From Chicken Soup for the Grandma's Soul


Nadia Ali is an experienced freelance writer. She resides on the Caribbean island of Trinidad with her husband, Khaleel, and two daughters, Shazara and Raisah, who were the inspiration for this humorous story about their grandmother, Azmine Khan. Nadia can be reached at [email protected]

Hannah Amgott is the author of several poems, professional articles and the 2004 memoir In the Year of the Ox. She is also a career counselor and university administrator in the Philadelphia area, and holds master’s degrees in counseling and German. Please e-mail her at [email protected]

Gina Antonios received her bachelor’s degree from CCSU and her master’s degree from SCSU. She teaches kindergarten at Carrington School in Connecticut. She is married to her high school sweetheart and loves being a mom to her precious twins. She dedicates this poem to her mom, dad and maternal grandmother.

Linda Apple lives in northwest Arkansas with her husband, Neal, their five children and two grandchildren. She is a speaker for Stonecroft Ministries and contributor to Chicken Soup for the Nurse’s Soul, Chicken Soup for the Working Woman’s Soul and Chicken Soup for the Soul Living Your Dreams. E-mail [email protected] Website:

Tal Aviezer and Jason Cocovinis are Manhattan-based writers who specialize in prose, scripts and copy of all kinds. Their work has previously appeared in Chicken Soup for the Ocean Lover’s Soul.

Nancy V. Bennett lives in British Columbia, along with assorted cats, dogs and a rooster named Coburn. She enjoys history and sewing historical clothing. Her work has previously appeared in Chicken Soup for the Ocean Lover’s Soul.

Susan Chesser Branch, a freelance writer, lives with her husband and three children in Lake Mary, Florida. She does a wide variety of writing: novels, memoirs, magazines and newspaper features. You can e-mail her at [email protected]

Ellie Braun-Haley is the author of four books. She also has short stories published in Chicken Soup for the Soul, other books and a wide variety of online e-zines. She presents workshops to kindergarten teachers and others in creative dance and movement for children. Please e-mail her at [email protected]

Renie Burghardt, who was born in Hungary, is a freelance writer. She lives in a beautiful rural area and loves nature, animals, hiking and especially spending time with her own granddaughters.

Bobbi Carducci lives in Round Hill, Virginia, where she writes a feature column for the Purcellville Gazette. Her series of character studies celebrates the unique personality of the area and its inhabitants. Bobbi dedicates “Deposition Stew” to her beloved children and grandchildren. Please e-mail her at [email protected]

Libby C. Carpenter is a freelance writer living in North Carolina. A former educator, she continues to challenge others to learn and grow through her inspirational writings. Married to Hugh, she is the mother of two daughters and doting grandmother to Taylor, Andrew, Madison and Will. E-mail her at [email protected]

K. K. Choate is a mother of two and business owner. She writes humorous stories on family and life in general. Currently she is compiling a collection of her stories. Please e-mail her at: [email protected]

Elayne Clift, a writer and journalist in Saxtons River, Vermont, teaches women’s studies at several New England universities and colleges. Her latest book is Women, Philanthropy and Social Change: Journey to a Just Society (UPNE/Tufts University, 2005). She is now working on her first novel.

Cheri Lynn Cowell, speaker and author, blends her messages with warmth and confidence, sprinkling them with just the right amount of homespun wisdom and practical application. Her let’s-have-a-cup-of-coffee style endears her audiences to her and has them wanting a second cup. To learn more, go to

Kathleen Craft Boehmig is an Atlanta native who enjoys writing about her southern heritage. She serves on the board of the Atlanta Writers Club, is a Georgia Master Gardener intern and is currently writing her first book. E-mail her at [email protected]

Cookie Curci was born during WWII, and most of the articles she writes about are from in and around that time frame. For sixteen years she wrote a popular nostalgia column for her community newspaper, The Willow Glen Resident (Silicon Valley Metro Newspapers in San Jose, California). Her generational stories have appeared in several nostalgia books and newspapers across the country.

Barbara G. Drotar is a freelance writer whose short stories have been published in most of the San Francisco Bay area’s newspapers. She is the mother of six grown children and grandmother of seven. She plans on publishing a book on storytelling soon. Please e-mail her at [email protected]

Julie Dunbar is an photo editor and writer living in Colorado. She has published numerous essays and recently completed a historical novel. She enjoys traveling, hiking and hanging out with her sons. Julie can be reached at [email protected]

Jane Elsdon has published many short stories, a children’s novel, a collection of poetry and four poetry chapbooks. A California Poet in the School, she taught experiential writing of poetry to K-12 for many years. She is the Poet Laureate of San Luis Obisipo, California, for the year 2005.

Emily Erickson is a fifth grader in Loveland, Colorado. She won first place in the Colorado State Writing Contest in fourth grade. Besides writing stories, she enjoys playing basketball and tennis. She would like to thank Delores Doyle (Nana) for inspiring her to use her imagination and writing her thoughts.

Susan Farr-Fahncke is the author of Angel’s Legacy and coauthor and contributor to numerous books. She is the founder of (for writers and readers of inspiration) and (sending hope to critically ill people) and can be reached at [email protected]

Norma Favor, a widow, attended Bob Jones University and Clinton Junior College. She served as a pastor’s wife for twenty-five years. She plans to write about her family during the 1900s and her life as one of twelve siblings. She enjoys time with her children and twenty-two grandchildren. Please e-mail her at [email protected]

Carolyn Mott Ford lives at the Jersey Shore and loves spending time with her grandchildren—she has seven, ranging in age from a beautiful newborn baby to a thoughtful young adult. Carolyn writes stories for young readers as well as poetry and essays, and volunteers in a grade-school reading program.

Sally Friedman, a New Jersey essayist, is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania. A freelance writer for three decades, her work has appeared in national magazines. Her favorite subjects are her husband, a retired judge, her three daughters and seven grandchildren. She is an admitted workaholic and chocoholic. E-mail: [email protected]

Nancy Gibbs is an author, editor and motivational speaker. She has had approximately seventeen stories in Chicken Soup books. She has written four books and contributed to numerous other publications. Nancy and husband Roy have three grown children, Chad, Brad and Becky, and three granddaughters, Hannah, Halle and Katie.[email protected]or Joanie Gilmore is retired from an executive assistant/public relations career of twenty-five years. She is the published author of North Whidbey Pioneer Schools, reminiscent stories of the early pioneers and schools of North Whidbey Island, Washington, where she lives. She enjoys writing, golf and snowbirding in Arizona.

Jean Jeffrey Gietzen is a poet and family essayist whose work has appeared in dozens of secular and religious magazines. She is best known for her Christian gift book bestseller If You’re Missing Baby Jesus, published by Multnomah in 1999. She spends winters in Arizona and summers in Wisconsin. E-mail: [email protected]

Bonnie S. Grau is a freelance writer who enjoys reading, cooking, traveling and spending time with her three young grandchildren. She and her husband live in York, Pennsylvania.

Andrew Grossman is the founder and director of the online cartoon service Under various pen names he has contributed cartoons and cartoon features to many of the leading print outlets in the United States and Europe.

Janet Hall Wigler enjoys her work as a dramatist, writer and director, and she is pleased the Chicken Soup series has chosen her work for several publications. You can reach Janet at [email protected]

Cynthia M. Hamond, SFO, has numerous stories in Multnomah’s Stories for the Heart and the Chicken Soup for the Soul series. Her stories are in major publications including Woman’s World and King’s Features Syndications. She received two writing awards, and her short stories “Goodwill” and “Friends to the End” are TV favorites.

Ruth Hancock has been published in magazines, hospice journals and several books in the Chicken Soup series: Volunteer’s Soul, Grieving Soul and Caregiver’s Soul. Her stories are based on her life and interests as a hospice volunteer, ombudsman and widow of an Episcopal priest and her extensive fashion career. E-mail: [email protected]

Speaker-artist Bonnie Hanson is author of several books for adults and children, including the popular Ponytail Girls series, plus hundreds of published articles and poems. Her family includes husband Don, sons, grandchildren, cats, birds and possums! Contact: 3330 S. Lowell St., Santa Ana, CA 92707; (714) 751-7824; [email protected]

Maria Harden lives and works in Winnipeg, Manitoba. She writes for newspapers, magazines and Web sites, sharing her life experiences. In her spare time she enjoys traveling, playing the piano and spending time with her family, especially her grandson. Contact Maria at [email protected]

Emily Sue Harvey’s upbeat stories appear in women’s magazines, the Chocolate series, Chicken Soup for the Grieving Soul, From Eulogy to Joy and Caution: Children Praying. Her mainstream fictional novel, God Only Knows, about an all-too-human preacher’s family, is with the Peter Miller Agency in New York. Her current project, Sunny Flavors, is about Sunny, a mill hill girl, and her quest to overcome her family’s shame. Please contact Emily at (864) 439-5358 or [email protected]

Jonny Hawkins’ cartoons in Chicken Soup for the Grandma’s Soul are dedicated to his beloved Grandma Hawkins.

Barbara Hibschman is a writer and speaker. She is the author of eight books and a contributing author to thirteen inspirational books. She speaks for women’s groups, churches and seminars in the United States and abroad. She enjoys team-teaching at marriage retreats with her pastor-husband, Jim. Contact: [email protected]

Born in Michigan and raised in Texas, Renee Hixson now resides in beautiful British Columbia with her husband and four children. She has taught Sunday school and high school English and written early childhood curriculum. At the moment Renee is working on a romantic adventure novel. Please e-mail her at [email protected]

Erin Hoffman is a freelance writer and designer currently residing in Los Angeles. She dedicates this publication to her grandmother, Dorothy Asakawa. Erin was born in San Diego, California, and graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 2003. She specializes in fantasy and young adult fiction. For more information, visit

Alaska’s long winters give Valerie A. Horner plenty of time to write and quilt. She runs a bed and breakfast, catering to guests from around the world. She loves traveling, boating and gardening. She is known for her great cooking and has published a cookbook. Her e-mail is [email protected]

Beverly Houseman is a retired registered nurse. She has published a book about her son, Rusty. Beverly is a contributor to Chicken Soup for the Nurse’s Soul, Chicken Soup for the Caregiver’s Soul, From the Heart books 1 & 2 by Kendall Bell. She is a pro-life counselor with Osceola Pregnancy Center in Kissimmee. Florida. Please e-mail her at [email protected]

Sheila S. Hudson is published in the “Chocolates for Women” series, including “God Allows U-Turns,” “Stories from the Heart—Volumes 1 and 2,” “Taking Education Higher” and “God’s Vitamin C.” She is a columnist for Athens Banner Herald, contributor for the Christian Standard Magazine and president of Southeastern Writers of America.

Anne Johnson earned a bachelor of science degree and is a registered nurse in Nebraska in an intensive care unit. However, her most rewarding job is being a wife and mother. Writing is her way of relaxing.

Louise Tucker Jones is a Gold Medallion award–winning author and popular speaker. She holds a master’s degree in creative writing and is author and coauthor of three books. Her work has been published in numerous magazines and compilation books, including Guideposts and other Chicken Soup titles. Louise resides in Edmond, Oklahoma. E-mail: [email protected]

Shirley Jump spends her days writing romantic comedies with sweet attitude for Kensington Books (The Bachelor Committed Pastry, February 2006) and Silhouette Romance (The Marine’s Kiss, August 2005) to feed her shoe addiction and avoid doing housework. Visit her Web site at

Kathryn Kimzey Judkins, LVN, has lived in California since 1962. Since retiring in 1998, she spends much of her time writing poetry and short stories. Married fifty-eight years, she has three children, six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Betty King is an author, newspaper columnist and speaker. She is a wife, mother and grandmother and has lived with the disease MS for thirty-eight years. She is read in publications worldwide. Her Web site is and e-mail is [email protected]

Jean Kinsey, a native Kentuckian, enjoys traveling, camping and writing. Her personal experience stories have been published in Chicken Soup, Reminiscence, Live and e-zines. American Syringomyelia Alliance Project has published twelve of her profile columns. Jean hopes to finish soon her novel Brightest Star, about a boy who has syringomyelia. E-mail: [email protected]

Roger Kiser’s stories have been publsihed in seventeen books in five countries. Roger will never forget how he was treated as less than human while living in a Jacksonville, Florida, orphanage. Roger’s story is at Contact Roger at [email protected]

J. Kenneth Kreider is professor emeritus of European history at Elizabethtown College (Pennsylvania). He received his Ph.D from the Pennsylvania State University and is author of A Cup of Cold Water: The Story of Brethen Service (2001). He conducts tours and has traveled in over ninety countries and seven continents.

Margaret Lang received her bachelor of arts degree from Brown University in 1963. She teaches women and children’s groups in California. Margaret has one story accepted for publication and others under consideration. Her daughter is a physician/missionary, her son a youth pastor, and she has one granddaughter.

Patti Lawson is an author, lawyer and public speaker who lives in Charleston, West Virginia, with her dog Sadie. Patti and Sadie write a newspaper column, “Dogs . . . Diets . . . Dating,” for the Sunday Gazette-Mail. Patti’s first book, The Dog Diet, will be published in 2005. Visit her Web site at

CLASS graduate Delores Christian Liesner of Racine, Wisconsin, delights in sharing her faith-walk with eight grandchildren, radio audiences (Chapel of the Air; Renaissance Racine), by written word (Woman’s World, God Answers Prayer, Renaissance, CBN Internet, Health and Wellness, etc.), speaking inspirationally or creating personalized poetry. Contact: or [email protected]

Patricia Lorenz is the proud grandma of Hailey, Hannah, Zachary, Casey, Riley, Chloe, Adeline and Ethan. She’s an art-of-living speaker, author of five books and a top contributor to the Chicken Soup for the Soul books, with stories in twenty-five of them. To hire her as a speaker, e-mail [email protected] or visit

Alice Malloy is a recently retired social worker from Long Island, New York. Besides writing, her new life consists of long walks by the ocean, good books and, of course, Tuesdays with her grandchildren. Please contact her at [email protected]

Bettye Martin-McRae, writer’s mentor, founder of Writers’ Ongoing Workshops, has been freelancing since 1972, including daily newspapers, Guideposts, Focus on the Family, The Christian Reader, Texas Folklore Society; national columns inMules and More Magazine, and author of eight western humor and inspirational books. Please contact:; [email protected]; (325) 235-9969.

John McCaslin is a nationally syndicated political columnist and author based in Washington, D.C. He’s seen regularly on national television discussing the latest White House and Capitol Hill gossip. In his spare time, he enjoys writing travel articles for numerous publications. Mostly, he relishes time spent with his daughter, Kerry.

Janet Lynn Mitchell is a wife, mother, author and inspirational speaker. She is the coauthor of A Special Kind of Love, For Those Who Love Children with Special Needs, published by Broadman and Holman and Focus on the Family, 2004. Janet can be reached at [email protected] or by fax (714) 633-6309.

Laura Mueller lives in southern Vermont with her husband, Andy, and their two young children. Laura has published numerous essays, is writing a novel about teenage girls and has recently finished cowriting a play called Mommy Talk with playwright Adriana Elliot. Laura can be reached at [email protected]

Motivational humorist Jennifer Oliver, a former El Pasoan, resides in central Texas with her husband and four kids. Author of Four Ears: Works of Heart, her stories have appeared in Chicken Soup for the Soul, Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff, Heartwarmers, Stories for a Woman’s Heart and Half Full.

Karen J. Olson is a writer and columnist from Eau Claire, Wisconsin. She writes two columns regionally as well as inspirational magazine articles on local, regional and national levels. She enjoys reading, bicycling and scrap-booking. You may reach her at [email protected]

Rachel R. Patrick writes Bible studies and teaches in her church’s women’s ministry. Married nearly thirty years to Al, she has a grown son, three nearly teen granddaughters and a toddler grandson. Encouraging women to apply biblical principles to their lives is her life’s goal.

Denise Peebles is a happily married mother of two children, Ashley, age twenty, and Jonathan, age ten. She and her husband, Keith, enjoy traveling and watching their son play sports. Denise dreams of publishing a children’s book someday. Please e-mail her at [email protected]

Dr. Debra D. Peppers, a retired English teacher, was inducted into the prestigious National Teachers Hall of Fame. Now a university instructor, Emmy award–winning playwright, radio and television host, Debra is also a member of the National Speakers Association. Dr. Peppers is available for bookings at (314) 842-7425, [email protected], or visit her Web site at

Teresa Pitman is the author or coauthor of ten published books and a regular contributor to Today’s Parent magazine. As the single mother of four children and the grandmother of two, she loves writing about parenting—and now grandparenting.

Shirley Pope Waite has had fillers, articles, poems and devotions in over 150 publications and twenty-four books, including her own Delight in the Day. She has taught at writers’ conferences and currently writes a weekly column and teaches a class helping seniors write their life stories.

Trudy Reeder has a Ph.D in psychology from the University of Denver, a master’s degree in education from Wayne State University and a bachelor’s degree from Eastern Michigan University. She loves people, psychology, teaching, art and writing, and she worked at Loretto Heights College, the University of Northern Colorado and in Poudre School District. E-mail her at [email protected]

Carol McAdoo Rehme, one of Chicken Soup’s managing editors and most prolific contributors, compares grannyhood to homemade happiness—life’s natural sweetener. Carol directs a nonprofit organization, Vintage Voices, Inc.,

which brings interactive programming to the vulnerable elderly. Speaking engagements and storytelling gigs fill her spare time. Contact: [email protected];

Kimberly Ripley is a wife and mother of five from Portsmouth, New Hampshire. She is the author of six books, including Freelancing Later in Life. Visit her Web site at

Michelle Rocker is a mother of two boys and two girls. She is passionate about music and addicted to reading. She loves writing, has written several children’s programs and is currently working on a women’s inspirational book.

Please e-mail her at [email protected]

Stephen D. Rogers is a stay-at-home dad who is late with his own thank-you notes. Please e-mail him at [email protected]

Harriet May Savitz has had twenty-two books published and an ABC-TV “Afterschool Special” produced by Henry Winkler. Her recent book of essays, More Than Ever—A View from My 70s, is available through Visit her at or reach her by e-mail at [email protected]

Ann Kirk Shorey lives in southwestern Oregon with her husband, two cats and a dog. She’s had articles printed in various regional publications and is currently at work on her second novel. She can be reached at [email protected]

Tricia Short received her bachelor of science degree from the University of Texas at Austin. She has a master’s degree in reading from Texas A & M at Commerce. She teaches English as a Second Language at a college in Dallas, Texas. Tricia enjoys reading, exercising and time with family and friends. She plans to do mission work overseas with her husband one day.

Deborah Shouse is a writer, speaker, editor and creativity catalyst. Her work has appeared in Reader’s Digest, Newsweek, Woman’s Day, The Washington Post, Family Circle and MS. She is the coauthor of Making Your Message Memorable: Communicating Through Stories. Deborah frequently does programs for Alzheimer’s caregivers, families and friends. Deborah’s Web site is

Sharon Ozee Siweck is an international speaker and Personality Plus trainer; graduate of CLASS in Albuquerque, New Mexico. A widow and cancer survivor, she enjoys travelling, writing and speaking to churches and professional groups. She is now writing a book from her years of journaling. Please contact her at: [email protected]

Laura Smith is the author of the children’s book Cantaloupe Trees and of numerous inspirational stories appearing in the God Allows U-Turns and God’s Way anthologies. She graduated from Miami University with a bachelor’s degree in marketing. Laura lives in Oxford, Ohio, with her husband and their three children.

Carol Spahr received her B.S. in Elementary Education in 1990 and her B.A. in English and History in 1991 from Atlantic Union College in Massachusetts. She teaches English for grades 7–9. She enjoys reading, music, and traveling and is currently working on several writing projects. Please e-mail her at [email protected]

Marcia Swearingen is a former newspaper editor and columnist now freelancing full-time. She and her husband, Jim, enjoy teaching young marrieds at Hixson United Methodist Church near Chattanooga. They are the parents of a daughter currently serving in the U.S. Navy.

Angela Thieman-Dino was a young teen when she wrote her story about her great-grandma. Today she is a cultural anthropologist living in Denver, Colorado. Angela, her husband, Brian, and their son, Dante, eagerly await the arrival of a new sibling for Dante in summer of 2005.

A first-time mom at forty-one, Stephanie “Stacy” Thompson and husband Michael enjoy the antics of their two-year-old daughter Micah. An inspirational writer, newspaper columnist, radio host and speaker, Thompson founded State of Change, an organization disseminating stories of hope and action. Reach her at: P.O. Box 1502, Edmond, OK 73083, or [email protected]

Melodie Lynn Tilander transitioned from a corporate career to pursue her dream of writing. She resides in Oregon, earning publishing credits in several media. Melodie enjoys being near the water and creating stained glass/stone design. She is coauthoring an inspirational book on God’s ministering angels. Please reach her at [email protected]

Paula Mauqiri Tindall is a registered nurse and resides in South Florida with her toy poodle, Lucy. After many years of taking care of her grandmother with her cousin Joey, she is completing her first book on their life during that period. She can be reached at [email protected]

Pam Trask resides on a lake in Fairview, Oregon, with her husband, David. She is the mother of three grown children and six grandchildren. Pam’s special niche is writing and she meets once a week with her writing group “The Magnificant Seven.” She finds inspiration for much of her writing while boat-camping with her husband on the Columbia River near her home. Her family is high on her priority list and in her leisure time she loves playing the piano and working with her flowers.

Diane M. Vanover writes from her home in Tucson, Arizona, where she shares her love of stories with her five terrific grandchildren: Travis, David, Amanda, Alexis and Mishelle, who are superb and inspirational storytellers. You may contact her at [email protected]

Shelley Ann Wake has a master of arts degree in professional writing, and degrees in science, business and commerce. She is a professional writer with publications including essays, articles, children’s novels and nonfiction books. She is also the co-owner of Twenty Twenty Publishing. She can be contacted at: [email protected]

Rachel Wallace-Oberle has an education in journalism and radio/television broadcasting and writes for numerous publications. She also works in radio and for a foundation that provides assistance to Haiti’s poor through sustainable development. Rachel loves walking, classical music and canaries. She can be reached at [email protected]

Jody Walters graduated from Colorado State University with a degree in construction management. She is a project manager with a general contractor in Fort Collins, Colorado. Jody enjoys spending time with her husband and eleven-year-old son, as well as hiking, biking and traveling.

Phyllis W. Zeno recently retired after twenty years as founding editor of AAA Going Places. She is currently the editor of Marco Polo Magazine, an adventure travel magazine. Her mother, an inveterate traveler, was the inspiration for a lifetime of travel with her daughters, Linda and Leslie. You may contact her at [email protected]

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