From A 3rd Serving of Chicken Soup for the Soul


Richard R. (“Dick”) Abrahamson, Ph.D., is Professor of Literature for Children and Adolescents in the College of Education at the University of Houston. An author of more than 100 articles on children’s books and reading motivation, Dr. Abrahamson is the winner of the Education Press Association Award for Excellence in Educational Journalism. He is a frequent consultant to school districts and keynote speaker at conferences dealing with literacy and reading motivation. He can be reached at the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, University of Houston, Houston, TX 77204-5872.

M. Adams was born in Russia and immigrated to Canada, along with her parents and most of her family, in 1924. She is the mother of seven—one son and six daughters. Her late husband served in both World Wars. She believes in helping others and has done volunteer work at a Veterans Hospital. She lives in Manitoba, where she enjoys the love and support of her family.

Thea Alexander is the author of 2150 A.D. and Macro Philosophy, which have changed millions of lives, as has her seven-title Macro Study Series. Honored in Marquis Who’s Who for her work toward a better world, Thea has lectured internationally, authored a newspaper column and conducted two TV interview series. Educated (Phi Beta Kappa) as a counselor, she invented a new, succinct technique (requiring two to six hours) of assisting people in reaching their potential, called Personal Evolution Tutoring, which she both uses and teaches others to use. She can be reached by writing to P.O. Box 26880, Tempe, AZ 85285-6880 or by calling 602-991-7077, or by fax at 602-991-0766.

Robert G. Allen, author of the colossal No. 1 New York Times bestseller, Nothing Down, and Creating Wealth, is one of America’s most influential investment advisors. Today, thousands of millionaires attribute their success to Mr. Allen’s powerful ideas. He is a popular television and radio guest appearing on such programs as Good Morning America and Larry King. He has been written about in The Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times,Barron’s and Reader’s Digest, to name just a few. He lives in San Diego with his wife, Daryl, and their three children.

Beth Ashley is a columnist and feature writer for the Independent Journal in Marin County, California, and is the author of Marin, a book about the area. Her column deals with her job, her family and the complexities of life in the 1990s. Her features are often profiles of the many interesting and accomplished individuals who live where she works, across the Golden Gate Bridge from San Francisco. A 21-year veteran of the Ind e pe nd e nt Journal, Ashley has also worked in Paris, Berlin, Moscow and Beijing. You can contact her at 348 Bretano Way, Greenbrae, CA 94904, (phone 415-461-2383); or at her place of work, Independent Journal, Box 6150, Novato, CA 94958 (phone 415-382-7281).

Art E. Berg is president of Invictus Communications, Inc. and resides in Highland, Utah. He is a professional speaker, traveling 200,000 miles per year, and has been heard by more than one million people. Art has written two books, Some Miracles Take Time and Finding Peace in Troubled Waters. For further information about Art Berg, write Invictus Communications, Inc., P.O. Box 246, Highland, UT 84003 (fax 800-400-0084; email: [email protected] or call 800-ART-BERG).

Fr. Brian Cavanaugh, TOR, began collecting quotations, anecdotes and stories as a form of journal-writing therapy. Over the years he has compiled more than 40 handwritten journals. Drawing upon this collection, he writes Apple Seeds, a monthly quote letter of motivation and inspiration. These journals have also resulted in four books published by Paulist Press: The Sower’s Seeds: One Hundred Inspiring Stories for Preaching, Teaching and Public Speaking; More Sower’s Seeds: Second Planting; Fresh Packet of Sower’s Seeds:Third Planting and Sower’s Seeds Aplenty: Fourth Planting. Fr. Brian is a storytelling motivational/inspirational lecturer. Fr. Brian can be contacted at Franciscan University, Steubenville, OH 43952.

Alan Cohen brings a profoundly endearing energy to spiritual awakening. Author of 10 popular inspirational books, including the classic The Dragon Doesn’t Live Here Anymore and his recent bestseller, I Had It All the Time, Alan offers powerful insights on applying spiritual principles to practical living. Alan’s syndicated column, From the Heart, appears in new thought magazines internationally. Described by Celestine Prophecy author James Redfield as “the most eloquent spokesman of the heart,” Alan embodies a rare combination of wisdom, humor, intimacy and vision.

James E. Conner, Ed.D., is president of Possibilities Unlimited. After a lively career as teacher, principal, college professor and college president, curriculum specialist, Senior Associate for Education with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, columnist for a national educational journal, and governor’s speech writer, he is currently freelance and ghostwriting. His chief areas of interest are ways that American schools can achieve real breakthroughs in learning achievement, and enriching readers with articles and stories about triumphs of the human spirit.

Valerie Cox is the author of Valerie ’s Verse , a collection of original, humorous and inspirational poems, prose and limericks. She is currently working on a second book, Hugs and Other Works of Heart. Valerie and her husband, Rich, conduct marketing and business training seminars. She also enjoys song-leading with two nursing home ministry teams. Valerie can be reached at 31849 Pacific Hwy. South, Suite 210, Federal Way, WA 98003 or call 206-781-7317.

Kathi M. Curry has a degree in Recreation Administration from Chico State in Chico, California. She will be fulfilling her lifelong dream on April 15, 1996, by being a part of the 100th run of the Boston Marathon. Kathi has relocated from Hawaii to Pleasant Hill, California.

Beth Dalton is a third-grade teacher in Cookeville, Tennessee. She has a husband, two sons (Ryan, age 15, and Billy, age 11) and one special angel, Tanner. Beth received a B.S. in business from Tennessee Tech University in 1982 and went back to school in 1990 to get her master’s and certification in K-3 education. She has been lucky to be a teacher at the new Cane Creek Elementary School that opened August of 1995. Beth can be reached at 1150 Winterhill, Cookeville, TN 38501.

Fr. John Demartini is a researcher, writer and philosopher whose studies have made him a leading expert on personal development, philosophy and health. He has an inherent ability to trailblaze, motivate and enthuse his audiences with gentle, fun, informative lectures that mingle entertaining stories with transformational wisdom and insights. Fr. Demartini works as an advisor to people from all walks of life, from Wall Street financiers and health professionals to politicians, Hollywood stars and sports personalities.

Stan Frager is a professional motivational speaker who has given wonderful talks to high school students, parents and corporations. He is the author of The Champion Within You. He can be reached at Frager Associates, 3906 Dupont Square South, Louisville, KY 40207 or by calling 502-893-6654.

Robert Gass, Ed.D., synthesizes a diverse
background in humanistic psychology, business, social activism, music, work with the terminally ill and spiritual study. He is the creator of the well-known Opening the Heart workshops. Over 100,000 people have participated in seminars with Robert on leadership, healing, personal effectiveness, relationships and spirituality. As an organizational consultant, Robert has worked at the most senior levels in Fortune 500 corporations, as well as with government agencies such as the EPA, and nonprofit and activist groups. A recording artist, composer, instrumentalist and singer, he has released 20 albums of transformational music with his group On Wings of Song. Robert shares a rewarding and loving family life with his wife, Judith, and their three children in Boulder, Colorado.

Lynne C. Gaul volunteers full-time as chauffeur, coach, financial advisor, engineer, nurse and CEO for the Gaul family (alias “Mom”). She grew up in Curwensville, Pennsylvania, earned a bachelor’s degree in English Communications at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and currently enjoys life with her husband, Tom, and two boys, Joshua and Stephen, in Lancaster, Ohio.

Barbara A. Glanz is an internationally known author, speaker and consultant specializing in the areas of creative communication, building customer loyalty and regenerating the spirit in the workplace. She is president of Barbara Glanz Communications and author of The Creative Communicator—399 Tools to Communicate Commitment without Boring People to Death! and Building Customer Loyalty—How YOU Can Help Keep Customers Returning. Her latest book is C.A.R.E. Packages for the Workplace—Dozens of Little Things You Can Do to Regenerate Spirit at Work, published by McGraw-Hill. For more information, write to her at 4047 Howard Avenue, Western Springs, IL 60558, or call her at 708-245-8594, or fax 708-246-5123.

Patty Hansen has her priorities straight—being Mom is number one. As the other half of the “Mark/Patty Team,” she divides her time between being chief financial officer and troubleshooter at M.V. Hansen & Associates, Inc., and full-time driver, caretaker and homework assistant to their two daughters, Elisabeth and Melanie. She also loves to squeeze in some time to garden, raise chickens and play on the beach. She is currently at work on her first book. She can be reached at 711 W. 17th Street. #D2, Costa Mesa, CA 92627. Call 949-759-9304 or from outside California, 800-433-2314.

Casey Hawley leads seminars on Powerful Business Writing for Georgia Pacific, Equifax and other top companies. She is also one of the nation’s top writers of winning sales proposals, business plans and other highly visible documents. Her Marietta, Georgia, company has just launched a moving and powerful seminar, Friendship, Change and Triumph. The seminar touches people with its heartfelt stories, humor and encouragement as it explores the asset of friendship throughout a corporate career. Casey reveals eye-opening research about the link between friendship and coping with change, absenteeism, corporate climate and productivity. You can call her at 770-419-7260.

Cindy Dee Holms has a double master’s degree in education and is a professional speaker, trainer and consultant who has given dynamic AIDS education workshops to thousands of students, teachers and parents. Fifteen years ago, in addition to working as a biology teacher, school counselor and mother of two, Cindy began assisting her physician husband in patient health care. She began presenting programs on disease prevention with a particular commitment to the pediatric AIDS cause. Cindy currently works for the Delaware County Intermediate Unit in Media, Pennsylvania, where she is an AIDS specialist and coordinator of drug and alcohol education. She has recently written an uplifting children’s story about AIDS entitled “Red Balloons Go to Heaven.” She can be reached at 2709 Stoney Creek Road, Broomall, PA 19008.

Janice Hunt has been an educational psychologist in California and Hawaii for the past 20 years. Her artistic endeavors, which include watercolors and drawings, have brought her national recognition. Inspired by her son, Court, and his friend, Wesley, “Don’t Worry, It’ll Be Alright” is her first published writing. Janice can be reached at Orange Unified School District. Call 714-997-6314.

D. Trinidad Hunt is an international trainer, keynote speaker, author and educator. Over the last three years, she has trained over 40,000 children via a humorous self-esteem program that she wrote and co-produced with entertainer Frank Delima for the Hawaii state school system. Her newest book is Operator’s Manual for Planet Earth (Hyperion Press). Her award-winning book, Learning to Learn: Maximizing Your Performance Potential, as well as her other books and tapes are available by calling 800-707-3526, or fax 808-239-2482.

Claudette Hunter attended her first self-esteem seminar 10 years ago. The principles she learned changed her life. She worked with Jack Canfield for five years, assisting at his seminars. By asking, affirming and taking action, she also found the “love of her life” and is on a worldwide adventure with her husband, Jim. Currently she facilitates Canfield’s STAR Workshops in Saudi Arabia, her home the last three years. Her next goal is STAR in Japan.

Michael Jeffreys is a motivational speaker and the author of four books, including Selling with Magic, Speaking with Magic and his latest, America’s Greatest Speakers Reveal Their Secrets. In it, he interviewed the top 24 motivational speakers in the country, including Anthony Robbins, Zig Ziglar, Wayne Dyer, Barbara De Angelis, Brian Tracy, Denis Waitley, Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen. Michael can be reached at Powerful Magic Publishing, 1516 Purdue Avenue #7, Los Angeles, CA 90025, or by calling 310-473-6291.

Rud Kendall was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Rud spent many years trucking throughout Canada’s rugged northern territories. He also worked as an oilfield roughneck, a miner, a pipeliner and on various heavy construction projects, as well as serving in the Royal Canadian Navy as a boatswain’s mate. After working as a newspaper reporter in Dawson Creek, B.C. (Mile 0 of the famous Alaska Highway), he became a freelance writer. Today he is the owner of a small communications company in Langley, B.C.

Casey Kokoska lives in Rosenberg, Texas. Although she is only 16, she has written several stories. Her pastimes are writing and performing. She has won several awards and a scholarship for her prose interpretations at speech and debating contests. She hopes to major in theater and is writing her first novel. Her goal is to become a best-selling writer and an actress.

Kathy Lamancusa is a dynamic professional speaker, author and television personality. She travels nationally and internationally each year, creatively touching the lives of her audiences. Her topics include family lifestyle, creativity and creative skills. Over 1 million copies of her books and videos have been sold throughout the world. Kathy has a column in several national and international consumer magazines. Her show, Kathy Lamancusa’s at Home with Flowers, appears on PBS stations around the country. You can contact her at Lamancusa Live! Kathy Lamancusa, P.O. Box 2717CHX, North Canton, OH 44720, or call 216-494-7224, or fax 216-494-2918.

Michelle Lawrence is a corporate publicist, specializing in media relations. She works with a variety of clients and public relations agencies in Southern California and throughout the country. Michelle happily resides with her advertising executive/poet husband, Ron, and their two wonderful children, Almierose and Dylan, in Bel Air, California.

Patricia Lorenz is an inspirational writer, columnist, writing teacher and speaker. Of her articles and stories, 400 have appeared in over 70 publications, including Reader’s Digest, Guideposts, Working Mother and Single Parent Family. She is the author of the book Stuff That Matters for Single Parents, published by Servant Publications in Ann Arbor, Michigan. You can write to her at 7547 S. Pennsylvania Avenue, Oak Creek, WI 53154.

Julie A. Manhan is a native of Reno, Nevada, and is the theology department chairperson, campus minister and retreat director at St. Vincent de Paul High School in Petaluma, California. She is a graduate of Seattle University. Though she has taught all levels, from preschool though college, working with teenagers is her first love. Her stories are an integral part of her teaching and retreat ministry. She can be reached at 707-763-1032.

Marilyn Manning, Ph.D., CSP, international speaker, trainer and conflict mediator, is the author of five books, including The NAFE Guide to Starting Your Own Business (1995) and Leadership
Skills for Women
(in six languages, over 30,000 copies sold). Dr. Manning speaks on managing conflict and change, team rebuilding, using stress positively, and the seven laws of leadership. She has run her own consulting firm for 16 years and is past president of the National Speakers Association, Northern California. She can be reached at 945 Mountain View Avenue, Mountain View, CA 94040, or by calling 415-965-3663; fax 415-965-3668; email: [email protected].

Elaine McDonald, a former journalist and a mother of two, is now an attorney in Des Moines, Iowa. She can be reached at 4932 Ashley Park Drive, West Des Moines, IA 50265.

Robert J. McMullen Jr. is a retired Presbyterian minister. After duty as a pilot in World War II with missions over Germany, he served churches in West Virginia, suburban Washington, D.C., Atlanta and Charlotte. He and his wife, Becky, have three children, one of whom has cerebral palsy. That has been a liberal education! In addition to occasional preaching and teaching, he has written for Guid e posts and his local newspaper. He may be reached at 5150 Sharon Road, Charlotte, NC 28210, or by calling 704-553-0603.

David Naster is a nationally known comedian. His numerous major television appearances and national tours reflect his uncanny ability to share his humor with people of all ages and flavors. David travels throughout the world sharing his Your Sense of Humor Will Get You Through It keynote. Writing children’s stories is David’s latest passion and is soon to turn into a published dream. Please feel free to contact him at 12317 W. 79th Place, Lenexa, KS 66215, or call 913-438-4722.

Omar Periu is a successful public speaker, trainer, business owner, sales executive, lyricist, recording star and performer. A member of the National Speakers Association, Omar became a self-made millionaire at the age of 31. He has trained hundreds of thousands of salespeople, sales managers, entrepreneurs, executives and business owners in how to succeed in today’s business and sales environments. Omar was assisted early in his career, and as such his main purpose in life is to help others achieve greatness. You can reach him by writing Tom Hopkins International, Inc., P.O. Box 1969, Scottsdale, AZ 85252, or by calling 602-949-1590.

Kathleen Podolsky is a photographer whose works have been exhibited in the U.S. and abroad. Worldwide travel with her physician-writer husband has exposed her to different cultures, customs and traditions and has given her a keen understanding of diverse peoples. Many of Kathleen’s experiences have been documented on film as well as in short stories.

Barbara Rogoff is a writer and co-creator of Beyond Survival into Triumph, a workshop for adult survivors of abuse. Barbara and her partner, Dr. Patricia Bell, have been invited to train other therapists in using their experiential techniques at the World Congress of Log other apists in Dallas. Barbara is currently developing a prison ministry that incorporates some of these methods to help inmates find hope and move into personal freedom. Barbara lives in Stilwell, Kansas, with her husband and best friend of 19 years, Gary. She can be reached at The Unity Church of Overland Park in Kansas; phone 913-649-6825 extension 3033.

David Roth is a singer, songwriter, recording artist (five albums), conference presenter and emcee, humorist, playwright (The Grapes of Wroth) and workshop facilitator (Singing for Shy People). His song “Rising in Love” was performed at the 100th anniversary of Carnegie Hall, the same season he first sang the national anthem for the NBA’s Chicago Bulls. The story of Manuel Garcia was reported by William Janz in the Milwaukee Sentinel, and the song can be found on David’s first recording, Rising in Love . He can be reached by writing 18952 40th Place NE, Seattle, WA 98155, or by calling 800-484-2367 extension 3283.

Richard Ryan is a pastor, recording artist, actor and inspirational writer. An award-winning vocalist and director of the regionally acclaimed vocal ensemble ONE VOICE, he travels frequently in solo and group concert ministry. His solo recordings Love Found a Way and Promise s and the ensemble’s ONE VOICE in Praise have received nationwide attention. His story, “The Day I Met Daniel,” was the first-prize winner in The Christian Reader magazine’s 1995 Writing Contest. He and his wife, Cathy, have three children and live in New Albany, Indiana. For recordings or concert information, write him at the Old Capitol United Methodist Church, 141 Heidelberg Road West, Corydon, IN 47112, or call 812-738-4736.

Dan Schaeffer is Andrew, Christi and Katie’s dad. He has been married to their mother, Annette, for the “13 best years of my life.” He is also pastor of Foothills Evangelical Free Church in Rancho Santa Margarita, California. He is the author of Dancing with a Shadow, Making Sense of the Silence of God and most recently, The Bush Won’t Burn for Me, and I’m All Out of Matches.

Frank Slazak learned some important lessons in life by losing a dream. In 1985, Frank had an opportunity to compete in NASA’s Teacher in Space program. Despite his best efforts, he was not chosen in the final process. A teacher named Christa McAuliffe was chosen. On January 28, 1986, the Challenger exploded just 73 seconds after liftoff, killing all seven members on board. Frank Slazak won because he lost. Today, Frank has the privilege of speaking to audiences throughout the world about the lessons that can be derived from such an experience. His emotional presentations focus on the triumphs of the human spirit, the power of faith and the hero that is found in each of us. Frank has become known as the speaker that "speaks from the heart."

Peter Spelke is an adventurer, a truth seeker and an inspirational speaker. Aside from his business pursuits, Pete volunteers his time feeding the homeless and working with inmates in the federal prison system. He can be reached at 115 Deep Valley Drive, Stamford, CT 06903.

Dr. Roger William Thomas has been the preaching minister of First Christian Church since the fall of 1993. Roger is a native of McLean County, Illinois. He is a graduate of Lincoln Christian College and Seminary. His Doctorate of Ministry degree is from Northern Baptist Theological Seminary. Roger has served as preacher, campus minister and Bible college teacher in Illinois, Missouri and Oklahoma. He is also the author of six books and hundreds of magazine and journal articles on a variety of topics related to the Christian faith and scripture.

Renee R. Vroman lives in Vancouver, Washington, with her husband of 26 years and is the proud mother of three sons, Jay, Trent and Trevor. After helping put her husband and sons through college, she took the plunge herself and is currently a senior (in more ways than one!) at Washington State University, Vancouver, majoring in psychology. “The Gift” is her first published work. She may be reached at 13901 NE 7th Circle, Vancouver, WA 98684, or by calling 360-256-6984.

Angie K. Ward-Kucer is a senior operator with the Sarpy County E-911 Center and resides in Papillion, Nebraska, with her husband, John Andrew. “The Coolest Dad in the Universe” is her first story and was written as a tribute to her late father, Thomas Wesley Ward Sr., so that other fathers may learn from his simple acts of love and realize that even as their children become adults, they still need their daddy. She can be reached at 514 S. Monroe Street, Papillion, NE 68046, or by calling 402-331-7687.

Bettie B. Youngs is a former Iowa farm girl and is now a California resident and worldly citizen. Her passions revolve around her mission of increasing our sense of the important role parents and families have in laying the foundation for the value, purpose and meaning we assign to our lives. Bettie is a professional speaker, a consultant to parents, schools and organizations, and the author of 12 books published in 24 countries. Bettie may be contacted at 3060 Racetrack View Drive, Del Mar, CA 92014, or by calling 619-481-6360.

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