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From Chicken Soup for the Soul: Think Positive for Great Health

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Lynne Albers is a former elementary teacher and she volunteers on behalf of special needs children and the environment. She’s grateful to be able to work in her flowerbeds and hike with her husband Bob again, as they share the wonder and beauty of New Mexico. E-mail her at [email protected].

Supriya Ambwani is a student in New Delhi, India. She routinely breaks rules without getting caught. Writing is her legal drug. E-mail her at [email protected].

Monica A. Andermann lives on Long Island with her husband Bill and their cat Charley. Her work has been included in such publications as Ocean, Skirt!, The Secret Place, and Woman’s World as well as in several other Chicken Soup for the Soul anthologies.

Ronda Armstrong and her husband “Dance Through Life” in central Iowa. Ronda’s stories have appeared in Chicken Soup for the Soul anthologies and in Make Hay While the Sun Shines and Winter: Women’s Stories, Poems and Inspiration for the Season of Rest and Renewal. E-mail her at [email protected].

Beth Arvin is pleased to be a repeat contributor to the Chicken Soup for the Soul series. She writes a daily blog,, and a blog, “I Think So,” for the Kent Reporter. E-mail her at [email protected] or

Valerie D. Benko is a Communications and Community Relations Specialist from western Pennsylvania. She is a frequent contributor to the Chicken Soup for the Soul series and has been published in other anthologies and online. To see all of her publishing credits, please visit her at

Felicia F. Brown, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist in private practice in Arlington, MA. She is an Instructor of Psychology for the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, and a Clinical Associate at McLean Hospital. She loves using cognitive behavioral therapy and positive psychology to help and inspire others.

John P. Buentello writes nonfiction, fiction and poetry. He is the co-author of the novel Reproduction Rights and the story collections Binary Tales and Night Rose of the Mountain. Currently he is at work on a book about writing and a mystery novel. E-mail him at [email protected].

Deborah Ellis received a bachelor’s degree in literature and an elementary teaching credential. She is a wife and mother, and after 35 years she still loves teaching. Debi created a program and is writing a book called The Art of Family. Contact her via her website at

Kristen Finney made a complete recovery after surgery and concluded her swimming career with success. She will be attending the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the fall of 2012. She plans to pursue a career dedicated to providing equal access to medical care for all people.

Peggy Purser Freeman is author of The Coldest Day in Texas, and her stories have appeared in other Chicken Soup for the Soul anthologies. Peggy is an editor for Granbury Showcase Magazine and writes a column for Swisher County News. Learn more at

Erika Hoffman received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Duke University, where she also completed her Masters of Arts degree in teaching. She’s raised four children and has been married — forever. She writes all sorts of genres but particularly likes penning nonfiction narratives with an inspirational bent.

Ann Holbrook lives in Northwest Arkansas. She has been published in magazines, anthologies, Chicken Soup for the Soul: Tough Times, Tough People and Chicken Soup for the Soul: Devotional Stories for Tough Times. Her nonfiction book is with a publisher. E-mail her at [email protected] or visit her blog at

Jennie Ivey lives and writes in Tennessee. She is the author of numerous works of fiction and nonfiction, including stories in several Chicken Soup for the Soul anthologies. Visit her website at

Marylane Wade Koch appreciates every part of her diverse life journey. She is a master prepared nurse and adjunct faculty at The University of Memphis. She serves as co-director of Writer Life Workshops. Marylane values time with family and friends and good health. E-mail her at [email protected] com.

Heidi Krumenauer has authored eight books and has contributed to sixteen anthologies since 2007, including three Chicken Soup for the Soul books. Heidi is a director with a Fortune 400 insurance company and makes her home in southern Wisconsin with her husband and two sons. E-mail her at [email protected].

Kathryn Lay is the author of over 2,000 articles and stories for children and adults as well as 20 books for children and The Organized Writer is a Selling Writer. She enjoys doing school visits and speaking to writer’s groups. Visit her website at or e-mail her at [email protected].

Rebecca Mansell is a qualified teacher of law and psychology and lives in a beautiful part of the UK, Devon. Writing for magazines, local and national, she also works to alleviate ignorance surrounding mental illness, campaigns to rid cruelty towards animals and still wants to be a pop star when she “grows up.”

Tim Martin is the author of There’s Nothing Funny about Running, Summer With Dad and Wimps Like Me. Tim has completed nine screenplays and is a contributing author to numerous Chicken Soup for the Soul books. E-mail him at [email protected].

Karen Myers is a freelance writer who lives in San Francisco, CA. She is co-editor of the anthology My Body of Knowledge: Stories of Chronic Illness, Disability, Healing and Life. The tape mentioned in this piece is Prepare for Surgery, Heal Faster by Peggy Huddleston. Contact Karen at

Connie Pombo is a freelance writer and the author of Trading Ashes for Roses. Her stories have appeared in several Chicken Soup for the Soul books and Coping with Cancer magazine. She is a speaker for National Cancer Survivors Day and Stowe Weekend of Hope. Learn more at

Deborah Shouse is a speaker, writer and editor. She loves helping people write and edit books and enjoys facilitating creativity and storytelling workshops. Proceeds from her book, Love in the Land of Dementia: Finding Hope in the Caregiver’s Journey, are donated to Alzheimer’s programs and research. Learn more at

Lynn Sunday attended Syracuse University, earning degrees in art and education. She is an artist turned writer who lives with her husband and two dogs in Northern California. Her essays have appeared in the Chicken Soup for the Soul series and numerous other publications. E-mail her at [email protected] com.

Kathryn Wilkens’ essays and articles have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Verbatim, The Christian Science Monitor and other publications. Her story “I Shot the Sheriff” was selected for Chicken Soup for the Soul: My Resolution. She is a member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors and the California Writers Club.

Maxine Young is an MS Warrior and Writer from Queens, NY. She is currently writing an inspirational publication for anyone whose life is touched by chronic illness, and she jumps at the chance to encourage others to mindfully cherish their hope. E-mail her at [email protected].

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