From Chicken Soup for Every Mom's Soul


Carolyn Armistead, mother of two daughters, lives and writes in a rural suburb of Boston. Her writing has appeared in several magazines and the books 365 Ways to Connect with Your Kids (2000) and Shape Your Life (2003). She is currently pursuing her MFA at the University of Southern Maine.

Rita Billbe is a retired high school principal. She and her husband own a resort, Angels Retreat, on the White River in northern Arkansas. She has been published in Chicken Soup for the Sister’s Soul and Journal of American Donkey and Mule Society. She is currently working on a devotional book, Prayer by Principal.

Mary Kay Blakely is the author of the critically acclaimed memoirs Wake Me When It’s Over: A Journey to the Edge and Back and American Mom: Motherhood, Politics, and Humble Pie. She writes regularly for national magazines and newspapers. She currently teaches magazine writing at the Missouri School of Journalism and iswriting a book on political depression “for otherwise healthy people who feel traumatized by the news.”

Arthur Bowler, a U.S./Swiss citizen and graduate of Harvard Divinity School, is a writer and speaker in English and German. His work has appeared in several bestselling anthologies and in a bestseller in Switzerland. Look for his book A Prayer and a Swear and visit his Web site:

Jean Brody received her B.S. degree in journalism from Washington University and graduate degree in education. This is her eighth story in a Chicken Soup for the Soul publication. Scholastic publications recently bought one of her stories for their nonfiction From the Inside Out. Another of her stories will appear in If Life Is a Game, These Are the Stories, published by Andrew McMeel. Other books by Jean Brody are Braille Me and two books for children on minority pride. Jean lives with her husband Gene and Miss Aggie cat on their thoroughbred horse farm in Kentucky.

LindaCarol Cherken is a lifelong Philadelphian. Her writing has taken her from an interview with the Beatles for her school paper to weekly food and health columns for the Philadelphia Daily News to a syndicated advice column. Today she writes features for newspapers and magazines, including essays for several of the Chicken Soup books.

Anne S. Cook lives in New Jersey with her husband and three children. She is the author of the novel Sounds of the Sea and a collection of holiday short stories, Christmas Promises. Readers can contact her at

Bonnie Davidson, M.Ed., is a full-time real estate agent and college instructor, living in a coastal community in Massachusetts. Bonnie is the mother of three. Her passions include breast cancer advocacy and husband, Paul. Please e-mail her at [email protected]

Karen Driscoll lives with her husband and their four children in Connecticut. Her work has been published in Woman’sWorld; Brain, Child; Chicken Soup for the Soul; Chocolate for a Woman’s Soul; Angels on Earth; Mothering Magazine; and the anthology, Toddler. She can be reached at [email protected]

Gerrie Edwards’ prime interest in life is clarifying the stereotyped Indian. As Eagle Clan’s “Grandmother Two Bears,” she delights children with classroom presentations and storytelling. Her work appears monthly on the Internet at, and she has written a book, The Story Teller, Native American History and Stories.

Linda Ellerbee is an outspoken journalist, award-winning television producer, bestselling author, one of the most sought-after speakers in America, a breast cancer survivor and a mom. Her book, Take Big Bites: Adventures Around the World and Across the Table, was released in May 2005.

Debbie Farmer is the author of the nationally syndicated column “Family Daze.” Her essays have appeared in Family Fun Magazine, Family Circle, the Washington Post, Reader’s Digest, several Chicken Soup anthologies and hundreds of regional parenting publications around the world. For more information, or to sign up for a free monthly “Family Daze” e-column, visit her Web site at

J. T. Fenn is a longtime entrepreneur and aspiring screenwriter who has written for several animated television series that still air on Nickelodeon. Someday he may venture to publish some of the other children’s stories that are gathering dust in his file cabinet. Feel free to e-mail J.T. at [email protected]

Bonnie Feuer had her own column (“Wisdom and Warmth”) in several newspapers and was published in Better Health Magazine. She won Better Health’s Writer of the Year with her story, “Silver Linings.” Employed by the board of education, she is currently writing an interactive book for children.

Rusty Fischer is a freelance writer who lives with his beautiful wife, Martha, in Orlando, Florida. This is his third story to be published in a Chicken Soup book.

Dorothy Gilchrest is married and the mother of two. She holds a B.S. in occupational education and is presently self-employed as a radiographer in occupational medicine. Her inspirational writing has produced journal articles as well as nostalgic lifetime stories and poetry offering spiritual balance between work and family.

Marian Gormley is a freelance writer and photographer whose work has appeared in regional and national publications. She has a background in software engineering, public relations and marketing. She enjoys writing about issues related to parenting and family life, education, and health. Marian resides in northern Virginia with her husband and twin children.

Jennifer Graham lives in the Chicago suburbs where she teaches writing and communications at both Benedictine University and Robert Morris College. She is grateful to her husband, son and, especially, her daughter for allowing her to publish such a personal story. Contact her at [email protected]

Mimi Greenwood Knight is a freelance writer and artist in residence. She lives in Folsom, Louisiana, with her husband, David, four children, Haley, Molly, Hewson and Jonah, and far too many dogs and cats. She enjoys gardening, photography, Bible study and the lost art of letter writing.

Cynthia M. Hamond has been published numerous times in both the Chicken Soup for the Soul series and Multnomah’s Stories for the Heart. Her stories have been printed in major publications and magazines. She has received two writing recognitions and her short story “Goodwill” has become a TV favorite. Contact her via e-mail at: [email protected]

Sue Thomas Hegyvary is a professor and dean emeritus at the University of Washington School of Nursing in Seattle. From her roots in Kentucky, she has traveled in more than fifty countries and now conducts research on global health. She enjoys bicycle touring, skiing, gardening, creative cooking and hiking at her family’s cabin in the Cascade Mountains.

Melissa Hill is a wife and a mother of two daughters. She works as a preschool teacher and is very involved in her church. She enjoys reading, writing and spending time with her family.

Amy Hirshberg Lederman is a syndicated columnist, public speaker, Jewish educator and attorney. Her first book, To Life! Jewish Reflections on Everyday Living is available in 2005. She lives with her husband and two teenage children in Tucson, Arizona. Amy welcomes you to contact her at [email protected]

Mary Ann Horenstein received a B.A. degree from Smith College and a master’s and doctorate from Rutgers University. She taught English, then headed an experiential learning program in a New Jersey school before retiring. She has published two books and many articles. She can be reached at [email protected]

Ina Hughs is a full-time columnist for The Knoxville News Sentinel in Knoxville, Tennessee. She is the author of three books: A Prayer for Children, published by William Morrow and Simon & Schuster; A Sense of Human, published by Scripps Howard Company; and Storylines, an audio book, published by Night Owl Productions. She has won numerous non-fiction and poetry awards. She lives in Louisville, Tennessee. She can be reached at [email protected]

In a former life, Peggy Jaeger was a registered nurse who always yearned to write. After the birth of her daughter, she became a full-time wife, mother and author. She’s had numerous fiction short stories and nursing articles published and is currently working on a mystery-suspense novel.

Patricia Jones lived in New York City with her daughter. Her work has appeared in Ms., Essence, Family Circle, Woman’s Day and the New York Times.

Patricia wrote three novels Passing, Red on a Rose and her third and final novel, The Color of Family due out later this year.

Cheryl Kirking is the author of Crayons in the Dryer: Misadventures and Unexpected Blessings of Motherhood. She is a women’s conference speaker who tickles the funny bones and tugs at the heartstrings of audiences nationwide. She has written five books, including Ripples of Joy and Teacher, You’re an A+, and is the mother of teenage triplets! For booking information visit

Susan Krushenick earned her bachelor of arts degree, with concentrations in both sociology and creative writing, from Vermont College in June 2004. Susan writes the library column for her local newspaper, the Valley Reporter, and also worked as a regular contributing writer for The Philosophical Mother. She can be reached at [email protected]

Charlotte Lanham is a retired teacher and columnist. She is a frequent contributor to Chicken Soup, but also enjoys writing poetry and children’s books. She and her husband, Ray, are cofounders of a nonprofit organization called Abbi’s Room Foundation which provides beds and bedding for children of Habitat for Humanity families. E-mail her at [email protected]

Ruth Lehrer calls herself the Grandma Moses of the personal essay. She was an elementary school teacher who published her first essay after her retirement— at age sixty-two. Now, fourteen years later, Ruth has written almost one hundred stories. “Personal writing is my best form of therapy,” she says. Contact her via e-mail at [email protected]

Jaye Lewis is an award-winning writer who lives and writes in the Appalachian Mountains of Virginia. Jaye is writing her first book, Entertaining Angels, and one of her stories will also appear in Chicken Soup for the Recovering Soul. E-mail Jaye at [email protected] or visit her Web site at

Jacklyn Lee Lindstrom, retired, at last has the time to concentrate on oil painting and writing. She just completed a novel about a teenage girl growing up in the 1950s, a time when life seemed so simple (on the surface, anyway.) Jacklyn lives at 314 Windsor Court, Spearfish, South Dakota.

Vicki Marsh Kabat received her bachelor of arts in journalism from the University of Missouri at Columbia. She is editor of Baylor Magazine for Baylor University in Waco, Texas. She wrote a newspaper humor column for ten years which was distributed nationally. Her work appeared in Chicken Soup for the Golden Soul. She and her husband, Bruce, have three grown sons: Michael, Jeffrey and Brian. Please e-mail her at [email protected]

Linda Masters is the proud wife, mother of three, and grandmother of four. She and her husband Les, are restoring their 170 year old home located alongside western New York’s Eric Canal. Despite her battle with multiple sclerosis, Linda is currently enjoying her career in obstetrics and gynecology, after having been a professional mom and volunteer for ten years. Linda’s son, Josh, a Lance Corporal in the Special Securities Division of the Marine Corps was awaiting deployment to Saudi Arabia when he was killed by a drunken driver.

Renee Mayhew teaches prekindergarten in North Carolina where she writes children’s books and paints in her spare time. Her husband and children are her greatest inspiration.

Kim McLarin is the author of the critically acclaimed novels Taming It Down and Meeting of the Waters. She is a former journalist for the New York Times and the Philadelphia Inquirer and is currently writer-in-residence at Emerson College.

Walker W. Meade began to write stories at the age of fourteen. When he was twenty, Collier’s magazine published his first short story. He wrote short fiction for the Saturday Evening Post, Good Housekeeping, Gentleman’s Quarterly and The Texas Quarterly among others. He also wrote nonfiction form any magazines. He began his publishing career as articles editor of Cosmopolitan, became the managing editor of that magazine and then managing editor of Reader’s Digest Condensed Book Club. His last position in publishing was as president and editor in chief of Avon Books where he published such writers as Jorge Amado, Bob Woodward, Carl Bernstein, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Richard Adams, Colleen McCullough, Margaret Atwood and Eric Segal. Upstart Press published his first novel, Unspeakable Acts in August 2001. Adam Rising is his second novel.

Bonnie Michael lives in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Her work has won state and national awards and has appeared in twelve anthologies including When I Am an Old Woman I Shall Wear Purple. She wrote for public radio and has been published in Good Housekeeping and literary magazines.

Jann Mitchell is an American writer living in Stockholm, Sweden. She and her Swedish husband travel widely. She sponsors a preschool and AIDS orphans in East Africa. A frequent Chicken Soup contributor, she is the author of ‘’Home Sweeter Home’’ and ‘’Love Sweeter Love.’ ’Contact Jann at [email protected]

Susan Clarkson Moorhead is a children’s librarian and writer in Westchester County, New York. She is currently working on writing a mystery series and a children’s book. She loves anything to do with books, words, and writing, and although her family might find it hard to believe—she loves her three kids and husband even more than the printed page! You can e-mail her at [email protected]

J. Eva Nagel, Ph.D., is the proud mother of four, grandmother of two and wife of one in upstate NewYork. She is a Waldorf teacher and a psychotherapist. She co-founded Side By Side, a Youth Leadership program that uses the arts to teach diversity and leadership. When not growing people she nurtures flowers and vegetables in her ever-expanding garden. She can be reached at [email protected]

Sally Nalbor earned a B.A. and law degree from Creighton University and an M.F.A. in creative writing from Columbia College, Chicago. Her writing has appeared in a variety of publications, and she received Midwest Writers 2003 Manny Award in nonfiction. She recently completed a collection of short stories, Missing Children.

Betsey Neary attended Drezel University and she is a housewife and mother of two wonderful adult children. Betsey enjoys being with her children, traveling with her husband Tom, quilting and reading. She resides in Omaha, Nebraska. Betsey can be reached at [email protected]

James A. Nelson holds a B.A. in economics from Eastern Washington University. Divorced with several grandchildren and four children, he has self-published a book entitled The Way IT Was and The Way It IS—Fifty Nostalgic Short Stories. He has been published over sixty times locally, nationally and internationally, including a story in Chicken Soup for the Expectant Mother’s Soul.

Peggy Newland-Goetz was awarded New Hampshire’s Art Council fiction fellowship for 2005. She has published in Chelsea, Mississippi Review, Northern New England Review, and Grit, and her essays have appeared in Breakaway Books anthology Bike Love. Her memoir, The Adventure of Two Lifetimes has been optioned for film. She has recently completed her first novel.

Phyllis Nutkis taught preschool and kindergarten for fifteen years. She now works as a grantwriter for a nonprofit social service agency. She published her first book, a children’s picture book, in 2004. She and her husband have three children and are also the grandparents of two delightful little boys. You may contact her at [email protected]

Erica Orloff is a novelist who lives in Florida and is the author of Spanish Disco (declared “hilarious” by Cosmopolitan magazine), The Roofer, Diary of a Blues Goddess, bestselling Urban Legend and others. She lives with her family and their menagerie of pets, and she may be reached at her Web site:

Jaie Ouens writes plays and short stories and lives in Townsville, Northern Australia. In this tropical city, Jaie also paints pictures and acts in professional theatre. Various of the plays have been created with young people, and Jaie also works frequently on arts and cultural development projects involving women.

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. Lynn is his wife/business partner, and their daughter, Jenny, contributes with inspiration (as do three cats).

Victoria Patterson is the mother of two boys, Cole and Ry Patterson, ages six and four, and lives in South Pasadena, California. She is currently at work on her second novel. She earns money as a waitress at a fine dining establishment. She is known to tip well. She lives in South Pasadena, California, with her family: Chris, Cole and Ry Patterson.

Saritha Prabhu is originally from India and has been living in the United States for twelve years. A freelance writer and newspaper columnist, she also enjoys cooking, reading and traveling. She lives in Tennessee with her husband and two sons. E-mail her at [email protected]

Carol McAdoo Rehme, one of Chicken Soup’s most prolific contributors, recognizes motherhood as her most important calling—it keeps her humble and hopping. She is “Mom” to four plus two sons-in-love. Carol directs a nonprofit, Vintage Voices, Inc., which brings interactive programming to the vulnerable elderly. Contact her at [email protected];

Carla Riehl is a national speaker and author. Her motivational seminars have been attended by thousands in churches, universities and Fortune 500 classrooms. Carla won an Emmy for singing TV commercials and has recorded four Christian pop albums. She loves to teach creative writing and enjoys helping people put their experiences down on paper. Her stories have appeared in Chicken Soup for the Christian Woman’s Soul, Recovering Soul, Bride’s Soul and others.

Phyllis Edgerly Ring writes on issues of family, culture, health and spirituality from her New Hampshire home. Her articles and essays have appeared in Christian Science Monitor, Hope, Mamm and Yankee. A former nurse, she lived and worked in China, where she taught English to kindergartners. More information about her current book projects is available at

Dan Rosandich lives in Michigan and has spent twenty-six years as a full-time cartoonist. He operates his online cartoon catalog, www.danscartoons.comand licenses his cartoons for use in presentations, calendars, newsletters, books and Web sites, etc. Dan can be reached any time at [email protected] or at his Web site to access information.

Reverend Kathi Rose lives in Wisconsin with her husband Steve and daughter Sarah. She speaks at women’s retreats/conferences on the biblical perspective of wholeness and healing. She also authored the book, I Climbed a Mountain: A Mother’s Diary of Tragedy, Grief and Triumph. You can contact Reverend Rose at [email protected]

Kristy Ross is a teacher at Grace School in Houston, Texas. Her work has appeared in educational magazines, the Houston Chronicle, and other Chicken Soup for the Soul books. Her beautiful mother, Hazel Abernathy Hamm, is a continuing inspiration for living life with dignity, integrity and grace.

Joan Sedita has been an educator for twenty-five years. She currently is a reading consultant and teacher trainer. She lives with her husband and two children in Massachusetts. Her e-mail is [email protected]

Vikrum Seth and Deeptee Seth became soul mates in 2002 in New Delhi, India. Blessed with their inspirational daughter Chinmya, the real creditor for this short story. Vikrum is successfully managing his hospitality business. Deeptee looks upon grooming Chinmya relatively well, expecting the least from what future has to offer. E-mail at: [email protected]

Beth Crum Sherrow graduated from Lafayette High School in Lexington, Kentucky, and attended Midway College. After living in Versailles, Kentucky for eighteen years she relocated this year to Ocala, Florida to work for a major thoroughbred horse farm. Beth has three boys, Seth, twenty-four, Jared, eighteen and Gus who is twelve. Beth loves reading, writing, traveling and spending time with her husband, Mike.

Deborah Shouse is a Kansas City-area speaker, editor and writer who believes in celebrating the extraordinary in everyday life. Her latest book is Making Your Message Memorable: Communicating Through Stories (Crisp Publications). Her work has appeared in Reader’s Digest, Newsweek, Family Circle and Ms. Visit Deborah’s Web site at

Jen Singer is the author of 14 Hours ’Til Bedtime: A Stay-at-Home Mom’s Life in 27 Funny Little Stories, and the creator of, a Web site for at-home moms.

Alice Steinbach received the Pulitzer Prize for Feature Writing while working at the Baltimore Sun. Currently a Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow, she has taught journalism at Princeton and Washington & Lee Universities and is the author of two books: Educationg Alice: Adventures of a Curious Woman and Without Reservations.

Joan Sutula has previously been published in Chicken Soup for the Cat & Dog Lover’s Soul. She has poetry appearing in numerous anthologies, including ten Lyrical Iowa Poetry books. She lives with her husband, a cat and a dog. She loves writing, hiking, and her children and grandchildren. Contact her at [email protected]

Georgette Symonds works as a nurse on Long Island. She coauthored Thoughts On Life from My Desk Chair. Georgette enjoys traveling and spending time with her family and friends. She is currently editing her novel about an Irish family and plans on having it published next year. Contact her at [email protected]

Mother Teresa gave her life in service to the poorest of poor. Inspired by God, she opened hospices, orphanages and homes for lepers, founding the Missionaries of Charity in the process before her death in 1997. She has received universal acclaim, including the Nobel Peace Prize.

Karen Trevor is a freelance writer and lives with her husband and three children in a suburb of Chicago.

Sophia Valles Bligh received her bachelor of arts in journalism from San Diego State University. She is a freelance writer who enjoy swriting about health and women’s issues. Sophia enjoys yoga, reading, sewing, the beach, and spending time with her family and friends.

Lynda Van Wyk has roots deep in the Northwest soil. Married for twenty-seven years, she and Doug raised their two kids five miles from the land homesteaded by her great grandparents. She writes poetry and family stories and owns Speckled Hen Country Store in Snohomish, Washington.

Karen Waldman, Ph.D., loves working as a psychologist. She also enjoys writing, dancing, music, acting, playing in nature, traveling with her husband Ken, and spending time with their wonderful families, friends, children and grandchildren (Lisa, Tom, Lana, Greta, Alyson, Brian, Eric, Maryann, David and Laura). Her e-mail is: [email protected]

Luan Warner was born in Logansport, Indiana, on July 28, 1950, to Arnold and Virginia Foust, the oldest of their six children. Her mother was a housewife and her father a carpenter, out of work in the winters and trying to catch up financially the remainder of the year. Luanna received an associate’s degree in photography and worked for an audio-visual production company. In 1983, her lifelong interest in writing became a career in advertising as a copywriter. She is still an active freelance copywriter and a beginning novelist. Luanna has one daughter, Carey, who has become a wife, mother and remarkable woman. Her daughter, her son-in-law, John, and grandchildren, Coltan (14), Sarah (13) and Alex (4 months) live about an hour away, but she makes it a point to see them often.

Nancy West has received numerous awards as a Colorado author. She graduated from the University of Colorado and pursued a career as editor of Where to Live, a magazine devoted to real estate. Her published works include children’s books and stories.

Maggie Wolff Peterson became a freelance writer upon the birth of her son eleven years ago. Previously she was a newspaper reporter and worked as a staff writer for an international health organization.

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