From Chicken Soup for the Soul Celebrating Mothers and Daughters


Jessica Adam enjoys many hobbies. But with four children and a career, finding time is always a challenge. She has long dreamed of being a published writer so one hobby she always makes time for is writing in her journal. You can e-mail her at [email protected]

Lydia Paiste Badger is a visual artist based in South Portland, Maine. She received her bachelor of science from Skidmore College in 1997. She lives with her husband, artist Jeff Badger, and dog, Walter. For more information visit

Nancy Baker resides in College Station, Texas, with her husband and golden retriever. When she retired from the university where she worked as a program coodinator, she pursued her love of writing and has been published in numerous anthologies and magazines, including Chicken Soup for the Christian Soul II.

As president of Open Mind Adventures, Aimee Bernstein guides individuals in transforming their lives, their organizations, and their communities. Aimee is a psychotherapist with thirty years of experience, a teacher of energy awareness principles, and an internationally acclaimed speaker. Currently she is exploring the field of geriatrics as it relates to the psychological and spiritual needs of caretakers. Aimee can be contacted at [email protected]

Marilyn Bodwell has enjoyed writing and oil painting for many years. She is a professional artist living in Mirror Lake, New Hampshire. Her first grandchild, Patrick, has been followed by seven more, most recently twin grandsons born June 2006. She was a former TWA flight attendant, and tennis player. Her surroundings are her inspirations—deer, moose, bears, bald eagles, and her favorite, the loons.

Carolyn Brooks is a speaker, author, Bible teacher, and corporate consultant. Her books include Conversations on Faith, But Lord I Was Happy Shallow, and What I Learned From God While Cooking. Her new book releases are Breaking the Silent Addiction of Abuse, America’s Genocide Exposed, and Moving Up the Corporate Ladder God’s Way. Visit her at

Barbara Brown, native of Nashville, Tennessee, is a Registered Nurse at Vanderbilt. She and husband, Jim have five children and are grandparents to three little boys. This story is dedicated to Margaret Brock, Barbara’s maternal grandmother, who died in 1994 after a long battle with Alzheimer’s.

Martha Campbell is a graduate of Washington University, St. Louis School of Fine Arts, and a former writer and designer for Hallmark Cards. She has been a freelance cartoonist and book illustrator since 1973. She can be reached at P.O. Box 2538 Harrison, Arizona, or at [email protected]

Tonna Canfield lives in Ashland, Kentucky, with her husband, Jeff. They have two daughters, Natalie and Erica. Tonna was a contributor to the first Chicken Soup for the Mother & Daughter Soul Book. She also has had stories published in God’s Way for Graduates.

David Cooney’s cartoons and illustrations have appeared in numerous Chicken Soup for the Soul books as well as magazines, including USA Weekend and Good Housekeeping. David lives with his wife, Marcia, and two children, Sarah and Andrew, in the small Pennsylvania town of Mifflinburg. His website is and he can be reached at [email protected]

Cinda Crawford loves to write Christian suspense fiction. Her latest work, From the Floor Looking Up, is a memoir/inspirational health book that details how she recovered from chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, and other chronic illnesses. Cinda’s life-changing story offers hope and help to millions of people. You can visit her website at

Kelly Curtis is an author, speaker, former guidance counselor, and founder of Empowering Youth, Inc. She writes about youth-related topics and speaks throughout the United States about issues related to youth empowerment and Developmental Assets. Kelly enjoys traveling, writing, and spending time with her family. You can contact Kelly at

Susan Rothrock Deo is an author of children’s books and teaches science at a southern California college. As a volunteer she also shares the wonders of nature with children of all ages. She and her husband have two daughters who are the joy of their lives. You can contact Susan at [email protected]

Mary Dixon Lebeau ([email protected]) is a writer, counselor, wife, and mother of five. Her work has appeared in such publications as Family Circle, AARP, Parenting, and two previous editions of Chicken Soup. Mary is still inspired by her mother and misses her every day—especially in October.

Amanda Dodson and her best friend and mother, Patsy Thornhill began a trendy pet line, Fifi & Fido (, in 2004. Their products can be found in gift stores nationwide and have been featured in magazines and national media. When she isn’t working side by side with her mother, she continues to do occasional freelance writing. Her biggest accomplishment to date is the blessing of raising her two children, Gracie and Garrett.

Karen Crafts Driscoll lives with her husband and their four children in Connecticut.

Sara Elinoff-Acker still finds it amazing that she became a mother at age forty-three. Although she can’t stay awake past 9 PM, midlife motherhood is the greatest adventure of her life. She is the director of a domestic violence intervention program and is writing a book about recovered abusers. She lives in Western Massachusetts.

Author, poet, freelance writer, and columnist, M. Mylene English delivers her sometimes quirky, sometimes cheeky views with honesty and humor in her newspaper column It’ll Be Fine, which has appeared regularly in northern Alberta newspapers since 1992. Mylene also currently writes for Canadian Scrapbooker magazine. She lives in northern Alberta with her husband and five children who provide continual support of (and inspiration for) her writing. For more of her work, including books, cards, and photography, please visit Contact can be made through [email protected]

Carol Ann Erhardt is a published author with The Wild Rose Press. She lives in Columbus, Ohio, with her husband Ron and three resident cats—Charlotte, Wilbur, and Templeton. She is an avid reader and a passionate writer. Contact Carol Ann at [email protected] or visit

Debbie Farmer writes the award-winning syndicated column “Family Daze.” Her book, Don’t Put Lipstick on the Cat, is available online or in bookstores. When not busy writing or being a mom, Debbie is either teaching first grade, shopping for shoes, or meeting friends for coffee. For information on having “Family Daze” appear in your newspaper, you can e-mail [email protected], or visit the “Family Daze” website at

Margaret S. Frezon is a writer from upstate New York and a frequent contributor to Guideposts, Sweet 16, Angels on Earth, Positive Thinking, and Chicken Soup books. She is currently working on a novel about stepping into adulthood, inspired by her daughter. You can contact Peggy at [email protected]

Sally Friedman, a frequent contributor to the Chicken Soup series, has been writing personal essays for three decades. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, Family Circle, Brides, and Ladies Home Journal. Her best work, she insists, is motherhood. You can contact her at [email protected]

Jennifer Gramigna, now residing in New York with her husband and three children, was raised in Cincinnati, Ohio, the youngest of seven (and then fourteen) siblings. After graduating cum laude from Long Island University in 1979, she works in theatre, film, TV, and radio.

Pamela Hackett Hobson is the author of two novels—The Bronxville Book Club and The Silent Auction. Pam’s debut novel, The Bronxville Book Club, was featured in the New York Times. To learn more about the author and her writing projects, visit or send an e-mail to [email protected]

Heather Halderman began writing seven years ago after her oldest son left for college. She has been married to her husband, Hank, for twenty-seven years and has three children. She has published several personal essays and is currently writing a book. She can be reached at [email protected]

Cynthia Hamond has numerous stories in the Chicken Soup for the Soul series, Multnomah’s Stories for the Heart, major publications, including Woman’s World magazine and King Features Syndicate. She received two writing awards and was a featured author on Anthology Today. Goodwill and Friends to the End are her favorite TV programs. You can visit Cynthia’s website at

Christie A. Hansen has three children and a bachelor degree in English from Utah State University. She wrote a weekly parenting column for three years and is currently seeking a literary agent interested in representing children’s books and inspirational nonfiction for women. Her musings can be found online at

Jonny Hawkins, from Sherwood Michigan, is a twenty-year cartoonist whose work has appeared in over 350 publications. His books and calendars—such as Medical Cartoons-A-Day, Fishing Cartoons-A-Day, and Cartoons for Teachers are available in bookstores and online. He can be reached at [email protected]

Eve Eschner Hogan is an inspirational speaker and the author of several books, including How to Love Your Marriage, Intellectual Foreplay, and Way of the Winding Path. She was the senior editor for Chicken Soup for the African American Soul and Chicken Soup for the African American Woman’s Soul. You can visit Eve’s website at, or contact her at [email protected]

Georgia A. Hubley retired after twenty years in financial management to write her memoirs. She’s a frequent contributor to the Chicken Soup for the Soul series and numerous national magazines and newspapers. She has two grown sons and resides with her husband in Henderson, Nevada. You can contact her at [email protected]

Armené Humber is a career coach and writer whose stories have appeared in numerous publications. She has a master’s degree in Christian Leadership from Fuller Theological Seminary, lives with her husband in Southern California, and feels privileged to serve people who are courageously struggling with unemployment. You can contact her at [email protected]

Annette M. Irby enjoys writing songs, articles, and novels. Born in Michigan, she now resides near Seattle, Washington, with her husband and three children. Her work has appeared in various journals and devotionals. Currently she is writing a trilogy and pursuing publication of that series as well as two novels.

Mimi Greenwood Knight is a freelance writer and artist. Her current residence is in what’s left of South Louisiana where she lives with her husband, David, four kids, four dogs, four cats, and one obnoxious bird. Her parenting essays and articles have appeared in Parents Magazine, American Baby, Working Mother, Christian Parenting Today, Today’s Christian Woman, and in anthologies, including several Chicken Soup books.

Helene Kopel is a single mom living with her ten-year-old daughter just outside of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. She currently works as an E-commerce Manager for a direct mail company and an Online Marketing Consultant for other business to business companies.

Cheryl Kremer lives in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, with her husband, Jack, and her two kids: Nikki, fifteen, and Cobi, twelve. She enjoys being a soccer mom and working part-time in childcare at her church. She has been published in several Chicken Soup books and hopes to continue writing more inspirational stories. She can be reached at [email protected]

Charlotte Lanham is a frequent contributor to Chicken Soup for the Soul books. She is an active member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators and has recently completed a series of eight gift books and two devotional CDs. You can contact her at [email protected]

Mary Kathryn Lay lives with her family in Texas where she writes for magazines and books, speaks to schools and writing groups, and teaches writing. She enjoys traveling, antique shopping, and festivals. Check out for information on her children’s novel, CROWN ME! and more, or e-mail her at [email protected]

Barbara LoMonaco received her bachelor of science degree from the University of Southern California and taught elementary school. Since February of 1998, Barbara has worked for Chicken Soup for the Soul Enterprises, Inc. as their Story Acquisitions Manager and Customer Service representative. She is a coauthor of Chicken Soup for the Mother and Son Soul. Contact Barbara at [email protected]

Joyce Long graduated with honors in English and journalism from Ball State University and received a master of secondary education from Indiana University. Joyce enjoys traveling, gardening, golf, and reading. After teaching for nineteen years, she now works in communications for her church. You can e-mail her at [email protected]

Kelly Starling Lyons is a Pittsburgh native, journalist, and children’s book author. Her picture book, One Million Men and Me (Just Us Books), debuted February 2007. She dedicates this Chicken Soup story to her mom, Deborah Starling-Pollard. Kelly lives in North Carolina with her husband and daughter. You can visit her website at

Catherine Madera lives with her husband and two children in northwest Washington. Her work has appeared in various publications, and she is a frequent contributor to the Guideposts family of magazines. Catherine owns two Arabian horses and is an avid equestrian. You can reach Catherine at [email protected]

Frances Merwin is the mother of five adult children and the grandmother of fourteen. She was a teacher for many years and since retirement has been involved in prison ministry and church work as well as working in a law office.

Roberta Messner is an inspirational writer and speaker whose work has appeared in many publications. A registered nurse, Roberta often speaks on the therapeutic value of sharing stories.

Jacquelyn Mitchard is the author of The Deep End of the Ocean, a New York Times Bestseller. She has also written six other novels, including the recently released Cage of Stars. Jacquelyn’s essays have been widely anthologized, and she is a syndicated columnist for Tribune Media Services and a contributing editor to Wondertime. She and her husband live with their seven children near Madison, Wisconsin.

Barbara Nicks began writing poems soon after the birth of her first child, who is now one of her sixth grade students in east Texas. She enjoys reading, scrap-booking, and traveling with her family. She can be contacted at [email protected]

Phyllis Nutkis taught preschool and kindergarten for fifteen years before finally “graduating” in 2004. She currently works as a grant writer for a social service agency and also writes for various publications. She and her husband have three children and two grandchildren. You can contact Phyllis at [email protected]

Jeanne Pallos is the author of several published articles for adults and children. Her workbook, Circle of Love, has been used by churches to help women deal with recovery issues. She lives in Laguna Niguel, California, with her husband, Andrew. She can be reached at [email protected] net.

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

Carol Pavliska lives on a farm in south Texas with her husband and their five children. In addition to inspirational speaking and writing, she pens a family humor column called “Kidz-n-Tow.” She may be reached at [email protected]

Dr. Debra Peppers, a retired English teacher, university instructor, radio and television host, author, and Emmy award–winning playwright, was inducted into the prestigious National Teachers Hall of Fame. A member of the National Speakers Association, Dr. Peppers is available for bookings at 314-842-7425 or

Christian novelist Perry P. Perkins was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest. “My Oldest & Dearest” was transcribed on behalf of his mother, Betty Jean Perkins. Perry and his wife Victoria live near Woodburn, Oregon, where he is hard at work on the second novel in the trilogy: Shoalwater Voices. More of Perry’s work can be found at

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 at She also designs gift items for her company Strip T’s. Contact her at [email protected] or by mail at P.O. Box 605, Farmington, NH 03835.

Allison Pittman is the author of Ten Thousand Charms, the first in the Crossroads of Grace Series from Multnomah Publishers. She is co-president of the Christian Writers Group of San Antonio and serves as director of her church’s Theater Arts Group. Allison and her husband Mike have three sons.

Robert C. Raina studied art at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He is a cartoonist and has written and illustrated several books for children. Robert is the president and owner of a full time entertainment company located in western Massachusetts ( He can be contacted at [email protected] and his writing and artwork can be viewed at This is his first published work.

Carol McAdoo Rehme, a prolific author and editor for Chicken Soup, thanks heaven for little girls—for pigtails and cartwheels, dance shoes and diamonds, and now, for the babies her daughters are having. Carol directs a nonprofit, Vintage Voices, Inc., which brings interactive programming to the vulnerable elderly. You can contact her at [email protected] or

Cheryl Riggs holds a masters in Gerontology from University of Southern California and is a certified Senior Advisor. During 2008, she plans to complete a fifty-state trip to celebrate her fiftieth birthday, during which she will also market her LifeCheck Vital Information System. You can contact her at [email protected]

Sallie A. Rodman’s work has appeared in many Chicken Soup anthologies and on Chicken Soup dog food bags. Her favorite time is spending the day with her husband, grown children, and grandchildren. She enjoys reading and making her own jewelry when she isn’t working for a local councilwoman. You can contact her at [email protected]

Marilyn M. Ross received a BSE in elementary—special education from Arkansas State University in 1970. She teaches special education in Manassas, Virginia. Lynn writes poetry, creates albums, and enjoys photography. Married to Bob for thirty-eight years, she has a son, John, a daughter, Lori, and a grandson, Alex. You can contact her at [email protected]

Jean West Rudnicki is a freelance writer living in Houston, Texas. She is an avid adventurer and explorer delving into the great wonders and mysteries of life and the world that surrounds us. She writes feature stories, inspirational prose, and personal essays. Please e-mail her at [email protected]

Donna Savage is a pastor’s wife, writer, and speaker living in Las Vegas, Nevada. She believes that each day brings new opportunities to see God’s love and power and to share his encouragement with others. Donna and her husband, Hoyt, have two sons. You can contact her at [email protected]

Harriet May Savitz is a member of Mothers Supporting Daughters with Breast Cancer and an award-winning author of reissued groundbreaking books about the disabled, including her book Run, Don’t Walk, which was made into an ABC After School Special and produced by Henry Winkler. She also has written a book of essays, More Than Ever: A View From My 70s, and Hello Grandparents! Wherever You Are. You can visit her website at

Joanne Schulte has a bachelor of arts from California State University at Fullerton, California. She is the mother of a blended family of seven grown children. She enjoys serving and speaking in the Women’s Ministries at her church, and in her free time, she enjoys writing, music, and gardening.

JoAnn Semones lives in the coastal town of Half Moon Bay, California. Her stories have appeared in national maritime history, health, and environmental publications. JoAnn is completing a book about shipwrecks near Pigeon Point Lighthouse. Please e-mail her at [email protected]

Jodi Lynn Severson earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Pittsburgh. She resides in Wisconsin with her husband and three children. As a freelance biographer, her work has been published in U.S. Legacies magazine, and in Chicken Soup for the Sister’s Soul, Chicken Soup for the Working Woman’s Soul, Chicken Soup for the Girlfriend’s Soul, and Chicken Soup for the Shopper’s Soul. You can reach her at [email protected]

Kathy Shaskan is a writer and artist from New Jersey.

Helaine Silver lives with her best friend—her daughter—just northwest of Chicago. With a degree in music performance, and working as a business analyst, she enjoys music, long walks, cooking, and gardening and tries to write in whatever spare time she can find. Helaine can be reached at [email protected]

Margie Sims is a freelance writer and the mother of eight children. She lives with her family in Vermont’s Champlain Valley, where she still misses her mother’s face. Please e-mail her at [email protected]

Sally Singingtree is a gifted musician, holistic psychotherapist, interfaith minister and healthcare chaplain. She is the mother of three children. For more information visit her website at

Christine Smith is fifty-six, has been married for thirty-eight years, has three children, thirteen grandchildren, and numerous foster children. Her stories have been published in two previous Chicken Soup for the Soul books, Woman’s World magazine, Heartwarmers, and monthly in a foster care newsletter. Her passions are children, writing, and serving God. You can contact Christine at [email protected]

Jennifer L. Smith teaches high school English and has been happily married to her husband, Craig, for three years. They just discovered that she will be giving birth to their first child in May! Look for her first published children’s book, Things I Wonder, at

Judy Spence still laughs when she recalls the weekend that she, her sister, and her mom attempted a healthier life style. She is grateful that they shared several more vacations before her mother, Roma, died in March 2006. “The memories of those trips are precious, especially now that Mom is gone.”

Joyce Stark lives in northeast Scotland but travels widely in the United States and Europe. Recently retired from working in the local government, she is now concentrating on a book about her travels in the States and a children’s book geared toward teaching young children Spanish. You can contact her at [email protected]

Suzanne Strempek Shea lives and walks in western Massachusetts. She is the author of five novels, including Becoming Finola, and two memoirs, including Songs From a Lead-Lined Room: Notes—High and Low—From My Journey Through Breast Cancer and Radiation. For details, please visit

Glorianne M. Swenson is a Minnesota-based freelance writer and small business owner of Gloribks. Her genre includes creative nonfiction memoirs, devotionals, poetry, and children’s picture book manuscripts. She is a wife, mother, and grandmother and enjoys singing, speaking, piano, genealogy, and antiquing. You can contact her at [email protected]

Lanie Tankard is a freelance editor and writer in Austin, Texas. An Ohio native, she holds two journalism degrees. Lanie is the mother of three wonderful daughters and the daughter of one fine mother. She can be reached at [email protected]

Tsgoyna Tanzman is a Chicken Soup contributor and author of numerous articles and essays for books and newspapers. Tsgoyna now claims mother-wife as her career of choice. Additionally, she volunteers as a Speaker/Child Safety Educator and director of Characters Come Alive, a program bringing historical characters to life in elementary classrooms. You can contact her at [email protected]

A first time mom at forty-one, Stephanie Welcher Thompson now understands what a blessing motherhood is. She is a frequent contributor to Guideposts publications and Chicken Soup. She enjoys writing and speaking about family experiences with husband, Michael, and their three-year-old daughter Micah. Reach her at: P.O. Box 1502, Edmond, OK 73083 or [email protected]

Lynne M. Thompson is published in numerous magazines and book collections and is a regular contributor to Focus on the Family publications, where she can be heard on their Focus Family Weekend radio broadcast. She resides in California’s Central Valley, with her husband and their two children. Visit her at

Andrew Toos has established a national reputation through his off-beat lifestyle cartoons for clients such as: Reader’s Digest, Saturday Evening Post, Gallery, Stern, Accountancy, Baseball Digest, CEO, The Washington Post, Barron’s, Bayer Corp, Good Housekeeping, Cosmopolitan, and many other titles and media outlets. His work is licensed through Andrew lives with his wife, Nancy, in Florida.

Ani Tuzman writes prose and poetry. She directs Dance of the Letters Writing Center, guiding groups and individual writers to experience joy and self-discovery through writing. She is completing a novel based on the life of the eighteenth-century mystic Baal Shem Tov. You can contact her at [email protected]

Heidi Washburn is a craniosacral therapist, massage therapist, college instructor, and freelance writer. She believes in the healing power of storytelling and is dedicated to her own and other people’s healing through sharing and expression of our life stories. She lives near Woodstock, New York, and can be reached at [email protected]

Mamie Amato Weiss received her Bachelor of Arts from Kean University in 1980. She is currently enrolled in a Master’s Program for Educational Leadership. Mamie aspires to be an elementary school principal. She is married and has three lovely daughters. She enjoys the arts, reading, writing, traveling, relaxing on the beach, playing the piano, and organizing fund-raisers for underpriviledged children.

Billie L. White lives in the community of Needmore located in south central Pennsylvania with her husband, two daughters, and three cats. She works for the federal government and is taking classes at Wilson College. Billie enjoys gardening and writing about memories and observations of life. Please e-mail her at [email protected]

June Williams lives in Brush Prairie, Washington, with Mac, her husband of forty years. Together they enjoy camping with their grandchildren in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. June loves to write her family’s stories for publication in books, magazines, and newspapers.

Freelancer Betty Winslow is from Ohio, where she runs a K-8 school library. She’s the mother of four, and when she’s not writing, she’s reading, crocheting, jewelry making, singing, or talking. (Her husband of thirty-three years would say that talking ought to come higher on the list.) You can contact her at [email protected]

Rebecca Yauger lives in Texas with her husband and two children. Her work has been published in Guideposts magazine, and she recently won first place in a regional short fiction contest. A member of American Christian Fiction Writers, Rebecca is currently at work on two novels. You can contact her at [email protected]

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