From Chicken Soup for the Christian Soul


Rhonda Adams graduated from The Columbus College of Art and Design in Columbus, Ohio, in 1979. The creator of hundreds of greeting cards for numerous manufacturers over the past decade. Rhonda specializes in humerous illustrations. Fast becoming recognized nationally, her cartoons are printed on t-shirts, posters, postcards, clocks and soon to be seen in a 1998 wall calendar Let Us Laugh. For more information, you can reach Rhonda on the Internet at or by e-mail at [email protected]

Joan Wester Anderson is a bestselling author and is recognized around the world as an authority on angelic and miraculous intervention in everyday life. Over 2 million copies of her books have been sold. She can be reached at P. O. Box 1694, Arlington Heights, IL 60006.

Teresa Anne Arries is a researcher, speaker and freelance writer published in Christian and secular magazines. A former contributing editor for Bible-Science Newsletter, Terry’s research and nationwide contacts made possible a program for ABC’s 20/20 on “Death Education in the Public Classrooms.” She can be reached at P. O. Box 4433, Pagosa Springs, CO 81157, or by calling 970-731-2525.

Steve Baal is an award-winning freelance writer with numerous national, regional and local credits for articles on a wide variety of subjects. Steve can be reached at P. O. Box 162, Indian Rocks Beach, FL 33785.

Aaron Bacall is a New York cartoonist whose work appears in magazines, books and advertisements. He has worked as a pharmaceutical research chemist and a university educator before turning to full-time cartooning. He can be reached somewhere in cyberspace at [email protected] or via fax at 718-370-2629.

Sandy Beauchamp is a career nurse and cancer survivor of 18 years. In her practice, she has come to identify the necessity of soul nurturing as well as physical care for the maintenance and attainment of health. Sandy has published 5 articles. A proponent of healing touch, Sandy can be reached at 129 Timbers Dr., Slidell, LA 70458.

Anne Bembry lives with her husband, Dan, in Live Oak, Florida. Together they have seven children. Anne currently is a shift supervisor with Corrections Corp. of America. Andy works as an officer in the correctional field, as well as being a national guardsman.

Bits & Pieces, the magazine that inspires the world, has motivated and amused millions for almost 30 years. For your free issue, call 1-800-526-2554. Available in English, Spanish and Japanese.

James C. Brown, M.D., is the husband of Justine and the father of Ryan and Sally. He is a physician involved in the care of children, and a faculty member at Creighton University School of Medicine in Omaha, Nebraska, where he enjoys teaching. Dr. Brown is an author, bronze sculptor, coach, and with his wife, Justine, he raises and trains Belgian draft horses. He can be reached at Creighton University Medical Center, Department of Radiology, 601 N. 30th St., Omaha, NE 68131-2197, or by calling 402-449-4753.

Jeanine Marie Brown is a freelance writer who lives in Placentia, California. She is a graduate of Azusa Pacific University and taught high school English and speech for seven years. Jeanine specializes in personal narratives and short fiction. She can be reached at 2300 W. Worth Ave., La Habra, CA 90631.

Jeanne Williams Carey raised eight children and numerous foster children. It has kept her happily busy. She ventured into education and took delight in teaching. She was a principal for a short time. Jeanne now writes stories about the vivid courage, bright hopes and joy of people who know it is a great life.

Rebecca Christian is a playright, travel writer, speaker and columnist raised in Dubuque, Iowa. Her work has appeared in over 100 magazines and newspapers. She can be reached at 641 Alta Vista St., Dubuque, IA 52001, or by calling 319-582-9193.

Charles W. Colson was former special assistant to President Richard Nixon and pled guilty to Watergate-related offenses in 1974, serving seven months in prison. Currently he is president of Prison Fellowship, located in Reston, Virginia. He has authored numerous books, which include the bestselling Born Again.

Reverend Nancy Dahlberg is currently serving the United Church of Christ as an Interim Minister. She continues to write, speak and lead seminars on topics which motivate and inspire Christian service and leadership. She can be reached at P.O. Box 3100, York, PA 17402

Jenna Day is a poetess, writer and educator who lives in western Maine with her family. She has published several poems and is currently at work on a collection of short stories about growing up in rural Maine. She can be reached at R.R. #1, Box 364, Brownfield, ME 04010.

Paul Della Valle has been a journalist for 20 years. The New England Press Association named him best columnist in 1995 and 1996 and best humorist in 1993. He is the author of two books, as well as being a university teacher and editor/publisher of The Lancaster (MA) Times, a weekly newspaper in his hometown.

John Doll and his wife, Lanie, presently live in the middle of a twenty-five acre orange and avocado grove. Before his retirement in 1987 he did international marketing for one of Times Mirror’s corporations. He is a freelance writer with a number of short stories published. His forte is nostalgia and memories. Originally he wrote material for Laurence Welk. He can be reached at 2377 Grand Ave., Fillmore, CA. 93012. Phone 805-524-3821.

Dave Dravecky is the author of Worth of a Man and president of Outreach of Hope, a ministry of encouragement that offers hope through Jesus Christ to those suffering from cancer or amputation. His mission is accomplished by providing ongoing contact, prayer support, public speeches and presentations, resource referrals, materials and curriculum and distribution of literature. You can contact Dave at 13840 Gleneagle Dr., Colorado Springs, CO 80921 or by calling 719-481-3528.

Colleen Edwards is a ghostwriter for Renée Lacouague Bondi’s story “Now This Is Music!”. She is an inspirational writer part time and a marketing executive in Orange County, California full time. Her next goal is to spread the message of love and kindness through her own newspaper column. Editorial/publisher inquiries welcome. Contact her at 107 W. Avenida Valencia, San Clemente, CA 92627. Phone 714-498-0657.

Vera A. Fortune lives in Madison, Wisconsin where she works for the state of Wisconsin full-time. She has 4 children and 11 grandchildren with one on the way. Vera was involved in a terrible auto accident on May 14, 1996 where she underwent emergency surgery to reconstruct her ankle, had a metal plate and 8 screws required. Since then, her life has been almost completely devoted to recuperation and coping with the subsequential repercussions.

Barbara Frye is an associate professor of international health and program manager of the graduate program in maternal child health at Loma Linda University School of Public Health. She consults internationally in the areas of maternal and child health, traveling extensively in Africa, Southeast Asia and Latin America.

Marilyn Dunham Ganch as who graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in English and Journalism. She is currently an office manager for a medical clinic and mother of a teenage daughter. An aspiring writer, she has written short stories, personal essays and poetry. She may be contacted at 9703 Harrowgate, Houston, TX 77031.

Randy Glasbergen has more than 20,000 cartoons and illustrations published by magazines and newspapers around the world. He is also the author of many books. When you are online, be sure to visit Todays Cartoon by Randy Glasbergen at or via e-mail, at [email protected]

Austin Goodrich served as an infantryman (gravel-clutcher) in World War II before pursuing consecutive careers in journalism and espionage. Currently he leads a semi-domesticated life writing stories, speeches, scripts and research papers, for which he gets considerable satisfaction and a non-negotiable two bits a word. Call him at 414-427-1030.

Laverne W. Hall has done major radio, TV and newspaper interviews and has published one book of poetry. She can be reached at 3994 Menlo Dr., Atlanta, GA 30340, or by calling 770-491-8887.

Malcolm Hancock was a freelance cartoonist who was published internationally. A paraplegic following a tragic accident at the age of 17, Malcolm spent his life communicating the humor in human existence. Malcolm died in 1993 after a valiant fight against cancer.

Wilma Heffelfinger is an herbalist who publishes a monthly newsletter focusing on simpler lifestyles and growing your own medical herbs. She also won an Editor’s Choice Award in the national poetry contest in 1996. She can be reached at Sunny Meadows, P.O. Box 33, Greenwood, MO 64034, or call her at 816-331-4934, fax: 816-322-5181; e-mail at [email protected]

Beverly Hulsizer works as a staff assistant for Procter & Gamble Company in Cincinnati, Ohio. She and her husband, George, have been married for 34 years and have two daughters, Amy and Beth. Beverly was raised in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.

Reverend Dr. Bruce Humphrey pastors Trinity Presbyterian Church, which has grown from 250 to 650 members during his 10 years of leadership. The author of five books, Bruce is known as a storyteller-preacher. With two earned doctorates, Bruce speaks at seminars, camps, retreats and renewals. He can be reached at 630 Park Ave., Prescott, AZ 86303.

Virginia Jarvis (Ginny) resides in Bay City, Michigan, and is married and the mother of three children. She enjoys bowling and golf. For 15 years she has worked for the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Saginaw, Michigan, and is an Accredited Record Technician. This is her first article, and she is very proud to have it published in Chicken Soup for the Christian Soul.

Virginia Johnson knows that many people have experienced miraculous occurences with their deceased loved ones. If you’d like to share your experiences with Virginia, you may contact her at 816-587-6054. It is an enormous step in the healing process. Thanks to Meg Lundstrom, Ron continues to touch many lives as he did in his time on earth.

The Joyful Noiseletter is a monthly newsletter of the Fellowship of Merry Christians and has provided clean jokes, holy humor and cartoons to pastors and church newsletter editors for 11 years. The newsletter has won awards for excellence from the Associated Church Press, the Catholic Press Association and the Evangelical Press Association. For information about “The Joyful Noiseletter” and the Fellowship’s other holy humor resources, call 800-877-2757 or write FMC, P.O. Box 895, Portage, MI 49081.

Ida Mae Kempel has been widely published in Christian magazines. She is also the author of three books. The latest, What Was in Jeremey’s Egg? and Other Stories, is a compilation of some of her work. To order books or to request an interview, write to Nascent Press, 2137 Otis Dr. #302, Alameda, CA 94501, or call 510-523-8741.

Edward Koper is not an internationally recognized speaker, but is a happily married man with a wonderful wife, Diane, and two terrific daughters named Emily and Rachel. Ed feels fortunate to have had his life touched by God in a small way and hopes everyone learns to recognize God’s hand in their lives. Ed can be reached at 908-566-3130.

Priscilla Larson is the author of STRANGER DANGER (Tyndale House, 1991) and numerous articles for many publications. Her favorite assignments are interviews that demonstrate how faith sustains someone in difficult times. She can be reached at 117 Lincoln St., Lexington, MA 02173, or by calling 617-862-8918.

Richard Lederer has published more than two thousand articles and books about language, including his blooper series Anguished English, More Anguished English and Fractured English. He has been elected International Punster of the Year and profiled in The New Yorker and People magazine. His weekly column, Looking at Language, appears in newspapers and magazines throughout the United States. He makes 150 speaking appearances each year and is a regular language commentator for public radio. He can be reached at 9974 Scripps Ranch Blvd., Ste. 201, San Diego, CA 92131, or by calling 619-549-6788 or via email at [email protected];//

William J. Lederer is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. He is the author of 16 books including, The Ugly American, A Nation of Sheep and All the Ships at Sea. He was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University and a Far East correspondent for Reader’s Digest. William is now working on a book, How to Become a Successful Author, based on interviews with 51 world-famous writers.

Elizabeth Leland writes for The Charlotte Observer. For copies of her book, A Place for Joe: A True Story of a White Southern Family, a Black Man, Their Lifetime Together and Their Love for One Another, write Down Home Press, P. O. Box 4126, Sheboro, NC 27204, or call 910-672-6889, or fax 910-672-2003. The cost of the book is $19.95 plus $2.50 shipping and handling.

Sharon Linnéa has been a book editor and a staff writer for four national magazines. She and her husband have a son, Jonathan, and another child arriving shortly. She speaks often at Writers Conferences, as well as to schools about a kid’s needs for heroes. Autographed copies of either of her two latest books— the young adult biographies Raoul Wallenberg: The Man Who Stopped Death (JPS) and Princess Ka’iulani, Hope of a Nation, Heart of a People (Eerdmans)—can be purchased by sending $15.00 made out to Sharon Linnea, c/o Shimersbrook, 290 River Rd., Montague, NJ 07827.

Meg Lundstrom lives in New York, is the coauthor of The Power of Flow: Practical Ways to Transform Your Life with Meaningful Coincidence. (Harmony, 1997).

Ray L. Lundy is a minister, poet and inspirational speaker who writes magazine articles and a weekly column for a local newspaper. He has also written an inspirational book entitled Special Heroes. Ray may be reached at P.O. Box 217, Fair Bluff, NC 28439, or by calling 910-649-7178.

Paula McDonald is a bestselling author who has sold over a million copies of her books on relationships and gone on to win numerous awards worldwide as a columnist, inspirational feature writer and photojournalist. She is a highly regarded national lecturer on relationships and family communications, as well as being a popular inspirational speaker, both in the United States and abroad. Paula is available as a speaker or a writer and can be contacted through Creative Consultants, 417 W. San Ysidro Blvd., Suite L724, San Ysidro, CA 92173. Tel/fax: (Rosarito, Mexico): 011-52-66-313173, or e-mail: [email protected]

Chris Caldwell McGonigle has a Ph.D. in English from the University of Washington and has been writing for the women’s magazines for 10 years, specializing in real-life dramas. Her first book, about surviving a spouse’s chronic illness, will be published in 1998 by Henry Holt. She lives in Montana.

Andrea Nannette Mejia is a published author, entrepreneur, actress and mother of three wonderful children whom she home-schools. She founded Andrea’s Heavenly Baked Goods and Chocolates and has won many awards at the Los Angeles County Fair. You can contact her by e-mail at [email protected]

Helene Montone has been married for 16 years and has been a registered nurse at a center city hospital for 21 years. She has never written anything before. She is grateful to both Jesus and her son’s birthparents for giving her family such a great joy. Helene hopes this story will bring a smile, touch a soul or mend an aching heart.

Jeanne Morris was born in Norfolk, Virginia, and grew up on Chesapeake Beach. She attended high school in Picton, Ontario and later enrolled in the U. of H., still living in Houston, Texas where she and her husband maintain a prayer garden for their church, the Aldine United Methodist Church. The garden offers special services to survivors of homicide victims. She is also an active member of Parents of Murdered Children. You can reach Jeanne at 1905 Bennington Rd., Houston, TX 77093.

Edward B. Mullen is a wildlife biologist who works in Santa Barbara, California. He is currently writing a series of nature-related inspirational stories. He can be reached at 816 State St., Santa Barbara, CA 93101 or call 805-984-8899.

Judith E. Peitsch has been writing poetry along with music composition for the past 25 years and is an accomplished pianist. She’s married, with one son in college, and is a secretary in advertising. She can be reached at 32456 Ridgefield, Warren, MI 48093.

Daniel Rosandich is a professional cartoonist who is “on call” to illustrate any of your publishing projects. He will illustrate under your art direction and will fax “roughs” to you to approve. Call Dan at 906-482-6234.

Helga Schmidt is a wife, mother, grandmother of eight and a registered nurse. She lives in rural Newton, Kansas with her husband, Archie. She works in a local clinic and enjoys writing in her spare time. Helga can be reached at 10408 N. Anderson Rd., Newton, KS 67114 or by calling 316-367-2325.

Randy Shaver teaches debate and speech and is a nationally recognized speech coach. He is an inspirational speaker and writer and is privileged to be Anderson and Sarah’s dad. He can be reached at 245 Hampton Rd., 2-C, Asheboro, NC 27203, or by calling 910-629-0429.

Gary Smalley is an internationally recognized speaker/author on family relationships who has sold 9 million copies of his books and videos. He is the president of Today’s Family, based in Branson, Missouri. Gary’s catalog and seminar schedule is available through calling 800-84-TODAY or

Ira Spector, is an author whose latest work, Last Chance , tells the story of a ruthless downsizing expert who has a change of heart and hires the homeless to work at a gambling resort. Ira Spector may be reached through Arius Publications, 121 Edelen Ave., Los Gatos, CA 95030 or via e-mail:[email protected]

Richard Stanford is a Presbyterian minister and recently became a full-time writer. He has had several articles and stories published. He currently has a novel and two short stories under consideration for publication. You can write to Richard at 1219 Mohican Trail, Stone Mountain, GA 30083, or e-mail to [email protected]

Dawn Stobbe is grateful for each day, her family and friends, and her life. She is a cancer survivor and she believes in prayer and miracles. She and her husband, Rich, share seven children. Dawn and Rich are co-creators of Miracle Crafts (rock and wood crafts with miracle theme). You can reach Dawn at P.O. Box 5412, Grand Island, NE 68802.

Tom Suriano is the son of Jim and Evelyn Suriano of Martins Ferry, Ohio. He is a high school guidance counselor and football coach; and he and his wife, Kim, have two daughters, Susan and Stephanie. A 41-year-old educator, Tom, who holds a master’s degree in counseling and has 20 year’s experience in education, feels blessed by his newfound Christianity through a strong faith in Jesus Christ.

Tom Veres was asked by Raoul Wallenberg to document how two Swedes made an extraordinary rescue of thousands of Hungarian Jews from Adolph Eichmann’s Einsatzkommando in 1944. Tom did so, often at the risk of his own life. Two of his photos form the basis of the 1997 U.S. stamp honoring Wallenberg. He works as a commercial photographer in New York City. More of his story is told in the young adult biography Raoul Wallenberg: The Man Who Stopped Death, which can be ordered from JPS at 800-234-3151. Veres is currently working on his own autobiography.

Catherine Verlenden is a lay counselor, short-term missionary and freelance writer of articles for Christian publications.

Linda Vlcek lives in Sierra Madre, California. She has been married 30 years and raised three sons. She has been an employee of Huntington Memorial Hospital of Pasadena for 30 years. Above all, she is a very strong believer in Jesus Christ and continues to witness his miracles in her friends’ and family’s lives.

Arnold Watts is first and foremost a Christian, then an American, then a veteran, then a husband, then a father, then a grandfather, then a mason, then a lion and last but not least, then and now and always, a poet. He places all of these in high regard.

Marilynn Carlson Webber is an award-winning author of the bestseller A Rustle of Angels and other books. An inspirational speaker, Marilynn ministers to women’s clubs and churches large and small. She has been interviewed on hundreds of radio and TV shows. She can be reached at 275 Celeste Dr., Riverside, CA 92507, or by calling 909-784-4313.

Kathleen Weber and her husband have raised five children in Boston, New York. She is a Catholic school librarian and also works at Weight Watchers. Kathy is active in many church and community organizations and enjoys poetry as well as the arts.

Jeannie S. Williams is a prolific author/lecturer and a master storyteller. She is a member of the Fellowship of Christian Magicians and has been entertaining audiences for years with her creativity. Jeannie shares the magic of working with children in her newest book, What Time is Recess? She can be reached at P. O. Box 1476, Sikeston, MO 63801.

Therese Williamson is a published poet and photographer. “Golden Heart” was written in memory of her grandfather, William F. Dixon. Her poem was included in the book A View from Afar. “Golden Heart” appears on prayer cards and in newspapers across the country. Therese resides in Washington, New Jersey, with her husband, Rich and her daughter, Kasey. “Golden Heart” is available as a sympathy card. For more information or reprint permission, call Therese at 908-835-0126, fax: 908-835-9389 or e-mail at [email protected].

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