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From Chicken Soup for the Soul: Say Goodbye to Stress


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Beth Arvin began writing plays for her siblings and neighborhood friends in grammar school. Currently she writes a daily blog,, and a blog, “I Think So,” for the Kent Reporter. She is hoping to complete her first novel by mid 2012. E-mail her at [email protected].

John P. Buentello writes essays, fiction, and poetry. He is the coauthor of the novel Reproduction Rights and the short story collection Binary Tales. Currently he is at work on a new novel. E-mail him at [email protected].

Dianne E. Butts has over 275 publications in magazines and books. She is the author of Deliver Me and Dear America and is an aspiring screenwriter. Dianne enjoys riding her motorcycle with her husband Hal and gardening with her cat P.C. in Colorado. Learn more at and

Jane McBride Choate has been weaving stories in her head for as long as she can remember. Being in the Chicken Soup for the Soul series is a dream come true for her.

Harriet Cooper is a freelance writer. Her topics often include health, exercise, diet, cats, family and the environment. A frequent contributor to the Chicken Soup for the Soul series, her work has also appeared in newspapers, magazines, newsletters, anthologies, websites and on the radio. Contact her via e-mail 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 her essays. Her passions include family, friends, writing, yoga, running and baking.

Malinda Dunlap Fillingim is now listening to her iPod in Leland, NC, where she continues to dance and sing while looking for a job — a very stressful experience! E-mail her at [email protected].

Dana Hill is a freelance writer, professional bartender, and passionate cook living in Oakland, CA. Her work has appeared in Chicken Soup for the Soul books and in travel anthologies published by the writing collective Townsend 11 ( Dana holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in architecture from UC Berkeley.

Mary Hughes loves to write true stories that bring laughter to the heart and inspiration to the soul. She is also a devotional writer. Her newsletter, Christian Potpourri, is in its ninth year.

After a thirty-five-year marriage, creating a nonprofit charity, and coping with her son’s lung cancer as well as her own chronic illness, Marsha Jordan is no stranger to difficulties. She shares some hard-earned wisdom, along with a few laughs, in her book, Hugs, Hope, and Peanut Butter. Contact her via e-mail at [email protected].

April Knight is proud to be a contributor to the Chicken Soup for the Soul series. She is currently writing romance novels for people over fifty. April spends her days riding horses and her nights writing mystery novels. She also writes a newspaper column and novels under her tribal name Crying Wind Hummingbird.

Jeannie Lancaster, a freelance writer from Loveland, CO, recognizes the restorative power nature has when one is dealing with stress. She finds quiet moments spent among God’s creations a healing peace and gentle inspiration for much of her writing.

Lisa McManus Lange walks regularly to pound out the stress — and to mastermind what to write next. The cast sits in the closet. A previous Chicken Soup for the Soul contributor, she lives with her family in Victoria, BC, Canada. E-mail her at [email protected] or visit her at

Eve Legato is a graduate of Hampshire College. She has since worked for a theatre company, a law firm, and a publishing house. Her beagle, Zeus, is her favorite stress reliever.

Teena Maenza is an award-winning journalist and freelance writer living in West Columbia, TX. Her husband, children and grandchildren have always been her greatest sources of inspiration.

John McCutcheon retired after many years in health administration, some as Superintendent in a mission hospital. He currently works part-time as a doctor in an AIDS clinic and delights to see patients recovering. He enjoys writing a column for a local newspaper and other creative challenges. E-mail him at [email protected].

Marie-Therese Miller and her husband, John, are the proud parents of five. She is the author of nonfiction books for children and teenagers, including the Dog Tales series, Managing Responsibilities, and Rachel Carson. Her stories have appeared in several Chicken Soup for the Soul volumes. Learn more at

Nina Schatzkamer Miller lives in Olivette, MO, with her husband and three sons. She enjoyed her work as the Children’s Area Specialist at Borders and is now doing story time at her local community center and writing a handbook to help others with their story times. Contact her at

Rachel L. Moore has a BSEE degree, but wears many hats. She is a wife, mother, an engineer, inventor, writer, author, dancer, speaker, and life coach. Rachel enjoys providing success tools and training to help individuals, families, entrepreneurs, educators, and organizations transform desires and goals into reality. Contact her at

Shirley Dunn Perry is a nurse and author of Ten Five-Minute Miracles: How to Relax. Her work has appeared in many publications. Biscuit making, hiking, world travel, watercolors, and enjoying her family and grandchildren add zest to her writing adventures. E-mail her at sdu[email protected]. Blog:

Connie Pombo is an inspirational author, speaker and freelance writer. She has contributed several stories to the Chicken Soup for the Soul series and is the author of Living and Retiring in Cuenca: 101 Questions Answered. Connie and her husband, Mark, now call Cuenca, Ecuador home. Contact her at

Catherine Ring Saliba is a University of Vermont graduate, retired R.N., proud grandmother, and TV and film actress. She now joyfully pursues writing, and her work has been published in several magazines and newspapers. This is her second story in the Chicken Soup for the Soul series. E-mail her at [email protected].

Sarah Jo Smith holds a master’s degree in education. She has taught high school English and instructed adult literature classes. She writes short stories and essays and is currently seeking an agent for her first novel, Well Kept Secrets, while working on her second novel. She lives in Bend, OR, with her husband.

Marilyn Turk received her B.A. degree in journalism from LSU and has been published in Guideposts, The Upper Room, Clubhouse Jr., Coastal Christian Family, and Chicken Soup for the Soul books. She and husband Chuck enjoy fishing and playing tennis. She is writing a Christian historical novel. Learn more at

Judy A. Weist is a writer who uses her experiences of everyday life to fill the pages of her short stories and memoirs. She delights in teaching dance to young children and loves to write. Her story “No Place Like Home” appeared in Chicken Soup: Inspiration for the Young at Heart. Contact her via e-mail at [email protected].

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