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!


  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.

    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.

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