From Chicken Soup for the Sister's Soul


Rhonda Adkins misses Roxie very much. Justin is twenty-one, married and with a baby boy on the way. Shaun is nineteen and working full time. Jerry and Rhonda have been married now for five years. They enjoy spending time with the boys and also Jerry’s two sons, their wives and three granddaughters. Justin’s son will be the first boy in the family! You can e-mail her at [email protected]

A resident of Stonington, Connecticut, Marci Alborghetti writes about spiritual, social and business matters and has had three books published: COMPASSION, The Miracle of the Myrrh (for children and families), and Freedom from Fear: Overcoming Anxiety Through Faith. For more information about the books, or to reach Marci, please e-mail [email protected] or call 860-535-251

Jade Albert is a world-renowed children’s photographer. Her work appears regularly in national magazines and in major advertising campaigns. She recently collaborated on her first book as a photographer for About Face by Cindy Crawford (HarperCollins). Jade divides her time between Manhattan and Shelter Island, New York.

Marsha Arons teaches high-school English and is a freelance writer and lecturer. She specializes in writing stories, essays, articles and promotional material for a wide audience. Marsha began her relationship with Chicken Soup for the Soul in 1993 and her name appears on the covers of many of the books to which she has contributed. Marsha’s stories, articles, and essays have appeared in such national magazines as Reader’s Digest, Good Housekeeping, Redbook, Woman’s Day and Woman’s World. In addition, she has worked for several years for several Jewish publications including JUF News, Chicago Jewish News, The Intermountain Jewish News, and Jewish Image magazine. Besides teaching, writing, and producing videos, Marsha’s career includes speaking engagements. She addresses diverse groups, relating many of her most-beloved stories as well as trying out her new ones on live audiences. She is married and the mother of four daughters ranging in age from eleven to twenty-three. Marsha lives in Skokie, Illinois.

Karen Asp is a freelance writer who specializes in health, fitness and women’s issues. Her work has appeared in Health, Cooking Light, Family Circle, Shape and Fitness. She’s currently writing her first novel and plotting with her sister new ways to give her parents Christmas presents. For information, visit

Lee Schafer Atonna celebrates life with her husband of thirty-three years, their two grown sons and two “grand” puppies. A graduate of Northern Arizona University (B.S.Ed.) and the University of Toledo (M.Ed.), she teaches kindergarten. She loves music, laughter, hiking, reading, Arizona sunsets and taking solitary forays into creative writing.

Lisa Baillargeon is a loan officer in Massachusetts. Lisa enjoys reading, writing, snowmobiling, vacationing and spending time with her husband and four children. She writes poems for all occasions and children’s rhyming stories as a hobby. She can be reached at [email protected]

Chera Lee Bammerlin received her English and communications degree from Nebraska Wesleyan University in 1996. After teaching high school for five years, she is now pursuing freelance writing and photography while living and working on the family ranch in Keya Paha County, Nebraska. She can be reached at [email protected].

Glenda Barbre developed a love for writing while still a child in the Mt. Hood National Forest. As her life unfolded she begin writing for devotionals, among them Ripples of Joy and All Is Calm All Is Bright compiled by Cheryl Kirking. Her work has appeared in Guidepost’s Angels on Earth, and Reminisce magazine’s We Made Our Own Fun. She writes a monthly feature for The Gazette newsmagazine in Sandy, Oregon. She is working on true childhood stories of growing up in the Mt. Hood National Forest, as well as comedy poetry and Christian devotionals.

Cindy Beck received her bachelor of arts, summa cum laude, from the University of South Alabama in 1998. In her spare time, she enjoys reading and writing. She is recently married and lives with her husband Nicholas in Alabama. Please reach her at: [email protected].

Faith Andrews Bedford is fifty-seven and has been married for thirty-eight years to Robert F. Bedford. She has three children, ages thirty seven, thirty-three and twenty-eight and two grandchildren, ages three and six. Bedford recently had her story, “Grandmother’s Shell” published in Chicken Soup for the Grandparent’s Soul.

A retired high school principal, Rita Billbe owns Angels Retreat resort on the White River in north central Arkansas. Her interests include writing, singing in her church choir, reading and planning a family reunion each summer. E-mail her at [email protected] or see the Web site

Dee Berry is a hobbyist writer and member-in-good-standing of Frank’s Writing Workshop. She wishes to thank “the gang” and her husband, Neal, for their honest and kind critiquing. She is a devoted gardener, who often finds inspiration amongst her lavender and roses, or hip deep in compost.

Tasha Boucher lives in Los Angeles. She recently completed her master’s degree in counseling at Cal State Northridge. She has taught creative writing workshops to at-risk youth, and also she enjoys writing, traveling, photography and being a mentor to Datasha, an incredible teenage girl she has had the pleasure of knowing for the past six years. Tasha can be reached at [email protected]

Dawn Braulick lives in Montana with her husband and eight children. She works in an automotive repair business. Dawn enjoys the ocean, drag racing and her family. She is currently writing her first novel. Please reach her at [email protected].

Diane Burke lives in Florida with her husband, grown son, daughter-in-law, three grandchildren, parents, uncle and sister. She has a second son and five other siblings with their families in various states across the country. She is currently working on a collection of short stories entitled “The Family Trap (Or I’ll give you $50.00 if you prove I am adopted.).” Her e-mail address is [email protected]

Muriel Bussman became a registered nurse in 1948. She retired in 1992 after many happy years in pediatrics and obstetrics. She went back to college and received a liberal arts degree at age fifty and then began writing. Her family consists of three daughters and three sons and six grandchildren.

Jackie Case is a stay-at-home mother of three children. This birthday gift shall remain special as our youngest sister, Karen, after a short illness passed away the following year. Karen’s family misses her and will never forget her.

Rebecca Christian is a writer, editor and humor speaker who writes plays and essays as well as doing commentaries on public radio. Her musical comedy revue, “Mothering Heights,” (with Tracey Rush) was recently published by Dramatic Publishing. Contact her at 4535 Waveland Ct., Des Moines, Iowa, 50312; (515) 274-9976; [email protected]

Elayne Clift, a writer in Saxtons River, Utah, teaches at several New England colleges and universities. Her latest book is Escaping the Yellow Wallpaper: Women’s Encounters with the Mental Health Establishment. For her other titles, visit

Danielle Collier is a freelance writer living in the Midwest. She has published fiction and nonfiction and is currently working on her first novel.

Alice Collins, wife for forty-one years (but who’s counting), is the mother of four adult sons and one daughter who have gifted her with ten adorable grandchildren. Alice writes two weekly Chicago area columns penned with the humor and sentiment of family life. She can be reached at [email protected].

Andrea D’Asaro’s personal essays appeared in Meridian Bound, a collection of Philadelphia authors, and in the Philadelphia Inquirer, Redbook and on NRP’s Weekend Editor. Andrea teaches writing at Arcadia University in Glenside, Pennsylvania, and coaches MBA students at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and Drexel University. She earned her master’s in journalism from Temple University and lives in Elkins Park, Pennsylvania, with her husband and two sons.

C. Michele Davis is a freelance writer whose articles have appeared in magazines ranging from Baby Talk to Mature Living, as well as newspapers and law enforcement publications. She recently completed her first young adult novel. To see a listing of her previously sold and currently available work, go to

Janie Emaus writes novels, short stories and poetry for adults and children of all ages. Her career began by making up stories for her sister at the age of four. Her work has appeared in children’s magazines, literary journals, educational videos and newspapers. Janie can be reached at [email protected].

Delia Ephron, author and screenwriter, has written many books for children and adults, including the recent novel Hanging Up. Her film work as a writer and producer includes the movie Hanging Up, as well as You’ve Got Mail, Sleepless in Seattle and Michael. She lives in New York City.

Jane Eppinga’s writing credentials include more than two hundred articles for both popular and professional publications. Her biography of Henry Ossian Flipper, West Point’s First Black Graduate, was part of a package presented to President W. J. Clinton as a successful appeal to have Henry Ossian Flipper posthumously pardoned. Her other two books are Arizona Twilight Tales: Good Ghosts, Evil Spirits, and Blue Ladies, and Images of America: Tucson, Arizona. E-mail her at [email protected]

Susan Farr Fahncke is a freelance writer living in Utah. Author of Angel’s Legacy, she also writes for inspirational books and magazines and runs a Web site of inspirational stories. You can find her stories in other Chicken Soup books. E-mail: [email protected] Web site:

Hope Fillingim, now thirteen years old, enjoys soccer, basketball and hanging out with friends. She and her sister Hannah are the best of pals, even though they still find time to disagree. Hope lives in Rome, Georgia, with Hannah and her parents. And she gets straight As in school.

Nancy B. Gibbs is the author of Celebrate Life‚ Just for Today. Her stories have appeared in more than thirty books and several magazines, including Chicken Soup for the Nurse’s Soul, Stories for the Heart, Guideposts books, Angels on Earth, Woman’s World and Family Circle. She is a mother and grandmother who can be reached at [email protected].

Benita Glickman teaches ESL, mentors new teachers and writes curriculum for the Office of the Bronx Superintendency. She received the Alice Minnie Hertz Heniger Award for children’s literature. Her poetry appears in numerous publications including the Aurorean, By Line and Black Bear Review. She can be contacted at 55 Knolls Crescent, Bronx, NY 10463-6354.

Diane Goldberg lives with her husband and a geriatric beagle in the southeast. She has lunch with her baby sister several times a month; they giggle far too much for grown-ups. She writes dark fantasy and horror as d. g. k. Goldberg, you can find out about that part of her world at and you can e-mail her at [email protected]

Eileen Goltz graduated from Indiana University and the Cordon Bleu Cooking School, Paris, France. Eileen writes, runs a catering business, and does recipe development and food styling. Her first cookbook, Perfectly Pareve (Feldheim), was released in November 2001. She is married, has two sons and can be contacted at [email protected]

Stacey Granger is the author of several books including The Portable Mother, The Portable Father, and The Workout Cop-out and is a previous contributor to the Chicken Soup series as well as many other anthologies. She lives in Maryland with her husband and their six children. She can be reached at staceya [email protected]

Pamela Haskin lives on a homestead in the Alaska Bush with her husband of twenty-three years. As an award-winning author and motivational speaker, she encourages others to choose, then go live, their dream. She plans to publish a book about her time in the wilderness. You can reach her at [email protected]

Jonny Hawkins has been cartooning professionally for sixteen years. His work has appeared in Reader’s Digest, Guideposts, Harvard Business Review and more than 250 other publications. He can be reached at 616-432-8071 or by regular mail at P.O. Box 188 Sherwood, MI 49089 or e-mail: [email protected]

Deborah Hedstrom-Page is a writer, teacher and researcher with a degree in English/communication. She has published nine junior-age books, compiled two gift books, and coauthored a devotional for caregivers. In addition she has published more than three hundred magazine articles in publications such as Guideposts, Moddy Magazine and Country Women.

Ina Hughs has been a full-time journalist since 1973 and is currently a writer for The Knoxville News Sentinel in East Tennessee. She has published two books—A Prayer for Children and A Sense of Human—and has contributed to numerous anthologies and journals, including Chicken Soup publications. She lives in a cabin on the Tennessee River. Please reach her at [email protected]

Shelly Isenberg received her B.S. from the University of Central Florida and a masters in educational leadership from Nova Southeastern University. She is currently an assistant principal in South Florida and has just completed the intern principal program. Shelly loves working with children and the great outdoors.

Molly Bruce Jacobs lives in New Mexico. Her essays have appeared in magazines and newspapers, her short stories in literary journals. She has won numerous awards for her essay “A Letter to Annie.” Born in Maryland, and a graduate from Columbia Law School, she is writing a memoir about her sister Anne. She may be contacted at [email protected]

Robin Janson-Shope received her B.S. degree with honors, at W.W. Whitewater in 1975. She teaches middle school near Dallas, Texas. With more than one hundred magazine articles and short stories in print, she also enjoys swimming, garage shopping, reading and working with teens. She is presently working on Christian romance/mystery novels. She can be reached at [email protected]

Sheri Jennings received her B.A. in elementary education from High Point University in 1998. She is currently children’s director at First Wesleyan Church and a full-time, stay-at-home mom. Sheri enjoys drawing, painting, biking, reading and writing. She writes inspirational cards, poems and songs and plans to write inspirational books. Please reach her at: [email protected].

T. Jensen Lacey has published more than five hundred newspaper and magazine articles. Two Native American history books, The Blackfeet (1995), and The Pawnee (1996 Chelsea House), and two books of state history, Amazing Tennessee (2000) and Amazing North Carolina (2002) (Rutledge Hill Press). Lacey’s young adult novel, Growing Season, is available through or through bookstores. Lacey’s Web site is

For information about Ruth Latta’s books and writing services, please visit her Web site at

Ricky Keen graduated from high school at Portland, Tennessee. He received a scholarship to attend college at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, Kentucky. Ricky enjoys reading and writing short stories. “Symbiosis” is his first published short story.

Martine Klaasen and her sister continued taking turns uniting about their daily woes in their diary. Eventually they switched to e-mail as a more high tech way to stay in touch. And while an ocean still separates the two sisters, they remain close sisters and friends for life.

Alora Knight, eighty-one, when seventy-eight started her business Poetic Pictures—making colorful frames for the poems being marketed. She also collaborated with daughter, Marsha, on children books. She has been published many times and is a member of ASCAP. Her poetry is on several Web sites. She enjoys reading, gardening and volunteering.

After raising her family, June Cerza Kolf spent twelve years doing hospice work and began her writing career. She has published six books relating to grief and terminal illness and is a frequent contributor to inspirational magazines. Her most recent, Standing in the Shadow, is for suicide survivors.

Jennifer Koscheski lives in Colorado with her husband, John, and three of their four children. Her oldest son is a marine. Helping in her husband’s business and mothering consumes most of her days, but she also enjoys many hobbies, including writing encouraging letters to family, friends and sometimes strangers. She may be reached at [email protected].

Leona Lipari Lee is an RN with degrees in psychology and English and the author of How to Survive Menopause Without Going Crazy, Taxing Tallula, The Sisters: Lost in Brooklyn and The Sisters: Found in San Antonio. Contact her at [email protected]

Connie Lounsbury is a frequent contributor to Guideposts and other magazines and is published in Stories for the Kindred Heart and More God Allows U-Turns. She won first place in the 2001 Writer’s Digest Writing Competition, inspirational category, and is working on a self-help book and her second novel. Contact her via e-mail at [email protected].

Judy Lynne Lucia writes short stories, essays and is currently writing a novel based on the death of her teenage son. Judy is a facilitator for Survivors of Suicide and a member of the Light for Life Foundation. She enjoys biking, gardening and raising butterflies. Please reach her at [email protected].

Carol McAdoo Rehme believes sisters are where you find them. She is a four-time mother whose life after kids includes a career as a full-time storyteller, speaker and author. A frequent contributor to the Chicken Soup series, she writes for other inspirational books as well. Contact her at: [email protected] or

Carolyn Magner Mason is a freelance writer from Tuscaloosa, Alabama. The mother of two daughters, she writes a weekly parenting column for The Tuscaloosa News and has been published in USA Today, Writer’s Digest, Overdrive Magazine and other regional newspapers. She can be reached by e-mail at [email protected]

Gwen Macsai, a National Public Radio writer and producer, chronicles each weigh station along the interstate that rushes us from girlhood to womanhood in a series of first-person essays as witty, well-timed, and as outrageous-as-successful stand-up routines. She covers it all from the unwavering loyalty girlfriends deserve and demand to the humiliations of junior high school. Acutely observant and fearless, she muses on how the music of adolescence calibrates your brain for all time, and how dating boys does little to eliminate the propensity for having crushes on other girls. Gwen’s book, Lipshtick, is available at

Cammie McGovern received the Nelson Algren Award in short fiction. Her fiction has been published in Redbook, Seventeen, Glimmer Train, TriQuarterly and other journals. She lives with her husband and two small children in Amherst, Massachusetts.

Destiny McIntosh is eleven years old and goes to Alliston Union Public School. Her best friend is Amber Cote, who is also eleven. Destiny has a little sister Kennedy, who is three years old and the person that inspired her to write this poem.

Betty McMahon has been writing for newspapers and magazines for the last twenty years. As part of her business, Z Communications, she writes marketing and advertising materials for corporate clients as well. She is also currently at work on two books, a self-help book and a mystery.

Christine Many is a writer and editor based in New York City. She has written for Reader’s Digest, Ladies’ Home Journal, Sports Illustrated for Women and other publications. She can be reached at [email protected].

Liz Mayer is an environmental studies graduate from the University of Waterloo, Ontario. She is a freelance writer, researcher and publicist who specializes in magazine features, promotional copy and Web-site content. Liz enjoys literature, film, travel and running. Please reach her at [email protected].

Walker Meade started writing at the age of fourteen. His first story was published in Colliers Magazine when he was twenty-two. He wrote short fiction for the Saturday Evening Post, Gentlemen’s Quarterly, Good Housekeeping, The Ladies Home Journal and nonfiction for Cosmopolitan, Redbook, and Reader’s Digest. Later he took a position in publishing and became managing editor of Cosmopolitan and then managing editor of Reader’s Digest Condensed Book Club. His last position in publishing was as president and editor in chief of Avon Books, which he continued to do for ten years. His first novel titled Unspeakable Acts is available from

Carla Merolla’s work has appeared in several national publications. She also teaches creative writing near her New Jersey home and is working on her first novel. Please reach Carla at: [email protected]

Chris Miota teaches in the Communications Division at Alverno College in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She writes for magazines and literary journals and has edited several books, and she is currently working on a collection of short stories. She sees herself singing the blues in a slinky red dress atop a shiny black piano in the future. RSVP: [email protected]

Phyllis Nutkis is a teacher and writer in Skokie, Illinois. She is the author of many professional articles on education, and she conducts workshops and lectures on early childhood education. You may contact her at [email protected]

Christa Holder Ocker, a frequent contributor to the Chicken Soup books, is a happy grandmother who draws the inspiration for her stories from living a life filled with love, happiness, sorrow and passion. She can be reached via e-mail at [email protected].

Nancy Swiatek Pardo has been a secretary for twenty-five years and currently works in downtown Chicago. She is a commissioned Stephen Minister and serves as lay pastor at First Presbyterian Church of Arlington Heights, Illinois. Nancy enjoys reading, needlework and spending time with family and friends. Her email is [email protected].

Diane Payne earned her M.F.A. in creative writing and has a memoir being published by Red Hen Press. She teaches English at the University of Arkansas-Monticello. Diane’s daughter, Ania, enjoys hearing Aunt Connie stories. Being an only child, she doesn’t understand how these things happen. Contact her at: [email protected]

Darla Perkins has worked as a classroom aide for mentally and physically challenged children for twenty-four years. She is currently employed by Springfield City schools in Ohio. Darla enjoys reading, biking, walking and canoeing. She is a roller coaster enthusiast. Someday she hopes to ride in a hot air balloon.

Penny Perrone is a freelance writer with a background in the mental health field and an M.S. in community health. She has recently completed an inspirational, healing-type manuscript for those overcoming overwhelming obstacles and is in the process of finding a publisher. Penny’s e-mail is [email protected].

Rhonda Rhea is a pastor’s wife, mother of five, conference speaker and an inspirational humor columnist for Homelife Magazine and other Christian newspapers in the U.S. and Canada. She has also written scads of feature articles and her first book, Amazing Grace, is due out in early 2003. She can be reached by e-mail at [email protected]

Ann Marie Rowland lives and writes in the woods of northern Michigan. She is a singer/songwriter who enjoys reading, spinning, knitting, natural history, gardening and talking to her sister. She is working on a devotional book for women. Contact her at P.O. Box 492, Gaylord, MI 49734.

Jodi Severson earned her B.A. degree from the University of Pittsburgh. She resides in Rice Lake, Wisconsin, with her husband and three children and is employed by the State Public Defender’s Office. She writes in her spare time, and is currently working on a children’s book about osteogenesis imperfecta. Please reach her at: [email protected].

Vahan Shirvanian went from gunnery instructor (Air Force) to The Saturday Evening Post in 1946 and became a contract artist for that magazine. His work has appeared in hundreds of other magazines as well. He has been named Best Cartoonist of The Year six times.

Phoebe Sisk received her B.A. from Austin College in 1988 and her M.S.B.A. from Boston University in 1992. She recently left a Fortune 500 corporate communications position to care for her son Elijah, and she is now a freelance writer. Phoebe lives with her husband Kevin in Dallas and plans to publish her first children’s book in 2003.

Deborah Dee Simmons is a freelance writer whose work, including a newspaper column, anthologies and award-winning poetry, has appeared in numerous online and print publications. She’s completed a children’s book series and the first volume of another series of her humorous and inspirational stories. She can be reached at: [email protected].

Renee Simons is a junior in high school. She loves reading and doing photography. She plans to attend University of Findlay to receive her preveterinarians license and then transfer to Michigan State for her veterinarians license. You can reach her at [email protected]

Melinda Stiles taught English in Wisconsin and Michigan for twenty-one years. She retired and moved to Idaho to write. Her stories have appeared in Kalamazoo Gazette, Woven on the Wind, Reminisce, Pass/Fail and Chicken Soup for the Teacher’s Soul. She can be reached at [email protected]

Kelly L. Stone is a licensed professional counselor and holds a master’s degree from Florida State University. She has worked in the field of children’s mental health as a counselor and program director for more than thirteen years. She resides in Atlanta and is currently working on a novel. Reach her at [email protected]

Gail Strock, a freelance writer, enjoys finding humor in everyday experiences with her family and friends. She’s been an agricultural correspondent for Lancaster Farming for eleven years and has published other stories and thoughts of faith. Her e-mail address is [email protected].

Amanda Athey Swain earned both her B.A. (1995) and master of instruction (1999) with honors form the University of Delaware. She teaches seventh-grade language arts in Sussex County, Delaware, where she lives with her husband and children. Amanda enjoys playing and reading with her children and plans to continue writing.

Carol Duncan Sweet, of Asheville, North Carolina, works as a contract fundraising coordinator for various nonprofit organizations. Born in Oregon, she has traveled extensively and taught English in Korea and the Czech Republic. In addition to travel and spending time with friends, her passions include ballroom dancing. E-mail her at [email protected]

Nora Stueber-Tamblin resides in Adams Basin, New York, where she and her husband own Gearings Farm Market. Her writing is published in Illiad Press, Sparrowgrass and The National Society of Poetry. From this presented story, Nora and her family united, creating and publishing Brown Paper Bags, their life story in foster care. E-mail her at: [email protected]

Michelle A. Tessaro is a homemaker and freelance photographer. She resides in Memphis, Tennessee, with her husband Paul and her children Melody, David and Kathryn. She enjoys the outdoors, family activities and phoning her sisters. Michelle comes from a family of five girls and three boys. Contact her at [email protected].

Victoria E. Thompson received a B.A. degree from UCLA and an M.S. and M.A. from California State University, Los Angeles. She has written articles for various periodicals and has had several productions of her original plays. She has worked as an actor for more than thirty-five years on episodic television, movies and several soap operas. She has worked extensively on the stage both in the United States and in Ireland. Please reach her at [email protected].

Cricket Hardin Vauthier is a general manager for a Fortune 500 company and freelances when she finds the time. She is a 1992 graduate of the University of Texas and lives in Dallas with her husband and two sons. She can be reached via e-mail at [email protected] or at 214-507-6834.

Penny and Vicky Vilagos are motivational speakers who specialize in inspiring team excellence. They are members of the Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame and the Canadian Association of Professional Speakers. Their upcoming book is entitled Triumph Through Teamwork: Achieve your Dreams with the Power of Teams. To arrange a speaking engagement, in English or French, call 1-866-426-5122 or e-mail [email protected] Web site:

L. J. Wardell works as an engineer and research scientist. Her work and hobbies take her all over the globe. Lois enjoys both technical and travel writing as well as photography. Her current work involves the study of active volcanoes. You may reach her at: [email protected]

Elisha M. Webster is a student at Appalachian State University in North Carolina. She is a psychology and English major. She receives nourishment from her fabulous friends and family, the ocean, mountains and shadow puppets. She wants to be the Lupin Lady when she grows up. Reach her at: [email protected]

Chadd Wheat is a consultant and writer from Lebanon, Indiana. He is married, has a son, a daughter and an insolent cat. Though he has a bad case of wanderlust, he has an unreasonable fear of flying (he prefers to travel by rail). His humorous pondering can be seen at

Sandra I. White retired from the training and development field in 1998. Since then, her time is divided between writing and volunteer work. Her first novel is scheduled for publication in the spring of 2002. In addition to writing, she enjoys reading and painting. She can be reached at: [email protected]

Julie D. Workman graduated with honors in home economics from Vincennes University in 1992. Since, 1995 she and husband, Joel, have served in the pastorate and mission field. They have three small children and reside in Denver, Colorado. Julie’s sister, Cindy, now lives in Indianapolis with her husband and three boys.

Stephanie Wyndance is a pen name used by freelance writer Sharla Taylor. She can be reached at P.O. Box 1513, Collierville, TN 38027-1513 or 901-853-6007. Visit her Web site to learn more about her résumé writing business or visit to read more of her short stories online.

Lynne Zielinski’s articles, stories, essays and book reviews appear in national magazines, newspapers and anthologies. She believes life is a gift from God and what we do with it is our gift to God. Lynne freelances out of Huntsville, Alabama, and can be reached at: [email protected].

Greta Zwaan has been active in writing for the past fifteen years, having one book published and presently pursuing two more. Writing comes easy to her but being a pastor’s wife and involved in the church and volunteering at the local school her time is very limited. Greta’s hobbies are collecting cookbooks (up to 12,050 so far), writing and refinishing furniture. She is also an avid gardener. She hopes to finish her second book this year.

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