From Chicken Soup for the Soul in Menopause


Karen Alexander writes and performs children’s poetry and mid-life limericks. Recently, Karen began writing family stories, inspired by her family’s move to New Mexico and her new status as “Grandma!” Visit her website at www.abcpoet-tree or e-mail Karen at karenalexander

Judy Quick Anderson lives in a suburb of Minneapolis with her husband and two daughters. Currently at work on a devotional book for the elderly and the dying, Judy also writes devotions for her church community, teaches classes on spiritual gifts, and works one-on-one with those in crisis. E-mail her at [email protected]

Nancy Bennett lives on Vancouver Island with her husband, family, and assorted pets. She has been published in more than 300 publications, including Chicken Soup for the Sister’s Soul and Tesseracts Ten. She writes poems, history, and personal essays, as well as dabbles in science fiction.

Genevra Bonati lives in Colorado and loves to play tennis and golf and fly fish with her husband of twenty-seven years, John. The mother of three children, Genevra will embark in the near future into the wonderful world of menopause along with her fellow baby boomers.

Sallie Brown received a bachelor of arts degree in literature from the University of Utah and master of arts degree in counseling and education from the University of Oregon. She taught high school for twenty-seven years. Sallie enjoys writing, walking with her Labrador, driving her Corvette, and quilting. E-mail her at [email protected]

Barbara Elliott Carpenter has authored two novels: Starlight, Starbright and Wish I May, Wish I Might, both available online and in bookstores. Her work appears in national magazines and international websites. Barbara’s interests include painting, quilting, and music. The Carpenters have two children and four grandchildren. E-mail her at [email protected]

Shae Cooke, a Canadian inspirational writer, mother, and former foster child, shares her heart and God’s message of hope internationally. You can learn more about her at shaecooke/home.html, contact her at P.O. Box 78006, PortCoquitlam, B.C., Canada V3B 7H5, or e-mail [email protected]

Harriet Cooper is a freelance humorist and essayist living in Toronto, Canada. Her humor, essays, articles, short stories, and poetry have appeared in newspapers, magazines, websites, newsletters, anthologies, radio, and a coffee can. She specializes in writing about family, relationships, cats, psychology, and health.

Cinda Crawford writes suspense/thriller novels. Her latest nonfiction work From the Floor Looking Up is a memoir/inspirational health book detailing how she healed from chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, and other illnesses. Cinda’s life-changing story offers hope and help to millions of people. Website:

Vicky DeCoster is an award-winning humor writer and author of Husbands, Hot Flashes, and All That Hullabaloo! and The Wacky World of Womanhood: Essays on Girlhood, Dating, Motherhood, and the Loss of Matching Underwear. Her work has been published in over sixty magazines and on several websites. Visit

Terri Duncan received her bachelor’s, master’s, and specialist degrees in education from Augusta State University. She is currently a graduation coach in Evans, Georgia, and is also a devoted wife and them other of two delightful teenagers. Terri’s dream is to publish a full-length book for children.

Lawrence D. Elliott is a nationally published author and has been an active realtor in Southern California since 1989. Along with his wife, Lisa, and dog, Lacie, he lives in Ontario. Lawrence also runs a network of real estate websites, accessible through his main site at

Earl Engleman has been a cartoonist for thirty-five years. His work has been published in most major publications in the United States and syndicated worldwide through King Features and Singer Media Corp. He can be reached at 352-237-7574.

Judy Epstein, the author of an award-winning humor column, spent almost twenty years prior in public and commercial television, working on everything from documentaries to pledge breaks. But her toughest job, by far, has been just keeping up with her two children.

Sally Friedman, a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, began her writing career when her youngest started kindergarten. That “child” is now forty. Sally writes about life’s cycles—about her own joys and disappointments—and about all the sounds of life. E-mail her at [email protected]

Mary Jo Fullhart writes in her spare time when not working with the disabled. She has been published in Woman’s World and has won an honorable mention in a Writer’s Digest contest. Her book Life Of A Leaf will be released in 2007.

Karen Gaebelein enjoyed a long and rewarding career in the Credit Union industry and has recently retired. While she is looking into other career options, she enjoys writing about everyday topics with a sense of humor to engage her readers and make them laugh. Karen can be reached at [email protected]

Ralph Gregory is a graduate of the School of Visual Arts. He has done fine arts, but his passion is creating cartoons and humorous illustrations. Ralph works out at the gym and enjoys listening to music while drawing cartoons in his home studio in Austin, Texas. E-mail him at [email protected]

Marilyn Haight lives in Arizona with her husband, Arnold, and their Italian Greyhound, Cameo (aka Sleeping Beauty).When she’s not writing “how-to” books, she’s searching her soul for stories to craft into personal essays and poetry, hoping to bring more smiles into the world. Website:

Janet Hall is a writer, performer, and director. She has published many stories in several publications including numerous stories for the Chicken Soup for the Soul series. You can e-mail Janet at [email protected]

Jonny Hawkins is a full-time freelance cartoonist from Sherwood, Michigan. Thousands of his cartoons have appeared in magazines, books and on-line. His calendars, Medical Cartoon-A-Day and Fishing Cartoon-A-Day can be found online and in bookstores, along with several of his books.

KimA.Hoyo is a 1974 graduate of the University ofMiami, Florida. She recently left south Florida and a successful career as a certified paralegal to move to rural northern Maine and pursue a full-time writing career. You may contact her at [email protected]

Caroleah Johnson has been a practicing dental hygienist for thirty-four years. She and her husband live in the northern California mountains where she bakes bread in a wood-fired oven, relishes grandchildren visits, and pursues her writing passion with the intent of publishing inspirational material. Please e-mail her at [email protected]

Cliff Johnson spent thirty years in prison—in uniform and administration— and was finally released (retired) in 1995.He enjoys golf, distance running, biking, gardening, metal sculpture, and above all else, his wife Scharre. They live in Crescent City, California, the most beautiful place on earth.

Sally Kelly-Engeman is a freelance writer who’s had numerous short stories and articles published. In addition to reading, researching, and writing, she enjoys ballroom dancing and traveling with her husband. She can be reached at [email protected]

Louise Kelman wrote the poem “The Hormone Patch” for her book Big Purple Undies. Originally from Birmingham, England, she now lives in Perth, Western Australia and flies all over the world to perform her clean ladies comedy show called “Big Purple Undies.” Website:

Ginger Kenchel is the queen of the Rolla Red Hot Tamales in Missouri, a chapter of the Red Hat Society. A comic at heart, when asked how she stays looking so young, she replies, ”Lady Clairol and Oil of Olay, they make me the woman I am today.”

Michele H. Lacina received her B.A. in communications from Rowan University in 1973. She began writing in 1999 and has been published in Country Woman, The Girl’s Book of Success and the Philadelphia Inquirer. Michele enjoys music, reading, and travel. She is currently working on a Christian cozy mystery.

Sherri Langton is associate editor of the Bible Advocate magazine and Now What? e-zine. Her writing has appeared in many Christian publications and several collections, including Teatime Stories for Women, Becoming a Godly Man, and Faces of Faith. Sherri enjoys walking, swimming, and playing drums and percussion.

Marianne LaValle-Vincent is a published author, poet, and humorist. She has achieved worldwide publication and is currently working as an administrative RN. She lives with her husband, Tim, and sixteen-year-old daughter, Jess. Her entire Italian family gathers at her home each Sunday for dinner. E-mail her at [email protected]

Linda Leary began writing in earnest at premenopause and just kept going to postmemopause. Her writing includes articles for local magazines, poetry, editing, web texting, and short stories. In between writing, she enjoys the outdoors and a part-time massage practice. E-mail her at [email protected]

Patricia Lorenz, the author of seven books, is a top contributor to the Chicken Soup for the Soul series with stories in more than thirty Chicken Soup books. Patricia lives in Florida where she’s following her dreams while she’s still awake. To hire her as a speaker, e-mail her at [email protected]

LorraineMace is a columnist living in France. Extensively published in the United Kingdom, the United States, Ireland, and France, she has written three children’s novels and is the author of e-books Top Tips to Write for Children and Top Tips to Cope Better with Menopause. Visit her at

GladyMartin used to write just for her own personal use, but she soon came to see how she was able to express herself openly to others through writing. Her philosphy is that life is an amazing adventure when expressed through words of laughter. E-mail her at [email protected]

Sylvia McClain received her bachelor of general studies in 1999 and is currently working on her master’s degree in English. She is a freelance writer for various magazines and teaches workshops in adult education programs. She plans to start writing children’s stories. Please email her at [email protected]

Jacqueline (Jacki) Michels is a mother of five, the wife of one, and a friend to many. She is a columnist and the author of several yet-to-be-published children’s stories. Please contact her at [email protected]

Michelle Close Mills’ work has appeared in many magazines, as well as Chicken Soup for the Recovering Soul Daily Inspirations, The Rocking Chair Reader and To Have and To Hold: Prayers, Poems, and Blessings for Newlyweds, published by Time Warner’s Center Street Books. More information:

Eileen Mitchell is an award-winning writer who placed second in the 2006Will RogersWriting Contest sponsored by the National Society of Newspaper Columnists and 2006 finalist in the Canadian “Writing Fairy” contest. Her essays are published in the book America’s Funniest Humor and online at Blog: MaggiethecatMolly

Jan Morrill is pursuing her love of writing after raising two children and spending twenty-five years in the corporate world. She has written several short stories and is working on a novel. When not traveling or sailing, she lives with her husband on a lavender farm in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Contact her at [email protected]

Rachel S. Neal is a physical therapist enjoying the pristine beauty of western Montana. She writes to inspire, to amuse, and to share the joy of living for Jesus.

Pat Nelson published the book You—the Credit Union Member in 1976. She’s had careers as a credit union marketing director, a restaurant owner, and a bookkeeper. Now that she’s retired, she’s enjoying her favorite career—nonfiction writing. Her current project is a book about a former tuberculosis sanatorium.

Bonnie Nester worked for many years as a purchasing agent and is now retired, living on a small farm. She enjoys gardening, horseback riding, and traveling, having just returned from New Zealand and Australia. Bonnie’s writing interests are diverse, with Alzheimer’s disease being one current subject. Contact: [email protected]

Lisa Newkirk received her bachelor of arts degree from the University of Denver in 1983. She teaches preschool in Colorado. She enjoys reading, writing, and camping with her family. Please e-mail her at [email protected]

Brenda Nixon is a professional speaker, writer, and educator for parents. She’s the author of Parenting Power in the Early Years, and a contributing author to twenty books. She lives in Ohio with her darling husband of twenty-eight years. E-mail:

Jeanne Pallos is the author of several published articles for adults and children. She is a board member of the Orange County Christian Writers Fellowship in Southern California. Jeanne lives in Laguna Niguel, California, with her husband, Andrew. They are the proud parents of two adult children.

Valerie J. Palmer was born and educated in England but emigrated to Canada in the late 1950s as a teacher. She enjoys nature, reading, art work, print-making, writing poetry, photography, and traveling. She is now retired and lives with her husband, Don, on a farm in Peace River, Alberta.

Connie Parish joined her local Curves nine years ago and was so excited about the concept that she went to work for the company. She became Curves’ first area director, owns her own club, and now serves as the area director for South East Texas and Lousiana.

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. His wife/business partner, Lynn, and their daughter, Jen, contributes with inspiration (as do three cats). Visit

Ava Pennington is a freelance writer, Bible teacher, public speaker, and former human resources director. She has an MBA from St. John’s University, and a bible studies certificate from Moody Bible Institute. She has published magazine articles as well as stories in six Chicken books and other anthologies. E-Mail her at [email protected]

Tommy Polk is an award-winning songwriter living in Nashville, Tennessee, and Clarksdale, Mississippi, where he is owner of the Big Pink Guesthouse and part owner of the Shack Up Inn. Websites: and

Valerie Porter has been a freelance writer for more than twenty-five years, specializing in travel, animals, and spirituality. These are also her major interests, so she feels she’s been truly blessed. She lives in California with her family and pets and can be reached at [email protected]

Linda H. Puckett lives and works with her husband in Arlington, Texas, but her heart belongs to Kentucky. She’ll be back home and near her married children when she moves into a national historic home in Greensburg, Kentucky that she and her husband have been remodeling the past two years. Please e-mail her at [email protected]

Robert C. Raina studied art at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He is a cartoonist and has written and illustrated several books for children. Robert is the president and owner of a full time entertainment company located in Western Massachusetts. E-mail him at [email protected]: bobrainadj.comand

Joe Rector is a high-school English teacher and freelance columnist. He writes for three newspapers in Knoxville, Tennessee, and has written features for Sweets Magazine. Future endeavors include finding a publisher for his book of columns and starting a new magazine for teachers. E-mail him at [email protected]

Kathy Reed is a former teacher who lives in Decatur, Alabama. Her stories have been featured in several anthologies, and she was the Chicken Soup for the Soul Magazine’s Father’s Day story contest winner in 2006. She enjoys travel and playing the mountain dulcimer. Her web-site is

Terri Reinhardt, married twenty-nine years, has two children and five grandchildren. She is the Queen Mum of her local chapter of the Red Hat Society. She enjoys spending time with her family, especially cooking with her grandchildren, reading, and creative writing. Please e-mail her at [email protected]

Donna Rogers is a writer, speaker, and renewal mentor. She wrote The Menopause Survival Guide, edits Midlife Monthly e-Newsletter, and is a Chicken Soup contributor. She is also the founder of Journey To and writes Christian devotionals. Donna enjoys family, friends and e-mails from readers. Website: Joyce Newman Scott worked as a flight attendant for Eastern Airlines while pursuing an acting career. She started college in her mid-fifties, studies at the University of Miami, and is currently working on a memoir, a television script, and a feature film. Please contact Joyce via e-mail at [email protected]

Jacqueline Seewald earned two graduate degrees from Rutgers University, taught English at the middle school, high school, and college levels and has also worked as an academic librarian and educational media specialist. She has published six fiction books, as well as many short stories, poems, essays, reviews, and articles.

Lahre Shiflet’s cartoons have been featured in five Chicken Soup books. Besides drawing, she also likes to sing, model, and act, as well as write original music on her Mac computer to perform. A teenager, hanging out with her friends is Lahre’s favorite thing to do!

Dayle Allen Shockley’s byline has appeared in dozens of publications. She is the author of three books and has contributed to many other works, including Chicken Soup for the Sister’s Soul 2. For more information about Dayle, visit

Debra Simon, a mar-com professional, received her BA in creative writing. An accomplished musician, Debby also enjoys traveling, hiking, volunteering, and spending time with her family. Her articles have appeared in The Kansas City Star, STAR magazine and the anthology The Kid Turned Out Fine. Her e-mail address is [email protected]

Maggie Lamond Simone, an award-winning writer, is a graduate of William Smith College and S.I. Newhouse School of Communications. Her essays have appeared inMisadventures of Moms and Disasters of Dads, Hello, Goodbye, as well as Cosmopolitan. She has authored two children’s books and an upcoming memoir.

Christine M. Smith is the mother of three, grandmother of thirteen, and foster mother to many others. She has been married to her husband James for thirty-eight years and loves to read, write, participate in church activities, and spend time with her family. Please e-mail her at [email protected]

Elizabeth Sowdal is a freelance writer from Oklahoma City. Postmenopausal, but dealing with it, Elizabeth is married to a tolerant man and has four children who understand that discretion really is the better part of valor—sometimes.

Beverly Spooner has written for all ages but best loves writing for kids. She is published in Chicken Soup for the Preteen Soul and in TRUE—Real Stories About God Showing Up in the Lives of Teens. Bev lives in Illinois with artist-husband Michael Spooner and son Philip. Please e-mail her at [email protected]

Joyce Stark lives in northeast Scotland and has recently retired from local government. She is currently writing a book on her travels in the United States, small towns, backroads, and big cities. You can contact her at [email protected]

Jean Stewart writes and edits from Mission Viejo, California, where she enjoys her postmenopausal years with her high school sweetheart husband, twin daughters, and two grandchildren. Her stories are also in Chicken Soup for Fathers and Daughters, Horse Lovers II, Life Lessons for Busy Moms, Dieter’s Soul and other anthologies.

Tena Beth Thompsonwrites about life and shares her experiences with a touch of humor. She left her hometown in Ohio and now resides in Las Vegas, where she works as a freelance writer. Her column, “A Citizen’s View,” appears in Las Vegas’ West Valley News.

Albert Van Hoogmoed, a native of Holland, is a horticulturist in Mobile, Alabama. He has a large collection of funny poetry with a “Far Side” twist that he plans to publish. He can be contacted at [email protected]

Beverly Walker is a mother and grandmother who loves writing, photography, and making scrapbooks. She is published in Chicken Soup for the Cat Lover’s Soul and Angel Cats: Divine Messengers of Comfort by Allen and Linda Anderson, and has had poetry published in children’s magazines.

BarbaraWenger resides in Elkhart, Indiana, with her husband, Ed. She enjoys doing crafts and spending time with her family and pets. Barbara’s favorite days find her sitting on the bank of the river behind her home, writing poetry.

Kathy Whirity is a newspaper columnist. She makes her home in Chicago where she shares her life and love with her husband of thirty years, Bill, and their rambunctious retriever, Hannah. They’ve discovered, with sweet surprise, that being empty nesters means the honeymoon has only just begun—again.

Diane Dean White is a newspaper columnist and freelance writer. She is the author of Beach Walks and Carolina in the Morning. She and her husband, Stephen, are the parents of three grown children and three grandgals. They reside on the Carolina coast where they enjoy antiquing.

JaneWiatrek, a retired educator, spent her career first as a teacher and then as an administrator. She now teaches part-time, does private tutoring, and serves on several community committees and boards. Jane and husband, Ben, live in Poth, Texas, and have three grown sons.

Dick Williams is an ordained minister with the United Methodist Church and currently serves in Everett, Pennsylvania. He and his wife, Pam, have been married for thirty-two years and have two children and two grandchildren.

June Williams lives in Brush Prairie, Washington, with Mac, her husband of forty years. She enjoys spending time with her four wonderful grandchildren. June’s stories have appeared in various publications, including Chicken Soup for the Mother’s of Preschoolers Soul and Recipes for Busy Moms. E-mail her at [email protected]

Mary Eileen Williams is a counselor, speaker and writer. Her forthcoming book Aged to Perfection might best be described as a saucy combination of Erma Bombeckmeets Gloria Steinemwhile conducting brain research, reviewing women’s history, and enjoying a few belly laughs at the fun and foibles of aging. Please e-mail her at agedto [email protected]

Sherrin Newsome Willis is a retired retailer from Savannah, Georgia. She now lives in Calhoun, Georgia, where she is a member of a local chapter of the Red Hat Society.

Nancy Withers is currently teaching elementary students in Northern California. She enjoys her daily crossword puzzles and Sudoku when she isn’t cooking or playing with her five granddaughters. Nancy hopes to write more stories, plays, and poems for children as well as adults.

FeridaWolff is a contributor to several Chicken Soup books. She is the author of sixteen books for children, including the picture book Is a WorryWorrying You? and will soon have a book published in the United Kingdom. Her essays appear in newspapers and magazines. Her web-site is

Marjorie Woodall married her high school sweetheart Darrell Robinson on July 8, 2006, at age fifty. They are making their first home in Olympia, Washington, where “every day is a honeymoon.” She can be reached at [email protected]

ShannonWoodward is a Calvary Chapel pastor’s wife, conference and retreat speaker, and author of Inconceivable: Finding Peace in the Midst of Infertility and A Whisper in Winter: Stories of Hearing God’s Voice in Every Season of Life. Visit Shannon at or

Lisa Wynn has contributed to publications globally, across North America, Canada, and on-line. She owns Artisans Cup Tea Company, Hell on Heelz, and Artisans Press. Find her at or

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