From Chicken Soup for the Mother's Soul 2


Pamela Albee is a dental ceramist who also offers holistic healing and energy medicine to private clients. She has always loved children. After adopting her daughter she founded and facilitated an adoption support group and developed infant care and parenting classes for adoptive parents in Spokane, Washington.

Beverly Beckham is an award-winning columnist for The Boston Herald. She is the author of A Gift of Time, a collection of personal essays and Back Then–A Memoir of Childhood. Her stories have also appeared in A Second Chicken Soup for the Woman’s Soul and A 6th Bowl of Chicken Soup for the Soul. An at-home mother who embarked upon a writing career at age thirty, she routinely ponders the universal experiences that connect family and friends. She can be reached at 298 Chapman Street, Canton, MA 92021 or by e-mail at [email protected]

Mildred Bonzo is a ninety-two-year-old widow who lives alone in a 180-year-old log house that has been in her husband’s family for four generations. A few years ago she wrote a book of family memories for her grandchildren and great-grandchildren which includes her story, “A Sweet Lesson.” She is the oldest member of the Sunshine Church of Christ where she has served for over eighty years.

Trudy Bowler lives in Gregory, Michigan, with her husband Carl, the love of her life, and her children James and Pamela. She began writing when she returned to college at the age of thirty. Her children and husband are her main inspiration for the stories she writes. Trudy believes that providing a happy home for her family is her greatest joy and success in life.

Linda Bremner is a mother and grandmother, although her business card reads “Founder and Executive Director” of Love Letters, Inc. At fifty-two, she has been involved with the art community, especially paper crafts, for over thirty years. She has had several articles published and is also a lecturer and motivational speaker. To make a tax-deductible contribution to Love Letters, Inc. or to find out about volunteering, contact Linda at P.O. Box 416875, Chicago, IL 60641.

Thomas Brown, hairstylist and developer of various hair care products, is currently working on his own book. He is originally from Geneseo, New York, and now resides in Fairfield, Iowa. He is deeply grateful to his aunt and uncle, Jan and Vernon Horras, for the loving care they gave his mother. You can reach Thomas by writing to him at 108 W. Broadway, Fairfield, IA 52556.

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

Patricia Bunin is a writer and breast cancer survivor from Altadena, California. She writes regularly for the Pasadena Star News and is working on an inspirational book about her experience with cancer. She is available for freelance writing assignments or speaking engagements. You can reach her at 626-797-8255 or e-mail her at [email protected]

George Burns, born Nathan Birnbaum on Manhattan’s Lower East Side, began performing in 1903, at age seven. Not only did he survive all the shifts in popular entertainment over the course of the century—vaudeville, radio, movies, television, publishing—he prevailed in every one. He had a hit TV series, The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show, from 1950 to 1958, won an Oscar for his 1975 performance in the movie, The Sunshine Boys, and of the ten books bearing his byline, four were bestsellers. Burns died just weeks after his hundredth birthday in 1996.

Martha Campbell is a graduate of Washington University St. Louis School of Fine Arts, and a former writer/designer for Hallmark Cards. She has been a freelance cartoonist and book illustrator since 1973. She can be reached at P.O. Box 2538, Harrison, AR 72602, 870-741-5323, or [email protected]

Bill Canty’s cartoons have appeared in many national magazines, including the Saturday Evening Post, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Woman’s World, National Review and Medical Economics. His syndicated feature “All About Town” runs in thirty-five newspapers. Bill can be reached at P.O. Box 1053, S. Wellfleet, MA 02663; phone and fax: 508-349-7549; e-mail: [email protected] or his Web site:

Dave Carpenter has been a full-time cartoonist since 1981. Dave’s cartoons have appeared in such publications as Reader’s Digest, Harvard Business Review, Barron’s, The Wall Street Journal, Better Homes and Gardens, USA Weekend, as well as numerous other publications and Chicken Soup for the Soul books. Dave can be reached at P.O. Box 520, Emmetsburg, IA 50536.

Mary Chavoustie is a photojournalist with a passion for travel writing, small towns and family. Her contributions have been included in AAA’s Texas and New Mexico Journey magazines, Grit, Houston and New Mexico House and Home and most recently, her call for lupus awareness in the anthology, Women Forged in Fire.

Mary Ann Christie is the Webmistress of successful sites devoted to love (, marriage ( and fun (, and her humorous outlook has earned her a place as a NetWit, a highly regarded group of humor writers. She can be reached at [email protected]

Joan Cinelli is a South Carolina writer whose work has appeared in Good Housekeeping, Guideposts, Christian Century, Catholic Digest and in an anthology, Get Well Wishes. Joan edits and publishes Timelapse, a poetry journal. Her three sons and three grandchildren are the inspiration for much of her writing.

Cynthia Coe is a Phi Beta Kappa Graduate of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and a former lawyer. She is currently pursuing a Masters of Arts in Christian Education degree at Virginia Theological Seminary and is on staff at Episcopal Church of the Ascension in Knoxville, Tennessee.

Conari Press, established in 1987, publishes books on spirituality and women’s history to sexuality and personal growth. Their main goal is to publish quality books that will make a difference in people’s lives—both how people feel about themselves and how they relate to one another. To contact Conari Press: 2550 Ninth Street, Suite 101, Berkeley, CA 94710, 800-685-9595. E-mail: [email protected] Web site:

Christie Craig is a writer, photographer and teacher. With over five hundred national credits and one published novel, her work has appeared in a variety of publications, including Reader’s Digest, Woman’s World, Redbook, The Lookout, Signs of the Times, Cats and PetLife. Known for her inspiration and encouragement, she teaches writing classes in Houston, Texas. For information, contact her at [email protected]

Pat Curtis is a mother and grandmother who, along with her husband Max and their two Yorkies, Dollie and Skeeter, live in Joplin, Missouri. She enjoys writing inspirational stories of real-life events along with writing stories and novels for children.

Holly W. Danneman was born and raised in Texas. She graduated from Brigham Young University in 1974 with a degree in business. She married while living in San Francisco and has also lived in New York, Frankfurt and London. Holly is currently writing a travel guide called London Walks Through Time—American Mini-tours of London and a novel about her childhood called In Defense of Men.

Lisa Duffy-Korpics is a freelance writer and high school social studies teacher in Montgomery, New York. Her work has appeared in magazines and regional newspapers, as well as in Chicken Soup for the Cat and Dog Lover’s Soul. Lisa lives in Dutchess County, New York, with her husband Jason, her six-year-old son Charles and three-year-old daughter Emily. Her mother, Kathleen, is currently on her twenty-eighth year of dialysis. Lisa can be reached at [email protected]

Patty Duncan recently graduated from college a second time, at age fifty, with a degree in elementary education. She’s a substitute teacher and likes working with middle schoolers best. She enjoys chatting with her mother, who is now eighty years old, on the phone every evening.

Benita Epstein’s cartoons appear in hundreds of publications such as The New Yorker, Reader’s Digest and Better Homes and Gardens. She has three cartoon collections: Suture Self, Interlibrary Loan Sharks and Seedy Roms and Science of Little Round Things. (McFarland & Co. 800-253-2187) E-mail:; Web site:

Debbie Farmer is a nationally syndicated humor columnist. Her column “Family Daze” is distributed by Paradigm TSA Syndicate ( Her column has been internationally published in parenting magazines in the U.S., Canada and Australia. Her essays have also appeared nationally in Disney’s Family Fun Magazine, Christian Parenting Today and Sunset Publications Specialty Magazines. Visit her Web site at:

Falaka Fattah is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of the House of Umoja in Philadelphia, a home established almost thirty years ago for troubled urban youth. When asked once how she managed to convert the boys under her care into such well-behaved young men, she responded, “I treat them with respect, I demand that they respect me and I love them with an unconditional love.” To make a tax-deductible donation, please send checks to: House of Umoja, Inc., 1410 N. Frazier St., Philadelphia, PA 19131. Or contact Mrs. Fattah at (215) 473-5893, Fax: (215) 879-5340, e-mail: [email protected]

Alice Ferguson was born and raised in Derry, New Hampshire, and currently resides in Reno, Nevada. Alice holds a masters degree in Liberal Arts and teaches English Composition at the University of Nevada/Reno. When not teaching, Alice divides her time between travel in her RV and spending time with her two children.

Carol Frink resides in New York State with her husband and two children. She has been a full-time “stay-at-home” Mom since 1994 and does computer work part time from home. Writing has always been a hobby. She considers her family to be her greatest asset and even being considered for publication by Chicken Soup for the Soul one of her greatest honors.

Allison Yates Gaskins is the coauthor of Thanks, Mom, for Everything, Thanks, Dad, for Everything and Tightening the Knot. She, her husband Will and their children live at Summer’s Best Two Weeks Camp in Boswell, Pennsylvania. She is currently a full-time mom and occasional freelance writer.

Lenore Gavigan has been a teacher for thirty-two years. She currently teaches English, as well as English as a Second Language for the North Rockland School District in New York State. As an adjunct instructor for the Regional Training Center, she conducts courses for teachers on how to convey the art of writing to their students. She and her husband of thirty-two years, Jack, have three children, Tara (married to Sinclair), Sean and Mary Beth, and two grandchildren, Meghan and Justin, who bring great joy to their lives.

Dorothy Raymond Gilchrest is the mother of two and a true Mainer. She is presently a self-employed radiographer in occupational medicine. She is a dynamic lecturer on motivational topics for the working woman. Her inspirational writing has produced published journal articles as well as nostalgic lifetime stories and poetry offering spiritual balance between work and family. If you would like your family story portrayed in print, she may be reached through e-mail: [email protected]

Debbie (Fletcher) Gilmore—a full-time mother—lives in Germany with her husband, Gene, and her son, Brandon. She began writing after her first son, Matthew, died, and her essay, in his memory, was published in the book Heart of a Mother. You can reach her at [email protected]

Randy Glasbergen is one of America’s most widely and frequently published cartoonists. More than 25,000 of his cartoons have been published by Funny Times, Glamour, Hallmark Cards, AOL, Good Housekeeping and many others. His daily comic panel, “The Better Half,” is syndicated worldwide by King Features Syndicate. Randy is the author of many cartoon books, including Oh Baby!, a collection of cartoons for new parents. You can find more of Randy’s cartoons online at:

Marcy Goodfleisch is the divorced mother of two “terrific” adult sons, Kevin and Eric. A writer and public relations professional, she has had more than five hundred articles and stories published in national and regional (Central Texas) magazines and newspapers. Marcy manages a team of writers and PR professionals for Academic Computing at the University of Texas. She is active in her church and community, and loves music, art, travel, camping and literature. She is a member of MENSA, has a B.S. in Liberal Studies and is completing her masters degree in liberal arts. She may be reached at 512-288-8894, or P.O. Box 13322, Austin, TX 78711-3322.

Bonnie Compton Hanson, editor, artist and author, is also represented in Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover’s Soul. Her lively family includes husband Don, children, grandchildren, birds, cats and possums. You may reach Bonnie at 3330 S. Lowell St., Santa Ana, CA 92707; phone: 714-751-7824; email: [email protected]

Karie Hansen is a single mother and a full-time student studying Elementary Education in Iowa. Her inspiration for writing is her daughter Loreena.

Johnny Hawkins’s cartoons have been published by more than 250 publications over the last fifteen years. His work has been in The Saturday Evening Post, Woman’s World, First, Barron’s, Air and Space and many others. More of his work can be seen at Contact him at: P.O. Box 1888, Sherwood, MI 49089; phone: 517-741-3668; e-mail: [email protected]

Shana Helmholdt is a licensed clinical psychologist in private practice in the Chicagoland area. She is passionate about writing and about her life’s work—helping others to see the opportunities for growth and healing in crisis and in life’s transitions. She can be reached at 312-490-4150.

L. D. Hindman is a grandmother whose avocation is writing poetry. She recently completed a small volume of verse, Among Stones, written to bring comfort to those who have experienced the loss of a loved one. She lives in Colorado with her husband of thirty-eight years, where she enjoys all activities that involve her family.

Dawn Holt is currently a school counselor at Westover High School in Fayetteville, North Carolina, fulfilling her son Cameron’s last wishes that he not be forgotten, and that she come back to his high school to make a difference in the lives of the students. After giving the chocolate-covered cherries story to family and friends in December of 1998, they encouraged her to submit the story to Chicken Soup for the Soul. She still makes the box of candy her annual gift to them.

Amberley Howe is currently a junior in college majoring in English and Behavioral Science with goals to write inspirational material for families. She wrote her story, “Mother’s Christmas Stocking,” during her freshman year for her Composition 101 final examination. She had three hours to write something she remembered about her childhood holidays. Her instructor, Mrs. Pyke, who usually destroyed graded finals, returned this one to Amberley with orders to find a place to publish it. Amberley can be reached at 2810 E. Westfall Rd., Mariposa, CA 95338.

Susan Hubbs is a freelance writer who lives in Orlando, Florida, with her husband, Rick, and two children, Christopher and Elizabeth. She is published in a variety of magazines and is the author of two nonfiction books, Pamper Your Partner and Dig Up Your Roots and Find Your Branches.

Earle Irwin, mother of Richard Irwin-Miller, is a psychiatric clinical nurse specialist who writes avocationally. She is a member of a women’s writing group and a prolific journal keeper. She resides in Blacksburg, Virginia.

Richard Irwin-Miller is now seventeen. He is a junior in high school and a member of the National Thespian Society. He hopes to major in drama in college and pursue a career in theater.

Linda Jones considers the two most important things in life to be her relationship with the Lord and with her daughter. They became Christians— she as a young single mom and Kelly as a young girl—and “grew up” together in the Lord. She has worked for JCPenney for twenty-four years and loves to teach women’s Bible studies.

Bil Keane started “The Family Circus,” based on his own family (his wife Thel and their five children) in 1960. It now appears in more than 1,500 newspapers and is read daily by 188 million people. The award-winning feature is the most widely syndicated panel cartoon in America.

Marie Kennedy is a wife, mother, motivational speaker and freelance writer. She is published in numerous online magazines, and has been a guest speaker at schools, hospitals and conventions. She is a new member of NLAPW (National League of American Pen Women) and author of My Perfect Son has Cerebral Palsy. The book is available nationwide; call your local book store for details or visit Contact Marie from her Web site or e-mail [email protected]

Janet Konttinen is a syndicated columnist with Universal Press Syndicate, and the mother of a six-year-old son and triplet daughters, age five. In her writing she shares her family’s chaos. She also appears in Baby Talk Magazine where she answers readers’ questions about kids, parenting and life’s ins and outs.

Kathryn Kvols is the mother/stepmother of five. She is a dynamic speaker and is best known for her life-changing course and book Redirecting Children’s Behavior (RCB). Kathryn is president of the International Network for Children and Families. She resides with her husband, Brian, and her children, Tyler and Brianna. For more information about RCB, call Kathryn at 352-375-7698 or visit her Web site at

Cynthia Laughlin is the proud mother of Skyler, an active eight-year-old son who is autistic. She is currently working on a book about Skyler’s life and takes every opportunity to share with others the joys and heartaches of life with an autistic child.

Pat Laye, author of seven novels, numerous short stories and a frequent contributor to other Chicken Soup books, teaches at writers’ conferences and colleges throughout the South. She resides in Cuthbert, Georgia, where she is currently working on a mystery. She travels worldwide exploring new settings for her novels.

Robin Lim is the mother of seven, grandmother of “Zhou” and midwife of many. She lives with her large family in the mountains of the Philippines, and can sometimes be found in Iowa. Her book, After the Baby’s Birth: A Woman’s Way to Wellness, is a wonderful guidebook for new mothers. Lim is director of Healthy Mother–Healthy Baby, an international not-for-profit foundation which supports gentle, culturally sensitive childbirth and breastfeeding. Donations may be sent to HEALTHY MOTHER— HEALTHY BABY, 4286 Redwood Hwy., #330, San Rafael, CA 94930.

Marnie O. Mamminga is a freelance writer and teacher in Batavia, Illinois. She has been married to her high school sweetheart for thirty years and has three wonderful sons. All four guys have graciously, though perhaps unknowingly, provided much material for her writing. For this, she is sincerely grateful.

Mary Marcdante is an inspiring and dynamic professional speaker and author whose mission is to help people deepen and expand their appreciation of themselves, their relationships, their work and life. She speaks on communication, stress management, self-awareness and personal change at business and association meetings and conventions. She is the author of My Mother, My Friend: The Ten Most Important Things to Talk About with Your Mother (Simon & Schuster/Fireside) and Inspiring Words for Inspiring People (self-published). She can be reached at [email protected] or P.O. Box 2529, Del Mar, CA 92014.

Scott Masear lives in Portland, Oregon, and has been cartooning professionally for fifteen years. Some of the magazines that he sells to regularly are Harvard Business Review, Medical Economics, Air and Space, Phi Delta Kappa, National Law Journal and Travel Weekly.

Michael McClelland has established a reputation as one of the leading viola teachers and performers in the United States. He received his bachelor’s degree in music from the Peabody Conservatory of Music, and is now a violist with the Florida Philharmonic.

W.W. Meade started writing at the age of fourteen. When he was twenty-two, his first story was published in Colliers magazine. He wrote short fiction stories for the Saturday Evening Post, Gentleman’s Quarterly and several others. He then turned to writing nonfiction for magazines such as Cosmopolitan, Redbook and Reader’s Digest. Later he became the managing editor of Cosmopolitan and then the managing editor of the Reader’s Digest Book Club. His last position in publishing was president and editor in chief of Avon Books. Today, Walter is retired and writing short stories for Reader’s Digest as well as many other magazines and periodicals. He can be reached at 4561 N.W. 67 Terr., Fort Lauderhill, FL 33319.

Caurie Anne Miner is the daughter of Dawn and Gregory Miner and sister of Stephanie, K. T. and Christopher. Caurie—a freelance writer—was raised on the family’s tree farm in upstate New York. She earned her bachelor and masters degrees from the University of Rochester and is a former Fulbright Grant recipient. Caurie’s mom recently graduated from Green Mountain College with her “official” teaching credentials. You can reach them both at 217 Scotch Hill Road, Cambridge, NY 12816 or [email protected]

Holly Manon Moore is grateful to be a full-time mom and wife-at-home to daughter, Mira, and husband, Bob, in Fairfield, Iowa. She has a B.F.A. in art and an M.A. in educational administration, which happily qualifies her for her activities as artist, writer, organic gardener and adult volunteer for the Girl Scouts of the USA. She has also been a teacher of the Transcendental Meditation Program for over twenty-five years.

Marilyn Neibergall holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from Arizona State University and is an R.N.—community health nurse—at Maricopa County Department of Public Health in Phoenix, Arizona. She is also a freelance writer with several articles in Woman’s World magazine. She can be reached at 1030 W. Emelita Avenue, Mesa, AZ 85210 or call 480-969-1794.

Doris Hays Northstorm is a nationally published writer, inspirational speaker and creative writing teacher. She has four children, six grandchildren, and finds her motivation for writing in her family and living in the Pacific Northwest. Her hobbies include biking, hiking and skiing with her children and gardening, tennis, and dancing with her husband, Ron. Contact her at 1308 N. Cascade Ave., Tacoma, WA 98406, or e-mail at [email protected]

Christina Chanes Nystrom is a southern California-based free-lance writer and photographer. Christina has published more than nine hundred newsprint, Web and magazine articles. She is married and has a daughter. Her cover and feature publication credits include Tradeshow Week,, PEO Record, San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Whittier Daily News, Highlander Weekly News, American City and County Magazine, MAMM Magazine, El Restaurante Magazine, Design Build Business and the Design Journal.

Shirley Pease, a writer and speaker for ten years, has written for both secular and Christian magazines. She has coauthored one book and is working on two more. This is her second story in the Chicken Soup series. Recently she began a writer’s group for senior citizens in Wenatchee, Washington. E-mail Shirley at: [email protected]

Diane C. Perrone is a freelance writer and has been a marketing/ PR consultant since 1966. She is the mother of five and is reframing life through the eyes of her seven (so far) grandchildren and the lens of faith. She speaks to “seasoned” citizens and the companies that market to them, and also teaches skin care for Mary Kay Cosmetics.

Carol McAdoo Rehme is a freelance writer, professional storyteller and public speaker. With her four children providing ample fodder for stories, she is a regular contributor to other Chicken Soup for the Soul books,

Whispers from Heaven and various publications. Contact Carol at 2503 Logan Dr., Loveland, CO 80538; phone (970) 669-5791 or e-mail her at [email protected]

Staci Ann Richmond is a former reporter, award-winning columnist and freelance writer who left the wild world of print journalism to pursue a degree in secondary English education. However, her most prized accomplishment has been the establishment of an in-home brokerage firm she operates with her husband of ten years, Bart. The two deal primarily with futures—those of their four children, Addi Rose, Jasper, Sage and Zane. She can be reached at 101 E. Fillmore Ave., Fairfield, IA 52556.

Patricia Rinaldi has built a career on what she does best: making things safer to protect children, creating order from chaos and demonstrating leadership in times of trouble. A high school drop-out, Patricia is currently working on her master’s thesis at the University of Michigan. In addition, she is the Director of Michigan Facilities for Beacon Education Management. An artist, poet, musician, vocalist and church choir director, Patricia spends her spare time in her garden, happy when her grandchildren, Lisa, Tr’e and DeVonte come over to see her.

Sandra Rockman is a writer, playwright and theater director. Her recent work includes a cycle of personal essays chronicling her mother’s dementia. Her essays have been published in the San Francisco Chronicle and the Hartford Courant. She lives with her husband, Tony Giacalone, in northern California and is currently working on a novel.

Ronna Rowlette is the mother of two daughters and a son. She is president of Rowlette Research Associates, Inc., in Tampa, Florida, specializing in community research with nonprofit organizations. Dr. Rowlette is also an adjunct professor, a freelance writer and photographer.

Nancy L. Rusk lives in Florida with her husband, her son, two dogs, one cat, one iguana, one rabbit, one turtle and fifteen ducks. She writes women’s fiction and inspirational nonfiction.

Doris Sanford is a registered nurse with a master’s degree in psychology. She has taught a college course in death and dying for the past thirty years and authored twenty-nine books for or about children. She provides seminars worldwide on meeting the needs of abused children. Please reach her at: [email protected]

Lynn Schnurnberger has authored several books, and is a freelance writer living in Pelham, New York.

Mike Shapiro has been working as a cartoonist since 1987. His work has appeared in many publications, including The Wall Street Journal, Harvard Business Review, Forbes, Reader’s Digest and National Review. In addition, his cartoons have been published in books, on the Internet and on T-shirts. Mike currently resides in Virginia.

Steve Smeltzer is a native of Fort Wayne, Indiana. In addition to cartooning, he makes his living by teaching and playing drums. He and his wife Cynthia enjoy traveling and eating in small-town diners. Steve’s cartoons have appeared in USA Weekend, Better Homes & Gardens, Saturday Evening Post and Woman’s World. His e-mail address is: [email protected]

Dixie Jane Sokolik is a retired registered nurse. She and her husband, Jim, live in Winona, Minnesota. They have four grown children, five grandchildren and one very spoiled cat. She loves writing and is currently writing columns for a local newspaper. Her other interests include music, hiking, reading and traveling.

Linda Stafford is the author of over twenty novels. She lives on an island where she enjoys sailing and riding her horses on the beach. She has four grown children who are shocked that their mother is learning to fly an airplane (at her age!).

Lynn Stearns has had poetry, essays and stories in numerous publications including The Baltimore Review, Mentor and Women Today. She and her husband enjoy life in Maryland, and playing with their grandson, (the subject of her story, “The Secret Handshake”) and his little brother whenever possible. Lynn can be reached at [email protected]

B.A. Sutkus was born and raised in Olyphant, Pennsylvania, and spent her youth listening to the stories told by the people in the area who worked in the coal mines. They kept their heritage and traditions alive by passing down from generation to generation the same tales that were told to them by their families. Today, she enjoys working with the American Legion Auxiliary, watching her grandchildren grow and devising ways to avoid her “attack cat,” Miss Fluffer Nutter, who only attacks her. She often asks her cat, “Why can’t you be more like Smokey?”

Janis Thornton lives in Tipton, Indiana. A staff writer for the Frankfort (Ind.) Times, she also operates a writing and graphic design service from her home. A part-time student at Indiana University, Janis is continuing her studies in creative writing. Her “mother’s soul” is nourished daily by her eleven-year-old son, Matthew.

Elizabeth Thring is a native Washingtonian and currently resides in Silver Spring, Maryland, where she is a licensed real estate agent. She enjoys jogging, hiking, sailing and horseback riding. Bill is her only child.

Beth Copeland Vargo is a museum curator, freelance writer and poet. Her poetry collection, Traveling Through Glass, received the 1999 Bright Hill Press National Poetry Book Award. She received her M.F.A. degree in Creative Writing from Bowling Green State University and has taught writing to children and adults. Her personal essays have appeared in the Chicago Tribune, Christian Science Monitor and other publications.

Phyllis I. Volkens (1935–1996). Phyllis began her career on a used Smith-Corona and a dare, which she won! In the beginning, she wrote for the Denver Post. From there, Reader’s Digest took her words to the world. Phyllis left us in 1996, but her writing remains. Her estate, via her daughter, Heather, can be reached at 310-444-9793 or at: [email protected]

Patricia Walters-Fischer has been in the medical field for over seven years. She has worked in the adult critical care and emergency areas as well as pediatric emergency room and trauma in hospitals around Texas. Presently, she lives in St. Louis, Missouri, with her husband Steve and has entered into the field of preventive medicine through journalism.

Marion Bond West is the mother of two daughters and twin sons, grandmother of six. She lives with her husband Gene Acuff, in Georgia. She’s contributing editor for Guideposts and has written for them since 1972 and contributed to a number of the Chicken Soup books, as well as authoring six Christian books. She’s an inspirational speaker and may be contacted at 1330 DaAndra Dr., Watkinsville, GA 30677.

Tina Whittle is a wife, a mother and a freshman composition instructor at Georgia Southern University, where she encourages her students to use creative writing as personal exploration, not just in the classroom but throughout their lives. She has been published in Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine and Writer’s Digest.

Sharon Wright, a freelance writer, lives in Houston, Texas, with her husband. Her articles and essays have appeared in McCall’s, Cowboy Sports & Entertainment Magazine, The Houston Writer and Science Fiction & Fantasy E-Zine. She also writes contemporary novels. You may contact her at P.O. Box 724, Bellaire, TX 77402-0724.

Susan Alexander Yates is a bestselling writer and speaker. Her newest book, And Then I Had Teenagers, Encouragement for Parents of Teens and Pre-Teens, has just been published by Baker Publishers. She is the parent-child columnist for Today’s Christian Woman Magazine. She and her husband, John, have five children and two grandchildren. They speak at Family Life Conferences throughout the country.

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