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From Chicken Soup for the Soul: Family Caregivers

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Alexis Abramson, Ph.D. is a champion for the dignity and independence of those over 50. She has been featured in many national publications, including TIME, Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, Entrepreneur, and People and she has appeared frequently as an on-air expert gerontologist on Today, CNN, CBS, MSNBC and numerous other media outlets. Dr. Abramson is the author of The Caregivers Survival Handbook, a guide to help caregivers balance the responsibilities of caring for others and for themselves. Find out more at www.alexisabramson.com.

Sandy Adams has been writing, speaking to women’s groups, and teaching marriage seminars for over 20 years. She and her husband of 39 years reside in Georgetown, TX. She has one son and four grandchildren. Sandy’s passion is in finding and sharing the beauty and joy of each new day.

Monica A. Andermann lives on Long Island with her husband Bill and their cat Charley. In addition to frequent credits in the Chicken Soup for the Soul series, her work has been included in such publications as Sasee, The Secret Place, and Woman’s World.

James Ashley and his wife Rowena have a 17-year-old son. James has had an exciting career, which has taken him to many parts of the world. He is a Vietnam veteran. James loves meeting new people and exploring their cultures. For the past four years, he has operated care homes for the elderly, which has been the most rewarding experience of his life.

Sharon Babineau is a decorated Canadian soldier, hockey player, and inspirational speaker. She has facilitated seminars, support groups and workshops for over a decade. She plans to write a book about her journey to share the lessons she has learned with others. E-mail her at [email protected].

Hector Badeau received a bachelor’s degree from New England College. He and his wife Susan have raised 22 children; 20 adopted from foster care, most with disabilities. He has devoted his life to caregiving. He enjoys camping, sports and church activities. E-mail him at [email protected].

Sandra Berris was co-founder and editor of Whetstone Literary Magazine, 1982-2000. Her degrees include a B.S. from the University of Nebraska and an M.A. in education from Stanford University. Her work has appeared in several little magazines including Prairie Schooner, The Midwest Quarterly, and Willow Review.

Laura Boldin-Fournier has degrees from Arizona State University and C.W. Post College. She worked for many years as a teacher and a librarian in New York. Today Laura is a freelance writer living in Florida. Her hobbies are reading, writing, and traveling.

Mitzi Boles (Brabb) lives in central Arizona with her husband and two young children. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from California State University, Sacramento, and runs a wildlife sanctuary. Aside from animal rescue, she enjoys writing articles and children’s books about wildlife. Please visit her website at wondersofthewild. org.

Jan Bono wrote a humorous personal experience newspaper column for over 10 years, garnering 11 state awards. She has penned several humorous short-story collections, a dozen one-act plays and a mystery dinner play, all produced, and a novel currently awaiting publication. Check out her work at www.JanBonoBooks.com.

Laura Bradford loves sharing stories about the hope and the help that have come her way as she lives to serve others. Still a caregiver, she oversees the needs of her mother-in-law and is always on call for grandparent duties. In her spare time, she enjoys praying, long walks, and gardening.

Robert J. Brake, Ph.D. is a retired college teacher and freelance writer who loves lifelong learning, animals, great one-liners, great characters, and being the center of attention. E-mail him at [email protected].

Judy Brown lives in Holland, MI. She has worked for Evergreen Commons, a senior center, and currently works and volunteers for Holland Rescue Mission. She enjoys writing, both academic and inspirational, and plans to continue this endeavor.

Jane Brzozowski lives and writes at the base of the Uncanoonuc Mountains of Goffstown, NH. She is happy to once again be in the same Chicken Soup for the Soul edition as her sister, Lava Mueller. This time, they are featured in each other’s stories!

Barbara Carpenter maintains the blog becblog.com, and a site where episodes of an on-going drama appear: bectales.com. This is her fifth contribution to the Chicken Soup for the Soul series. She is passionate about her two children, four grandchildren, one great-grandson and her husband of 52 years. Life is good.

Adam Cass is a personal trainer who learned the lessons of parenthood and patience from Mother. He is the proud father of Sophia and Ava and will ensure that they know who Grandma was and how much she loved them. Adam wants to thank his brother Lewis Cass for being the engine in the caregiver wheel.

David Cass is a professional tarot card reader, interpreter of crystals and a corporate trainer. Mom’s life and death inspired him to become a harp therapist and to use harp music for healing. David wants to thank his brother Lewis Cass for keeping him on track and focused and being the tireless leader of the caregiver team.

Cindy Charlton is a professional speaker and author bringing her message of hope and inspiration to people of all ages. She writes personal essays on her life as a survivor, and is a contributing columnist for inMotion magazine. She considers raising her two boys the greatest blessing in her life.

Emily Chase speaks at conferences and retreats across the country. She is the author of six books, including Help! My Family’s Messed Up (Kregel, 2008). Her newest book, Standing Tall After Falling Short will be released by WingSpread early in 2012. Visit her at emilychase.com.

Terri Cooper, a former nurse, is now a magazine columnist and has published numerous articles, devotionals and anthology stories. She spends her days not only treasuring time with her parents but also enjoying her new granddaughter, and thanks God for all of them.

After teaching for 39 years, Anne Crawley is now retired and living in Pennsylvania. Although she misses teaching, she is active with tutoring, reading, swimming, visiting her two daughters and spending time with her mother. Hopefully, retirement will bring time to work on her writing. E-mail her at [email protected].

Maryanne Curran is a lifelong resident of Massachusetts where she enjoys traveling, writing, walking, and spending time with her family. E-mail her at [email protected].

When Dianne Daniels isn’t shopping with her grandmother, she is busy working as an author, speaker, and parent coach. She wrote Mothering Like The Father: Following God’s Example In Parenting Young Children, and has contributed to several compilation books, including Chicken Soup for the Soul: New Moms. Visit Dianne at www.MotheringLikeTheFather.com.

Lori Davidson is a human resources professional in central Maine. She lives on a small farm with her husband John and teenage daughters Hayley and Claudia. Lori’s story is dedicated to the memory of her father James (Jimmy) Lefferts. E-mail Lori at [email protected].

Peggie Devan is a Registered Nurse with a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology/sociology. She resides in Sarasota, FL, and is the caregiver for her 93-year-old mother. She cared for her father until his death in 2005. Peggie enjoys reading, embroidery and music. Her poetry can be found at jbstillwater.com.

Michele Dillingham graduated from California State University Sacramento with a Political Science degree. Michele has been a mortgage loan consultant for over 20 years. For the past 15 years she has written a weekly column in the Sacramento Bee on lending. Michele loves writing and painting. E-mail her at [email protected].

Lucille Engro DiPaolo resides in Plymouth Meeting, PA. She has been published in Chicken Soup for the Soul: Celebrating Brothers & Sisters. Lucille has completed many adventures on her bucket list including parasailing and ziplining.

Danielle M. Dryke is a program evaluator and researcher with an M.S. degree in international development from the University of Amsterdam. She has lived in Mali, Lebanon, The Netherlands, Denmark, and her native Minnesota. Danielle enjoys salsa dancing, socializing and retreating to ARC Retreat Center to write her memoir.

Although Janet Perez Eckles lost her sight, she gained insight to serve as an international speaker, writer, columnist and author of a #1 book on Amazon: Simply Salsa: Dancing Without Fear at God’s Fiesta, Judson Press, August 2011. From her home in Florida she imparts inspiration at www.inspirationforyou.com.

Best known for her award-winning role as Ann Kelsey on NBC’s L.A. Law, Jill Eikenberry has had a long and distinguished career on stage, screen and television. Currently she can be seen in the film, Young Adult, playing the mother of Charlize Theron.

Nancy Engler lives in Arizona with her two daughters and two dogs. Some of her children’s literature has been published in Boys’ Quest and Children’s Playmate Magazine. Her nonfiction stories have been published in The Ultimate Teacher and Chicken Soup for the New Mom’s Soul. Nancy draws in her free time.

Joy Feldman, a retired executive secretary, vigorously works out. She studies and practices organic gardening and the violin, writes poetry and articles. Her award-winning biographies and poetry have been published in local newspapers. She enjoys sharing her garden’s bounty, writing, museums, live theater and her family. E-mail her at [email protected].

Jean Ferratier, a previous Chicken Soup for the Soul contributor, has a passion for sharing stories. She is an Archetypal Consultant, helping people link their synchronous moments to their life purpose. Jean’s book is called Reading Symbolic Signs: How to Connect the Dots of Your Spiritual Life. E-mail her at [email protected].

Anna Fitzgerald received her Bachelor of Arts degree, with honors, and Master of Arts degree from the National University of Ireland, Maynooth in 2011. Anna enjoys reading, writing and traveling. She writes a blog at annasbananasaboutbooks.wordpress.com. She is planning a career in publishing. E-mail her at [email protected].

Rosemary Francis lives in Kilmarnock, VA, a very historical area, where she enjoys visiting old plantation homes. Traveling is a passion, especially to see grandchildren. At home, she enjoys writing, gardening and singing. She has been published in Aquila, a British children’s magazine, and in the Chicken Soup for the Soul series.

Leeza Gibbons is the co-host of America Now, the nightly syndicated TV news magazine, and My Generation (on PBS stations). For 17 years she also has hosted and produced the nationally syndicated radio program Hollywood Confidential. But while Leeza has three decades in front of the camera, a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and 27 Daytime Emmy Nominations (she won three), she is most proud of being mom to Lexi, Troy and Nathan and wife of Steven. Leeza honors her mother’s legacy with The Leeza Gibbons Memory Foundation and its signature program Leeza’s Place, offering free services for family caregivers. Visit www.leezasplace.org.

Michael Gingerich lives in Hershey, PA, with his wife Kathy and son Matthew. He is also the father of two other sons Adam and David, and a new granddaughter. He is an author, counselor and pastor. Michael can be reached by e-mail at [email protected].

Pam Giordano received her Bachelor of Science degree at Georgian Court University. She is a retired elementary school teacher whose hobbies include writing and painting. She edits the newsletter at Traditions of America at Hanover, an active senior community in Bethlehem, PA. E-mail her at [email protected].

Robin Greenberg resides in St. Louis. Her life’s purpose was caring for her husband who was stricken with dementia, then Alzheimer’s. With his last breath, she became one. Now she is learning to live separately, searching for her light. E-mail her at [email protected].

Bill Halderson received a Bachelor of Arts degree from California State Polytechnic University, and a Master of Arts degree in government from Claremont Graduate University many long years ago. Bill is retired from a career as a corporate manager and trainer. He lives and writes in Cookeville, TN. E-mail him at [email protected].

Erika Hoffman writes chronically! Her novel, Runaway Faith, is scheduled for release in 2012. Her dad, who lives with her, turned 92 in December 2011!

Nancy Hoffstein graduated from New York University in 1983. She currently works as an accountant and enjoys writing as a hobby. E-mail her at [email protected].

Thom Hunter is the director of BridgeBack Ministries, based in Norman, OK. Thom’s books include Who Told You You Were Naked?, Surviving Sexual Brokenness: What Grace Can Do, and Those Not-So-Still Small Voices.

Beverly Isenberg lives in Northern California. When George, her husband of 60 years, was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease she became his primary caregiver and blogged about her experiences providing love and care to him. Still writing, she tries to find humor in most situations. E-mail her at [email protected].

Barbara Joan lives in upstate New York and enjoys reading, writing and painting. She is the proud mother of three grown children, a daughter and twin sons. She is the grandmother of three beautiful grandsons: a four-year-old and 15-month-old identical twins.

Jolie Kanat is an award-winning essayist with a master’s degree in the humanities. Published in eight anthologies, she is a substitute essayist for the San Francisco Chronicle, a contributor to NPR’s Perspectives, the author of a full-length nonfiction book, greeting cards, and songs for Time Warner. E-mail her at [email protected].

April Knight has just completed a romance novel: Sweet Dreams, 65 Bedtime Stories for Big Girls. She writes a column called “Crying Wind” for the Indian Life newspaper. She is a professional artist and her paintings can be viewed on www.cryingwind.com.

Mary Knight has enjoyed a career as a professional writer for over 30 years. She is currently working on an MFA degree from Spalding University and will soon complete her first young adult novel, entitled What’s Left Unsaid. She lives in Lexington, KY, with her husband and two cats.

Ruth Knox has been putting words to paper from the time she could first hold a pencil; it brings her as much joy today as it did then. Now living in Idaho, Ruth is once more a newlywed. She also loves camping, biking, hiking, and painting. E-mail her at [email protected].

Janey Konigsberg lives in Rye Brook, NY with her husband Don. They are very active grandparents to their 12 grandchildren. Janey received a Bachelor’s degree in English from Adelphi University. She was a caregiver for her elderly mom, Rosie, who passed away just before her 100th birthday.

Tom Lagana is coauthor of Chicken Soup for the Prisoner’s Soul, Chicken Soup for the Volunteer’s Soul, Serving Productive Time, The Quick and Easy Guide to Project Management, and Serving Time, Serving Others. Contact him at P.O. Box 7816, Wilmington, DE 19803 or e-mail [email protected]. Learn more at www.TomLagana.com.

Ginny Layton received her undergraduate degree from Auburn University and her Master of Arts degree from Boston University in 1995. A pastor’s wife, she enjoys making music with her three boys in Mississippi. Ginny plans to write many more inspiring stories about life with her eldest son. E-mail her at [email protected].

Over the years Lynne Leite has been an employee, college graduate, business owner, and homemaker. She is now embracing and pursuing the dream she believes God called her to since childhood—to be a storyteller through her speaking and writing. You can learn more about Lynne at www.CurlyGirl4God.com.

Tiffany Mannino is a sixth grade teacher and breast cancer survivor living in Bucks County, PA. Tiffany loves to feed her artistic spirit by traveling abroad, writing, decorating, dancing, and laughing. She also has a story published in Chicken Soup for the Soul: New Moms. E-mail her at [email protected].

Debbie Matters is the founder and principal training facilitator of Your Communication Matters Inc., a training and development company based in Toronto, Ontario. She was pleased to release her first book If I Ran This Place… Communication for Results in March 2011. E-mail her at [email protected].

Ann McArthur started telling stories before she could write her name. In her teens, she entertained at slumber parties, spinning adventure tales featuring her friends as the smart, brave heroines. Now she writes for adults. Look for her first literary inspirational novel, Choking on a Camel.

Jeri McBryde lives in a small southern town outside of Memphis, TN. She has retired from the library system and spends her days reading and writing. She loves crocheting and chocolate. Her family is the center of her life.

Retired as CEO of a fairgrounds and event center in Northern California, Delois McGrew makes her home in northwest Arkansas. She divides her time between her distantly located family members, volunteer work, her own writing, active participation in writing organizations, and as an acquisitions editor for High Hill Press.

Cara McLauchlan is a writer, wife and homeschooling mom from North Carolina. She enjoys writing stories about the beauty of life’s ordinary moments. To read more, visit her blog “Joy Goggles” at www.joygoggles.blogspot.com or e-mail her at [email protected].

Cecilia Egger McNeal is an avid adventurer. A rancher’s daughter from Colorado, she relocated to Alaska, living a subsistence life. Then this mother of eight created a ranch/ retreat in the northeastern woods of the Midwest. Now traveling to Africa to aid women, she resides in Montana. E-mail her at [email protected].

Michelle Close Mills’ poetry and short stories have appeared in many anthologies including several in the Chicken Soup for the Soul series. Michelle resides in Largo, FL, with her wonderful husband Ralph, two great kids, two ornery kitties, and three cockatiels. Learn more at www.authorsden.com/michelleclosemills.

Janet Miracle is a retired teacher and librarian. She lives in Kentucky with her husband Carson. She received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland and master’s degrees from Eastern Kentucky University. The mother of three grown children and two grandchildren, Janet enjoys gardening, traveling, and listening to music.

Yvette Moreau works part-time as a secretary and full-time as a wife, mother and grandmother. She enjoys knitting as much as writing and uses both to bring comfort and hope to others. She plans to continue writing and to teach knitting classes in the future. E-mail her at [email protected].

Lava Mueller lives in Vermont with her husband and two children. She is fortunate to be a frequent contributor to the Chicken Soup for the Soul series. Lava is especially excited to be in this book because her sister, Jane Brzozowski (who Lava references in her story, “Can I Do This?”) also has a story in this book. E-mail Lava at [email protected].

Tammy A. Nischan is a mother, wife, high school teacher, and freelance writer living in Kentucky with her family. Helping fellow Christians on the road of grief is Tammy’s passion. Blog writing and photography are her favorite pastimes. Visit her anytime at My Heart His Words (www.tammynischan.blogspot.com).

Robert Nussbaum is a lawyer by day, and a writer in the very early morning hours. This is his third piece published in a Chicken Soup for the Soul anthology. He thanks his family, and especially Richie, his in-house editor, for direction and support in his “second career.”

Galen Pearl is the pen name of a Southern girl transplanted to the Pacific Northwest. Recently retired from teaching law, she blogs and leads retreats and classes based on her program to develop habits to grow a joyful spirit. She enjoys her five kids and two grandchildren, taekwondo, the mountains, and mahjong.

Janet O. Penn is the president of Janet Penn Consulting, LLC (JPC), an Internet business consultancy; prior to founding JPC Janet worked in the publishing and web development industries. She chairs her synagogue’s social action committee and is deeply involved in community outreach. Contact her at [email protected].

Ava Pennington is an author, speaker, and Bible teacher. She has published numerous magazine articles and contributed to 22 anthologies, including 16 Chicken Soup for the Soul books. She has also authored One Year Alone with God: 366 Devotions on the Names of God (Revell, 2010). Learn more at www.AvaWrites.com.

Saralee Perel is honored to be a multiple contributor to the Chicken Soup for the Soul series. She is an award-winning columnist. Her book, The Dog Who Walked Me, is about her dog who became her caregiver after Saralee’s spinal cord injury and her cat who kept her sane. E-mail her at [email protected] or www.saraleeperel.com.

Wendy Poole is a part-time instructor at a community college in Toronto, Ontario. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree and an Early Childhood Education diploma, with high honors, from York University/Seneca College. She enjoys traveling, writing, and spending time with her family and dog, Mishka.

Robyn Pring has a B.A. in Theater and English from Marymount Manhattan College. She owns and operates Robyn’s Exquisite Journeys, a home-based luxury travel company. Her fascination with foreign cultures has led her to visit 65 countries so far. She also enjoys Broadway, ballroom dancing and sharing travel essays in online forums.

N.R. is a young Kenyan woman currently working in the Kenyan corporate world. She only discovered her passion for writing in May 2011, and is now putting together a collection of short stories based on true events in her life. E-mail her at [email protected].

D.R. Ransdell gives a big thanks to the staff at St. Joseph’s Home in Springfield, IL, where her grandmother is a current resident. Please visit D.R.’s website at www.dr-ransdell.com.

Founding director of a non-profit agency serving residents in care facilities, Carol McAdoo Rehme is a 25-year volunteer and advocate for the frail elderly. During her lifetime, she has found herself as both caregiver and care recipient. A veteran editor and author, she publishes prolifically in the inspirational arena.

Ann Robertson’s years as an educator in English, art, and Bible mostly served to educate her. Still learning, she loves traveling with her husband, whether it’s to exotic lands or simply across theirs. Additionally, her active role as Nonny keeps her life grand. Learn more at annelizabethrobertson.com.

Carolyn Roy-Bornstein’s essays have appeared in many journals and anthologies including JAMA, The Writer, Brain, Child, Literary Mama, Kaleidoscope, Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, The Examined Life and Chicken Soup for the Soul. Her new memoir Crash! will be published by Globe Pequot Press October 2012. Read more at www.carolynroybornstein.com.

Linda Saslow is a freelance writer and journalist. She has published three books and was a reporter for The New York Times for more than 20 years. She continues to write for several publications and nonprofit organizations, while also enjoying running, yoga, volunteerism and spending precious time with her two granddaughters.

Loretta Schoen grew up in Sao Paolo, Brazil and Rome, Italy and now resides in South Florida with her husband, two cats and two dogs. She enjoys traveling, working with abused animals, and spending time with her grandson Aiden. She is currently writing medical stories to inspire and empower patients.

George Schoengood received his AB from Brooklyn College, his MPA as well as Ed.D from New York University. He taught at Hunter College and Herbert H. Lehman of the City University of New York. At 91 years old, he enjoys discussing current events and playing the harmonica. He doesn’t use e-mail but you can write to his son, Matthew Schoengood, at [email protected].

Dr. Samuel Schwartz lives and practices in Rye Brook, NY. He is devoted to the practice of chiropractic, rehabilitation and nutrition. Sam loves his work and caring for his family and many patients. As the saying goes: “thus, he has never worked a day in his life.” E-mail him at [email protected].

Rick Semple is now a professional caregiver for a special needs gentleman and enjoys an active schedule of sports activities with him. Rick also enjoys being a husband, the father of two grown children and a busy toddler, and the grandfather of two. E-mail him at [email protected].

Larry Shaps works for Apple Inc., helping schools make the most of technology. He also enjoys riding his vintage Triumph motorcycle, playing acoustic guitar, and running along the Hudson River near his home in New York City’s Greenwich Village.

Dr. Robert I. Shaps is the Superintendent of Schools in Mamaroneck, NY. Dr. Shaps received his B.A. in English from Hobart College, his Masters in Teaching and Learning from Harvard University, a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies in Educational Administration from the University of New Hampshire, and his Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership from the University of Pennsylvania. He resides in Yonkers with his wife Kathleen and his son Ari. He has four children and one grandson.

As the bestselling author of 16 books, including Passages, Gail Sheehy has rocked the culture with her work. In her book Passages in Caregiving: Turning Chaos Into Confidence, she tells her inspiring story of caring for her husband through years of cancer and describes stories of families who we can relate to. To learn more about Gail Sheehy’s books, please visit gailsheehy.com.

Deborah Shouse is a writer, speaker, editor and creativity catalyst. Deborah is donating all proceeds from her book, Love in the Land of Dementia: Finding Hope in the Caregiver’s Journey, to Alzheimer’s programs and research. So far, she has raised more than $80,000. Visit her website at www.TheCreativityConnection.com.

David Michael Smith of Delaware loves spending his free time with his wife Geri and children Rebekah Joy and Matthew. Occasionally he finds time to write. “The Garden” will be David’s fourth story published in the Chicken Soup for the Soul books. He continues to give God alone the credit. E-mail him at [email protected].

Mary Z. Smith is a regular contributor to Chicken Soup for the Soul. When she isn’t busy penning praises to God in publications such as Chicken Soup for the Soul books, Guideposts and Angels on Earth, she enjoys walking in the quaint little town of Newton Falls, Ohio where she now resides, enjoying visits from her grown children and two small grandchildren.

B.J. Taylor continues the family tradition at the hotel suites to this day. She is an award-winning author whose work has appeared in Guideposts, two-dozen Chicken Soup for the Soul books, and numerous magazines and newspapers. Learn more at www.bjtayloronline.com and check out her dog blog at www.bjtaylorblog.wordpress.com.

A veteran stage, film and television actor, Michael Tucker is perhaps best known for his role as Stuart Markowitz in the hit series, L.A. Law. He now splits his time between acting and writing. His first book, I Never Forget a Meal: An Indulgent Reminiscence, was published by Little Brown & Co. Living in a Foreign Language and Family Meals were published by Grove/Atlantic. And his debut novel, After Annie, is published by The Overlook Press and will debut in March.

Penelope Vazquez moved to Los Angeles in 2002 to become a professional dancer. She has toured with artists around the world. She lives a fulfilled life as a mother and wife. She enjoys teaching dance to kids and continues to fulfill her passion as a professional dancer by doing local gigs every now and then.

Barbara Vey is the popular “Beyond Her Book” blogger and contributing editor for Publishers Weekly. When not reading, she attends national conferences for authors and readers. A huge fan of the Milwaukee Brewers and Green Bay Packers, Barbara is also an avid Amazing Race fan. E-mail her at [email protected].

Carolyn Wade has lived and gardened on three continents. Now back home in the Pacific Northwest, she enjoys reading, writing, gardening, travel, and time with her husband, children, grandchildren and friends.

Beverly F. Walker lives in Tennessee and cares for her husband who has cancer. She enjoys writing and has stories in many Chicken Soup for the Soul books. Her interests also include photography, scrapbooking pictures of grandchildren, and offering comfort through her computer to other parents who have lost a child.

Samantha Ducloux Waltz is an award-winning freelance writer in Portland, OR. Her stories have appeared in Chicken Soup for the Soul and numerous other anthologies, as well as Redbook and The Christian Science Monitor. She has also written fiction and nonfiction under the name Samellyn Wood. Learn more at www.pathsofthought.com.

Barbara Briggs Ward is the author of the award-winning Christmas story entitled The Reindeer Keeper. Barbara’s been published in Highlights for Children, McCall’s, Ladies’ Home Journal, and Chicken Soup for the Soul: Christmas Magic. Learn more at www.thereindeerkeeper.com.

Jean Webb graduated college with a music degree. She is a former aerobics instructor and worked in an office where patients were fitted with custom-made artificial eyes. She has been published in two other Chicken Soup for the Soul books and loves the writing process.

Kathleen H. Wheeler is a marketing communications professional living in central Illinois with her husband and two daughters. Passionate about writing and music, Kathleen is working towards the publication of her first book about renewed family relationships after an extreme caregiving odyssey with a musical twist. E-mail her at [email protected].

Kim Winters earned her MFA degree in writing for children and young adults from Vermont College in 2005. When she’s not wearing her caregiver’s hat, Kim leads writers’ workshops for teens, and is finishing edits on her first young adult novel, Keeper’s Mark. E-mail Kim at [email protected].

Amy Wyatt is a wife, mother, speaker, and writer, living in Dacula, GA, with her husband Greg and their children Spencer and Mary Lyndsey. Amy travels the country representing Epilepsy Advocate and founded Signs of Life, a ministry encouraging others to live more abundantly in Christ. E-mail her at [email protected].

Susan Yanguas holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in romance linguistics from Cornell University. She has authored two novels, and her essays have been published in Urbanite Magazine. Her parents, especially her father, are her inspiration.

Jeanne Zornes has written hundreds of articles and seven Christian-living books, including When I Prayed for Patience... (Kregel). She holds a master’s degree from Wheaton College. She and her husband, a retired teacher, live in Washington State and have a young adult son and daughter. She blogs at jeannezornes.blogspot.com.

Janet Zuber was a nurse for 43 years, during which time she cared for Adaline. She has since retired and cared for other elderly relatives. Her daughter, Heather Zuber-Harshman wrote the story on Janet’s behalf. Heather spends her time writing short stories, devotionals, a novel, and blog posts at heatherharshman.wordpress.com.

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