Jean Holman

    mjholman@comcast.net

    1145 Middle Street S. E.

    Tumwater, WA 98501

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