From Chicken Soup for the Girlfriend's Soul


Dee Adams’ Web site ( has been noted by many major newspapers such as USA Today, the Los Angeles Times and the Detroit News. She has been interviewed on ABC, NBC and PBS, as well as the site being shown on CNN. Valerie Harper says, “One of my favorites. . . . Click on and laugh your socks off. . . . You’ll learn something, too!”

Suzanne A. Baginskie has worked as an office manager/paralegal in the same law firm for twenty-three years. She has several short stories and nonfiction articles published, and is currently working on a romantic suspense novel. Suzanne’s hobbies include traveling, reading, daily walks and relaxing with a good movie. She and her husband, Al, reside on the west coast of Florida.

Benita Baker, a freelance writer from Ottawa, Canada, writes about people, culture and social history for magazines and newspapers. She has an MBA and an Honours BA in Canadian History and is the mother of two teenage boys. Visit her Web site at

Lana Brookman lives in her small Wisconsin hometown. She teaches for the area technical college and works part time for a small publisher. In her spare time, she likes to travel and enjoys time with her family and friends.

Debra Ayers Brown, president of Southeastern Writer’s Association, is published in Chicken Soup for the Expectant Mother’s Soul, Guideposts, Woman’s World, the Chocolate and From the Heart series, and From Eulogy to Joy. More importantly, she is Meredith Brown’s mom/chauffeur and wife of Allen Brown, all of Hinesville, Georgia. E-mail her at [email protected]

Stephanie Brush is the author of Men: An Owner’s Manual (Simon & Schuster, 1984). She lives in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, and currently works as a singer, actress and personal trainer.

Isabel Bearman Bucher and husband, Bob, both now retired, continue to rove the world doing home exchanging. Isabel writes stories of the heart, travel and just about anything that reaches out and grabs her. She’s kept busy with her two grown daughters who frequently end up in text. She’s beginning a new road—a fiction book that will take place in Taos, New Mexico, titled Tafoya’s Laundromat.

Carol Bryant is a freelance writer whose topics include the concerns of the elderly and the people who care for them. She lives in Delaware with an extensive Tupperware collection. You can reach her at [email protected]

Molly Noble Bull is married, the mother of three sons and a published author. She lives in the Texas Hill Country. Her historical novel, The Winter Pearl, will be published by Steeple Hill in November 2004. Visit her Web site at

Marcia Byalick is a young-adult novelist and columnist for a Long Island magazine called Distinction. She loves working both as the content editor of, a Web site for teenage girls, and a teacher of memoir writing for adults who want to get the story of their lives down on paper.

Melody Carlson is the award-winning author of more than a hundred books including Finding Alice, Armando’s Treasure, Angels in the Snow and Diary of a Teenage Girl.

Teresa Cleary is a full-time mom and a part-time writer from Cincinnati, Ohio, where she lives with her husband, Tim, and their three children, Micah, Steven and Emily. She is the author of Front Porch Reflections, a woman’s devotional book.

Phyllis Cochran, an inspirational published freelance writer since 1991, lives in Winchendon, Massachusetts, with her husband, Phil. Phyllis enjoys traveling with Phil and spending time with their grown children and grandchildren. She looks forward to seeing her book, Shades of Light: A Mother & Daughter’s Journey with God, in print.

Helen Colella is a former teacher, mother of five and a freelance writer of stories and articles for adults and children as well as educational materials. She has been previously published in other Chicken Soup for the Soul books. Her new interest is in e-publishing and she offers her experience to those also interested in this area. Please reach her at [email protected]

Alice Collins, mother of five and grandmother of twelve, resides in Oak Lawn with her husband, John, of forty-four years. From love’s first kiss on a Schwinn bicycle to holding hands while saying grace around the family dinner table—family members now numbering twenty-four—family life and the gift of friendship have provided this writer and professional speaker with ever-growing material, laughter and love.

A retired English and journalism teacher, Marjorie Conder has always enjoyed reading and writing. Now she keeps busy with freelance writing and editing newsletters as well as enjoying her three grown children, eight grandchildren and eight plus great-grandchildren. She and her husband summer in northern Arizona and winter in Phoenix.

P. Audrey Conway retired after thirty-plus years of teaching and counseling high school students in central Pennsylvania. She enjoys her family activities, especially those of her two grandchildren, and is an avid reader and sports fan. You may contact her by e-mail at [email protected]

Shae Cooke, a Canadian inspirational writer, mother and former foster child, shares her heart and God’s message of hope internationally. Contact her at PO Box 78006, Port Coquitlam, BC, Canada V3B 7H5 or e-mail [email protected] or see

David Cooney’s cartoon and illustrations appear in numerous Chicken Soup for the Soul books as well as magazines including First for Women and Good Housekeeping. David is a work-from-home dad, cartoonist, illustrator and photographer. David and his wife Marcia live in the small Pennsylvania town of Mifflinburg with their two children, Sarah and Andrew. David’s Web site is He can be reached at [email protected]

Beth Dieselberg is a poet, writer, world traveler and lover of language. She received her bachelor of arts in Spanish and Portuguese from Indiana University. She is currently using her bilingual skills in the social service sector. Please e-mail her at [email protected]

Shari Dowdall is a wife and mother and works at a community college in Overland Park, Kansas. Shari’s faith journey has been strengthened by her life experiences. Shari does volunteer work and enjoys helping others, taking walks, cooking classes, yoga and traveling. Please e-mail her at [email protected]

Sue Dunigan has flourished as an inspirational speaker for over twenty years around the world. She loves living with her husband of over thirty years in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Her heart sings over her son, Nathaniel, who is founder and director of Aidchild in East Africa and her daughter, Hannah, who is working, studying and serving others in Phoenix, Arizona. E-mail her at [email protected]

Sally Friedman, a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, began writing essays three decades ago. She has contributed to the New York Times, Family Circle, Bride’s, Home and other national publications. She lives in New Jersey. E-mail her at [email protected]

Nancy B. Gibbs is an author, religion columnist and writer. She is a minister’s wife, a mother and a grandmother. She has been published in several Chicken Soup books. Nancy has contributed to numerous anthologies, magazines and devotional guides. Contact her at [email protected] and

Jill Goldstein writes about her personal experiences in the hopes of providing inspiration and insight. She likes to spend time with friends and family. Jill lives in Princeton, New Jersey, with her two children Hanna and Harris.

Janna L. Graber is a freelance journalist who has written for publications like Reader’s Digest, the Chicago Tribune, Redbook and Family Circle. She is currently a senior editor at Go World Travel magazine (, an international publication covering the world’s most fascinating people and places.

Bill Holton is a freelance writer living in Florida.

Virelle Kidder is a full-time conference speaker, author of four books and former radio talk show host. Her newest book, Donkeys Still Talk (Navpress, 2004), is about hearing God’s voice when you’re not even listening. Virelle and her husband, Steve, have four grown children and live in Albany, New York. Visit her at or

Karen R. Kilby resides in Kingwood, Texas, with her husband, David. As a certified personality trainer with CLASServices, Inc., Karen enjoys helping people understand themselves and others through her seminar presentations. Karen is also a speaker for Christianwomen’s clubswith StonecroftMinistries. Please reach her at [email protected]

Marlene L. King, M.A. is a writer, artist and mental health professional whose inspirational stories have appeared in the bestselling Chocolate for a Woman’s Soul series, Intuition Magazine and StressFree Living. She writes an interactive column, “Dream Times,” for Dream Network Journal and is currently marketing her second screenplay. E-mail her at [email protected]

Marylane Wade Koch is a freelance author and editor with She has several books and numerous articles to her credit, mostly in the health care field. Professional memberships include the National League of American Penwomen Inc. and American Christian Writers. She chairs her local Christian writers’ group in Byhalia, Mississippi.

Marian Lewis received her B.S. degree in nursing from the University of Oregon in 1942. She spent fifty years in nursing, with time out when her children were young. Her special pleasures are gardening, grand-parenting and writing. She writes stories, short essays and is developing a book based on her nursing experiences. Her e-mail is [email protected]

Barbara LoMonaco received her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Southern California and taught elementary school. After her sons were born, she “retired” from teaching and became a full-time stay-at-home mom. Barbara now works for Chicken Soup for the Soul as the assistant manager of acquisitions.

Patricia Lorenz is a full-time freelance writer and speaker who works out of her home in Oak Creek, Wisconsin. She’s one of the top contributors to the Chicken Soup books with stories in eighteen of them. She’s the author of five of her own books, including her three newest: Great American Outhouse Stories: The Hole Truth and Nothing Butt; Life’s Too Short to Fold Your Underwear and Grab the Extinguisher,My Birthday Cake’s on Fire. To contact Patricia for a speaking opportunity, e-mail [email protected]

Anne Merle is a freelance writer living in Evanston, Illinois. Her Health and Family features appear in Chicago area Pioneer Press newspapers; travel articles at; director’s column and theatrical commentary in trade papers ITVA News and Performink. Mother of two, she’s also a professional actress. Contact her at [email protected]

Roberta Messner, R.N., Ph.D., is a writer with over one thousand stories to her credit. Her work has appeared in a number of previous Chicken Soup editions.

Jane Milburn, a mother of three, lives with her husband on a small farm in central British Columbia. She loves farm life, gardening and spending time with her family and friends. She does day care and supports a person with mental handicaps in her home.

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 via fax (714) 633-6309.

Jenna Marie Mitchell is a freshman in college. She loves spending time with her family and friends. Music is her passion. Her life’s goal is to serve God, her creator.

Since retiring as a reading specialist from the Pittsburgh schools, Polly Moran is a published writer. She’s sold over fifty stories and articles. Currently, Polly has an editor waiting to read her romance novel. She enjoys traveling, theater, both on and off stage, and spending time with her six grandchildren.

Wendi R. Morris lives with her husband, Herb, in Boca Raton, Florida. She divides her time between designing handcrafted art cards and picture frames and enjoying precious time with her three grandchildren. She is currently authoring various children’s books and novels. Please e-mail her at [email protected]

Marguerite Murer is an educator, a professional speaker and an aspiring author. Drawing on her unique experiences from teaching high school, working for the Texas Rangers Baseball Club and serving in the White House, she finds inspiration in all Americans. You may reach Marguerite at [email protected]

Jennifer Nicholson is a Canadian wife and mother of two with a B.S. degree in biochemistry from the University of Ottawa. Jenn enjoys spending time with her family and friends, scrapbooking, travel and is a perpetual student of life. An up-and-coming writer, she is especially interested in promoting children’s literacy.

Mary Treacy O’Keefe, M.A., is cofounder and spiritual director at Well Within, a Minnesota wellness resource center that supports people in health crises.

Mary loves to speak about soul friendships, like the one between Agnes Krenik and CeCe Cashin. Watch for her new book, Thin Places. Contact Mary at [email protected]

Vivia M. Peterson is a registered nurse who has been in the nursing profession for twenty-nine years. Currently, she is a quality improvement and compliance manager in Northern California. Vivia enjoys antiquing, swimming, traveling, volunteering in her church, and spending time with her husband, family and friends. Her grandchildren are the joy of her life.

Carol McAdoo Rehme, one of Chicken Soup’s most prolific contributors, believes that girlfriends pick you up, prop you up and lift you up. Carol directs a nonprofit, Vintage Voices, Inc., which brings interactive programming to the vulnerable elderly. Contact her at [email protected]; or see

Carol J. Rhodes’s work, poetry, short stories, essays and nonfiction have been widely published since she began writing in 1992. She teaches business communication workshops for the University of Houston (her alma mater) and a creative writing class for The Women’s Institute. Her first book, Where Have They Gone?, is scheduled for publication in 2004.

A writer and educator, Deborah Ritz received her bachelor of arts from Dickinson College and master of teaching from the University of Richmond.

She is employed at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and facilitates creative writing and art workshops for children and adults. Deborah can be reached at [email protected]

Harriet May Savitz has had twenty-two books published and an ABC Afterschool Special produced by Henry Winkler. Her recent book of essays, Dear Daughter and Sons, is a tribute to the military. Other works can be seen on her Web site at She can be reached by e-mail at [email protected]

Jodi L. Severson earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Pittsburgh. She resides in Wisconsin with her husband and three children. Her stories have appeared in other Chicken Soup books including Sister’s Soul, Working Woman’s Soul and Chicken Soup Celebrates Sisters. Several biographies she has written have been published in US Legacies magazine, and she is currently seeking a publisher for a children’s book she’s written. Reach her at [email protected]

Kathy Shaskan is an artist and writer living in New Jersey.

Beth Sherrow grew up in Lexington, Kentucky, and lived in Versailles, Kentucky, for twenty years. Beth is married and has three sons ages twenty-three, eighteen and twelve. Beth is the office manager for T’Bred horse farm in Ocala, Florida.

Bohne Goldfarb Silber was born and raised in Memphis, Tennessee, and lives in Maryland with her husband and four children. She holds a Ph.D. in psychology and owns a social science research company. Please e-mail her at [email protected]

Wendy Simmerman has a B.A. and M.A. in theater from Brigham Young University. Her theatrical work has been performed in various venues worldwide. She enjoys teaching and freelance writing, although her primary passion is being a mom to her beautiful children. If her story has touched you, please e-mail her at [email protected]

Lizanne Southgate is a writer, award-winning photographer and mother. Like Whitman, she believes that “much unseen is also here.” E-mail her at [email protected]

Jennifer Stevens works full time in marketing and sales for a multicultural children’s book publisher called Lee & Low Books and part time as a reporter for a weekly newspaper called the Times Newsweekly. She lives in Queens, New York. She can be reached by e-mail at [email protected]

Monika Szamko received a business degree from Northeastern University, and an M.B.A. from MIT. She lives in San Francisco and works for an international nonprofit focused on alleviating poverty in Africa. Monika enjoys traveling, skiing and painting. She is working on two adventure novels. Please e-mail her at: [email protected]

Andrew Toos has provided editorially on-target cartoons for print and electronic media since 1984. He has established a national and international reputation through his off-beat lifestyle cartoons for clients such as: Reader’s Digest, Saturday Evening Post, Gallery, Stern, Accountancy, Baseball Digest, CEO, The Washington Post, Barron’s, Bayer Corp, Good Housekeeping, Cosmopolitan and many other titles and media outlets. In addition to his lifestyle cartoons, he also creates work on employment, medical/healthcare, computer, business, travel, hobby, mature adult, teen, children’s and entertainment themes. He provides the widest range of stock cartoons available through his Web site at:

A writer and speaker, PeggySue Wells coauthored books including What to Do When You Don’t Know What to Say and What to Do When You Don’t Want to Go to Church. Author of the Gaither Pond Unit Studies, PeggySue homeschools and travels with her seven musical children, The WELLSpring Fiddlers.

Janet Hall Wigler started writing for a newspaper owned and operated by her mother, Angela Hall, in Bella Coola, British Columbia. She has since gone on to write plays, short stories and has just completed her second novel. Janet lives in California with her husband, Greg.

Phyllis W. Zeno is the founding editor of AAA Going Places and just retired after twenty-nine years as creative director of AAA Auto Club South. She and her daughter, Linda W. Aber, are the coauthors of Look, Find & Learn: US History and Look, Find & Learn: World History. She was a contributor to Chicken Soup for the Mother & Daughter Soul, and is an active travel and freelance writer. You may contact her at [email protected]

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