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Eric Allen has been enjoying life with his wife now that their newspaper surplus has dwindled… although his inbox is another story. E-mail him at [email protected].


Monica A. Andermann lives on Long Island with her husband Bill and their cat Charley. In addition to several credits in the Chicken Soup for the Soul collections, her writing has appeared in such publications as Skirt!, Sasee, The Secret Place, and Woman’s World.


Linda Apple is the author of Inspire! Writing from the Soul and Connect! A Simple Guide to Public Speaking for Writers. Her stories have appeared in many editions of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series. Linda and Neal have been loving and laughing together for thirty-four years. Visit her at


Cindy D’Ambroso Argiento lives in North Carolina with her family. She is a freelance writer and has published a book entitled Deal With Life’s Stress With “A Little Humor”. To purchase a copy and read her work, check out her website at or e-mail her at [email protected].


Pam Bailes earned her degree in math from Trinity University in San Antonio. She has been a teacher, real estate agent, and small business owner, but her true passions revolve around animals and writing, with the occasional golf round thrown in to keep her humble. E-mail her at [email protected].


Lisa Beringer is a piano teacher who likes to write inspirational stories. She lives with Dale, her husband of thirty-three years, in Ontario, Canada, where they enjoy acting in their church drama troupe, spending time with their four kids, now grown, and spoiling their precious first granddaughter, Quinn.


Karla Brown has had a varied career, but writing is her first love. She lives in Philadelphia, PA, and kisses her husband when he asks “Are you happy?” Her family also makes her happy. E-mail her at [email protected].


Kristine Byron worked as a trainer for Tupperware and in later years as an interior designer. She loves to cook and entertain. Kristine also loves to travel with her husband and spend quality time with her five grandchildren.


Robert Campbell turns seventy-eight this year. He wrote about his childhood, captaining charter and private vessels for fifteen years, family life, living with the love of his life (Judith), and his children and grandchildren for the fun of it. They all make him laugh, thus all are fair game. E-mail him at [email protected].


Elynne Chaplik-Aleskow, founding general manager of WYCC-TV/ PBS and Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Wright College in Chicago, is a Pushcart Prize nominated author and award-winning educator and broadcaster. Her nonfiction stories and essays have been published in numerous anthologies and magazines. Her husband Richard is her muse. Visit her at


Kristen Clark is a speaker, writer, and gratitude expert. Her articles on marriage and relationships have appeared in numerous journals, magazines, and compilation books. Along with her husband, Lawrence, she also writes for and manages and E-mail Kristen at [email protected].


D’ette Corona is the Assistant Publisher of Chicken Soup for the Soul Publishing, LLC. She received her Bachelor of Science in business management. D’ette has been happily married for nineteen years and has a fifteen-year-old son whom she adores.


A journalist living in Waltham, MA, John Crawford has written for various newspapers, magazines, and websites through the years.


Billie Criswell is a freelance writer and columnist. Billie enjoys cooking, playing with her dogs, Zumba, and a great Bloody Mary. She also maintains her blog, Bossy Italian Wife. E-mail Billie at [email protected].


Priscilla Dann-Courtney is a writer and clinical psychologist living in Boulder with her husband and three children. She recently published her first book, Room to Grow: Stories of Life and Family, which is a collection of all her essays. Her passions include family, friends, writing, yoga, running and baking.


Laura J. Davis is the author of the award-winning book Come to Me, a novel about the life of Christ through the eyes of his mother. When not writing, Laura is reviewing books on a professional basis. She loves historical fiction. You can contact her through her website at


Shawnelle Eliasen and her husband Lonny raise their five sons in Illinois. She home teaches her youngest boys. Her stories have been published in Guideposts, MomSense, Marriage Partnership, A Cup of Comfort, numerous Chicken Soup for the Soul books and other anthologies.


Melissa Face teaches special education and devotes her free time to writing. Melissa’s stories and essays have appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies. She lives in Virginia with her husband, son, and boxer, Tyson. E-mail Melissa at [email protected].


Andrea Farrier is a very happy wife and homeschooling mother of three girls. She graduated from The University of Iowa with degrees in English and Speech Communication/Theater Arts and teaching certifications in both areas. These days she keeps her writing skills sharp by blogging at


John Forrest is a retired educator who writes about the exceptional events and people that have enriched his life. He lives with his wife Carol in Orillia, Ontario, Canada. E-mail him at [email protected].


Sally Friedman graduated from the University of Pennsylvania and has been writing about family life for over four decades. Inspiration comes from her own clan: one husband, three daughters, and seven astounding grandchildren. Sally is a frequent contributor to the Chicken Soup for the Soul series. E-mail her at [email protected].


Marilyn Haight has authored four how-to books and one book of poetry. She lives in Peoria, AZ, with her husband, Arnold, and Cameo, their Italian Greyhound, who decides when it’s time to turn off the computer and play catch. Visit her website at


Cathy C. Hall is a writer from the sunny South where she lives with her husband and any junior Halls passing through. She writes for children and adults, so check out her blog at to find her latest byline!


Patrick Hardin is a freelance cartoonist whose work appears in a variety of books and periodicals around the world. He lives and works in his hometown of Flint, MI. E-mail Patrick at [email protected].


In her twenty-three years as a writer and television producer, Montreal-based Wendy Helfenbaum has explored the elite world of Olympic diving, the intricate make-up design for the Twilight films, traveling Springsteen groupies and the fine art of renovating your home with young children underfoot. Visit her at


Diane Henderson, MSW, LCSW received her master’s degree in Social Work from the University of North Carolina. She is a speaker, life coach, and has a private psychotherapy practice in North Carolina. She conducts Reboot Your Life personal growth groups on the phone and in person. E-mail her at [email protected].


Carolyn Hiler is an artist living in the mountains outside Los Angeles. When not drawing, painting, or hiking with her two adorable mutts, she works in private practice as a psychotherapist in Claremont, CA. Carolyn posts cartoons almost every day at, and she sells funny things on Etsy at


Gretchen Houser delights in observing the human condition and putting pen to paper to prove it. She is a long-time editor and freelance writer living in the Pacific Northwest. She is busy at work on a young adult novel and a short story collection.


Gina Farella Howley taught for fifteen years in Illinois schools. The past six, she’s been pursuing her love of writing, freelancing, and relishing being published. For now, she enjoys her life’s calling: her husband John and boys Martin (six), Joe (four), and Tim (two) as her full-time work.


Phyllis Jardine is a retired nurse living in the Annapolis Valley of Nova Scotia with her husband, Bud, and black Lab, Morgan. Her stories have been aired on national radio and have been published in Chicken Soup for the Soul books and numerous other magazines and anthologies. E-mail her at [email protected].


Kara Johnson is a freelance writer living in Eagle, ID, with her husband Jim and their dog Barkley. She enjoys traveling, scuba diving, camping and mentoring high school and college girls. E-mail her at [email protected].


Marsha Jordan, a self-proclaimed jelly doughnut addict, is a ten-year-old masquerading as an adult. She’s dropped out of enough exercise classes to make the Guinness World Records book. Her hobbies include ignoring dirty dishes, mailing complaint letters, and writing about her rocket scientist husband. E-mail her at [email protected] or visit


Sally Kelly-Engeman is a freelance writer who has had dozens of short stories and articles published. In addition to writing, she enjoys reading and researching. She also enjoys ballroom dancing and traveling the world with her husband. E-mail her at [email protected].


Mimi Greenwood Knight is a mama of four living in South Louisiana with her husband, David. She enjoys gardening, baking, martial arts, Bible study, and the lost art of letter writing. Mimi is blessed to have over 500 essays and articles in print including over twenty in Chicken Soup for the Soul books.


Lynn Worley Kuntz is an award-winning writer whose credits include five books for children, magazine and newspaper articles for a variety of publications, and essays and stories in a number of anthologies. She has co-written five films for children and one feature family film. Contact her via e-mail at [email protected].


Cathi LaMarche resides with her husband, two children, and three spoiled dogs in Missouri. Cathi has numerous essays published in various anthologies as well as a novel titled While the Daffodils Danced. She has a master’s degree and teaches eighth grade composition and literature. She is working on her second novel.


Darlene Lawson is a freelance writer. She writes for a local newspaper, magazines and anthologies. She and her husband live on a farm in Atlantic Canada where she receives inspiration for her stories.


A former substance abuse therapist, Lisa Leshaw now spends her time loving her grandkids (Mush and Gab) and hanging with her husband Stu. At the proverbial crossroad she dreams that one day someone somewhere (anywhere) will discover her children’s story, “How Do You Do Your Royal Highney” and publish it to rave reviews.


Bobbie Jensen Lippman is a prolific professional writer who lives in Seal Rock, OR, with her husband Burt, their dog Charley and a cat named “Lap Sitter.” Bobbie’s work has been published nationally and internationally. She writes a weekly human-interest column called “Bobbie’s Beat” for the Newport (Oregon) News-Times. E-mail her at [email protected].


Barbara LoMonaco has worked for Chicken Soup for the Soul as an editor and webmaster since 1998. She has co-authored two Chicken Soup for the Soul book titles and has had stories published in various other titles. Barbara is a graduate of the University of Southern California and has a teaching credential.


Patricia Lorenz is the author of thirteen books including The 5 Things We Need to Be Happy. She also has contributed to nearly sixty Chicken Soup for the Soul books. She’s a professional speaker who travels the country, often speaking about one of her favorite topics: “Humor for the Health of it.” Contact her at


Melissa Lowery is currently a student at a community college and works as a customer service representative. Melissa and her husband Chris have been married for five years. His deployment has shown them different ways to communicate. They enjoy watching movies, camping, riding the Harley and just being together.


Rita Lussier’s column, “For the Moment”, has been a popular weekly feature in The Providence Journal for twelve years. She was awarded first place in the 2010 Erma Bombeck International Writing Competition, an honor she also won in 2006. Her writing has been featured in The Boston Globe and on NPR.


Gloria Hander Lyons has channeled thirty years of training and hands-on experience in the areas of art, interior decorating, crafting and event planning into writing creative how-to books, fun cookbooks and humorous slice-of-life stories. Visit her website to read about them all at


Dana Martin is a writer/editor living in Bakersfield, CA. She has her B.A. in English, is President of Writers of Kern (a branch of the California Writers Club), and adores Halloween because she works happily in the haunted attraction industry. Dana loves to encourage new writers, so please e-mail her at [email protected].


David Martin’s humor and political satire have appeared in many publications including The New York Times, the Chicago Tribune and Smithsonian magazine. His latest humor collection, Dare to be Average, was published in 2010 by David lives in Ottawa, Canada, with his wife Cheryl and their daughter Sarah.


Tim Martin is an author/screenwriter living in Northern California. He has two novels due out in 2012: Scout’s Oaf (Cedar Grove Books) and Third Rate Romance (Whispers Publishing). Tim is a proud contributing author to numerous Chicken Soup for the Soul books. E-mail him at [email protected].


Kathleen Swartz McQuaig shares stories from the heart shaped by her deep faith. As a writer, speaker, teacher, wife and mother, she lives to encourage others. After earning a master’s degree in education and living in military communities around the world, Kathleen settled, with her family, in South-Central Pennsylvania.


Lynn Maddalena Menna is a freelance writer and former educator. She is a columnist for Main Street Magazine, writes for NJ Education Now, and frequently contributes to the Chicken Soup for the Soul series — it beats therapy! Lynn lives in Hawthorne, NJ, with her husband Prospero.


Christine Mikalson is a Reiki Master, writer and eternal student. Her articles have been published in Chicken Soup for the Soul, Woman’s World, and Grandparents Day Magazine. Visit, She can be found at


Katherine Ladny Mitchell married her best friend, Jason, in 2005 and graduated with a B.A. in Sociology in 2007. Katherine and Jason share the rest of their romance in a book, Don’t Settle for a Fairy Tale: A True Love Story. Katherine and Jason have three children. Learn more at


Carine Nadel worked as a radio newscaster until she literally fell in love at first sight with her husband of over thirty years. After a short (twenty-two year) break from writing, she re-discovered her passion and has been a full-time feature writer since 2003. E-mail her at [email protected].


Marc Tyler Nobleman is the author of more than seventy books, including Boys of Steel: The Creators of Superman and Bill the Boy Wonder: The Secret Co-Creator of Batman. His cartoons have appeared in more than 100 international publications. At, he reveals the behind-the-scenes stories of his work.


Linda O’Connell, from St. Louis, MO, is a frequent contributor to the Chicken Soup for the Soul anthologies and many other publications. Laughter and compromise are keys to her happy marriage to her best friend and funny honey, Bill. Linda blogs at


Mark Parisi’s “off the mark” cartoons appear in newspapers worldwide. You can also find his cartoons on calendars, cards, books, T-shirts, and more. Mark resides in Massachusetts with his wife and business partner, Lynn, along with their daughter, Jen, three cats, and a dog. Visit to view 7,000 cartoons.


Andrea Peebles lives with her husband of thirty-four years in Rockmart, GA. She is a frequent contributor to the Chicken Soup for the Soul anthologies and enjoys reading, writing, travel, photography and spending time with family. E-mail her at [email protected].


Lisa Peters lives in the New England area and is a writer, wife and mother of two children diagnosed with special needs. She shares her humorous and heartwarming life experiences on her family blog at


Patt Hollinger Pickett, Ph.D., a licensed therapist and certified life coach, writes with humor from a warm, no nonsense perspective. Dr. Pickett draws from her personal life blended with over twenty years in practice as a relationship expert. She has a book ready for publication. Contact Patt through


Stephanie Piro is a cartoonist, illustrator, and designer. She is one of King Features’ team of women cartoonists, “Six Chix” (she is the Saturday chick). She also does the cartoon panel Fair Game. Her work appears all over, from books to greeting cards. In addition, she designs gift items for her company Strip T’s and her CafePress shop. Learn more at


Brenda Redmond is blessed with two children and a wonderful husband. She is thankful to have a husband who encourages her in her dreams and ambitions. She knows that love like theirs is rare, and she falls deeper in love with him every day. E-mail her at [email protected].


After thirty-nine years, Carol McAdoo Rehme has stopped searching for marital bliss, settling, instead, on deep contentment and sporadic, breathtaking joy. Carol, an award-winning author and editor, spends two or three nights each week in husband Norm’s arms — ballroom dancing.


Cherie Brooks Reilly (B.A. M Ed.) taught elementary school until she married Michael Reilly (USMC). After twenty years as a marine officer’s wife, she and her family of six, moved to Pittsburgh, PA. Lt. Col. Reilly started a pumpkin patch and greenhouse operation, and they are living happily ever after.


Bevin K. Reinen holds a B.A. in English from Mary Washington College, an M.S. Ed. in Early Childhood Education from Old Dominion University, and was voted the Top Teacher of 2011 for Hampton Roads Magazine. She enjoys athletics, spending time with friends and family, and helping children grow both socially and academically.


Karen Robbins is a columnist for She has been published in regional, national, and online publications including Karen coauthored A Scrapbook of Christmas Firsts and A Scrapbook of Motherhood Firsts. Her first e-novel is Murder Among The Orchids. An award-winning speaker, Karen and her family live in Ohio.


Sallie A. Rodman has a certificate in professional writing from Cal State Long Beach and is an award-winning author. She is published in many Chicken Soup for the Soul anthologies. Her hobbies are writing true-life stories and mixed art media projects. Catch her at [email protected].


Mark Rosolowski served in the U.S. Navy after graduating high school. He was married for twenty-eight years to his wife Donna. After her death he started to write inspirational stories. He is currently planning to put those stories together for publication.


Gary Rubinstein is a teacher from New York City. He has written two books about teaching, Reluctant Disciplinarian (1999) and Beyond Survival (2010). He also co-wrote a picture book, The Girl Who Never Made Mistakes (2011). This is his fourth story in the Chicken Soup for the Soul series. E-mail him at [email protected].


Marcia Rudoff, author of We Have Stories — A handbook for writing your memoirs, has been teaching memoir writing classes and workshops for over a decade. A freelance writer, her columns and personal essays have been published in various newspapers and anthologies. Marcia lives and writes in Bainbridge Island, WA.


Stephen Rusiniak is a husband and father from Wayne, NJ. He’s a former police detective who specialized in juvenile/family matters, and now shares his thoughts through his writings. His work has appeared in various publications and Chicken Soup for the Soul books. E-mail him at [email protected] or visit him on Facebook.


Theresa Sanders is honored to be a frequent contributor to the Chicken Soup for the Soul series. An award-winning technical writer and a Springfield, MO, native, she now lives in suburban St. Louis, where she and her husband have four grown children, a precious new grandson, and are passionate about their St. Louis Cardinals!


Jessie Santala is a teacher, photographer, and volleyball coach who spends what little free time she has writing and going on dates with her husband. She has started work on a book and hopes to finish it in the near future.


Dayle Shockley is an award-winning writer, the author of three books and a contributor to many other works, including the Chicken Soup for the Soul series. She and her husband can often be found traveling around the country, enjoying God’s handiwork. Visit Dayle’s website for more information at


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 $80,000.00. Visit her website at


Harvey Silverman is a retired physician living in Manchester, NH, who writes mostly for his own amusement. E-mail him at [email protected].


Michael Smith lives with his loving wife Ginny in Idaho and works in the computer industry. In his spare time, Michael writes stories from his heart. To sign up for Michael’s stories go to and to read more of Michael’s stories, go to shtml#stories.


A Master Gardener and former Wall Street editor, Darlene Sneden, done with her daily heavy lifting Mom job, is writing again… when she’s not working on a public school beautification project or in her own garden! Visit her website at or read her blog at


Laurie Sontag is a writer whose humor column appears weekly in California newspapers and has been published in seven other Chicken Soup for the Soul books. She is a parenting guru at Yahoo! Shine and the author of the popular blog, Manic Motherhood, which can be found at or


W. Bradford Swift is one of the foremost experts on the subject of personal life purpose, having co-founded Life On Purpose Institute in 1996 with his wife Ann. He’s the author of numerous books including Life On Purpose: Six Passages to an Inspired Life. Visit him at and


Annmarie B. Tait and her husband Joe Beck live in Conshohocken, PA, where she enjoys cooking and many other crafts. Annmarie has contributed to several volumes of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series and many other anthologies. She is also a recent nominee for the annual Pushcart Prize literary award. E-mail her at [email protected].


Tsgoyna Tanzman is a get-started later-in-life wife and mother. A former fitness trainer and speech pathologist, she now credits writing as the ultimate therapy for raising an adolescent. Her stories and poems can be read in Chicken Soup for the Soul books, The Orange County Register and online at E-mail her at [email protected].


B.J. Taylor found a beautiful driver discarded in the garage rafters. When she asked, her husband said she could have it. She’s an award-winning author with work appearing in Guideposts, Chicken Soup for the Soul books, and numerous magazines. Reach B.J. at and check out her dog blog


Jayne Thurber-Smith is an award-winning writer for various publications including Faith & Friends, Floral Business magazine and The Buffalo News, and is a sports contributor for She and her husband’s favorite activity is being included in whatever their four kids have going on. E-mail her at [email protected].


Becky Tidberg is on a first-name basis with many of the customer service/return desk clerks in Northern Illinois. She is a popular women’s group speaker and freelance writer. You can connect with her at or e-mail her at [email protected].


Terrie Todd is an administrative assistant for the City of Portage la Prairie in Manitoba, Canada. She blogs, acts, and writes a weekly column called “Out of My Mind.” She and her husband Jon have been married since 1977 and have three grown kids and three grandsons. E-mail her at [email protected].


Stefanie Wass’s stories have been published in the Los Angeles Times, The Seattle Times, The Christian Science Monitor, Akron Beacon Journal, Akron Life & Leisure, Cleveland Magazine, The Writer, A Cup of Comfort and Chicken Soup for the Soul books. She is currently seeking representation for her middle-grade novel. Visit


Zoanne Wilkie lives with her husband David, who she has been married to for fifty-three years, and their Great Dane, Gracie. She is a retreat and conference speaker. Zoanne ministers with stories and songs, sprinkled with a generous amount of humor. Her recent book, Treasures From The Attic, features a collection of her inspirational writings.


Alan Williamson is a nationally published humor writer whose work explores the small dilemmas of everyday life. Shunning the complex issues and thorny global conundrums of the day, he chronicles the flaws, follies and convoluted capers that unite people in their humanity. Alan can be reached via e-mail at [email protected].


Diane Wilson would like to thank the publishers of the Chicken Soup for the Soul anthology for their faith in her writing. This story is dedicated to Diane’s wonderful family, for remaining by her side during her illness. E-mail her at [email protected].


Ernie Witham writes the humor column “Ernie’s World” for the Montecito Journal in Montecito, CA. He is the author of two humor books: Ernie’s World: The Book and A Year in the Life of a “Working” Writer. He has been published in many anthologies including more than a dozen Chicken Soup for the Soul books. Visit him at


Ferida Wolff is the author of books for children and adults. Her work appears in newspapers and magazines and she writes a weekly nature blog Visit her at or e-mail her at [email protected].


Theresa Woltanski started writing young adult and adult fiction after a stint in the scientific world writing reports and journal articles. She is the author of several novels. She lives on a farmette in Michigan with her husband, children, a too-big garden, and a number of obsessive-compulsive animals.


Barbra Yardley is married, mother of three delightful daughters, and grandmother to two active boys! She works as a legal secretary in Utah, and enjoys the outdoors, photography, quilting, writing, reading, and spending time with family. She is also published in Chicken Soup for the Soul: Christmas Magic.


Phyllis W. Zeno has stories in eight Chicken Soup for the Soul books. She was the founding editor of AAA Going Places for twenty years and editor/publisher of Beach Talk Magazine until she met Harvey Meltzer on They were married in 2009. Now eighty-six years old, they are on a perpetual honeymoon.

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