Tindell, Charles 1940–

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Tindell, Charles 1940–

PERSONAL: Born September 16, 1940, in Dubuque, IA; son of Charles (a glass cutter) and Virginia (a waitress) Tindell; married Carol Lane (a purchasing clerk), February 23, 1963; children: Scott, Andrew, Robert. Ethnicity: "English-Irish-Polish." Education: University of Minnesota—Twin Cities, B.A., 1966; Northwestern Lutheran Theological Seminary, M.Div., 1970. Politics: Independent. Hobbies and other interests: Oil painting, canoeing, ventriloquism, baking bread, woodworking, collecting hourglasses.

ADDRESSES: Home—Apple Valley, MN. E-mail[email protected]

CAREER: Pastor of Lutheran churches in Cushing and Pillager, MN, 1970–73; senior pastor of Lutheran church in Apple Valley, MN, 1973–92; Minnesota Masonic Home, Bloomington, chaplain and director of pastoral care, 1992–2005; retired, 2005. Military service: U.S. Marine Corps, 1962–63.

AWARDS, HONORS: National Mature Media Awards, gold award, 1998, for Seeing beyond the Wrinkles: Stories of Ageless Courage, Humor, and Faith, silver award, 2004, for The Enduring Human Spirit: Thought-Provoking Stories on Caring for Our Elders.

WRITINGS:

Seeing beyond the Wrinkles: Stories of Ageless Courage, Humor, and Faith, Studio 4 Productions (Northridge, CA), 1998, 2nd edition, 1999, study guide, 1999.

Study Guide for Personal Reflection and Spiritual Growth, Studio 4 Productions (Northridge, CA), 1999.

The Enduring Human Spirit: Thought-Provoking Stories on Caring for Our Elders, Idyll Arbor (Ravensdale, WA), 2003.

This Angel Has No Wings (mystery novel), Hilliard & Harris (Boonsboro, MD), 2004.

This Angel Doesn't Like Chocolate (mystery novel), Hilliard & Harris (Boonsboro, MD), 2005.

SIDELIGHTS: Charles Tindell told CA: "I write for the passion of writing itself. Writing provides me an opportunity to channel my creativity. I'm also pleased that I will leave a legacy to my family and friends.

"My first couple of books were nonfiction and came from my experiences as the director of pastoral care at a nursing home. After those books, I wanted to challenge myself to see if I could write a mystery. As a result, a mystery series was started."

BIOGRAPHICAL AND CRITICAL SOURCES:

PERIODICALS

Good Age, July, 1998, review of Seeing beyond the Wrinkles: Stories of Ageless Courage, Humor, and Faith, p. 3.

Phoenix, August, 1998, review of Seeing beyond the Wrinkles.