From Chicken Soup for the Soul: A Tribute to Moms


Aaron Bacall has graduate degrees in organic chemistry and educational administration and supervision from New York University. He has been a pharmaceutical research chemist, college department coordinator, college instructor, and cartoonist. His work has appeared in most national publications, and he has contributed to several cartoon collections. His cartoons have been used for advertising, greeting cards, wall calendars, and several corporate promotional books. Three of his cartoons are featured in the permanent collection at Harvard Business School’s Baker Library. He continues to create and sell his cartoons. He can be reached at [email protected]

Nancy Barnes resides with her family in Rowlett, Texas. Formerly a resident of Boardman, Ohio, Nancy has been a registered nurse for thirty-two years. She received great joy in having her first written story published in Chicken Soup for the Nurse’s Soul: A Second Dose. She hopes to inspire others by sharing her faith and heart through writing.

Inspirational speaker Lindy Batdorf shares encouragement nationwide at retreats, business conferences, and workshops on a variety of life-changing topics. She is the author of numerous articles, dramatic presentations, and the humorous parenting book, Stop and Smell the Asphalt: Laughter and Love Along the Highway of Parenthood. Contact information available at: Al Batt is a writer, speaker, storyteller, and humorist living in Minnesota. A newspaper columnist, radio and TV personality, and tour guide, he has received the Ed Franey Conservation Media Award from the Izaak Walton League. Al speaks to anyone who will listen. His mother thinks he is special.

Michelle Borinstein is a professional writer and amateur mother to a large family. Published in newspapers, magazines, anthologies, and online sites, she writes whatever pops into her head: fiction, nonfiction, children’s poetry, journalism, features, and occasional shopping lists. Currently looking for an agent for her children’s book, she may be reached at [email protected]

Ellen Brown is a student at Stonehill College in North Easton, MA where she double majors in English and fine arts. She studied abroad at Oxford University in the fall of 2007 and aspires to pursue a masters degree in creative writing. Ellen also enjoys reconstructing clothing and jewelry.

Debra C. Butler lives in Chesterfield, Virginia, with her husband, Michael, daughter, Ashley, and sons Micheal Lee and Cody Ray. She’s worked at the McGuire VA Medical Center in Richmond, Virginia, for over twenty years and currently serves as a program analyst for the office of the chief of staff.

Jennifer Lynn Clay, eighteen, has been published over fifty times in national and international magazines and in several books, including Chicken Soup for the Preteen Soul 2, Chicken Soup for the Girl’s Soul, House Blessings, and Forever in Love. She was a state finalist in the “Power of the Pen” interscholastic writing competition in 2004.

Maril Crabtree is the mother of two and the grandmother of four inspirational children. She lives in Kansas City where she writes nonfiction and poetry, works as an energy practitioner, and teaches yoga. Her website is

Lola De Giulio De Maci received her master of arts in education and English from California State University. She loves being a children’s author, gathering inspiration from her now-grown children and the many children she has taught over the years. Lola enjoys contributing to Chicken Soup for the Soul books and inspirational speaking. The mother of Maria, Christopher, and Angela, Lola considers motherhood her greatest calling. E-mail: [email protected]

Mary Emily Dess received her master’s degree in English from Sacramento State University and taught English at American River College. She has written for various secular and religious magazines. Mary, her husband, and five children traveled extensively as a military family, including tours of duty to Italy and Korea.

Avis Drucker retired to Cape Cod with husband, Al, as “Washashores” in 2001. Leaving behind corporate life, she quickly discovered writing as her new passion. Her memoir and poetry have been published in Chicken Soup for the Soul, Prime Time magazine, The Philosophical Mother, the Cape Cod Times “On the Road” series, and a Cape anthology entitled World of Water, World of Sand. Travel and family visits keep her life full.

Sylvia Duncan spent her first twenty-four years in England and adores her family members on both sides of the Atlantic. She writes for Sauce magazine, teaches at Elderhostels in the Ozarks, and conducts writing workshops at a community college. She was previously published in Chicken Soup for the Father & Daughter Soul. Contact her at [email protected]

Teri Elders, LCSW, continues to celebrate active retirement in her country home near Colville, WA. A lifelong freelance writer, she made her Chicken Soup debut with “Easter Bloomers” in Celebrating Brothers & Sisters. Her husband, Ken Wilson, two dogs, and three cats provide inspiration, diversion, and distraction. Write her: [email protected]

Jackie Fleming is the mother of three and grandmother of many. She has traveled the world on several freighters, and between voyages she e-mails her friends, reads their blogs, and writes at her home in Paradise, California. You can e-mail her at [email protected]

Tessa Floehr lives in Marysville, Ohio, with her husband, Eric, and their daughters, Sophia and Amelia. She teaches part-time at a local preschool. She enjoys writing, cooking, and being a mom. She would like to thank Lori, her writing group partner, for encouraging her to develop this story. Contact: [email protected] Betsy Franz is a freelance writer and photographer specializing in the areas of nature, wildlife, the environment, and inspirational human interest topics. You may learn more about Betsy by visiting her website: www.natures Sally Friedman is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania. She focuses on family in her writing for national and regional publications. She is the mother of three daughters who often provide inspiration for her essays in the New York Times, Philadelphia Inquirer, and Journal Register newspapers. Contact: [email protected]

Sara Francis-Fujimura is an author from Arizona. Her work has appeared in such magazines as Girls’ Life, Science World, Learning through History, Raising Arizona Kids, and Woman’s Day, among others. Sara’s young adult historical fiction novel Whispers from the Desert won second place in’s 2007 “Write It Now!” competition. Contact: A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, Sally Friedman focuses on family in her writing for national and regional publications. She is the mother of three daughters who often provide inspiration for her essays in the New York Times, Philadelphia Inquirer, and Journal Register newspapers. [email protected]

Michelle Gannon graduated from Princeton University with a degree in art and archeology. After building up her frequent flier miles as a consultant, she returned to her true passion, the arts. Following graduation with a master’s from Columbia, Michelle began teaching Humanities and Film. Currently, Michelle teaches at Temple University in Japan.

Shirley Hailstock’s twenty novels have appeared on the Library Journal, Essence Magazine, 100 Greatest Novels of the 20th Century, and Glamour magazine lists. She holds a Waldenbooks Bestseller Award and a Romantic Times magazine Career Achievement Award. Shirley is a past-president of Romance Writers of America. E-mail her at [email protected] Cynthia Hamond has numerous stories in the Chicken Soup for the Soul series and Multnomah’s Stories for the Heart, and other major publications, including Woman’s World magazine and with King Features Syndication. She received two writing awards and was the featured author in Anthology Today. Two stories were made for TV. Contact:

Patrick Hardin is a freelance cartoonist whose work appears in a variety of books and periodicals in the United States and abroad. He resides in his hometown of Flint, Michigan. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan–Flint, where he earned degrees in philosophy and psychology. He may be contacted at [email protected]

Ann Weaver Hart is a writer, living in Bryan, Texas. E-mail her at annhart

Mandy Houk is a freelance writer and editor. She teaches high school literature in Colorado Springs, where she lives with her husband, Pete, and their two daughters. Mandy was born in Georgia and returned to her southern roots when writing her first novel, Cloud Hunting. Please visit her website at

Amy Hudock is a single mom who teaches English at a private school in South Carolina. She is the editor in chief of, and coeditor of Literary Mama: Reading for the Maternally Inclined (Seal Press, 2006). Cindy Hval’s work has appeared in Chicken Soup for the Mother and Son Soul, Chicken Soup for the New Mom’s Soul, and A Cup of Comfort Devotional for Mothers. She’s a correspondent for the Spokesman Review newspaper in Spokane, Washington, where she and her husband are raising their four sons. Contact her at [email protected]

Caroleah Johnson lives in northern California with her husband of thirty-five years. She has two grown children and five grandchildren. A dental hygienist by profession and a writer by passion, she has been published in two other Chicken Soup books and Upper Room Magazine. You can reach her at [email protected]

Kim Johnson is a freelance writer and speaker. Her book, Working Women’s Devotions to Go, was published in 2007, and she has contributed to other compilations. Employed as assistant to a vice president at Disneyland, she and her husband reside in Anaheim, California, and have four children and five grandchildren.

Louise Tucker Jones is an award-winning author and popular speaker. Author/coauthor of three books, her work has been featured in numerous magazines and compilation books, including Guideposts and several Chicken Soup titles. Mother of four, grandmother of three, Louise resides in Edmond, Oklahoma. Contact her at [email protected] or

Jessica Kennedy received her bachelor of arts from the University of California at Davis. At twenty-six, she had a stroke and became a ventilator-dependent quadriplegic. A guest speaker at classes for respiratory therapists and a writer of inspirational articles and children’s stories, Jessica foresees a bright future. E-mail her at [email protected]

Nancy Julien Kopp has published stories, articles, personal essays, children’s stories, and poetry in magazines, newspapers, e-zines, and in several anthologies, including five Chicken Soup for the Soul books. She is a former teacher who still enjoys teaching through the written word. Nancy lives in the Flint Hills of Kansas with her retired husband.

Susan J. Krom graduated UMASS Dartmouth with a bachelors of science. She is an IT professional and a proud mother. She has always enjoyed writing poetry and was inspired by the pregnancy of her first child to write the poem in this book.

Margaret Lang is the author of twenty-eight published stories, many with Chicken Soup. She is a full-time teacher/missionary to youth and adults in the United States, Africa, and Asia. Her teachings can be heard on legacyradioon-line. com. She is a mother of two and a grandmother of three.

Lyn Larsen lives in rural Alberta in Canada. She studied social work in the early seventies and received her B.Ed in English in the nineties. She has worked as a social worker and a teacher. She writes mainly for teens and served as editor for her writers’ club’s latest publication.

Heather McAlvey lives in Walnut, Illinois, with her son, Brendan. She, along with her family, are avid baseball fans who are still waiting for “next year” to arrive! She also enjoys photography, scrapbooking, and writing. She is a restaurant manager.

Sandra McGarrity lives and writes in Chesapeake, Virginia. She is the author of three novels. Her writing has appeared in many publications, and she maintains a weekly column at, where she is a member of the Tidewater Christian Writers Forum. Visit her web page at Paula McKee lives in Ontario, Canada, with her husband and two kids. Among other freelance writing projects, Paula writes a first-person parenting column for her area’s local newspaper. Life with kids, she finds, produces a constant flow of entertaining anecdotes that parents can relate to. Reach her at [email protected]

Lynn Meade, Instructor of Communication, is inspired daily by her sons, Taylor and Titus, who encourage her to find joy in the small things. Her parents continue to fuel her passion to write and her husband, John, supplies the daily hugs needed to keep her going. [email protected]

Emily Mendell is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania. She fills her days working in public affairs and playing as much as possible with her husband and two young sons. Her essays and articles have been published in the Philadelphia Inquirer and on Please e-mail her at [email protected]

Jennifer Oliver, from Copperas Cove, Texas, dedicates this story to her magnificent, creative life forces: Cody, Ethan, Matthew, and Madison. Jennifer’s stories have appeared in several Chicken Soup books and other heartwarming publications.

Celeste T. Palermo lives in Colorado with her husband, Pete, and daughters, Peyton and Morgan. She is the author of From the Red Tees (Cumberland House, 2007). She writes for various magazines and is a newspaper columnist and contributing author to Chicken Soup for the Woman Golfer’s Soul. Visit her at

Valerie J. Palmer is best known in the Peace River area of Alberta, Canada, for her artwork and mushroom spore prints. She has enjoyed writing poetry ever since she was a child in war-time England. This poem was written after her own mother’s death from Alzheimer’s and is dedicated to all caregivers.

Mark Parisi’s “off the mark” comic, syndicated since 1987, is distributed by United Media. Mark’s humor also graces greeting cards, T-shirts, calendars, magazines, newsletters, and books. Check out: Lynn is his wife/business partner. Their daughter, Jen, contributes with inspiration (as do three cats).

Saralee Perel is an award-winning writer, chosen as such in the National Society of Newspaper Columnists’ competition. She’s a Family Circle magazine contributor and a nationally syndicated columnist. Her novel, Raw Nerves, received the BookSense honor. Saralee’s favorite activity is giving and receiving back rubs with her loving husband, Bob. E-mail: [email protected]

Stephanie Piro lives in New Hampshire with her husband, daughter, and three cats. She is one of King Features’ team of women cartoonists, “Six Chix” (she is the Saturday chick!). Her single panel, “Fair Game,” appears in newspapers and on her website Her book My Cat Loves Me Naked is available at bookstores everywhere. She also designs gift items for her company Strip T’s. Contact her at [email protected]

Joyce Rapier, author of several books and short stories, resides in Arkansas. Joyce, president and owner of Rapier Inc., a business forms/ad specialty company, enjoys writing, gardening, oil painting, and her family. Joyce has three children and seven grandchildren (one deceased). You may contact Joyce through

Carol McAdoo Rehme never played nurse or bandaged her dolls. She advised her kids to save their accidents for their dad’s attention. Now a grandma, she’s relieved to pass the torch of responsibility to the next generation. Carol is a prolific writer, editor, and coauthor of numerous gift books. Her latest project, Chicken Soup for the Empty Nester’s Soul, will be released in 2008. Contact her at [email protected]

Natalie June Reilly is a newspaper columnist and the author of the children’s book, My Stick Family: Helping Children Cope with Divorce. She is a single mother of two handsome teenage boys, the loves of her life! She loves most to travel with them, seeing the world through their eyes.

Gwen Rockwood is a freelance writer living in Arkansas with her husband and three kids. Her weekly column appears in several newspapers in Arkansas and Missouri and has been published for more than ten years. Contact her at [email protected]

Sallie A. Rodman is an award-winning writer whose work has appeared in many Chicken Soup anthologies. She has three grown children and resides with her husband in Los Alamitos, California. Sallie says she gets her love of family traditions from her mom and hopes her children continue them long into the future. E-mail her at [email protected]

Tammy Ruggles is a freelance writer based in Kentucky. She writes short stories, articles, and screenplays. Her first book, Peace, was published in 2005. Harriet May Savitz is the award-winning author of twenty-six books, including Run, Don’t Walk, an ABC Afterschool Special produced by Henry Winkler. Several of her books about the disabled (YA, fiction, nonfiction) have been reissued by AuthorsGuild/iUniverse and can be found at or Contact her at [email protected] or at Essay Books at

Joanne Wright Schulte has been writing for five years and has been published in Chicken Soup for the Soul Celebrating Mothers and Daughters. She loves music, reading, and writing, and is active in her garden club and various church activities. She holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology.

Lori Shaw-Cohen is a bestselling author, editor, and nationally published journalist whose work has spanned almost three decades. Formerly the managing editor of Teen Magazine, her books include the national bestseller Home Buying by the Experts and The Princess and the PMS. Contact Lori at [email protected]

Sarah Smiley is a syndicated newspaper columnist and author of Going Overboard (New American Library, 2005). She is the mother of three young boys. Website:

Pamela Gayle Smith lives in Mount Vernon, Indiana, and has been married to John since 1969. They have three daughters—Shannon, Jennifer, and Misti.They are grandparents to eight grandchildren—Nicholas, Tara, Austin, Seth, Averie, Johnathan, Brandon, and Zachery. She enjoys reading, traveling, and meeting new people. She can be e-mailed at [email protected]

Diane Stark is a teacher, a writer, a wife, and a mother. She lives in southern Indiana with her husband, Eric, and their four children. She loves writing about parenting and family issues, and her favorite topic is, of course, her own kids. Please email her at [email protected]

Elva Stoelers is an award-winning Canadian writer and a proud contributor to a number of Chicken Soup titles. As well as being broadcast on CBC radio, her work has been published internationally in a variety of parenting magazines. She has tried to emulate her mother’s enthusiasm for child rearing while raising her own three children and is happy to report that eccentricity appears to be genetic.

Rachel Lee Stuart got her degree in psychology from Appalachian State University. She lives in Durham, North Carolina, with her husband and son. Rachel enjoys music, cake decorating, and working with the elderly. Her faith and her family are the most important things in her life.

Beverly A. Suntjens is a wife, mother, recreation therapist, instructor, writer, and speaker. She received her bachelor of arts from the University of Alberta and has completed her first children’s novel, but her greatest accomplishment is that her two sons and one daughter call her “Mom.” E-mail her at [email protected]

Ken Swarner is the author of Whose Kids Are These Anyway? He can be reached at [email protected]

Marcia M. Swearingen is a former newspaper editor and columnist, now freelancing full-time. Her stories have appeared in Guideposts magazine, other Chicken Soup and Cup of Comfort books, and numerous local publications. She and her husband, Jim, have been married thirty-six years. They have one daughter and a new son-in-law! E-mail: [email protected]

AnnMarie Tait lives in Conshohocken, Pennsylvania, with her husband, Joe, and Sammy the “Wonder Yorkie.” In addition to writing stories about her large Irish Catholic family, Annmarie enjoys singing and recording Irish and American Folk Songs. “Autumn Leaves” is the third story published in the Chicken Soup for the Soul series. Email her at [email protected]

Cristy Trandahl works as a freelance writer while raising six beautiful children. Cristy’s stories have been published in dozens of nationally distributed anthologies including Chicken Soup, Cup of Comfort, and Breastfeeding Diaries. Visit her website at

Kathryn Veliky received her bachelor of arts in drama from Pace University. She currently works for the meetings and events division of Carlson Marketing and is an independent consultant for the Traveling Vineyard. She lives with her husband, Michael, daughter, Dorian, and two dogs in New Jersey. Kathryn enjoys camping, canoeing, traveling, cooking, board games, and wine tasting.

Beth K. Vogt is the author of Baby Changes Everything: Embracing and Preparing for Motherhood after 35. She’s learned to enjoy life all over the parenting spectrum with children ages twenty-four, twenty-one, nineteen, and seven. Contact Beth at [email protected]

Bob Vojtko makes a living poking fun at the human condition through his cartoons. You’ll find his cartoons in newspapers, newsletters, magazines, books, and on the Internet. Bob lives in Strongville, Ohio, with his wife, Susan, and their Boston terrier, Massie.

Beverly F. Walker enjoys writing, photography, scrapbooking, and being with her grandchildren. Her stories appear in Angel Cats: Divine Messengers of Comfort, Chicken Soup for the Cat Lover’s Soul, and Chicken Soup for the Soul in Menopause.

Stefanie Wass lives in Hudson, Ohio, with her husband and two daughters. Her writing has appeared in Chicken Soup for the New Mom’s Soul, Chicken Soup for the Beach Lover’s Soul, the Christian Science Monitor, the Akron Beacon Journal, and other newspapers nationwide. Contact Stefanie via e-mail at [email protected]

Verna Wood has published articles about her battle with breast cancer and the prison ministry about which she is passionate. She is an investigative reporter for the US Observer Oklahoma. She can be contacted at Reno [email protected]

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