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From Chicken Soup for the Soul: Create Your Best Future

Meet Our Authors

Amy Newmark was a writer, speaker, Wall Street analyst and business executive in the worlds of finance and telecommunications for more than thirty years. Today she is publisher, editor-in-chief and coauthor of the Chicken Soup for the Soul book series. By curating and editing inspirational true stories from ordinary people who have had extraordinary experiences, Amy has kept the twenty-one-year-old Chicken Soup for the Soul brand fresh and relevant, and still part of the social zeitgeist.

Amy graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University where she majored in Portuguese and minored in French. She wrote her thesis about popular, spoken-word poetry in Brazil, which involved traveling throughout Brazil and meeting with poets and writers to collect their stories. She is delighted to have come full circle in her writing career — from collecting poetry “from the people” in Brazil as a twenty-year-old to, three decades later, collecting stories and poems “from the people” for Chicken Soup for the Soul.

Amy has a national syndicated newspaper column and is a frequent radio and TV guest, passing along the real-life lessons and useful tips she has picked up from reading and editing thousands of Chicken Soup for the Soul stories.

She and her husband are the proud parents of four grown children and in her limited spare time, Amy enjoys visiting them, hiking, and reading books that she did not have to edit.

Dr. Milton Boniuk has practiced ophthalmology for nearly sixty years, and is The Caroline F. Elles Chair of Ophthalmology and Professor of Ophthalmology at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. A native of Nova Scotia, Dr. Boniuk attended medical school at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia before moving to the United States for his residency at Wills Eye Hospital in Philadelphia, followed by a fellowship at the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology in Washington, D.C.

Dr. Boniuk and his wife Laurie live near their children and grandchildren in Houston. The Boniuk family has a strong commitment to philanthropy and a vision for change. Their belief that the world can be made a better place guides the work of The Boniuk Foundation, which sponsored this collection of Chicken Soup for the Soul stories. The Foundation believes that all religions, cultures, and ethnicities have a unique contribution to share with the world, and that differences among individuals are to be celebrated and not feared. Thus, the values of compassion, tolerance, and respect must be instilled in our young people, and this volume is designed to do that in an entertaining and accessible way.

Dr. Boniuk and his wife Laurie have also funded The Boniuk Institute for the Study and Advancement of Religious Tolerance at Rice University, with the mission of promoting research, education, outreach, and better parenting to foster religious tolerance by using innovative methods to reach young people, their parents, and their grandparents. The Institute’s logo is seen on the cover of this book, with its three key words — Tolerance, Respect, and Compassion — surrounded by the symbols of many of the world’s major religions.

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