From A 5th Portion of Chicken Soup for the Soul


Bonita L. Anticola is a home economics teacher in Angola,New York. She is married, the mother of three, and when not busy with work, home, etc., she can be found sewing quilts. (Gayle passed away on August 31, 1997. Her family gave the red wagon to her in Gayle’s memory.) Bonita can be reached at 9865 Hardpan Rd., Angola, NY 14006.

Marsha Arons is a writer and lecturer in Skokie, Illinois. She is thrilled to be associated with the Chicken Soup series, and her stories appear inWoman’s Soul and Mother’s Soul. She also contributes to national magazines such as Good Housekeeping, Reader’s Digest and Redbook. She has authored a book for young adults and is currently at work on a collection of short stories dealing with mother-daughter relationships. You can contact her via e-mail for speaking or other assignments at [email protected]

Kathleen Beaulieu is a divorced mom of two grown children, Eric and Amanda. She worked for eleven years with her former husband, running and organizing his contracting business. She specializes in organizing businesses and troubleshooting problem areas, including leadership issues and customer relations.

Dee Berry is a hobbyist writer and member in good standing of Frank’s Writing Workshop. She wishes to thank “the gang” and her husband, Neal, for their honest and kind critiquing. She is a devoted gardener who often finds inspiration among her lavender and roses, or when hip-deep in compost.

Annette Paxman Bowen’s work has appeared in magazines around the world. She is the author of two young-adult novels, Get a Life, Jennifer Parker! and Live and Learn, Jennifer Parker, as well as a nonfiction book, Donuts, Letters and Midnight Phone Calls (Desert Book Company, Salt Lake City, UT 800-453-4532).

John Briley is an “in the trenches” pediatrician who is also a writer and Irish-style storyteller. His proudest accomplishment, other than his children, is helping to establish an infant development (child enrichment) program on Maui where he lives with his wife, who somehow puts up with him!

James C. Brown is the husband of Justine and the father of Ryan and Sally. He is a physician involved in the care of children and a faculty member at Creighton University School of Medicine in Omaha, where he enjoys teaching. Dr. Brown is an author, bronze sculptor and coach. With his wife, Justine, he raises and trains Belgian draft horses. He can be reached at Creighton University Medical Center, Department of Radiology, 601 N. 30th St., Omaha, NE 68131, or by calling 402-449-4753.

Augustus J. Bullock operated travel agencies on Long Island and in New York City for many years. Now retired, he is a freelance writer in Tops field, Massachusetts.

April Burk will chronicle her mothering experiences until her unsuspecting subject is old enough to tell her to get a life of her own. April’s essays have appeared in Mother to Mother, Pandemonium and numerous magazines. She lives with her husband, Sam, and their daughter, Kayla, at 410 E. Park St., Archer, FL 32618.

William Canty’s cartoons have appeared in many national magazines including Saturday Evening Post, Better Homes & Gardens,Woman’s World, National Review and Medical Economics. His syndicated feature All About Town, runs in forty newspapers.

Dave Carpenter has been a full-time, freelance cartoonist and humorous illustrator since 1981. His cartoons have appeared in Barron’s, The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Better Homes & Gardens, Good Housekeeping, Woman’s World, First, The Saturday Evening Post and numerous other publications. Dave can be reached at P.O. Box 520, Emmetsburg, IA 50536 or call 712-852-3725.

Diana Chapman has been a journalist for fourteen years, having worked at the San Diego Union, The Los Angeles Copley Newspapers and The Los Angeles Times. She specializes in human interest stories and is currently working on a book involving health issues, since she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1992. She has been married for nine years and has one son, Herbert “Ryan” Hart. She can be reached at P.O. Box 414, San Pedro, CA 90733 or call 310-548-1192.

Patricia Chasse has read many of the Chicken Soup for the Soul books. She was inspired by her daughter to write of the experiences she had following the death of her son. She has also been instrumental in establishing a chapter of Compassionate Friends Support Group in Millinocket, Maine, for bereaved parents. It has helped her and many parents survive the loss of a child.

Barbara Chesser, Ph.D., is a former professor and administrator at six different universities, author of four books, coauthor of six books, editor of numerous others and author of numerous research and popular articles in publications such as Reader’s Digest. Teaching, research and writing assignments have taken

Dr. Chesser to the Philippines, Greece, Turkey and Africa. She is currently president of a product development company that services a number of affiliated companies in the United States and in more than sixty countries worldwide. She can be reached at P.O. Box 7332, Waco, TX 76714, or by faxing 254-776-6331.

Samuel P. Clark has found truth in both tragedy and humor and ultimately understands that sharing is fundamental to his growth. He is the associate director of a social services agency, a city commissioner and a crisis intervention trainer. He lives with his wife, April, and daughter, Kayla, at 410 E. Park St., Archer, FL 32618.

Karen Cogan is a published author of over 125 inspirational stories and articles. In addition, she has authored three inspirational romance novels that can be previewed and ordered online through

Cheryl L. Costello-Forshey is a freelance writer/songwriter and poet who offers her original poetry for any occasion as well as memorials, and a unique gift idea through her business, Photographic Verse. For more information, send a SASE to Photographic Verse, 36240 S. 16th Rd., Barnesville, OH 43713 or call 740-757-9217.

Wayne Cotton experienced a successful twenty-eight-year career as a life insurance agent. He now serves as a consultant and productivity coach to the insurance industry. Wayne has addressed over 800 industry audiences in 16 countries worldwide. Contact Wayne at 203-4445 Calgary Trail, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada T6H 5R7, or by calling 403-434-7615.

Mary Beth Danielson is an award-winning essayist (that sounds like she won a blue ribbon for bringing the cleanest cow to the county fair). She writes a weekly newspaper column that explores and exploits the drama of being a forty something Midwesterner. Do you have a publication that could use a new voice? Contact her at 139 Tera Lee Ct., Racine, WI 53402.

Dianne Demarcke resides near the small town of Lorette, Manitoba, Canada and has been a portrait photographer for over twenty years. She enjoys life on her five-acre property and loves to travel, dance, read and write.

Tyree Dillingham is currently a student at San Diego State University, with a double major in political science and international business. Tyree is always keeping herself busy with one or two jobs and is always first to participate in any community service activities. She can be reached at 2012 Linden Grove Way, Carmichael, CA 95608, or by calling 916-485-1767.

Kathleen Dixon likes to think of herself as a Christian adventurer. She raised her four children in rural Northern California on mostly minimum-wage jobs. In spite of the hard times, she says, “Life is supposed to be fun and exciting; if it’s not, you’re doing it wrong. Trust in God.”

John Doll and his wife, Lanie, are presently living in the middle of a twenty-five-acre orange and avocado grove. Before his retirement in 1987, he did international marketing for one of Times Mirror’s corporations. He is a freelance writer with a number of short stories published. His forte is nostalgia and memories. Originally he wrote special material for Lawrence Welk. He can be reached at 2377 Grand Ave., Fillmore, CA 93015 or call 805-524-3821.

Dorothy DuNard, a 1939 graduate of the University of Missouri Journalism School, was ad manager of The Bon Marche in Yakima, Washington, and of Parks Department Store in Columbia, Missouri, and ad representative for the Columbia Daily Tribune. A freelance writer, she has five children, six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Melissa Eastham enjoys writing and reading great children’s books and teaching second grade at N. W. Harllee Elementary School in Dallas, Texas. She is married to her high school sweetheart, Collyn, and they have a wonderfully talented three-year-old son, Colton. She hopes to one day publish some of her children’s stories, but is content in the meantime with her small-town life in Red Oak, Texas. She can be reached at 972-576-3413 or via e-mail at

Ben Fanton is a freelance writer whose articles have appeared in Reader’s Digest, TV Guide, Nations Business and roughly 200 other national publications. He often works in partnership with his wife, Barrie, a photographer.

John F. Flanagan Jr., has employed his leadership capabilities in multi-faceted careers in business, academia, government and military. He had fought a war, held operational P&L responsibilities, worked for the White House, taught in universities, counseled governments and has run for Congress. He now shares his experiences through his writings, interviews, and lectures in order to protect the foundations of America. His e-mail is [email protected]

Brenda Gallardo was born in Kansas but grew up in Livermore, California. She lives there currently with her husband, Anastacio, daughter, Kimberly, and sons Joey and Justin. She balances her life between being a mother and a full-time secretary at a local middle school. In any spare time she may have, she enjoys reading, gardening and writing short stories. You can reach her at 510-449-1915.

Oliver Gaspirtz is a professional cartoonist and occasional writer. To order a copy of his latest book A Treasury of Police Humor, send a check or money order for $12.95 (plus $3.00 for S&H) to: Lincoln-Herndon Press, 818 South Dirksen Parkway, Springfield, IL 62703 or call 217-522-2732.

Nancy Sullivan Geng is a homemaker, mother and freelance writer. Her mailing address is Box 299, Hopkins, MN 55343.

Marlene T. Gerba has written occasional verse for over thirty years and recently completed her first manuscript entitled Dancing With My Shadow, yet unpublished. She is a gardener and floral designer and resides with her husband, four cats and a dog. She can be reached at 5101 S.E. Wilma Circle, Milwaukie, OR 97222 or 503-654-2201.

Eva Harding, award-winning poet, is a member of the Poetry Society of Virginia and of The National League of American Pen Women. Her second book of poetry is in progress. She also writes short stories, both serious and humorous. She is listed in national and international editions of Who’s Who. She can be reached at 312 Yale Drive, Alexandria, VA 22314.

Michael D. Hargrove is an author, trainer and professional speaker. He has conducted seminars and workshops for thousands of attendees on communication skills, state management skills, sales and management skills, team building and more. He can be reached through Bottom Line Underwriters, Inc., P.O. Box 1218, Lake Oswego, OR 97035, or by calling 888-697-8223. Visit him online at

Jerry Harpt has served the public school system and counselor for thirty-two years. He has a regular newspaper column entitled Challenging Our Limits which deals with interpersonal motivation. He is currently working on his first book. He can be reached at N-3231 River Dr., Wallace, MI or call 906-863-8862.

Darlene Harrison is an inspirational writer and author of two books Shared Journey and North of the Sky. They are collections of her poems. She credits her inspiration and talent to the God of the Universe. She lives with her beloved cat, Bingo, in San Dimas, CA.

Jonny Hawkins is a nationally known cartoonist whose work has appeared in The Saturday Evening Post, National Enquirer, Barron’s and over 175 other publications. His syndicated comic feature Hi and Jinx runs in many U.S. newspapers.

Margaret (Meg) Hill writes articles, short stories and young-adult books. Recent titles are Coping with Family Expectations (Rosen, 1990) and So What Do I Do About Me? (Teacher Ideas Press, Libraries Unlimited, Englewood, Colorado, 1993). Kirk is the pen name she uses when writing from the viewpoint of a teenage boy.

Tim Jordan, M.D., is a Behavioral Pediatrician, national speaker, author, husband, father, teacher, coach and owner/founder of self-esteem building summer camps. Tim aspires to be a national spokesperson for children and families. He has inspired parents, professionals and corporations with his warm, energetic, experiential presentations on parenting and work-family balance. You can reach Tim at 314-530-1883 or e-mail [email protected]

Colleen Keefe and Shauna Dickey are now actively involved in awareness seminars for fellow students. Colleen is the president of Students Against Drunk Driving (SADD) and Shauna is the vice president. Both students are heading to college and speak to groups about the importance of being an organ donor. Any ideas or comments will be gratefully accepted. Contact them by writing to 18Winter Street, Natick,MA 01760, or calling 508-655-5141.

Joe Kemp is pursuing a master’s degree in human behavior studies. After spending twelve years as a city police officer, Joe has changed his career direction to continually strive to reach his full potential. He can be reached at 258 Wales Cres., Oakville, Ontario, Canada, L6L 3X7.

David Kettler is a full-time business owner, house-husband, father of three sons, charity volunteer, athlete, golfer and amateur poet. David resides in Southern California. He can be reached at 4811 Van Buren Blvd., Riverside, CA 92503, or by calling 909-359-4516.

Joe Kohl has been an internationally published magazine cartoonist and illustrator for over twenty-five years. His cartoons and designs also appear on numerous greeting cards, tee-shirts, mugs and books. Joe has several of his own cartoon books out. He can be reached via e-mail at [email protected] or visit his Web site at

Paula (Bachleda) Koskey has spent a few extremely long days— but far too many quick days—with her wonderful children, Jesse, HopeAnn and Luke. A speaker and freelance writer, she maintains her balance by eating chocolate, walking, listening to James Taylor and believing in miracles. Paula can be reached at 1173 Cambridge, Berkley, MI 48072.

Louise Ladd became a writer so she could go to work in her bathrobe if she wanted to. Her seventeen novels for young adults include The Double Diamond Dude Ranch series (Tor Books, 1998). For adults, she coedited Sandy Dennis: A Personal Memoir (Papier-Mache Press, 1997). Her first suspense novel is due out in 1999.

Mike Lipstock’s short stories have appeared in more than 120 magazines and 8 anthologies. He was recently nominated for a Pushcart Prize, and is listed in the Directory of American Poets and Fiction Writers. His telephone number is 516-681-0171. He lives in Jericho, New York.

Kevin Lumsdon is managing editor for Hospitals & Health Networks, a magazine for health care executives.

Mark Malott lives in Newport Beach, California, and works for Southland Corporation as a consultant. He grew up in the San Fernando Valley and went to Granada Hills High School. He graduated from George Fox University in Newberg, Oregon, with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. He can be reached at 123 34th St., Apt. B, Newport Beach, CA 92663, or by calling 714-642-0247.

Deborah Roberto McDonald has a poem published in a book printed by the National Library of Poetry as well as a story in her local newspaper. She is the mother of two sons and has been in the international transportation business for over twenty years. She is a member of Lions Club International and participates in other community-based activities. Deborah plans to begin research for a book about adults who have lost a parent during childhood and the paths they take because of that loss. Writing is her hobby, and she likes to write about people and things that have touched her heart and soul.

Sherry Miller is a wife, mother and actress who genuinely enjoys reaching out to others. Years in drama ministry, a B.A. in Theatre Arts and stage experience have led to her current endeavor, Enlightening Theatrics. Her goal is to inspire students and their audiences in the areas of acceptance, love, ethics, trust and self-esteem. Sherry, available as a consultant and teacher, can be reached at 2907 Wellesley Ct., Fullerton, CA 92831.

Randy Loyd Mills has taught special education classes in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Salt Lake City, Utah, and North Bend, Washington. She is currently semi-retired so that she can enjoy a new facet of teaching—raising her two children, Kelsey and Cory. She can be reached at 2800 Brown Rd., Ferndale, WA 98248, or via e-mail at [email protected]

Beth Mullally is a newspaper columnist and reporter whose work in journalism has earned her twenty major writing awards in thirteen years. She is also a regular contributor to Reader’s Digest and author of the book The Best of Beth, a collection of her nationwide readers’ favorite columns and essays. She can be reached c/o The Times Herald-Record, 40 Mulberry St., Middletown, NY 10940, or by calling 914-343-2181 ext. 1450.

Christine Pisera Naman is a writer, mother, teacher and homemaker. She can be reached at 155 Glenwood Dr., Monroeville, PA, or by calling 412-374-0685. Carol O’Connor, L.I.C.S. W., is a nationally known speaker on stress management and communications. She is also the author of Remember When, a book that provides a humorous look at change. Her expertise on issues related to grief and loss come from her work as a former hospice social work therapist. Carol can be reached at 43 Norgate Rd., Attleboro, MA 02703, or by calling 508-226-9537.

Terry O’Neal is a mother, grandmother and a Christian businesswoman. She is vice president of a corporation and works full time with her husband at their Fresno car dealership. Her passions are friendships and writing. She can be reached at 408 N. Blackstone, Fresno, CA 93701, by calling 209-485-6300, or via e-mail at [email protected]

Rulon Openshaw, a writer, lives in Los Angeles, the city where he was born, raised and shot. Despite a fondness for tropical climates, he continues to reside in L.A. because it is the center of the movie industry and has excellent Mexican restaurants. His e-mail address is [email protected]

Rochelle Pennington is a freelance writer currently finishing her first book, A Turning. As a stay-at-home mother and wife, she is actively involved in Christian education and volunteer care for the terminally ill through Hospice Hope. She can be reached at N1911 Double D Road, Campbellsport, WI 53010, or by calling 414-533-5880.

Adeline Perkins is eighty years old and has four daughters and seven grandchildren. She cooked for twenty-six years at St. George Hospital and bought stamps by the hundreds for cards to shut-ins. She made phone calls to the ill, for the community chest and gave elder care for twenty years. Her mother was her inspiration.

Roy Popkin is a retired Red Cross Disaster Relief expert with a distinguished career in emergency management. As a writer, he has written books, magazine articles and numerous publications for The Red Cross and government agencies. He is now a writer-editor at the Environmental Protection Agency and a freelance consultant. He can be reached at 2111 Hanover St., Silver Spring, MD 20910.

Penny Porter is a mother of six and a grandmother of seven. She is a former teacher and school administrator. An award-winning writer, Penny is one of the most successful freelancers ever to hit Reader’s Digest. Her fifteenth and sixteenth stories will appear in September and November. Penny has been published in a wide range of national magazines and is the author of three books. Her inspiration is rooted in the love of family and human values, which children of today need so desperately.

Duke Raymond is a freelance writer and has been published in several newspapers and magazines, as well as a columnist for a regional newsletter. He is also a writer/producer of several cable access video productions addressing oral and written family histories. He facilitates writing groups in the genre of nostalgia. You can reach him at 861 Liberty Bell Dr., Beaverton, OR 97006 or call 503-645-7912.

Carmen Richardson Rutlen decided it was time to dream loud. Writing is her dream. She is working on her first book, Dancing Naked . . . In Fuzzy Red Slippers. She can be reached at Richard Rutlen Advertising, 236 N. Santa Cruz Ave., Ste. 206, Los Gatos, CA 95030 or by calling 408-354-4272.

Terry Savoie is a retired U.S. Air Force cmsgt. He served for twenty-five years and in seven foreign countries. He is an entertaining public speaker who regularly speaks to active-duty people and high school students. Terry is presently an aerospace science instructor with JROTC at Central High School in San Angelo, Texas. He can be reached at 1428 S. Van Buren, San Angelo, TX, or by calling 915-658-1808.

Jack Schlatter is a well-known speaker, writer and recording personality. A frequent contributor to Chicken Soup for the Soul, who can be heard and seen on the audio and video version of the inspired series and stars in the best-selling Gifts by the Side of the Road by Career Track. Jack’s listed in Who’s Who Among Teachers in America and his talks are filled with humor, wisdom and inspiration. He can be contacted at Show Path Productions, P.O. Box 3126, Grand Junction, CO 81502.

Priscilla Stenger is proud of her four daughters and five grandchildren. Besides enjoying time with family, she volunteers as parish retreat coordinator at church. She enjoys participating in small faith-sharing groups. Priscilla feels drawn to writing about experiences that have touched her life, such as her story “Department Store Angel.”

Angela Sturgill is a third-year pre-med student at the University of Colorado in Boulder. She plans to get her master’s degree in Deaf Education before entering medical school. She enjoys hiking, dancing, going to the movies and spending time with her cats. Angela is currently single and waiting for that special someone. She can be reached at 665 Manhattan Dr. #202, by calling 303-494-2822, or via e-mail at [email protected]

Gerald J. Sullivan says that reading people’s personal stories has always touched him. He has one hope that he can touch others. As a very busy man, he never suspected what would happen to him. As sad as his situation appears, it has created beauty within him that is difficult to explain.

Gwen Belson Taylor is an Australian poetry writer who has published two volumes of poetry, Who Loves the Sun and The Stars Look Down. She was a primary school teacher for twenty-five years. “Blessed Are the Pure in Heart” was written about her first great-grandson. She can be reached at 40 Moolabar Street, Morning Side, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.

Karen Taylor is a freelance writer whose inspirational short stories, poems and articles appear in nationally and internationally circulated Christian publications. Write to Karen at 5530 N. W. Osprey Place, Portland, OR 97229-1089, or call 503-645-4906.

Bob Thomas is the owner of Kristi’s Gallery in Swansboro, North Carolina. After thirteen years as an executive recruiter, he decided to pursue a less stressful lifestyle and move to the North Carolina coast. His gallery represents over 180 artists and craftspeople from across the United States. Since his move to the coast, he has discovered a love of writing and publishes his own in-house monthly newsletter, mainly for his own entertainment! He can be reached at P.O. Box 2066, Swansboro, NC 28584, or by calling 910-326-7222. S. Turkaly is an amateur writer who also enjoys archaeology and paleontology. Susan Union is a freelance writer who regularly contributes to magazines and newspapers. She is completing her first novel, a mystery. She holds a degree in finance and with her husband owns a real estate company in San Diego. Susan participates in competitive horse showing and snow skiing. She can be reached at P.O. Box 9561, Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067, or via e-mail at [email protected]

Henry Matthew Ward is a Realtor and home builder in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. His hobbies are playing the trumpet in civic bands and writing poetry and short stories. He can be reached at 615-890-2178, or via e-mail at [email protected]

David L. Weatherford, Ph.D., is a child psychologist who has published a book and numerous articles on child development, developmental disabilities and parenting. David himself is an ex-child who did his childhood tenure under the tutelage of Bill and Jackie Weather ford, his parents, in Hopkinsville, Kentucky. In gratitude for helping him survive the foolishness of his youth (he is currently working through adult foolishness on his own), David says to his parents, “Many have inspired my writing, but you have inspired my living.” Write to David at 1658 Doubletree Lane, Nashville, TN 37217.

Marion Bond West has written for Guideposts for twenty-five years and is a contributing editor. The author of six books, including The Nevertheless Principle, she is also an inspirational speaker on subjects such as When Women Hurt and Living Fear-Free. She can be reached at 1330 De Andra Dr., Watkinsville, GA 30677, or by calling 706-353-6523.

Sharon Whitley, a freelance writer/editor, is a former special education teacher. Her work has appeared in Reader’s Digest (eighteen international editions), Los Angeles Times Magazine, A 4th Course of Chicken Soup for the Soul and Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul. She can be reached at 5666 Meredith Ave., San Diego, CA 92120 or call 619-583-7346.

Gwyn Williams is director of music for the Hazel Green United Methodist Church near Huntsville, Alabama, where she resides with her husband and two children. The writing and telling of true, inspirational stories have long been hobbies and the source of great joy for her.

Jacqueline Zabresky has been a Registered Nurse for twenty years and is currently a third-year law student. She has shared her experience, insights and knowledge in writing and speaking engagements with health care professionals and the general public. Jacqueline looks forward to receiving your comments and inquiries at P.O. Box 298, Dallas, Pennsylvania 18612, or by calling 717-675-4396.

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