Let’s Talk with Tina Whittle

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When One Door Closes… by Tina Whittle

You know what they say about doors: “When one door closes, another one opens.” This is often hard to remember when one is staring at a closed door. It’s even harder when one is closing the door oneself.

And that’s what I’m doing today, saying goodbye here at Booklover’s Bench. Not that I haven’t enjoyed my stay–I certainly have! The writers here are top notch, as are the readers (of which you are one — thank you!).

I am, however, at one of the winnowing and releasing times of my life. I have learned to honor these cycles and seasons, to open my hands and let go, to accept some empty spaces. I think such times are necessary. As I wrote once on my tarot blog, “Despite what you have been told, Nature doesn’t abhor a vacuum. Nature rushes toward a vacuum with everything she’s got.”

I am looking forward to seeing what’s coming my way next, what Nature will deliver, what surprises might be on my doorstep on the other side of a currently closed door.

May it be so for you as well. Thanks for spending some time with me over these past years.


  1. We’ll miss you, Tina, but I wish you all the best and hope you find a purposeful new direction.

    • tinawhittle says:

      Thank you, Nancy! I don’t think y’all will get a chance to miss me too much, since I plan on a long career as a fan of Booklover’s Bench, even if I’m not a member.

  2. Tina, Oh how I understand the depth of feeling that went into every single word you wrote in your post above. I have stared down plenty of doors, some of which I opened, some of which I bypassed. I do think there are seasons to everything and that being open to possibilities sustains creativity. With that said, boo-hoo, I’m gonna miss having your ear here. But I love ya enough to let you go with grace and blessings of peace, wellness, and hope that your tomorrows just keep getting brighter. Hugs, my friend.

    • tinawhittle says:

      Hugs back to you! And you know where to find my ear, always. Plus I plan on haunting this place like a friendly ghost.

  3. Diane A.S. Stuckart says:

    We will miss you, but certainly understand about the open hands concept. Good luck with all you do. And keep us posted on your successes.

  4. cherylhollon says:

    I love your observation about nature being ready to rush into a vacuum. Work will always expand to fill the time. Here’s hoping you find something enjoyable!

  5. We’ve so enjoying the time we spent with you (do I sound like Carol Burnett?) and wish you the best. You know, you can always come back and visit!

    • tinawhittle says:

      Thank you, Terry! The hospitality here is grand, and I will take you up on that. Now we’ll both just tug on our respective left ears…

  6. Wishing you all the besr, Tina!