From A 4th Course of Chicken Soup for the Soul


Joyce Andresen is a medical social worker at Marengo Memorial Hospital. She lives in Keystone, Iowa with her husband, Ron and her two daughters.

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Sister Carleen Brennan is a School Sister of Notre Dame. She is a teacher, author and lecturer and has been involved in education and administration for 45 years. In her retirement, she has shared her rich background experience with teachers and parents. She can be reached at 1402 Prior Ave. S., St. Paul,MN 55116.

Jennings Michael Burch is an internationally recognized author and speaker. His autobiography, The y Cage the Animals at Night , chronicles his childhood experiences through orphanages and foster homes. He speaks to children and adults about family, values, kindness and honor. He strives to eliminate the ridicule of children by other children and succeeds. He can be reached at 2 Elm St., Chappaqua, NY 10514 or call 914-238-3031.

Fr. Brian Cavanaugh, TOR has compiled more than 40 handwritten journals of quotations, anecdotes and stories. Drawing upon this collection, he writes Apple Seeds, amonthly quote letter of motivation and inspiration. These journals have also resulted in four books published by Paulist Press: The Sower’s Seeds: 100 Inspiring Stories for Preachers, Te ache rs and Public Speakers;More Sower’s Seeds: Second Planting; Fresh Packet of Sower’s Seeds: Third Planting and Sower’s Seeds Aplenty: Stories of Wit, Whimsy and Wisdom. Fr. Brian can be contacted at Franciscan University, Steubenville, OH 43952, or call 614-283-6441.

Diana L. Chapman has been a newspaper journalist for more than 11 years, having worked at such newspapers as the LA Time s, The San Die go Union and LA Copley Newspapers. She specializes in touching human interest stories and is currently working on a book on health issues, since she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1993. She has been married for seven years and has one son, Herbert “Ryan” Hart. She can be reached at 837 Elberon #3A, San Pedro, CA 90731 or call 310-548-1192.

Cheryl L. Costello-Forshey is a writer whose specialty is poetry. She writes memorials and also offers a unique gift idea called Photographic Verse . All work is original and customer personalized. For information about either, send a SASE to 36240 S. 16th Rd., Barnesville, OH 43713.

Al Covino became an outstanding teacher, coach of various sports and later in his career became a school principal. He was an astute observer of people and recognized the compassion and kindness they displayed in their reactions to situations as they occurred. Al was a true friend, a great teacher, a great coach and advisor. He believed in helping people.

Donald Curtis has authored thirty bestselling books. Dr. Curtis founded and built the Unity Church of Dallas, one of the largest metaphysical congregations in the world, where he was minister for twenty-three years. He left that position in 1993 to devote full time to writing, lecturing and teaching. He has appeared widely on television and radio for many years including Oprah!Dr. Curtis may be reached at P.O. Box 258, Desert Hot Springs, CA 92240 or call 800-428-2794.

Doris W. Davis is a writer who aims to deliver screenplays that glorify God and transform lives (including her own) through the healing power of drama. Bozeman, Montana, is her home although she currently resides in Los Angeles near her four children. She can be reached at 213-730-1329 or call 406-585-9290. Pamela J. de Roy resides in southern Wisconsin. After raising her children, Scott and Lisa, and after being caregiver to her late husband, Bill, who was totally disabled for 11 years, she has returned to her first love—writing! Juggling her job, volunteer work and writing, she has recently completed a book for preteen girls and is working on several short stories.

Dauna Easley is a teacher, speaker and freelance writer. She has a special interest in motivation and self-esteem issues. She is a frequent speaker at teacher conventions, parent organizations and women’s groups. She is the parent of two daughters. Her youngest daughter was born with cerebral palsy and contracted brain cancer when she was five. Her story in this book describes the important lessons her daughter has taught her. She can be reached at 7929 Thistle wood Ct., West Chester, OH 45069 or call 513-777-9056 or 800-858-3324.

Andy Entwistle grew up in Needham, Massachusetts where his story takes place. He graduated from Northeastern University and is a major in the U.S. Army. Married with two children, Andy writes as a hobby and has published over a dozen articles and short stories.

Susan G. Fey writes for The Coryd on (Indiana) Democrat and has contributed to a number of national newspapers and magazines including Glamour, Ladies’ Home Journal, The (Nashville) Tennessean and The (Indianapolis) Star. She may be reached at P.O. Box 126, Corydon, IN 47112.

Clifford and Jerie Furness love the Lord, love each other and love every pastorate to which they have been appointed. Clifford has been a United Methodist minister since 1959 and Jerie is his secretary.

Janice M. Gibson is a teacher and freelance writer. Publishing credits include a children’s poem and several articles for parents of preschoolers. Her biggest project was a joint effort with her husband Greg, writing lyrics to his children’s dinosaur songs. To purchase a tape, write to Dat’s Music, 14906 E. Stanford Dr., Aurora, CO 80015 or call 303-699-4576.

Paul Glanville lives in Shreveport, Louisiana, and is excited about seeing his first story published. In his spare time, he enjoys studying history, spending time with his six children and 15 grandchildren and working with the youth group at his church.

Bob Greene is a syndicated columnist with national bestsellers including Hang Time : Be True to Your School, and with his sister, D. G. Fulford, To Our Children’s Children: Preserving Family Histories for Gene rations to Come. His new book is The 50-Year Dash: The Feelings, Foible s and Fears of Being Half-a-Century Old .

Kathy Higgins is employed by a multinational company in the leisure entertainment industry. She is an active member of Atlanta Unity Speakers, a member club in Toastmasters International. She enjoys writing, speaking and sports, including biking, running, racquetball and hiking.

Linda DeMers Hummel is a freelance writer and college english instructor. She can be reached at 2423 Hartfell Rd., Timonium, MD 21093 or call 410-560-2246.

Mary M. Jelinek has been an R.N. for many years. She carries a donor card and speaks out about this great gift. Little did she think that her first personal experience with organ donation would come through her own precious 39-year-old daughter.

Krista Lyn Johnson received her bachelor of arts, with high honors, and master of education from the University of Florida in 1993. She teaches kindergarten in South Florida. Krista enjoys traveling, skiing, swimming, rafting and working with children. She plans to write inspirational children’s books.

Paul Karrer has published over 40 short stories and articles. He has taught kindergarten through college in Korea, England, American Samoa, Western Samoa, Connecticut and California. Currently, he is a fourth- and fifth-grade teacher in Castroville, California. He may be reached at 457 Archer St., Monterey, CA 93940 or call 408-655-9877.

Tim Kimmel is president of Generation Ministries, and he speaks on family issues throughout the United States and Canada. A graduate of Bryan College and Dallas Theological Seminary, Tim is also the author of Home grown He roe s and Raising Kid s Who Turn Out Right.

Mary Korzan was born in Elyria, Ohio and graduated from Bowling Green State University with a dual major in Early Childhood and Elementary Education. After working in the field of education for five years, she embraced her new role of motherhood. Currently, she is a stay-at-home mom with three children, Jennifer, Andrea and Joshua. She resides with her husband, Lee, at 17888 Buckland Dr., Granger, IN 46530.

Ted Kruger is a veteran of World War II and made four invasions into North Africa, Sicily, Italy and Utah Beach. He was given the name Israel Kurchetier and changed it legally to Ted Kruger in 1945. Ted retired in 1982, and now at the present age of 77, he has become a freelance writer. This is his first published material.

Lih Yuh Kuo is a renowned fashion designer in New York and a devoted mother of three. She received the 1996 Asian American Business Achievement Award for starting her company and label LIHLI which produces beautiful knit suits and dresses. She can be reached at 36 East 57th Street, New York, NY 10022 or call 718-937-5011.

Karrey Janvrin Lindenberg is a special education teacher in the Fort Dodge, Iowa Community School system. She is the mother of two sons, Andrew and Michael. She is a member of the Presbyterian church. Karrey is a graduate of the University of Iowa with an M.A. from Morningside College, Sioux City, Iowa. Karrey can be reached at 825 Forest Ave., Fort Dodge, IA 50501.

Patricia Lorenz, a frequent contributor to the Chicken Soup books, is an “art of living” inspirational writer, columnist and speaker. Over 400 of her articles have appeared in 75 publications, including Re ad e r’s Digest, Guide posts, Woman’s World , Working Mother and Single -Parent Family. She is the author of two books, Stuff That Matte rs for Single Parents and A Hug a Day for Single Parents, published by Servant Publications in Ann Arbor, Michigan. You can write her at 7457 S. Pennsylvania Ave., Oak Creek, WI 53154.

Harvey Mackay is the author of New York Time s #1 bestsellers, Swim with the Sharks Without Being Eaten Alive and Beware the Naked Man Who Offers You His Shirt. These books have been translated into 35 languages and distributed in 80 countries. His most recent book, Sharkproof also was a national bestseller. Harvey is a nationally syndicated columnist for United Features Syndicate, whose weekly articles appear in 50 newspapers around the country. He also is one of America’s most popular and entertaining business speakers, speaking once a week to Fortune 500 companies and associations. Harvey is chairman and CEO of Mackay Envelope Corporation, a $60 million company he founded at age 26. He also is a partner in Cogni Tech Corp., an Atlanta-based software company that markets the contact management system, Shark ware.

Curt McAllister is a public-relations specialist based in Detroit, Michigan. He is also a former award-winning journalist and feature writer.

Karen Nordling McCowan has been a columnist for The Registe r-Gard in Eugene, Oregon since 1993. Before returning to her home state, she worked as a columnist, feature writer and reporter for The Arizona Re public in Phoenix. She has been married to Joel McCowan, a high school mathematics teacher, for 22 years. They have two daughters, Kelsey, 17 and Keeley, 12.

MarkMed off is a dramatist and playright. He wrotemany scripts for the show Thirty Some thing and wrote the book and the screenplay for Children of a Lesser God , The Homage That Follows (about to be released as a movie, Homage ), Re d Ryder, Stumps, Stephanie Hero and lots of other plays. He lives in New Mexico. He went to high school in Miami Beach. His work is being produced all over the U.S. in regional theaters.

Robert TateMiller is an internationally published writer who has also worked as a television promotions writer/producer. He has written four screenplays and a number of essays on his early years growing up in a small North Carolina mountain town. He can be reached at 950 Hilgard Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90024.

Nancy Mitchell is the Director of Publishing for the Canfield Group. She handles the rights and permissions for all of the Chicken Soup projects. She and her sister, Patty, are co-authors with Jack and Mark of Chicken Soup for the Surviving Soul. Nancy can be reached by writing P.O. Box 30880, Santa Barbara, CA 93130 or call 800-237-8336.

ChickMoorman is the director of the Institute for Personal Power, a consulting firmdedicated to providing high-quality professional development activities for educators and parents. Every year he crisscrosses the country conducting over 100 workshops on cooperative learning, enhancing self-esteem and teaching respect and responsibility. His mission is to help people experience a greater sense of personal power in their love lives so they can in turn empower others. His latest book,Where the He art Is: Stories of Home and Family, celebrates family strength, love, tolerance, hope and commitment. It can be ordered at $14.95 from Personal Power Press, P.O. Box 5985, Saginaw, MI 48603 or call 800-797-4133.

Janis A. Nark is a nurse, Vietnam veteran, entrepreneur and speaker. Surviving and excelling in six different professions on three different continents and through two wars, Janis knows about stress and change. Finding control in the chaos is her specialty; bringing humor, insight and awareness to others is her passion. You can contact Janis at 704-879-8080 or e-mail: [email protected]

Anne Newell is a retired detective from the Anchorage Police Department. She had created public safety radio programs and spoken in many arenas on safety, motivation and public speaking. She is an active member of Zonta International, International Training in Communication, HOBY, Anchorage Literacy Project andmany community-based volunteer projects. You can contact Anne at 907-337-7268 or e-mail: [email protected]

Varda One is a self-explorer who translates her discoveries into essays, poems, short stories, novels, songs and pamphlets, many of which have been published world-wide. Her hobby is reinventing herself by doing the impossible; her values are growth, enjoyment and youthfulness; her goal is to live to be a healthy, happy 101. She may be reached at 4218 A West 136th St., Hawthorne, CA 90250 or call 310-978-0799.

Thomas Overton is the compliance manager for the Information Technologies business unit at US West and president of a small real-estate development company. He has given talks to universities on paradigm shifts and related topics. As a community leader he is involved in many organizations and community activities including president of his optimist service club. Tom along with his wife of 31 years reside in Denver, CO. His greatest joy is his four children who are making their own positive mark on society.

Petey Parker is a national speaker, trainer and author. Her most recent book, Corporate Kitty Litter: Turning No Way Attitudes into Know-How Solutions, addresses the problems in corporate America and provides solutions that allow even one person to make a difference. Petey’s presentations cover communication, strategic planning, team building and motivation. Her clients include J.C. Penney, Texas Instruments, Chilton, GTE, McKinsey & Company, and many national associations. For further information, call 800-893-6601.

Sara Parker is a teacher and writer who is currently seeking a publisher for her children’s picture book, while working on a children’s novel. She hopes to give her optimism and rose-colored view of life to her readers. She can be reached at 614 Bonita Dr., Aptos, CA 95003.

Dave Pelzer proudly carried the ceremonial flame for the 1996 Olympic Torch Relay and was the only American to receive the Outstanding Young Person of the World Award in 1994. Dave travels throughout the nation inspiring others to live a full, rich productive life. Often dubbed the “Robin Williams with glasses,” no one touches the heart and challenges the human spirit as Dave Pelzer. Formore information,write P.O. Box 1385, Guerneville, CA 95446 or call 707-869-2877.

Jude Revoli is a free-lance writer who has been published in D Magazine , The Dallas Morning News, Texas Visions and other publications in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Jude is preparing for printing a volume of poetry and is continuing work on several other projects. Her specialty is “true life” stories. For information, contact Jude at 4021 Samuell Blvd., #125,Mesquite, TX 75149, or call 972-329-7397.

Percy Ross is an internationally known philanthropist, syndicated columnist, author and TV/radio personality. As a self-made millionaire, he has devoted himself to giving money, counsel, encouragement and hope to people from all walks of life. His Thanks A Million newspaper column appears in over 650 publications. Mr. Ross has publicly stated that he intends to give away his entire fortune during his lifetime, and his motto is, “He who gives while he lives. .. also knows where it goes.”

Debbie Ross-Preston is a pharmaceutical sales rep in the Seattle area, specializing in public speaking to the plastic surgery and dermatology communities. She has been working toward her first marath on since finishing three half-marathons while she and her husband, Kent, are in the process of starting their family.

Russell L. (Rusty) Schweickart is President and CEO of ALOHA Networks, Inc. (ANI), a telecommunications technology company specializing in high-performance, wide-band multiple-access communications. Schweickart was formerly the Executive Vice President of CTA Commercial Systems, Inc. and Director of Low Earth Orbit (LEO) Systems. Schweickart’s satellite and telecommunications work has involved him in the development of international communications regulations and policies.

Bonnie Shepherd, M.A., is an associate editor of Focus on the Family magazine. She is author of Gestures of Love and A Bridge Called Compassion, two collections of short stories about ordinary people doing extraordinary things. She earned her masters degree from the University of Illinois, Springfield and lives in Monument, CO. You may contact Bonnie at P.O. Box 1713,Monument, CO 80132 or call 719-488-1059.

Dr. Sidney B. Simon has been a teacher for 40 years and is a professor emeritus, psychological education, University of Massachusetts. He was a pioneer in values clarification, has written 14 books and is internationally known for his seminars and workshops. An award winner for his presentations, he is in high demand for keynotes and workshops, when he isn’t bicycling the world, canoeing the seas and computing the Internet. You may contact Sidney at 45 Old Mountain Rd., Hadley, MA 01035 or call 413-584-4382.

Bill Simpson is a United Methodist pastor, writer and speaker. The author of three books and numerous articles, Dr. Simpson serves as one of the editors of The Living Pulpit magazine. He is known for his work in Huguenot church history. He is currently senior pastor of Front Street United Methodist Church, Burlington, NC and can be reached through Box 2597, Burlington, NC 27216 or call 910-227-6263; e-mail: [email protected]

Joanna Slan is a full-time professional speaker and author and believes the life we live is the life we create. A top-ranked presenter, Joanna speaks all across the country and the globe on gender issues. An award-winning communicator, her work has appeared in newspapers,magazines and on television. She is the author of four books including I’m Too Blessed to Be De pressed. Joanna has hosted a television talk show, studied under Dr. W. Edwards Deming and written speeches for multinational executives for Chrysler-Mitsubishi. Joanna lives in St. Louis, Missouri, with her husband David and son, Michael.

Shari Smith, a former middle-school math teacher in Texas and Florida, is currently the Income Development Director for the American Cancer Society in Austin, Texas. Her motivation for teaching and helping others is derived from her loving family, the many students that taught her valuable lessons and her relationship with Christ. Like “Thelma,” Shari is optimistic about the future.

Martha Pendergrass Templeton enjoys writing, storytelling and teaching eighth grade at Summerville Middle School. She is the director of “Kids for Christ,” a troupe that incorporates clowning, puppeteering and storytelling in ministry to children. She can be reached at 83 Rd. 932, Mentone, AL 35984.

Diane Brucato Thomas, founder of “Hawaii Institute for Wellness in Dentistry,” is a “gum gardner” who “digs” what she does. Diane also has a gift for storytelling. Her performances for gatherings of all ages have enriched many lives. Diane and her family live at a place she calls “The Cafe at the Edge of the World.” She can be reached at P.O. Box 2065, Pahoa, HI 96778.

Dolly Trout is a San Joaquin Valley resident who has taught in Fresno County schools for 25 years. She earned her master’s degree in special education at California State University, San Francisco. As a fifth-year mentor teacher, she is an enthusiastic and dedicated speaker, giving personal growth seminars and experiential workshops on self-actualization. Dolly became a trainer in values clarification at the University of San Diego under the expert guidance of Dr. Sidney and Suzanne Simon. She authored the book Toward Build ing a Better Future. .. A Guide to Adult Service Providers in Fresno County.

Michele Vignola spent four years as a political activist, coordinator and paralegal for the Leonard Peltier Defense Committee. Her experiences include public speaking, radio and television. Currently she resides in Lawrence, Kansas as a teacher of drama. She also enjoys writing as a hobby.

Judy Walkerwas born in Birmingham, Alabama, and has three sons, one daughter and one stepson. She has worked for the Social Security Administration for 15 years, and is currently an SSI Claims Representative in the Oklahoma City office. Judy and her late husband, Robert, who died in the Oklahoma City bombing, transferred to Oklahoma City from Albuquerque, NM in 1992.

Ann E. Weeks has had a private practice as a nurse family therapist for 21 years. She works with individuals, couples and families dealing with life’s passages and stresses. In her years of practice she has developed a variety of strategies to facilitate healing and learning. Humor is one of the truly effective ones to “help the medicine go down.” Dr. Weeks is a member of the National Speakers Association and the American Association for Therapeutic Humor. She is a nationally known speaker who gives her audiences many everyday strategies to heal the stresses of life’s passages.

Sharon Whitley, a former special education teacher, is the recipient of several writing awards, including the Atlantic Monthly. Her work has appeared in Re ad e r’s Digest (including 18 international editions), Los Angeles Time s Magazine , Guide posts and New Woman. She can be reached at 5666Meredith Avenue, San Diego, CA 92120 or call 619-583-7346.

Bettie B. Youngs, Ph. Ph.D. , Ed. Ed.D. , is an international lecturer and consultant living in Del Mar, California. She is the author of 14 books published in 28 languages including the bestseller Value s from the Heartland. Her story is reprinted from Gifts of the He art (Health Communications, Inc.). You can contact Bettie by writing to 3060 Racetrack View Dr., Del Mar, CA 92014.

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