From Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul


Dr. Eric Allenbaugh is a management consultant, a national keynote speaker and bestselling author ofWake-Up Calls: You Don’t Have to Sleepwalk Through Your Life, Love or Career. Eric has been a guest on nearly 300 television and radio talk shows regarding leadership and life issues. His seminars are frequently described as “life changing.” He can be reached at Allenbaugh Associates, Inc., in Lake Oswego, Oregon, at 503-635-3963 or via e-mail at [email protected].

Kif Anderson is establishing a reputation as a unique speaker who blends magic, motivation and merriment to lift his audiences to new heights of inspiration. He writes a monthly column for the on-line magazine Lighten Up! America and is an author of many works on magic. Kif is presently working on his first major book, titled Reaching Beyond Perceived Realities. In 1991 he was honored with the distinguished ComedyMagician of the Year Award. Kif can be reached at P.O. Box 577, Cypress, CA 90630, by e-mail at [email protected], or by calling 562-272-7363.

Chris Blake teaches English and communications at Union College, a Seventh-day Adventist college in Lincoln, Nebraska. Chris is the former editor of Insightmagazine and the author of In Search of a God to Love (to be released in 1998.) He loves God.

Eva Burke is a student at Central Florida Community College and plans to transfer to the University of Central Florida to finish her degree in social work. Eva has been writing since she was a child, and her first love in writing has always been poetry. She can be reached at P.O. Box 14787, Gainesville, FL 32604.

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

Jack Cavanaugh covers sports for the New York Times. He also has written extensively for Sports Illustrated and a number of other national publications, including Reader’s Digest, the Sporting News, Golf Digest, Tennis magazine and American Way, the in-flight publication of American Airlines. As a sportswriter, he has covered hundreds of major sports events, including the Olympics, the World Series, the Super Bowl, scores of title fights, the U.S. Open tennis and golf tournaments, the Masters golf tournament, and the Davis Cup. During a breakaway period from print journalism, he was a news reporter for ABC News for six years and, later, for CBS News for two years. Cavanaugh has taught writing courses at the University of Connecticut and at Norwalk Community and Technical College in Norwalk, Connecticut. His book Damn the Disabilities: Full Speed Ahead was published in 1995. He lives in Wilton, Connecticut.

Diana L. Chapman has been a journalist for more than 11 years, working for such newspapers as the San Diego Union, Los Angeles Copley Newspapers and the Los Angeles Times. She specializes in human interest stories. Diana was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1992 and is currently working on a book involving health issues. She has been married for eight years and has one son, Herbert “Ryan” Hart. She can be reached by calling 310-548-1192 or writing to P.O. Box 414, San Pedro, CA 90733.

Nick Curry III was born in Korea and then adopted by an American family when he was four years old. This all-American boy was president of his class, played soccer and baseball, and “will golf for food”! He attends school in Orlando, Florida.

Amanda Dykstra has always wanted to be a writer. This is her first published poem. She can be reached at [email protected].

Melissa Esposito wrote this essay while in high school in 1992. She was 16 at the time. Today Melissa is a sophomore in college. She misses her two little sisters, Emma and Kathryn. Kathryn was born after Melissa wrote the essay, and Melissa welcomed her into the family without the anxiety Emma originally created.

Charles C. Finn wrote this poem as a first-year teacher of high school in Chicago in 1966. He now lives with his family in southwest Virginia and splits his time between counseling and writing. His Web site ( has further information on “Please Hear What I’m Not Saying,” including the unedited, original version of the poem, as well as his books of poetry.

Jennie Garth has been playing the role of “Kelly” in Fox Television’s Beverly Hills, 90210 for seven years. Among its ensemble cast, Jennie has since become one of the break-out stars of one of the most successful series ever for the Fox network. She began starring in telefilms in 1993, such as Danielle Steel’s “Star” and also starred in and was executive producer of “Without Consent” for ABC. She went on to produce her most recent project, “A Loss of Innocence.” Jennie was born in Champaign, Illinois, moved to Phoenix when she was 13, and at 15 moved to L.A. with her mother to pursue Jennie’s dream of acting.

Lia Gay is a 16-year-old high school student who lives in Santa Monica, California. She loves to write stories and poems, and plans to pursue writing as a career. She played a large part in developing the concept and compiling the stories in this book, and plans to join the author for portions of the book tour. You can reach her through Kimberly Kirberger at 310-573-3655.

Stacia Gilmer received her Bachelor of Arts, with honors, from Carroll College in 1993. She is a Behavior Specialist in East Texas. Stacia is married and has four beautiful children, Victoria, Antonio, Wesley and Taylor. She plans to write more short stories. Please reach her at [email protected].

Randy Glasbergen has more than 20,000 cartoons and illustrations that have been published by magazines and newspapers around the world. He is also the author of many books. When you’re online, be sure to visit “Today’s Cartoon by Randy Glasbergen” at www.glasbergen.comor e-mail him at [email protected].

E. J. Green graduated from college magna cum laude in 1992. After graduation she created her own company. E. J. is continuing her educational process along non-traditional lines. She has achieved Levels I and II certification in pranic energy healing. She conducts breath balancing workshops and is a Tai Chi instructor. E. J. may be reached at 801 Stone St., Clermont, IA 52135, or by calling 319-423-5112.

Lisa Gumenick is a 15-year-old freshman in Pacific Palisades, California. She lives with her mom, dad and sister. Her older brother attends Brown University. Lisa loves friends, talking, dancing and drawing.

Malcolm Hancock was a freelance cartoonist who was published internationally in publications as diverse as Playboy, Boy’s Life and National Review. A paraplegic following a tragic accident at the age of 17, Mal spent his life communicating the humor in human existence. Mal died in 1993 after a valiant fight against cancer.

Barbara Hauck is currently a sophomore in high school and enjoys her cat, athletics, music, math, computers, writing and drawing. A polo enthusiast, Barbara hopes to attend a college where she can play polo competitively.

Andrea Hensley has worked for the Salvation Army Camps, a program that reaches out to children, for five summers. Currently, Andrea works as a substitute teacher in the Renton School District. Andrea can be reached at 12037 64th Ave. South, Seattle, WA 98178.

Jennifer Love Hewitt stars as Sarah Reeves on the Golden Globe-winning FOX drama series, Party of Five. She can be seen on the big screen in three new films this year: I Know What You Did Last Summer, Trojan War and Telling You. A gifted vocalist, her latest album on Atlantic Records, Jennifer Love Hewitt, was released in 1996.

Ashley Hodgson, age 15, began her writing career with a winning personal hero essay in fifth grade. Her writing achievements sparked ambition in other areas: academics (4.0 GPA), speech, track (she has run since sixth grade) and science projects.

Jim Hullihan is an internationally recognized film producer and leadership retreat designer whose motivational media assemblies programs annually appear before 4 million people. As the creator of America’s first CD-ROM magazine for teens entitled Sweet! Digizine, Jim is the leading motivation expert in U.S. secondary education. He can be reached at 148 S. Victory, Burbank, CA 91502, or by calling 818-848-1980.

Kaleel Jamison worked as an organization development consultant until her death in 1985. She wrote numerous articles on leadership, human interactions and empowerment. Her work is being carried on by The Kaleel Jamison Consulting Group, Inc., 279 River St., Ste. 401, Troy, NY 12180; phone: 518-271-7000,

Randal Jones is a professional speaker and resident of Re: Think. He teaches seminars on thinking skills and personal management, helping people live and work deliberately for maximum effectiveness and satisfaction. He can be reached at 4307 Lealand Lane, Nashville, TN 37204, or by calling 615-292-8585.

Mary Ellen Klee is an acupuncturist working in Santa Monica, Calif. Since 1971, she has been a student and teacher of the Arica method and practice developed by Oscar Ichazo. She has had a home in Big Sur, Calif., for over 30 years and is a trustee of the Esalen Institute. Starting with a teenage diary, writing has been a hobby and refuge for most of her life.

Paula (Bachleda) Koskey is the happy mother of two wonderful hormone hostages (a.k.a. teenagers), HopeAnne and Luke, and one post teen (whew!), Jesse. She would like to thank her children for all their inspiration and encouragement—and Clairol for covering the gray. She maintains her balance by writing, walking, eating chocolate and believing in miracles. Paula is the author of a children’s book entitled Secrets of Christmas. She can be reached by writing 1173 Cambridge, Berkley, MI 48072, or by calling 810-542-0376.

Tom Krause has been an educator/coach in Missouri for the past 18 years. His many experiences with students of all ages have led to a collection of short stories and poems. You can contact Tom at P.O. Box 274, Aurora, MO 65605, or call 417-678-4904.

Chris Laddish is a freshman in San Rafael, Calif. He has always enjoyed writing and has won first place in the Philips LiteraryWriting contest two years in a row. He hopes to become a screenwriter or journalist. Chris enjoys mountain biking, in-line skating and exploring the Internet. He is the youngest of six children and has lived in San Rafael his entire life.

Alison Lambert is a member of the class of 2000 at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. She is a certified emergency medical technician with the Newtown Square volunteer fire company #1 in Newtown, Pennsylvania. Ali is also an ocean lifeguard in Long Beach Township, New Jersey. She can be reached by e-mail: [email protected]

A. J. Langer is best known for her role as Rayanne Graff on the groundbreaking ABC drama series My So-Called Life. Her story is dedicated with all her love and appreciation to her friends, her kindergarten group.

Katie Leicht is from Indianapolis, Indiana, and is involved in cheerleading and enjoys volunteering, especially in anti-peer pressure programs for kids.

Barbara Lewis has won more than 30 awards for excellence in teaching and writing and for her students’ projects. She is the author of several books, including The Kid’s Guide to Social Action and The Kid’s Guide to Service Projects. She can be contacted through Free Spirit Publishing, 400 First Ave. N., Suite 616, Minneapolis, MN 55401, or by calling 1-800-735-7323.

Jessica Magers is a graduate of Billings Central High School, 1996. She studied Spanish and French, and traveled with Close Up to Washington, D.C. She writes poetry and hopes to someday publish a book of poems. She also anticipates furthering her education.

Nailah Malik is a multicultural storyteller, literacy advocate and young-adult librarian of the Los Angeles Public Library. Having triumphed over formidable personal challenges, she brings a warmth and passion to her presentations that inspire and empower others. Her emphasis on stories that have practical applications for learning and living has made her a highly sought-after trainer and weaver of tales, and a powerful motivational speaker for students and educators of grade schools, colleges and universities in California. She has earned a B.A. in drama and an M.L.S. from the University of Southern California, and a B.A. in Economics from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Nailah can be reached at P.O. Box 6026-282, Sherman Oaks, CA 91413, or by calling 213-857-8089.

James Malinchak, age 27, is the author of two books for students: Teenagers Tips for Success and From College to the Real World. He specializes in motivational and inspirational presentations for teenagers and college students worldwide and is being called “America’s #1 Teen Motivator.” For information on his talks or books, contact him at P.O. Box 3944, Beverly Hills, CA 90212, or call 954-796-1925, or e-mail [email protected].

Paula McDonald has sold over one million copies of her books on relationships, and has won numerous awards worldwide as a columnist, inspirational feature writer and photojournalist. She writes regularly for Reader’s Digest and other magazines, and has been a guest on many major U.S. television shows, such as The Today Show and Larry King Live. For Paula, life is an endless adventure to be lived to the fullest. She resides happily on the beach in Rosarito, Mexico. Paula is available as a speaker or writer, and can be contacted through Creative Consultants, 417W. San Ysidro Blvd., Suite L724, San Ysidro, CA 92173, phone/fax: 011-52-66-313173.

Rick Metzger is a nationally recognized speaker who focuses on how to be the best using the abilities and talents that we each possess. From professional athletics to his current world and national power lifting championships, he understands motivation and setting goals and shares messages with millions. Reach him at 33 N. Melody Lane, Waterville, OH 43566, or at 1-800-215-TALK (8255).

Chick Moorman is the director of the Institute for Personal Power, a consulting firm dedicated to providing high-quality professional development activities for educators and parents. His latest book, Where the Heart Is: Stories of Home and Family, celebrates family strength, love, tolerance, hope and commitment. It can be ordered for $14.95 from Personal Power Press, P.O. Box 5985, Saginaw, MI 48603, or by calling 1-800-797-4133.

Brooke Mueller is 17 years old and has been a resident of Anchorage, Alaska, all her life. At age eight, she began writing, along with her other hobbies of drawing and playing the piano. She also enjoys the many experiences life in Alaska has to offer, such as moose and caribou hunting, fishing, and skiing.

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

Kent Nerburn is an author, sculptor and educator who has been deeply involved in Native American issues and education. He has served as project director for two books of oral history, To Walk the Red Road and We Choose to Remember. He has also edited three highly acclaimed books on Native American subjects. Kent won the Minnesota Book Award in 1995 for his book Neither Wolf Nor Dog: On Forgotten Roads. The story Like People First appeared in Kent’s book Letters to My Son. Kent holds a Ph.D. in Theology and Art and lives with his family in Bemidju, Minnesota.

Nicole Nero is 15 years old and a sophomore in high school. An honor-roll student, Nicole plays in the school band. She enjoys spending time with her friends, reading and listening to music.

Tony Overman is a nationally known motivational youth speaker. He founded the National Youth I Care Hotline and produced Teen Talk, a nine-part video series. Tony conducts training workshops for teachers and motivational assemblies for schools. He can be reached at 18965 F.M. 2252, Garden Ridge, TX 78266, phone: 800-487-8464.

Theresa Peterson is a high school student and an active member of her church. He spare time is spent reading, writing and having fun with her friends. She is a warmhearted person whose loyalty to her friends and family is admirable. She can be reached at P.O. Box 366, Woodstown, NJ 08098.

John Powell, S.J., is a professor at Loyola University in Chicago. He is a popular lecturer, teacher and bestselling author who effectively brings together psychology and religion in a unified approach to personal growth and spiritual development. For more information about any of John Powell’s books, please call Thomas More Customer Service at 1-800-822-6701.

Daphna Renan is currently a freshman at Yale College. She moved six times before she entered sixth grade, and it was during these early years that she learned the significance of deep and enduring friendships. Daphna would like to thank those who have filled her life with love, laughter and learning.

Sheila K. Reyman is a certified community college instructor. The consultant/ trainer for a family child care program, Sheila presents workshops throughout the state. She has also been invited to speak with teens regarding goal-setting and positive attitudes. She can be reached at P.O. Box 20987, Mesa, AZ 85277, or by calling 602-807-1965.

Jennifer Rosenfeld is a career counselor and is currently authoring Building Your Yellow Brick Road: Real Women Create Extraordinary Career Paths. She would love to hear more inspiring career profiles and can be reached at 212-794-6050.

Bill Sanders makes a dynamic impact on the lives of teenagers through his nationwide speaking ministry. He is the author of 13 books and numerous cassette programs, and currently writes two books each year. Bill Sanders and his family live in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

Jack Schlatter is a well-known speaker, writer and recording personality. A frequent contributor to Chicken Soup for the Soul books, he can be seen and heard on the video and audio versions of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series. He stars in the bestselling Gifts by the Side of the Road by Career Track. Jack is listed in Who’s Who Among Teachers in America, and his talks are filled with humor, wisdom and inspiration. He can be contacted at P.O. Box 577, Cypress, CA 90630, phone: 714-879-7271, e-mail: [email protected].

Harley Schwadron is based in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He has been a professional cartoonist for more than 20 years. His cartoons appear in Barron’s, the Wall Street Journal, Harvard Business Review, National Law Journal,Medical Economics and other periodicals. Previously, he worked as a newspaper reporter and PR editor, but he always aspired to be a cartoonist. He can be reached at P.O. Box 1347, Ann Arbor, MI 48106, phone: 313-426-8433.

Veronica A. Shoffstall is a member of the Baha’i faith, which teaches that all people are from one race and have been created noble by one God. She has been trying to make sense of the world through words all her life. Now in her mid-40s, she is trying to recapture the wisdom of her youth and learn the lessons expressed in her poem After a While, which she wrote at the age of 19. She can be reached at 229 East 25th Street, #4D, New York, NY 10010.

Mark E. Smith is an author and sought-after inspirational speaker. He shares the priceless lessons he’s learned from living with cerebral palsy with thousands each year. For Mark’s autobiography ($11.95 + $3 S&H), or to inquire about having him speak at your function, write: 27 Goree, Martinez, CA 94553, or call 510-228-8928.

Jason Summey is a 14-year-old high school freshman who handles himself in front of audiences like a 40-year-old pro. He speaks regularly about his “Be Cool, Stay in School” program and is currently writing a book on the subject. Reach him at P.O. Box 16844, Asheville, NC 28816, or call 704-252-3573.

Andrew Tertes authors enchanting books, stories and poetry intended to inspire passion for one’s own personal journey. For news on Andrew’s upcoming books for adults and children, write to Unicorn News, P.O. Box 3164, San Rafael, CA 94901, or call 888-434-6789.

Terri Vandermark graduated from Johnson City High School in 1983. She spent her first five years after graduation as a PCA for the elderly and continues to enjoy helping others. Today she works full-time as parts crib attendant for Felchar Mfg., a division of Shop Vac Corp. She enjoys writing, reading Chicken Soup for the Soul, being in love with Randy and spending time with her special friend, Tonya. Her latest dream has come true—getting her story published in Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul.

Glenn Van Ekeren is a dynamic speaker and trainer dedicated to helping people and organizations maximize their potential. Glenn is the author of The Speaker’s Sourcebook, The Speaker’s Sourcebook II and the popular Potential Newsletter. Glenn has a wide variety of written publications and audio and video presentations available. He can be reached at People Building Institute, 330 Village Circle, Sheldon, IA 51201, or by calling 1-800-899-4878.

Jennifer Vetter enjoys playing the cello in the orchestra and playing tennis. She likes to read, write poetry and spend time with her friends.

Sarah Vogt was born and raised in Columbus, Indiana. Currently, she resides in South Florida and works as a PC/network analyst for a major corporation. Sarah has an undergraduate degree from Florida Atlantic University in business administration. Computers are her hobby and her livelihood and writing is her passion. She can be reached at 80 Catalpa Way, Columbus, IN 47203.

Jane Watkins is an artist, masseuse and poet residing in Santa Monica with her daughter Lia. She continues on a journey of self-discovery which began at Esalen in the 1960s and continues today in her affiliation with the Sterling Institute of Relationship.

Mary Jane West-Delgado is a physical therapist and author of short stories and cartoons. She is president of Toe Bumpers, Inc., creating fun and decorative safety products for the home. You can reach Mary Jane at 805-688-1372 or by e-mail at [email protected]

Sharon Whitley is a former bilingual grade-school teacher who has also taught high-school special education. Her work has appeared in Reader’s Digest (including 18 international editions), Los Angeles Times Magazine, Guideposts and the San Diego Union-Tribune. She can be reached at 5666 Meredith Ave., San Diego, CA 92120, phone: 619-583-7346.

Amy Yerkes is currently a student at University of Maryland, College Park. She is planning a career in public relations and enjoys writing poetry in her spare time.

Bettie B. Youngs, Ph.D., is one of the nation’s most respected voices in youth and parent education. She is the author of 14 books published in 30 languages, including Values From the Heartland, Gifts of the Heart: Stories That Celebrate Life’s Defining Moments and You and Self-Esteem: A Book for Young People, from which this piece is excerpted. Contact her at 3060 Racetrack View Dr., Del Mar, CA 92014.

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