From A Second Chicken Soup for the Woman's Soul


Susan Adair is a social worker for the Texas Department of Human Services. She lives in Lufkin, Texas, with her husband, John and their two daughters.

Denaé Adams lives in Bethel, Ohio. She is a graduate of Morehead State University in Kentucky and did her student teaching in England, working with students with severe emotional, behavioral and learning disorders. During her stay, she had the opportunity to travel to France, Belgium, Scotland and Holland. She is now a teacher for students with severe emotional and behavioral disorders in Ripley, Ohio.

Charlotte Adelsperger is an inspirational freelance writer and speaker. She is the author of two books, and has written for over seventy publications. She enjoys speaking onways to encourage others. She is thankful for her husband, Bob and grown children, Karen Hayse and John Adelsperger—creative “cheerleaders” in her life. Charlotte can be reached at 11629 Riley, Overland Park, KS 66210, or by calling 913-345-1678.

Carol Allen is a professional Vedic astrologer living in the beautiful wilderness of northern New Mexico with her husband, Bill, and her tabby cat, Buddha. She also has a story in Hot Chocolate for the Mystical Soul and is writing a comedic book about animals. You can reach her by calling 505-737-2398.

Shirley Allison is an avid antique collector who runs an antique shop with her husband Dan. She is the mother of two and the grandmother of six who most values the close knit relationship she enjoys with her family. She urges people to contact the National Kidney Foundation at 1-800-622-9010 to find outmore about the life-saving benefits of organ donation. Shirley asks, “Please don’t put it off, do it today!”

Helen Troisi Arney and her husband Paul, transplanted Pennsylvanians, spent their married life of forty-three-plus years in Peoria, Illinois, rearing three sons and three daughters.Helen earned B.A. andM.A. degrees at Bradley University and taught high school English for nineteen years. She has been published in newspapers and magazines, including Chicago Tribune magazine and Reader’s Digest, and writes a column, “Widowed Walk” for the Peoria Times Observer. She can be reached at 8660 N. Picture Ridge Rd., Peoria, IL 61615.

Marsha Arons is a writer and lecturer in Skokie, Illinois. She is thrilled to be associated with the Chicken Soup series, and her stories appear in Woman’s Soul and Mother’s Soul. She also contributes to national magazines such as Good Housekeeping, Reader’s Digest and Redbook. She has authored a book for young adults and is currently at work on a collection of short stories dealing with mother-daughter relationships. You can contact her via e-mail for speaking or other assignments at [email protected]

Shinan Barclay is an award-winning author, poet and storyteller. She publishes Humbug Mountain News, a Fairy Godmother’s Journal of Miracles, Magic and Spiritual Midwifery. She is the coauthor of The Sedona Vortex Experience and Flowering Woman Moontime for Kory, the story of a girl’s rite of passage into womanhood. She works as a midwife in Palliative Care “singing people over.” You may contact her at [email protected] or at

Shirley Barksdale has been freelancewriting since she lost her son in 1972. She wrote for Frontier Airlines for fourteen years and has written for several other publications including Virtue magazine, Guideposts, Reader’s Digest and McCall’s. She resides in Colorado with her husband, Ralph, who is a retired commercial airline pilot for United Airlines. Shirley may be reached at 11 Canongate Lane, Highlands Ranch, CO 80126.

Beverly Beckham is an award-winning columnist and editorial writer for The Boston Herald. She is the author of A Gift of Time, a collection of personal essays. An at-home mother who embarked upon a writing career at age thirty, she routinely ponders the universal experiences that connect family and friends. You can reach her at P.O. Box 216, Canton, MA 02021, or by e-mailing her at [email protected]

Randy Bisson is a professional cartoonist who has been selling cartoons to magazines and books since 1973. He has sold to hundreds of different magazines including Better Homes & Gardens, Good Housekeeping, Saturday Evening Post, Woman’s World and First for Women.

Sally A. Breslin is a newspaper correspondent and photographer for Neighborhood Publications Inc. in Bedford, New Hampshire. Since 1994, she also has been writing a weekly humor column, “My Life,” for which she was named the 1995 Columnist of the Year by the New Hampshire Press Association. Her column also can be seen weekly on She has had articles published in The Writer, Datebook and NH Home magazines. In her free time, Breslin enjoys analyzing people’s dreams, which she does on-air monthly at WJYY Radio in Concord, New Hampshire. You can reach her at P.O. Box 585, Suncook, NH 03275-0585.

Gina Bridgeman is a regular contributor to the devotional book Daily Guideposts and writes for Guideposts magazine. She is also a consulting editor to the Fellowship of Merry Christians’ Joyful Noiseletter. Gina lives in Scottsdale, Arizona, with her husband and two children.

Jean Brody is a national magazine columnist, Kentucky newspaper columnist, and public motivational speaker. She has published over thirty short stories, articles and poems nationally and is the author of the book, BrailleMe: A Beyond Seeing Experience. She lives on a Kentucky farm with her husband Gene, one dog, two cats, one goat and horses. She can be reached at 606-745-4779.

Marty Bucella has had over 10,000 cartoons published in more than 400 magazines both here and abroad. His work can regularly be seen in Better Homes &Gardens, Woman’s World, The National Enquirer, etc. The artist’s work can be seen on greeting cards, T-shirts, calendars, textbooks and in newspapers through syndication. Marty can be reached at [email protected].

Isabel Bearman Bucher, a recently retired fifth grade teacher and first generation Italian American, was born in Branford, Connecticut in 1937. Raised in small town U.S.A., she was peppered with the richness of her family including strong female figures. At twenty-seven, in 1965, she married LeRoy Bearman, an Albuquerque sports journalist and had two daughters, Erica and Shauna, melding her background to LeRoy’s Jewish one. His untimely death at forty-two, of cardiovascular disease set her on a new course of rebuilding. Happily remarried nowfor almost twenty years to Robert, a retired banker, she and her now-grown daughters continue the tradition of The Melding.

Cindy Jevne Buck is a professional writer and writing instructor who is currently collecting heartwarming stories for a book about gardening. She is still good friends with the star of her story, Michael MacCallum, who lives in Ashby,Massachusetts. You can reach Cindy at 51 N. Cromwell St., Fairfield, IA 52556, or by fax or phone at 515-472-6022.

Martha Campbell is a graduate of Washington University School of Fine Arts, and a former writer-designer for Hallmark Cards. Since she became a freelancer in 1973, she has had over 20,000 cartoons published and has illustrated nineteen books. You can write her at P.O. Box 2538, Harrison, AR 72602 or call 870-741-5323.

Dave Carpenter has been a full-time cartoonist and humorous illustrator since 1981. His cartoons have appeared in Barrons, The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Better Homes & Gardens, Good Housekeeping, Woman’s World, First, The Saturday Evening Post and numerous other publications. Dave can be reached at P.O. Box 520, Emmetsburg, IA 50536, or by calling 712-852-3725.

Sharon M. Chamberlain is an artist, writer, mother and grandmother. “Color MyWorld” is a snippet from her autobiography which she began writing after becoming disabled. Sharon also enjoys incorporating her poetry and prose into her original watercolors. She can be contacted at 4315 N. University, Peoria, IL 61614, or by calling 309-686-1568.

Dan Clark is the international ambassador of the “Art of Being Alive.” He has spoken to over 2 million people in all fifty states, Canada, Europe, Asia and Russia. Dan is an actor, songwriter, recording artist, video producer and award-winning athlete. He is the well-known author of six books, including Getting High—How to Really Do It, One Minute Messages, Puppies for Sale, and The Art of Being Alive. He can be reached at P.O. Box 8689, Salt Lake City, UT 84108 or call 801-485-5755.

Teresa Collins lives in Chelsea, Oklahoma, with her husband and three sons. She is the author of her low-fat cookbook, Low Fat & Happy. In it, you will find over two hundred easy-to-follow recipes along with her secrets to getting motivated. Remember, you are worth not giving up on. You can reach her at Aspire Publications, P.O. Box 392, Chelsea,OK 74016, or by calling 918-789-2765.

Robert A. Concolino has specialized in family law for twenty-five years. He advocates alternatives to adversarial win-lose tactics of judging and blaming to create freedom and power of responsible choices. For information about his workshops and consultations, write to 17602 17th Street, #102-113, Tustin, CA 92780, or call 888-TRUEWIN.

George Crenshaw is an old pro with a long track record of success. He is an ex-Walt Disney animator, a magazine cartoonist with top sales to top slicks for three decades, the creator of NUBBIN by King Features, creator of GUMDROP by United Features, creator of the MUFFINS by Columbia Features, creator of BELVEDERE by Post Dispatch Features and the President of Post Dispatch Features, Masters Agency, Inc.

Barbara Davey is the director of marketing and public relations at Christ Hospital in Jersey City, New Jersey. She received bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Seton Hall University. A project dear to her heart is “The Look Good, Feel Better” program, which helps women undergoing chemotherapy and radiation for cancer cope with the unpleasant cosmetic side effects of their treatments by providingwigs andmake-overs. She and her husband, Reinhold Becker, live in Verona, New Jersey. You can reach her by calling 973-239-6568.

Mary J.Davis beganwritingwhen the “empty nest” syndrome hit home.Mary specializes in Christian education,writing, inspirationalwriting and children’s fiction with over 200 articles in print. Her twenty books have been published by Rainbow Legacy and Shining Star. She speaks at Christian Education seminars, ladies’ groups and children’s rallies. She also presents writing workshops for children. Mary and husband, Larry, have three grown children. You can reach her at P.O. Box 27, Montrose, IA 52639.

DrueDuke is a freelancewriter, experienced in radio, stage andmagazinewrit-ing. Her emphasis is on Christian and inspirational subjects. Her book, Alabama Tales: Anecdotes, Legends and Other Stories, can be ordered from Vision Press, P.O. Box 1106, Northport, AL 35476. She may be contacted at 256-381-0829.

Ron C. Eggertsen grew up in Southern California and was educated at Brigham Young University and the University of Southern California. He has been a Naval officer, advertising executive, television writer, radio announcer, communications consultant, documentary film producer and is working on becoming a “whole human being.” He lives in Orem, Utah, and can be reached at 801-224-2257, or [email protected].

Lin Faubel has three sons, one daughter, two grandsons and three ex-husbands. To balance her chaotic personal life, she has started a business organizing homes for sale. Her mind and body reside in Illinois, while her heart and soul live in a lighthouse in New England. Lin may be reached at 111 S. Lawndale, Washington, IL 61571, or call 309-444-8253.

Arnold Fine has been the senior editor of THE JEWISH PRESS, the largest Anglo Jewish Newspaper in the world, for forty-eight years. At the same time he was coordinator of special education at Samuel J. Tilden High School in Brooklyn, caring for handicapped and brain injured children. Since retiring from the school system Mr. Fine has become an adjunct professor in the behavioral science department at Kingsborough College. He has been honored by the National Committee for the Furtherance of Jewish Education and the Jewish Teachers Association of New York State. He was nominated twice as the “Teacher of The Year” in New York State. He is married, has three sons and six grandchildren.

Lisa Marie Finley is a first-grade teacher and wife and mother of two young sons. She keeps very busy. But frequently a poem or short story will come to mind, is finished in moments, and is gone just as quickly if not written down. In these moments, there is yet another, special kind of “full”fillment. You can reach her at P.O. Box 536, Stanwood, WA 98292.

Barbara Jeanne Fisher resides in Fremont, Ohio. Ms. Fisher is a prolific writer and has published numerous articles in magazines throughout the United States and Canada. Although fictional, in her first novel, Stolen Moments, to be released in October, 1998, many of the emotions portrayed by the characters come from her experience in dealing with lupus in her own life. Her goal in writing the book was to use the feelings of her heart to touch the hearts of others.

George M. Flynn is a freelance writer and seventh-grade English teacher at Frankford Township School in Branchville, New Jersey. He resides with his wife, Carole, and their three children, Jeannie, Katie and Jimmy at 23 Kemah-Mecca Lake Road, Newton, NJ 07860. You can reach him by calling 973-948-4995. “Veronica’s Babies” first appeared in the fall 1997 issue of Vermont Ink.

Toni Fulco has authored over 150 articles, stories and poems in national magazines and anthologies. She raises cockatiels at home and is known locally as “the bird lady” for her affectionate, talkative, hand-fed baby birds. You can reach her at 89 Penn Estates, E. Stroudsburg, PA 18301.

Deb Plouse Fulton is in her twenty-second year of teaching elementary-aged learning disabled children. She resides with husband, Steve, and her three children: Jori (seventeen), Jena (sixteen) and Jacob (nine). You can reach her at 16 Hillcrest Drive, Middletown, PA 17057.

Mechi Garza, a Choctaw-Cherokee Elder, is active with various intertribal groups, serves on the Elder’s Council and is the Spiritual Counselor for Native Americans at a Federal Prison. Her twenty grandchildren represent five different races. She has written eleven books and is a member of the International Women’s Writers Guild. A television documentary of her life is to be released soon.

Pamela George is a professor of educational psychology at North Carolina Central University. She researches and writes about how children think and learn across cultures. She lives with her husband and daughter in Durham, North Carolina.

Frankie Germany has a master’s degree in elementary education and has taught for twenty-seven years. Her writing has come about late in life but she plans to continue for as long as she lives. She looks forward to the time when she can write full time. Frankie and her husband have a blended family of six children and two beautiful grandchildren.

Evelyn M. Gibb, after raising three children, now lives with her husband in the foothills of Washington’s Cascade Mountains. Her great joys come from the natural beauty around her and sharing her short stories, articles and poems with readers of many national magazines. She recently completed a book-length, true chronicle of an early bicycle adventure in 1909, Two Bikes and a Billiken.

Jean Jeffrey Gietzen is a poet and essayist whose family pieces have appeared in McCall’s, Reader’s Digest, Writer’s Digest and Catholic Digest and many small press magazines. Of her writings, Jean says, “Writing about family, its ups and its downs, is a way to help others see they are not alone in resolving issues that arise in any loving family. It’s a way to touch hearts and perhaps do some healing along the way.” Jean is a former Midwesterner who now writes from her retirement nest in Tucson, Arizona where she occasionally teaches writing classes. Mother of three, grandmother of four, she is also the author of A People Set Apart and Questions and Answers for Catechists. Her work has also been featured in Multnomah’s Stories from the Heart line. Jean can be reached at 520-296-1550.

Randy Glasbergen is the creator of the cartoon The Better Half which is syndicated to 150 newspapers by King Features Syndicate. More than 20,000 of Randy’s cartoons have been published in magazines, books and greeting cards around the world. Look for Randy’s daily cartoons online at

Barbara E. C. Goodrich, originally from Valparaiso, Indiana, is a freelance writer currently living in the beautiful rainforests of Australia. Her experience in the personal development industry has given her unique insights in teaching life-story writing workshops. She can be reached at: P.O. Box 84, Tyalgum, NSW, 2484, Australia.

Patrick Hardin is a cartoonist and illustrator whose work has appeared in a variety of books and periodicals around the world. He currently enjoys the urban grit of his home town Flint,Michigan. Youmay reach himat 134 Commonwealth Ave., Flint,MI 48503, by calling 810-234-7452 or faxing 810-233-7531.

Jonny Hawkins is a nationally known cartoonist whose work has appeared in The Saturday Evening Post, National Enquirer, Barron’s and over 175 other publications. His syndicated comic feature Hi and Jinx runs in many U.S. newspapers.

Donna Kay Heath is the mother of one daughter and is a Christian writer and speaker. She recently published a book of poetry and has spoken to various women’s groups. “My desire is to encourage those who are hurting from life’s struggles. I’m proof we can get through them and become stronger because of them.” For speaking or purchase of her book, From the Heart, she can be reached at 910-259-2243 or at Bridge BuildersMinistry, P.O. Box 1146, Burgaw,NC 28425.

Jacqueline M. Hickey is a freelance writer living in Rockport, Massachusetts, with her husband and three children. Currently working on her first novel, Jacqueline is continually inspired by the pristine beauty of Rockport. She can be reached at 61/2 R. Parker Street, Rockport, MA 01966, or by e-mail at [email protected]

Caroline Castle Hicks is a former high school English and humanities teacher who is now a stay-at-home mother, freelance writer and poet. She lives in Huntersville, North Carolina, where she derives great inspiration from her family and from the abundant natural beauty of her native state. Her e-mail address is [email protected]

Veronica Hilton is a mother (of eight-year-old Kristina), writer, wife and student. After traveling the states and Europe with her now-retired Air Force husband, Richard, the thirty-year-old, Southern-influenced poet (Tennessee born and a Florida transplant) returned to academics, currently attending Florida Atlantic University. Veronica devotes her time to Girl Scout leadership and academic honor societies. You can reach her at 940 39th Court, West Palm Beach, FL 33407, or by calling 561-465-0838.

Geery Howe, president of Morning Star Associates, is a consultant, speaker and trainer in leadership, management and strategic development. He is the author of Listen to the Heart: The Transformational Pathway to Health and Wellness and can be reached at Morning Star Associates, P.O. Box 869, West Branch, IA 52358, or by calling 319-643-2257.

Steven James is a dynamic speaker, writer and educator who travels the country inspiring listeners with his animated messages and engaging true stories. His articles regularly appear in leading Christian magazines and share the relevance of God’s love for people of today. To book Steven for your next retreat, conference or seminar, write to him at P.O. Box 141, Johnson City, TN 37605, email him at [email protected], or call him at 800-527-8679.

Kitsy Jones is first and foremost awife andmotherwho loves spending timewith her family. Her children are now seven and eleven and she and Lee have been married for fifteen years. She is a registered nurse who works at Cook Children’s Medical Center in Fort Worth, specializing in bone marrow transplantation. She feels blessed to have witnessed this special Christmas miracle. She can be reached at P.O. Box 15201, Arlington, TX 76015 or e-mail at [email protected] net.

Bil Keane draws the internationally syndicated cartoon The Family Circus which appears in more than 1,500 newspapers. Created in 1960, it is based on Keane’s own family: his wife, Thel and their five children. Now nine grandchildren provide most of the inspirations.

Harrison Kelly lives in Memphis, Tennessee with his wife of sixteen years and their two children, Brad and Kristina. Currently, he is seeking agent representation for his first novel and is working on a suspense thriller. He can be reached via e-mail at [email protected]. “Not-So-White . . .” is his first published story.

SueMonk Kidd is the bestselling author of six books of spirituality, including When the HeartWaits and her highly acclaimed spiritual memoir The Dance of the Dissident Daughter (Harper San Francisco). A lecturer and teacher, she has published hundreds of essays and articles in publications such as Reader’s Digest, Weavings, Guideposts and The Atlanta Journal Constitution. Her fiction has been published in literary journals and received numerous awards, including a Katherine Anne Porter Award and citations from Best American Short Stories.

Marilyn King is a two-time Olympian (1972/1976) in the grueling five-event pentathlon. An automobile accident rendered her unable to train physically for her third Olympic Team. Using only mental rehearsal, she placed second at the trials for the Moscow Games. Marilyn is now an internationally acclaimed business consultant, inspirational speaker and trainer who assists participants in discovering how profoundly their thinking affects their health, their performance and their future. You may contact her at 484-149 Lake Park Ave., Oakland, CA 94610, or by calling 510-568-7417, or by e-mailing her at [email protected]

Lynne Kinghorn resides with her husband in Denver, where she is a licensed clinical psychologist in private practice. A nationally-published freelancer, she writes extensively on mothers’ self-esteem issues. She also developed and presents the business seminar, “How to Tame an Angry Customer,” and is working on her first novel. You can reach her at 1777 S. Bellaire Street, Suite 300, Denver, CO 80222, or by calling 303-757-5907.

Norma R. Larson was associate editor of a greeting card company who put her career on hold to actively participate in the pastoral ministry of her husband, Arthur, in churches in Connecticut and Illinois. After their three children left the nest to become a doctor, an educator and an attorney, she resumed writing and has published Hospital Patience (Revell), a balm for inner healing through generous doses of hope and humor. Recently widowed, she resides in Morton, Illinois.

Steven J. Lesko Jr. is a retired professor of civil technology from Monroe Community College in Rochester, New York, where he taught for thirty years and practiced civil engineering for sixteen years. He was married to a wonderful lady, who gave him great happiness, for over fifty years. They were blessed with three children, nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Their strong Catholic faith has always been the center of their lives. You can reach him at 86 Highledge Drive, Penfield, NY 14526, or by calling 716-248-0496.

Helen Luecke is an inspirational writer of short stories, articles and devotionals. She helped organize Inspirational Writers Alive! (Amarillo chapter). You can reach her at 2921 S. Dallas, Amarillo, TX 79103, or by calling 806-376-9671.

Louisa Godissart McQuillen writes from her home in Chester Hill, a small town in Pennsylvania at the demarcation line between Clearfield and Centre County. Louisa has been writing since childhood and is published nationally and internationally. Contact her for future chapbooks at 525 Decatur St., Philipsburg, PA 16866, or e-mail her at [email protected]

Margaret McSherry was born in County Durham England. Her mother died when she was one year old. She was raised in Ireland from age three to fifteen. At fifteen her father sent her a ticket to join him in America. She married an American on December 7, 1941, Pearl Harbor Day. She worked for her living from her arrival in this country until she was forced to retire, by medical disabilities, at age sixty-one. She was seventy-seven years of age when the events in this story took place. Her two daughters, two sons-in law, six grandchildren and five great grandchildren are all very proud of her.

Joyce Meier’s poems and short stories have been published in numerous literary magazines, including Descant, Amelia and Riversedge. One of her stories is included in the collection called Common Bonds, published by the SMU Press. For seven years she edited Sands, a literary magazine. She is currently working on her second novel.

Cynthia Mercati is a playwright and has twenty-two scripts published. She says, “As a professional actress, I currently perform with a children’s theater company, often appearing in my own shows. As an essayist, I often write about my family and baseball. And as a ChicagoWhite Sox fan, I’ve learned to live on faith, and hang my hat on hope.” She can be reached at P.O. Box 208, Waukee, IA, 50263, or by calling 515-987-2587.

Roberta Messner, R.N., Ph.D., is the author of several books and approximately 1,000 articles and short stories which have appeared in over 100 different publications. She writes and speaks on a wide variety of inspirational, health care and home decorating topics. She can be reached at 6283 Aracoma Rd., Huntington, WV 25705, or by calling 304-733-5466.

Wendy Miles is a third generation Floridian. Her great grandfather came to Florida from Chicago in 1880 and she grew up on the Gulf Coast of Florida when the land was still covered with orange groves and pine woods. Wendy has lived in Europe, worked for the B.B.C., taught transcendental meditation, earned a Ph.D. in English literature and has been a college professor. Wendy and her daughter and their cat,Oreo, lovemovies andmusic. She is nowa full-time writer and editor. You can reach her at [email protected] or at 515-472-7050.

Jill Williford Mitchell grew up in Arlington, Texas. She holds degrees in English and law, and studied at the University of Paris, Sorbonne. Her publications include legal articles, a short story and two poems. She can be reached at 3811 LakeRidge Rd., Arlington, TX 76016, by calling 505-763-7720, or by email at [email protected].net.

Sarah Ann ReevesMoody was born inWaynesville, North Carolina. Daughter of William and Nora Jean Reeves, she is the youngest of four children. She is married to David Ray Moody and has four children and four grandchildren. She resides in Hampton, Virginia.

Carla Muir is a freelance writer. Her stories and poetry have been published in More Stories for the Heart, Do Not Lose Heart, A Joy I’d Never Known, Glimpses of Heaven, The Worth of a Man and other publications. Carla may be contacted through Yates & Yates, L.L.P., at 714-285-9540.

ChrisMullins is president and founder of ABOVE & BEYOND, a communications and consulting firm which delivers no nonsense, high energy, interactive seminars, workshops and keynotes that deal with topics such as leadership, team building, customer service, sales, telemarketing and personal/ professional growth. Mullins’ has over fifteen years of experience in both reorganizing and creating successful sales and customer service departments. Call 603-924-1640, visit his Web site at,e-mail him [email protected], or write to 6 Cheney Ave., Suite A, Peterborough, NH 03458.

Gerry Niskern is a Phoenix-based freelance writer whose stories evoke nostalgic memories. Her articles appear in the Phoenix Newspapers. Gerry is currently working on a memoir entitled, Don’t Throw the Bread! She enjoys success as a professional artist.Her prints are distributedworldwide.Originalsmay be seen on She can be reached at 602-943-3530, faxed at 602-870-0770, or e-mailed at [email protected].

Diane Novinski is a widow who is dedicated to raising two happy, healthy children after experiencing the terror, sadness and pain of losing a husband to cancer. “Never, Never Give Up” is a true story written as a tribute to her husband, Ben. She lives in Old Saybrook, Connecticut.

Jerry Perkins is farm editor of The Des Moines Register, a position he has held since June, 1993. He was a reporter at the Register from 1978 to 1988 and was an agribusiness writer from 1982 to 1988. He was public affairs director of the Iowa Corn Growers Association-Iowa Corn Promotion Board from 1988 to 1993, and managed the Russian-American Agribusiness Center in Stavropal, Russia fromMay to December, 1992 while on a leave of absence from the Corn Growers. He is a native of Des Moines, Iowa, graduated from George Washington University in 1970 and spent two years in the Peace Corps from 1970 to 1972, serving in Panama and Nicaragua. He and his wife, Peggy, have three sons and live in Des Moines.

Teresa Pitman is a writer specializing in parenting and children’s issues. She is a coauthor of several books, including Best Evidence, a book about pregnancy and childbirth and Steps and Stages, a series of four books that are collections of magazine articles about children at different ages. All are published by HarperCollins. Teresa can be reached at 905-847-3206, 2526 Woburn Cresc., Oakville, Ontario, Canada L6L 5E9.

Elaine Pondant is a partner of Pondant Projects, a freelance writing business established with her sister over twelve years ago. Often tapping into their own experiences, their projects include novels, novelettes, educational books, how-to booklets and articles for the print media. You may reach Elaine at 3717 Standrige, Carrollton, TX 75007, or by calling 972-492-7637.

Carol A. Price-Lopata has been a speaker for fifteen years throughout the United States, Europe and Australia. She specializes in self-esteem building and Becoming the Hero You Have Always Been. She sells thousands of her tape, 21 Days to Self-Discovery, and is available to speak to organizations and associations. She can be reached at P.O. Box 8731,Madeira Beach, FL 33738, by calling 813-397-9111, or by faxing 813-397-3661.

Carol McAdoo Rehme is an energetic mother of four and a freelance writer. She also channels her pursuits—reading, researching, writing and speaking— into a business passion: the tell-tale art of storytelling. She can be reached at 2503 Logan Drive, Loveland, CO 80538, or by calling 970-669-5791.

Betty Reid resides in Ellicott City, Maryland with her husband and son. Besides writing poetry, she enjoys reading, collecting antiques and traveling with family. Her family and friends are often the inspiration behind her poetry. Betty would welcome your call at 410-461-6951.

Dan Rosandich draws for publications nationwide including magazines, book publishers and newsletters, and will tackle any assignments. His work has appeared in Saturday Evening Post and National Review. Rosandich can be reached anytime, voice or fax, at 906-482-6234.

Gail Rosenblum is a writer, editor and mother of three who specializes in the fields of health and families. You can find more of Rosenblum’s writing at, a Web site that helps people find support when dealing with family, health and emotional issues, including grief, divorce, cancer, aging and dozens of other topics. E-mail her at: [email protected].

Daniel Schantz is an education professor at Central Christian College in Moberly,Missouri. He is the author of You Can Teach with Success fromStandard Publishing Co., and he is a frequent contributor to Guideposts Magazine and The Lookout. He and his wife, Sharon, are the parents of two journalist daughters, Teresa Williams and Natalie Cleeton.

Shelley Peterman Schwarz, an award-winning writer and professional motivational speaker, has had multiple sclerosis since 1979. Her books include, Blooming Where You’re Planted: Stories from the Heart, and three Making Life Easier books: 250 Tips for Arthritis, Dressing Tips and Clothing Resources, and The Best 25 Catalog Resources. You can reach Shelley at 933 Chapel Hill Road, Madison, WI 53711, e-mail her at [email protected], or visit her Web site at

Vahan Shirvanian went from Air Force gunnery instructor (World War II) to Saturday Evening Post cartoonist in 1946. He quickly became one of the world’s bestselling cartoonists and three times has been voted Best Cartoonist of the Year. He can be reached at 44 Hanover Rd., Mountain Lakes, NJ 07046, or by calling 973-334-8998.

Joanna Slan is the Business Storyteller, known for her inspirational stories in print and on the platform. In addition to speaking full time and teaching salespeople, CEOs, teachers and presenters to tell stories, Joanna is the author of Using Stories and Humor: Grab Your Audience and I’m Too Blessed to Be Depressed. For more information or to book her for your next meeting, call toll-free 888-BLESSED (253-7733).

Winona Smith is a wife, mother and church secretary who loves to write. She has contributed to Devotions for Kids, God’s Abundance: 365 Days to a Simpler Life, Shining Star Magazine and Keys for Kids, to mention a few. You may contact her at 9060 Roundtree Dr., Baton Rouge, LA 70818.

Lizanne Southgate and her five children live in Oregon. She is the author of MotherMusing: Essays andMental Flossings and The Unlikely Princess (a children’s book on finding one’s own path). Both are available by writing to P.O. Box 878, Brownsville, OR 97327, or by e-mailing her at [email protected]

Carolyn S. Steele lives in Salt Lake City, Utah, with her husband and four children. Her writing and photography have appeared in various newspapers and magazines, including Outdoor Photographer, The Family Handyman and Old House Interiors. She also writes historic novels, children’s books and technicalmanuals. When not writing, she enjoys photographing weddings, historic architecture and nature. You may write to her at 9158 Winter Wren Dr., Sandy, UT 84093.

Aline Stomfay-Stitz is an associate professor of education at the University of North Florida, Jacksonville, and a graduate of Barnard College, Case Western Reserve and Northern Illinois University. She is a recognized researcher and author on the topics of peace education, conflict resolution and violence prevention, with a mission to bring about more peaceful classrooms and schools. She can be contacted online at [email protected]

Mother Teresa, who died in 1997, became known to the world for her selfless workwith the “poorest of the poor” in Calcutta, India.With centers around the world, her Missionaries of Charity continue to help the dying and destitute. To order No Greater Love, call New World Library at 800-972-6657 extension 52.

LeAnn Thieman is an author and nationally acclaimed speaker. A member of the National Speakers Association, LeAnn inspires audiences to truly live their priorities and balance their lives physically, mentally and spiritually while making a difference in the world. She coauthored This Must Be My Brother, a book recounting her role in the daring rescue of 300 babies during the Vietnam Orphan airlift. To inquire about her books, tapes and presentations, contact her at 112 North College, Fort Collins, CO 80524, by calling toll-free 877-THIEMAN, or by e-mail at

Andrew Toos has contributed cartoons to Good Housekeeping, Saturday Evening Post, TheWashington Post, TV Guide, Omni,McCall’s, Readers’ Digest and other periodicals. Andrew created the feature strip Bonnie & Hyde and Loon Mountain which are published in Journal America, Northwest Comic News, Funny Times and other periodicals. He hasmoved into the area of interactive television through his work with the cable station, GTE Mainstreet. His work has also been licensed by the T/Maker Company, one of the largest software clip art companies in the world. To find Andrew’s cartoons log on AOL and go to Keyword: Howdy. He can be reached at 860-350-3718 or by fax at 860-355-5137 or by e-mail at [email protected]

Colleen Trefz has found that her life’s richest blessing has been watching her daughters Amber-Lea, Carli, Chelsea, and son, Elisha grow deep and not just tall. She lives in the Northwest with her husband, Delwyne, her children, a horse, a llama, calves, a pig, four dogs, two cats and a bird. She finds much enjoyment in working in the middle school as a community resource director. She believes that virtues are God’s gift to us all and how we develop themand acknowledge them in others is our gift to God. Virtuous Reality is her homegrown program created to enrich peoples’ lives by focusing on the most important aspect—who we are not what we do! She is available for inspirational and motivational speaking and character education through creativity. You may reach her at 509-766-7291.

Carole Garbuny Vogel of Lexington, Massachusetts, is a writer and lecturer who specializes in inspirational stories for adults and nonfiction for kids. Known as the “Queen of Natural Disaster,” she has authored fifteen books including Shock Waves Through Los Angeles: The Northridge Earthquake and The Great Midwest Flood. Her book, Will I Get Breast Cancer? A Q & A for Teenage Girls, won the Joan Fassler Memorial Book Award for excellence in medical writing. Reach her at: 781-861-0440 or e-mail: [email protected]

JimWilloughby is a cartoonist, author and sculptor living in Prescott, Arizona, with his museum-director wife, Sue, a bossy cat and three dogs. He has authored and illustrated seven books, draws cartoons and writes articles for Arizona Highways, Southwest Art, Phoenix magazine and others.

Cara Wilson is an internationally acclaimed speaker, with a magical ability to move an audience to laughter and tears in nano-seconds. Her intense love for and belief in young people enables her to connect to teenagers and adults alike, passing the torch of hope that was given to her by the father of Anne Frank. Also a full-time writer/marketing communicator, Cara is presently working on a wide variety of projects, including another book. She may be reached at Creative Impact Marketing 1838 Westcliff Dr., Ste. 4, Newport Beach, CA 92660 phone: 949-650-0300 fax: 949-650-0337 e-mail: [email protected].

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