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From Chicken Soup for the Soul: Dreams and the Unexplainable

Meet Our Contributors

Adrienne A. Aguirre is a licensed minister with a Masters of Art in Theological Studies from Bethel Seminary San Diego. Chaplain Adrienne provides spiritual and bereavement counseling to hospice patients and their loved ones. She’s also a freelance journalist and a prison-ministry volunteer. Reach her at [email protected].

John (Jake) Cosmos Aller is a novelist, poet, and former Foreign Service officer having served twenty-seven years with the U.S. State Department. He has completed three novels, and published his poetry in electronic poetry forums, including All Poetry, Moon Café, and Duane’s Poetree, and literary magazines.

Monica A. Andermann lives and writes on Long Island where she shares a home with her husband Bill and their little tabby, Samson. Her work has been included in such publications as Woman’s World, Guideposts, Ocean and many other Chicken Soup for the Soul titles.

Alicia Araya creates art through drawing, oil painting, printmaking, mixed media, and photography. Lately she has focused on collaborating on literary and artistic creations with her husband. She lives a stone’s throw from the Appalachian Trail and invites you over for coffee anytime.

Love for the garden transformed Barbara Blossom Ashmun’s life, inspiring her to become a garden designer, teacher, and writer. She’s written seven garden books, most recently Love Letters to My Garden. Her greatest joy is gardening on a sunny acre in Portland, OR.

Suzanne Baginskie lives on the west coast of Florida with her husband, Al. Recently retired, she enjoys writing and has been published in various Chicken Soup for the Soul books. Her other interests include traveling, reading, and watching movies. She is currently working on an inspirational romantic suspense novel.

For the past twenty years Maissa Bessada has made her living writing promotional and marketing materials, but her heart lies with fiction. In 2013 she wrote and produced a six-episode satirical sci-fi audio drama about CSIS special agent, Ace Galaksi. You can meet Ace at

D.E. Brigham has recently completed a forty-year career in secondary and higher education in the U.S. and abroad. He lives with his wife in a log house in Eastern Tennessee where he is starting a career as a writer. He is an avid pickle ball player, gardener, and kayaker. E-mail him at [email protected].

Loreen Martin Broderick holds a BS in Paralegal Studies, summa cum laude, and is pursuing an MA in Educational Psychology and Counselor Education at Tennessee Technological University. An avid reader, writer, crafter, and amateur genealogist, her greatest delights are her large loving family, dear friends, and beloved grandbabies.

Born and raised in Maine, Heidi Campbell is currently a high school English and journalism teacher in Georgia. She received her BA in English from Oglethorpe University, and her M.Ed from the University of Georgia. She is married with three kids and two dogs. She enjoys reading, writing, traveling, cooking, and antiques.

Peter Canova is a businessman/author. Two of his books, Pope Annalisa and The Thirteenth Disciple have won nineteen prestigious literary awards including Nautilus, Writer’s Digest, and Eric Hoffer. He credits spiritual experiences for changing his life.

GD Carey is a writer and paranormal enthusiast from Southern California. When not writing or investigating the paranormal, she enjoys amateur matchmaking for friends and family. The song in her story can be found at

Eva Carter has had a career in the entertainment field and finance. She is currently a freelance writer who enjoys Nia dance, (a combination of martial arts, dance arts and yoga). She lives in Dallas, TX with her husband, Larry. E-mail her at [email protected].

Brenda Cathcart-Kloke lives in Denver, CO. Writing inspirational stories is a dream come true for her. An avid Broncos fan, she loves spending time with her family and reading Chicken Soup for the Soul books.

Christie Chu earned her BA from Wheaton College, IL. She is a military wife, mother of three, and writer. She spends most of her time getting ready to move or unpacking from the last move. Christie writes about family, expat life, and dealing with transition.

Laurel Clark has been keeping a dream journal for forty years, using dreams as a source for personal guidance and inspiration. She leads groups to assist other people to draw upon dream wisdom. Laurel teaches at the School of Metaphysics in Missouri and is a member of the International Association for the Study of Dreams.

Betty Jane Coffman is a certified massage therapist, therapeutic massage instructor and professional artist. She is also the author of several books, both fiction and nonfiction. Her most widely recognized titles are From Blood to Blood, Blood Legacy and The Anatomy of Forgiveness.

Heather M. Cook is a married mother of four children living in middle Tennessee. She is finishing up her degree in communications and plans to pursue writing as a career rather than the hobby it has been for many years. She enjoys reading and spending time with her family.

Lynn Darmon is an Evidential Medium living in Michigan with an international clientele. She has been featured on ABC’s 20/20 and The Dr. Oz Show along with other appearances in television and radio. When not working, Lynn enjoys traveling to spend time with her two grown children — one in New York City and the other in Los Angeles.

Amy McCoy Dees is a mother, historian, and published novelist. She writes American history for young adults/children and loves traveling into the past to discover “hidden gems” to share with her readers. She recently traveled to Wales and adores the Welsh valleys, castles, and people there.

Stefanie DeLeo is a published playwright, actress, and teacher. She has a Master’s degree in Theatre from New York University and was a Peace Corps volunteer in South Africa for two and a half years. Her published play, Worth a Thousand Words, jumpstarted her career as a writer.

Ralph S. Delligatti worked for forty-seven years in the Las Vegas casino industry. He is married to Paula and they have five sons, eight grandchildren, and one great-grandson. He published a book entitled The Last Casino and the screenplay Deadly Defiance.

Charlie Denison is a freelance writer, award-winning journalist and accomplished recording artist/singer-songwriter. A graduate of the University of Kentucky School of Journalism, Denison lives in Lewistown, MT with his wife and stepson.

Leslie Dunn’s articles have appeared in Redbook, Moody Monthly and Nashville Parent. She was also a frequent contributor to the Gainesville Sun. Dunn is an ACA Certified Kayak Instructor and wrote the book, Quiet Water Kayaking: A Beginner’s Guide to Kayaking, and a book about her hero, Rudolf Virchow: Four Lives in One.

Rita Durrett is a retired Family and Consumer Science teacher. She is mother to two boys and grandmother to five boys and a little girl. Rita blogs, sews, does needle art, and writes.

Lauren Dyer is a former school teacher, currently traveling around the U.S. with her dog West, kayaking, climbing, backpacking, and writing about her experiences. Follow her experiences on Instagram at the.rambling.woman or e-mail her for questions, comments, or job offers at [email protected].

Judy Dykstra-Brown is an artist and writer and has lived in Ajijic, Mexico, since 2001. Her recent work has appeared in Veils, Halos, and Shackles, Felan and El Ojo del Lago. Her books Prairie Moths, Lessons from a Grief Diary and Sock Talk are available online. She posts daily on her blog at

Janice R. Edwards received her BAT degree in 1974. She taught English and Journalism before working at Texaco. She is a freelance writer for Image Magazine and has been published numerous times in the Chicken Soup for the Soul series.

Rachel Fort travels full-time in an RV with her husband and daughter. Rachel loves life on the road but looks forward to settling down someday, living off the grid, and having horses again. She plans to keep on writing.

Kelle Grace Gaddis’s book, My Myths, was published in 2016. She earned her MFA from the University of Washington and has published numerous poetry and fiction works. She is honored to be a 4Culture “Poetry on Buses” winner in 2015 and 2017. She lives in Seattle with her partner Martin while working on a short story collection and novel.

Andrew Garcia was born in New York City in 1942. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1960 to 1964. Andrew attended California State University and graduated from Southwestern University School of Law. He practiced law in Los Angeles and Long Beach, CA for forty years and is now retired.

In 1999, Lisa Garr created The Aware Show, a transformational radio show featuring experts in the fields of mind-body-spirit and science. Lisa also hosts her show on Hay House Radio, KPFK, WBAI, Gaia TV and Coast to Coast AM and reaches millions globally per month. She is considered a pioneer in the field of Conscious Media.

The author of three poetry collections, Joan Gelfand’s work appears in national and international journals. Her chapbook of short fiction won the Cervena Barva Fiction Award. Joan blogs for the Huffington Post and coaches writers. Her forthcoming novel, Fear to Shred, is set in a Silicon Valley startup. Learn more at

James A. Gemmell can be found most summers walking one of the Caminos de Santiago in France or Spain. His other hobbies are writing, playing guitar, drawing/painting, golfing and collecting art.

As co-founder of Mount Horeb House Ministries, Annette Geroy has spent the last fifteen years working with women who have experienced abuse or neglect. She writes and speaks with tender honesty, bringing hope for healing to wounded hearts. She is the author of two books: Looking with New Eyes and Built with Stones of Turquoise.

Dalia Gesser entertained audiences for twenty years with her delightfully original one-woman mime clown and mask theater shows. Since 2000 she has been bringing her theatre arts programs to children and adults. She lives north of Kingston, Ontario in beautiful lake country and can be reached at [email protected].

Jessica Ghigliotti is a wife, homeschooling mother of three, children’s author and parenting blogger, raising her family in beautiful Vermont. Learn more at

T’Mara Goodsell lives, writes, and dreams in St. Louis, MO and has written for various anthologies, newspapers, and publications. She is working on a composite novel and a book for young adults.

Angelene Gorman was an elementary teacher for sixteen years and now owns a school photography company. She loves anything to do with the ocean, including boating, diving, fishing and collecting seashells.

Lisa Hackett enjoyed a twenty-five-year career as a production person in the film and television industry before she met and married cowboy poet Waddie Mitchell. They have traveled the road together for twenty years. In 2012 Lisa launched to honor and make available the life work of her father.

Michael Hausser is a proud graduate of Rutgers University and has been writing slice-of-life vignettes and short fiction for two decades. He lives in Central New Jersey with his lovely wife and four children. He is currently working on a series of short fiction stories. E-mail him at [email protected].

Christy Heitger-Ewing, an award-winning writer and columnist who pens stories for national, regional, and local magazines, has contributed to over a dozen anthologies and is the author of Cabin Glory: Amusing Tales of Time Spent at the Family Retreat ( She lives with her husband, two sons, and two cats.

Award-winning author Sallianne Hines writes about home/family life, art, and craft. A former children’s therapist, she’s mom of three and grandma of eight. Besides playing “real” games and cards with the kids, she walks dogs, feeds cats, and rides horses. E-mail her at [email protected] or

Hanna Kelly has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Boston University and is a former corporate librarian for a New York City law firm. Originally from New York, she moved to Canada in 1985. She is the author of several essays, poems and short stories. Hanna has three adult sons and resides with her husband in Ottawa, ON.

Wendy Keppley, a Florida native, counseled troubled teens and taught college courses for high school honor students. She enjoys family, playing with her grandsons, and living in the woods near Tampa, FL. Wendy also loves writing, kayaking, reading, yoga, exploring waterfalls, and oneirology. E-mail her at [email protected].

M.D. Krider is a stay-at-home mom of two girls. She likes to express her creativity through writing, watercolors, drawing, and jewelry making. Melissa is currently working on her first novel.

Jocelyn Ruth Krieger is seventy-nine years old and a former model, singer, actress, and music teacher. Her writing has appeared in Lessons from My Parents, The Detroit News, Detroit Free Press, Baby Talk, and other publications. She resides in Boca Raton, FL. Since writing this story, Jocelyn has been blessed with another grandchild and great-grandchild.

Brenda M. Lane received an AS degree in Engineering Technology in 1998. Her passion is music and she is currently composing music for the film Heaven, the First War being done by Martoos Studios. Disney, Pixar, Walden, talent are on board. Three grown children call her Mom and three grandchildren call her Mimi.

Amanda Lee shows people how to live with ease as well as success in this chaotic world. She is happiest living, learning and teaching at the intersection between science and spirituality. She has two teenagers and lives in NSW, Australia. She loves being surrounded by nature and travelling to places that are food for the soul.

Janet Elizabeth Lynn was raised in Long Island, NY. Her first novel was published in 2011. Since then, she has published seven murder mysteries and joined her husband, Will Zeilinger, to write the Skylar Drake Mysteries series. Janet and Will are writing their fourth book in the series and yes . . . they are still married.

Ann Marie has enjoyed reading aloud to children in a school setting for the past twenty years. She occasionally writes short stories. She is married and the mother of two grown sons. She worked as a nurse for twenty-five years and enjoys playing tennis and sewing.

Joshua J. Mark is an editor/director and writer for the online history site Ancient History Encyclopedia. His nonfiction writing has also appeared in Timeless Travels and History Ireland and his short fiction in Litro and Writes for All, among others. He lives with his wife Betsy and daughter Emily in upstate New York.

Heather McMichael is a single mom of four living in Houston, TX. She enjoys nerd things such as Comic-Con and Superhero TV shows, which she guiltily watches without the little ones for now. She enjoys writing with sarcasm almost more than . . . nope. Sarcasm wins.

Bridget McNamara-Fenesy lives in Oregon, where she works as a business consultant when she is not writing. Her work has appeared in The Sun and Fate magazine, the Chicken Soup for the Soul series, as well as other publications. E-mail her at [email protected].

At only eleven years old, Kathryn Merz wrote her first novel after her mother brought home the family’s first computer. Three decades later, she still loves writing stories. Kathryn resides in Massachusetts with her husband, Brian, and their young son, Joseph. You can find more of her short stories and novels at

Carina Middleton is a stay-at-home mother and wife to an RCMP officer. She enjoys spending her time reading, writing, and trying to raise children who are functioning human beings.

Patricia Miller writes about the best emotion — love! She’s a wife and mom of two, living in Bradford, Ontario. Patricia enjoys cottage life, pizza, and snowboarding. She studied creative writing at Durham College after earning her BA from the University of Western Ontario. Learn more at

Ferna Lary Mills writes for her online encouragement ministry at and posts weekly words of encouragement at She resides in East Texas and leads workshops on making sleeping mats for the homeless. You can find her on Facebook.

Judy Ann Mitchell has two daughters, holds a Master of Science in Nursing from Western Kentucky University, and is an Associate Professor for the Kentucky Community and Technical College System. She enjoys traveling, making memories with family and friends, exploring American history, and spirituality. Writing is one of her many passions.

Marya Morin is a freelance writer. Her stories have appeared in publications such as Woman’s World and Hallmark. Marya also penned a weekly humorous column for an online newsletter, and writes custom poetry on request. She lives in the country with her husband. E-mail her at [email protected].

Rhonda Muir lives with her husband Tom in Stromness, UK where they’re refurbishing a Georgian home and collaborating on writing projects, an upcoming Orkney-themed website (, storytelling adventures, and life. Rhonda’s fantasy novel, Grimmelings, set in Orkney on the very beach where Tom proposed, is due to be published soon.

Alice Muschany writes about everyday life with a touch of humor. Her grandchildren make wonderful subjects. Her essays have appeared in numerous anthologies, magazines and newspapers. Her hobbies include hiking, swimming, and photography. E-mail her at [email protected].

Brian Narelle, a graduate of the USC School of Cinematic Arts, began his career writing for Sesame Street. After years of children’s films and television he wrote his first book, Living in Vertical Time, the spiritual teachings of a donkey named Murray. His next book will feature the canine poetry of Warren Peace, his puppet alter ego.

Ela Oakland lives in Colorado.

Barbara A. Owens wrote professionally for many years before “retiring” to raise her four kids. She has learned much in the ensuing years, including how to put out grease fires and how to interpret (and pay attention to) dreams. She lives in Idaho with her family, two dogs, thirty chickens and eight sheep. Her life is never boring.

Jerry Penfold lives in East Aurora, NY, in a house he built with his own hands. He and his wife have four children and seven grandchildren. They enjoy camping in New York State Parks. Jerry has always been a dreamer.

Daniela Petrova is a New York-based freelance writer. Her articles and essays have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Salon, and Women in the World, among others. Her fiction has been published in literary journals and anthologies, including Best New Writing 2008. She is working on her first novel.

Lori Chidori Phillips resides with her beloved mate of thirty-two years in Southern California where they enjoy spending time with their grown children and learning new things every day. She invites readers to correspond with her at [email protected].

Ashley Previte is a senior copywriter and editor with clients spanning Fortune 100 companies to bestselling authors and Billboard musicians. She is a lover of Pugs, speed crossword puzzler, life-long vegetarian, avid reader, and mother to a fabulous six-year-old daughter.

Connie Kaseweter Pullen lives in rural Sandy, OR, near her five children and several grandchildren. She earned her Bachelor of Arts, with honors, at the University of Portland in 2006, with a double major in Psychology and Sociology. Connie enjoys writing, photography, and exploring nature.

Annette Rasp lives in Southern Pennsylvania. She has three children and three grandchildren. Annette enjoys spending time with her family and especially enjoys riding motorcycles with her husband, John.

Denise Reich is an Italian-born, New York City-raised freelance writer, dancer, and Star Wars museum and baseball geek. Recent credits include pieces in the Canadian magazine Shameless,, and The Santa Monica Review. Her Broadway memoir, Front of House, was released in late 2015.

Donna L. Roberts is a native upstate New Yorker who lives and works in Europe. She is an Associate Professor and has a Ph.D. in Psychology. Donna is an animal and human rights advocate and when she is researching or writing she can be found at her computer buried in rescue cats. E-mail her at [email protected].

Kimberly Ross, M.Div., is a speaker, teacher, and energy worker. This is her third story to be published in the Chicken Soup for the Soul series and the second that deals with dreams and premonitions, a life-long interest. She lives in the Kansas City metro area and can be reached at [email protected].

Judith Rost, a native of Minnesota, has been writing since junior high school. She initially gave up her love of writing to raise a family and continue in other careers. She now resides in Texas and writes Christian fiction and nonfiction including cozy mysteries. E-mail her at [email protected].

Emily Rusch has her BSA in Health Science and currently works in the fitness industry as an instructor and coach. She is passionate about healthy living, traveling, tacos, and turquoise. She is a cancer survivor and lives life to the fullest every day alongside her husband and three boys.

Regina Schneider is currently on the staff of three cats: Bogie, Missy and Lulu. While her kitty Molly’s passing left a huge hole in her life, her current cadre of fur-faced children keep her on her toes. Living in Marin County, CA, she spends her days as a legal support supervisor.

Judith Richardson Schroeder guides women 50+ to love and honor their goals and visions. She loves long road trips, airplane takeoffs, and grateful living, but mostly the love and support she receives from her family and friends. As a coach and mentor, she teaches, speaks, and writes to and for women exploring their limitless success.

Irene Spencer is a New York Times best-selling author of Shattered Dreams: My Life as a Polygamist’s Wife. She was the second of ten wives, mother of fourteen of her late husband’s fifty-eight children. To learn more and/or to order a copy of her books, visit

Glenda Standeven is a bone cancer survivor, inspirational speaker and author from Chilliwack, BC. She is the author of I am Choosing to Smile: An Inspirational Life Story of a Bone Cancer Survivor and What Men Won’t Talk About . . . and Women Need to Know: A Woman’s Perspective on Prostate Cancer.

Sunny Stephens has always had a passion for the written word. EG Kight put one of her poems to music, and the song aired on an ABC family show. A song she co-wrote landed on Koko Taylor’s Royal Blue album, which was nominated for a Grammy. Sunny lives in Nashville, TN, works in music management, and continues to write.

Kelly J. Stigliano lives in Orange Park, FL with her husband, Jerry. They have five children and two granddaughters. A member of Word Weavers International, she has been published in magazines and anthologies, and actively blogs at Mentoring Moments for Christian Women. Kelly travels extensively as an inspirational speaker.

In 1999, Shannon Stocker was derailed from pediatrics due to RSD/ CRPS, a life-threatening illness. Nearly a decade later, a coma saved her life. She and her husband Greg live in Louisville, KY with their little miracles, Cassidy and Tye. Shannon writes picture books, is currently working on her memoir, and is a musician.

Lynn Sunday is an artist, writer, and animal advocate who lives near San Francisco with her husband and two senior rescue dogs. Nine of her stories appear in eight Chicken Soup for the Soul books, and numerous other publications. E-mail her at [email protected].

B.J. Taylor knows her dad in heaven watches over her. B.J. is an award-winning author whose work has appeared in Guideposts, many Chicken Soup for the Soul books, and numerous magazines and newspapers. You can reach B.J. through her website at and check out her dog blog at

Steven Lane Taylor has a passion for teaching people how to recognize and cooperate with the divine flow of life. He has written three books on the subject, beginning with Row, Row, Row Your Boat: A Guide for Living Life in the Divine Flow. Steven lives in beautiful Sedona, AZ, with his lovely wife, Carol.

Sheila Taylor-Clark is a writer from Lewisville, TX. Her hobbies are fine dining, traveling, community service, blogging and watching reality television. Sheila is married to Nathaniel and has a daughter, McKenzie. She hopes to write a novel or collection of short stories soon and can be reached via e-mail at [email protected].

Mark Thieman and his wife Theresa have been married for thirty-two years and have two grown children. Mark has worked as a computer automation engineer for thirty-six years. Mark is considering a second career in church ministry.

A Georgia girl married to a Canadian biker/ship’s captain, Kemala Tribe circled the world with husband and son before landing on a tiny island in British Columbia. A faith-based novel is in the works, as is a non-fiction book on divine healing subsequent to her husband’s death. E-mail her at [email protected].

Teri Tucker is a writer and publisher of books on India. She received her MS in Vedic Studies from MERU in Switzerland in 1976. Born in California, she has lived all over the U.S., Europe, and Asia. Currently she is residing in the remote Himalayas.

Ron Wasson was born in Nigeria, West Africa, the son of missionaries. He now lives in the Dallas, TX area. He and his wife have two daughters and two grandchildren. He has published articles with SEEK, Among Worlds, Power for Living, The Upper Room, The Secret Place and is a guest blogger for

Mary T. Whipple is a fantasy novelist and folklore enthusiast. Her debut novel, A Venom Vice, was released on July 1, 2017. When not reading or writing, Ms. Whipple can often be found playing video games with her husband while their puppy, kitten, and bearded dragon look on dolefully and beg for treats and tummy scratches.

Mary Z. Whitney has contributed stories in over twenty-five Chicken Soup for the Soul books. She’s heard from countless readers sharing just how much the stories mean to them. Mary also writes for Angels on Earth and Guideposts. She has written two books, Max’s Morning Watch and Life’s a Symphony.

Aurora Winter is a serial entrepreneur, trainer, and speaker. The author of five books, she is frequently featured on radio and TV. She currently trains entrepreneurs how to present their message powerfully. She founded the Grief Coach Academy. Her passion is to help people live up to their full potential.

Dallas Woodburn is a writer, editor, teacher, and literacy advocate living in the San Francisco Bay area. To date, she has been a proud contributor to more than two dozen Chicken Soup for the Soul books. She regularly blogs about simple, joyful, healthy living at

Will Zeilinger was born in Omaha, NE. As a youth, he lived in Turkey for five years. He received a BA in Graphic Design. Now retired, Will lives and writes mystery novels in Southern California. He loves to travel the world with his wife, Janet.

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