From Chicken Soup for the Mother & Daughter Soul


Donna Barstow says it is a joy to draw and write cartoons! Her quirky drawings appear in over 200 publications, including The New Yorker, Los Angeles Times, Reader’s Digest, Harvard Business Review, Wall Street Journal and many calendars and books, including other Chicken Soup for the Soul books. Her book about women and cats will be published in 2003. Her favorite topics are relationships, computers and pets. You can see more of her work at

Mary Alice Dress Baumgardner received her B.A. from Gettysburg College and M.A. from Marywood University. She writes and illustrates children’s books and inspirational stories for adults. She may be contacted at: P.O. Box 55, Waynesboro, PA 17268; or via e-mail: [email protected]; or the Web site:

Julie Bete lives the good life in southern Vermont. She spends her days playing Simon Says, dancing with fairies and breastfeeding the unquenchable nursling. She enjoys gardening, reading, writing, plant spirit medicine, local organic produce and giving birth at home. Her husband and daughter bring laughter to her days.

Elizabeth Bezant works as both a freelance writer and speaker in Perth, Western Australia. Her inspirational, uplifting stories on life have been published worldwide as have her interactive educational ideas. Her goal is to encourage a positive and fun outlook on life. Elizabeth can be contacted through her Web site:

Cynthia Blatchford is an aspiring writer with profound hopes of helping others heal through the written word based on her life’s experiences. Her interests include reading, crafts and a vast love of movies. She may be reached by e-mail at: [email protected]

Alice Lundy Blum, a New Mexico native, is a freelance writer, focusing on women’s issues and raising social consciousness. She is also working on a book about losing her mother to cancer. Alice lives with her husband, Tom, and black Lab, Cassie, at 15852 Garrett Path, Apple Valley, MN 55124.

Colleen Foye Bollen is a professional writer. Her upcoming book focuses on dreams, dolphins and her spiritual awakening. Colleen conducts workshops about writing, spirituality and creativity. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her family and numerous smoke detectors. Contact Colleen at Turtle Island Press, P.O. Box 77598, Seattle, WA 98177; email at [email protected]

Joan Borysenko, Ph.D., is trained as a medical scientist and licensed clinical psychologist. She is the co-founder and former director of the mind/body clinical programs at the Beth Israel/Deaconess Medical Center and a former instructor in medicine at the Harvard Medical School. Her work encompasses mind/body medicine, women’s health and spirituality. Author of many books including the New York Times bestseller Minding the Body, Mending the Mind, Dr. Borysenko’s work bridges medicine, psychology and the world’s great spiritual traditions. As president of Mind/Body Health Sciences in Boulder, Colorado, Dr. Borysenko provides lectures, workshops and consultations for healthcare providers, corporations, clergy, civic organizations and the general public. She has been described as “a rare jewel: respected scientist, gifted therapist and unabashed mystic.”

Tonna Canfield is a wife, mother, teacher and speaker. She and her husband are church youth leaders. They also teach a Bible study for teenagers in their home. Tonna teaches Sunday school and ladies’ Bible study. She is writing a ladies’ devotional book. Reach her at 606-329-9408 or at [email protected]

David Carpenter has been a full-time cartoonist since 1981. His work has appeared in a number of publications such as Harvard Business Review, Barron’s, The Wall Street Journal, Reader’s Digest, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens and The Saturday Evening Post. Dave’s cartoons have also appeared in several of the Chicken Soup for the Soul books. Dave can be reached at [email protected]

Kim Childs is a writer and certified Kripalu yoga teacher who guides all kinds of people worldwide through group classes and private lessons. She also sings, acts and leads workshops on conscious eating, body loving and artful living (based on Julia Cameron’s The Artist’s Way). Please visit her at

Kate Clabough is a freelance writer and historian. She writes regularly for regional newspapers and magazines. Currently, she is working on two local history books and a historical romance. Kate lives with her husband and children near the Great Smokey Mountains in East Tennessee. You can reach her at: [email protected]

Elissa Hadley Conklin is a freelance writer and poet whose work has appeared in Guideposts, Writer’s Journal, Hudson Valley Parent, Mature Life and Muscular Dystrophy magazines. She is married and has two sons. Her book, a biography about Joan Crawford, is to be published. She may be reached via e-mail at: [email protected]

David Cooney’s cartoons and illustrations have appeared in numerous Chicken Soup for the Soul books as well as magazines including USA Weekend and Good Housekeeping. David lives with his wife, Marcia, and two children, Sarah and Andrew, in the small Pennsylvania town of Mifflinburg. His Web site is and he can be reached at [email protected]

Paula D’Arcy is an author, speaker and retreat leader. She has a master’s in education in counseling psychology from the University of New Hampshire, 1970. Among her works are Song for Sarah, Gift of the Red Bird and A New Set of Eyes. Learn more at

Therese Brady Donohue has lived in Amherst, Massachusetts, for thirty years where her family moved to enable her daughter Maura to be treated at Boston’s Jimmy Fund Clinic. Ms. Donohue founded the Amherst Ballet Centre. She has received awards from the Town and Citations from the Massachusetts Senate and House of Representatives. She holds a B.A. from Maryland’s College of Notre Dame.

Julia Alene Doyle is an aspiring writer and photographer. A native of Waukegan, Illinois, she lives in Alexandria, Indiana, and is employed by the newspaper industry. Her passage is dedicated to her nieces and nephews who remain a constant source of pride and inspiration. She can be reached at [email protected]

Karen C. Driscoll lives in Connecticut with her husband and their four children, age five and under. She has a master’s degree in elementary and special education and is currently a full-timemom. Her writing has been published in anthologies, magazines and online. She can be reached at: [email protected]

M. M. English delivers her sometimes quirky, sometimes irreverent views with honesty and humor in her newspaper column, “It’ll Be Fine.” She lives with her husband and five children in northern Alberta. For more of her work, including books and cards, please visit Contact her at: [email protected] or Box 207, Fox Creek, AB, T0H 1P0, Canada.

Rachel Fink teaches developmental biology at Mount Holyoke College. She lives with her husband, two children and shaggy hound dog in a little house by the edge of the woods. She enjoys writing essays about international adoption, motherhood and being a scientist.

Winfield Firman is a successful businessman, Boy Scout leader and bomb disposal officer during WWII, who, as a retiree, is a giving and wise volunteer in many organizations. His writing has appeared in I Like Being Married. He is a supportive, loving father, grandfather and husband.

Nancy B. Gibbs is a pastor’s wife, mother and grandmother. She is the author of Celebrate Life . . . Just for Today, a weekly religion columnist and freelance writer. Her stories have appeared in numerous books and magazines. She has contributed several other stories to the Chicken Soup for the Soul series. Her e-mail address is [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, Woman’s World, Cosmopolitan, America Online and many others. His daily comic panel “The Better Half” is syndicated worldwide by King Features Syndicate. He is also the author of three cartooning instruction books and several cartoon anthologies. To read a new cartoon every day, please visit Randy’s Web site at

Anne Goodrich is a Web and graphic designer for an educational agency in Kalamazoo, Michigan, and Webmaster of, an angel and inspirational e-card site. She is blessed to have a number of earth angels in her life, especially her daughter Kelly, and her sons Gordon and Carman.

Hallmark Licensing Inc. is an ever-expanding company. Through licensing leadership and joint ventures, Hallmark continues to expand its product formats and distribution avenues. Its headquarters are based in Kansas City.

Hallmark is known throughout the world for its greeting cards and other personal expressions of celebration, love and loss. The Hallmark Hall of Fame is a well-known and time-honored dramatic television series.

Jonny Hawkins’ cartoons have been published in over fifty books and in over 265 publications over the last sixteen years. His most recent book, The Awesome Book of Heavenly Humor, can be purchased by contacting him at: [email protected] or by calling him at 269-432-8071. He lives in Sherwood, Michigan, with his wife Carissa and their two boys, Nate and Zach.

Eileen Aquina Hehl, a proud grandmother of four children, has sold more than three hundred short magazine stories. Twenty of her novels were published, fifteen of them for young readers. Her book Lucky in Love was nominated for Romance Writers of America’s RITA Award, and she’s a longtime member of Connecticut RWA. She and her husband Tony live in New Milford, Connecticut.

Judy Henning is a registered nurse and mother of three beautiful daughters, all nurses, and a son, an artist. In addition to her work, Judy loves to hike, canoe, dance, garden and throw pots. She writes for pure pleasure and has been a member of a writing group for ten years. Contact her at: [email protected]

Win Herberg, formerly an English teacher, now enjoys working as a studio potter and operating an art and craft gallery near Centuria, Wisconsin. Children Leif, Brandon and Nissa are the inspiration for some of her writing. Win is currently working on her parents’ biography/memoirs. Please reach her at: [email protected]

Donna M. Hoffman is a retired teacher. She cannot remember when reading and writing were not a part of her life. She has a MA in reading/writing education. She has published numerous articles and stories in periodicals for children, women and mature adults. Mrs. Hoffman is currently working on a woman’s novel and a fantasy novel for children. Widowed in late 1997, she remarried in June of 2002 and lives happily with her husband and two cats in Westminster, Colorado. Her daughter, son-in-law and grandson, Jared, live nearby.

The Reverend Melissa Hollerith graduated with a bachelor of arts from Tulane University in 1984 and received a master’s of divinity from Yale University in 1990. She lives in Richmond, Virginia, and works at St. Christopher’s School. She and her husband Randy, who is also a priest, have two children: seven-year-old Marshall and four-year-old Eliza.

Carolee Hudgins lives in Chesterfield, Virginia. She spends most of her time with her husband, grown children and her grandchildren. She has always enjoyed writing poetry. The poem in this book was inspired by her mother, Ruth Tellefsen, who died in 1985 after a very long and valiant fight against breast cancer. And she is sure she is still listening.

Barb Huff, after seven years serving children and families at the YMCA of Central Stark County, is now the youth and children’s director at Otterbein United Methodist Church in New Philadelphia. Barb is also a writer specializing in children’s ministry, fiction and parenting nonfiction.

Annette Marie Hyder’s work appears in magazines, books and newspapers throughout the United States and internationally. Being a mother informs and nurtures her writing in countless generative ways. Of her occupations, writing, editing and mothering, her favorite “job” is being a mother, because, she says, “You can’t beat the perks!” Contact her at [email protected]

Kendeyl Johansen is an award-winning author and contributing editor for iParenting Media and the national magazines Pregnancy, Woman’s Health & Fitness and Baby Years. Her work has also appeared in Woman’s World and several literary journals. You may contact her at: [email protected]

Brenda Jordan is a fifty-five-year-old retired high school teacher in Huntsville, Alabama. She now works at Early Works, a children’s history museum. She teaches young children about Alabama’s early history.

Kathy Jublou is a full-time, stay-at-home mom to two teenage boys. After retiring from the Naval Reserves as a Commander, she became active in civic affairs. She enjoys her daily gym workouts and is a longstanding member of a drawing workshop that uses colored pencils as the primary medium.

Paul Karrer has had five stories published with Chicken Soup. He is regularly heard reading his stories on First Person Singular on radio station KUSP 88.9 FM, in Santa Cruz, California. When not writing or annoying his wife, he is a fifth-grade teacher. He may be disturbed at: [email protected]

Betty King writes inspirational and humorous articles for a variety of media and is highly published on the Internet. She is a Heartwarmer Gem on heart-warmers4u. com and writer of the month on She has publishing credits in a number of mediums and is the author of the books, It Takes Two Mountains to Make a Valley which has just been published and But—It Was in the Valleys I Grew waiting release. You can contact her at [email protected]. Her new Web site is

Jean Kinsey, a Franklin, Kentucky native, writes a bimonthly column for FACES, a publication of the American Syringomyelia Alliance Project. Jean was stricken with the rare disorder, syringomyelia, in 1983. She is in the process of writing a novel based on the disorder. Jean is also active in her church.

Houstonian Karen O. Krakower is editor of a national health magazine, an essayist and humorist. Her writings have appeared in over fifty publications. She spends her free time playing guitar with her son, schmoozing with her daughter, and exhaling with friends and family. And then there’s the dog, Oy. Another story.

Bella Kudatsky started writing when her senior center needed another workshop participant. Reluctantly, Bella joined. Surprisingly, it became her therapy, and later, her hobby. She is also dismantling her vast collection of worldwide seashells. Bella can be reached at 617-244-0552. She lives in Newton Centre, Massachusetts.

Laura Lagana is a professional speaker, registered nurse, author of Touched by Angels of Mercy, coauthor of Chicken Soup for the Volunteer’s Soul and frequent contributor to the Chicken Soup for the Soul series. She may be reached at P.O. Box 7816, Wilmington, DE 19803; via e-mail: [email protected]; or at her Web site:

Anne Lambert was a navy wife, taking advantage of exotic locations to become a research and travel writer. She’s a generic reader, reading anything and everything. She is the author, with her husband, Jeff, of three novels: Thief by Moonight, Magic’s Logic and Realms of the Shadows. She enjoys gourmet cooking and long walks on the desert mesa.

Charlotte A. Lanham is a storyteller, freelance writer and columnist. She has been writing stories and poetry ever since her eighth-grade English teacher wrote the simple word “Astute” across the corner of a term paper. Her collection of memoirs, featured in a weekly column, “Over a Cuppa,” reflect a lifetime of humorous and heartwarming tales. In her files are dozens of children’s books, songs and poems, written during her years as a teacher in New South Wales, Australia. Now retired, she writes from her home in Duncanville, Texas. Charlotte can be reached by e-mail at [email protected]

Vickie Leach is assistant principal at Stamford High School. She and her husband Michael have two grown sons and live in Riverside, Connecticut.

Donna Lee is a freelance writer and video producer from Charleston, South Carolina. She is a regular columnist for a travel Web site. She has worked in educational television as well as in television news and radio broadcasting. She is currently working on a short film adaptation of “Mom SAID/She MEANT.”

Eda LeShan was the author of more than thirty books for adults and children, including When Your Child Drives You Crazy and It’s Better to Be Over the Hill Than Under It. She was also a playwright. Her play The Lobster Reef premiered in New York City on June 6, 1995. She was a renowned family counselor, and a former columnist for New York Newsday and Woman’s Day Magazine.

Patricia Lorenz, the mother of two daughters and two sons, makes her living as a writer and speaker. With stories in over a dozen Chicken Soup books, she is one of the most prolific Chicken Soup story writers in America. Patricia is the author of three books, over four hundred articles, has stories in numerous anthologies, is a contributing writer for fourteen Daily Guideposts books, and an award-winning regular columnist for two newspapers. To contact Patricia for speaking opportunities, e-mail her at: [email protected] or by phone at 800-437-7577.

Karen Majoris-Garrison is an award-winning author, whose stories appear in Woman’s World, Chicken Soup for the Soul and God Allows U-Turns. A wife and mother of two young children, Abigail and Simeon, Karen describes her family life as “heaven on earth.” You may reach her at: [email protected]

Judith Marks-White is a columnist for the Westport Connecticut News where her column, “The Light Touch” appears every Wednesday. She freelances for newspapers and magazines throughout the country, lectures on humor writing and is an adjunct professor of English at Norwalk Community College in Connecticut.

Kathleen Swartz McQuaig shares stories from the heart shaped by her deep faith. As a writer, speaker, teacher, wife and mother, she lives to encourage others. After earning her master’s degree in education, and living in military communities stateside and abroad, Kathleen and her family settled in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.

Carol Sjostrom Miller lives in New Jersey with her husband, Jack, and daughters Stephanie and Lauren. Her essays, articles and humor pieces—written while her family sleeps—appear in dozens of local and national print publications, as well as online and in inspirational anthologies. E-mail: [email protected] or [email protected]

Tekla Dennison Miller is the author of two memoirs: The Warden Wore Pink, about her corrections career, and A Bowl of Cherries, about herself and her sister. She taught in riot-torn South Central Los Angeles and worked with mentally challenged enlisted men in Germany. Ms. Miller lives in Colorado.

Ferna Lary Mills is the author of “The Rainbow: Words of Inspiration, Faith and Hope.” She cites writing stories of faith as her greatest love. You may reach her by e-mail at [email protected] or read more of her stories and poems at her Website at

Jacquelyn Mitchard, the mother of three daughters and three sons, is the author of The Deep End of the Ocean, Oprah Winfrey’s first book club selection, a contributing editor to Parenting magazine and author of the new novel Twelve Times Blessed.

Christie Kelley Montone is a writer and photographer currently living near Buffalo, New York. She enjoys creating unique family portraits at locations special to her clients. Now a mother to a precious little boy, she hopes to instill in him the same wonderful values she learned from her mom. She can be reached at [email protected]

Cassie Moore enjoys being a full-time mom to her son Brady. She likes to read, write poems and short stories, and spend time with her family and friends. She wrote ‘The Magic Jar Years’ in memory of her mom, Gloria, who continues to be her inspiration from above. Cassie, her husband Scott, and Brady reside in Spanish Fort, Alabama. You can email her at [email protected]

Alicia Nordan is a psychotherapist in private practice and counsels adults who struggle with issues of separation, grief and loss. The Nightgown is the result of a promise she made to her mother in 1981 to write about the events of one night during her mother’s treatment for pancreatic cancer. Alicia lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, with author Lewis Nordan and their two adopted greyhounds.

Jennifer M. Paquette lives in Toronto with her two children. Her writing, on topics ranging from computer viruses to spiritual step-parenting, has been featured on national radio and appeared in both mainstream and spiritual publications. She is also a published fiction writer. Visit her on the Web at

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 (such as Billboard), newsletters and books. Lynn is his wife/business partner and their daughter, Jenny, contributes with inspiration, (as do three cats).

Kristal M. Parker attends college in San Diego, California. She enjoys traveling, writing and scuba diving. She is looking forward to a career working with children. This is her first published work.

Debra Ann Pawlak, a freelance writer from Farmington, Michigan, lives with her husband, Michael, and children, Rachel and Jonathon. She is currently writing a book on Farmington history and recently completed a screenplay about Clara Bow.

Debra contributes regularly to The Mediadrome, ( an online magazine for thinking people. E-mail her at: [email protected]

Melissa Peek is a wife and full-time mother of four. She also owns an online fan club, is a radio advertising rep and copywriter, has been self-employed in construction and real estate speculation, and has appeared in a Snapple commercial. You may e-mail her at: [email protected]

Judy Perry lives in Florida with her soulmate, Benn. She is an advocate for small business owners and represents NFIB, the National Federation for Independent Business. Judy enjoys art, travel, friends and family.

Cindy Phiffer credits her mother Lu Flatt for teaching her how to be a good mother. Cindy, whose sons are past rocking age, manages Durrett Cheese & Gift Gallery in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. She is the author of The Edible ABC’s, My First Book of Prayers and My Body, My Choice.

Regina Phillips holds a bachelor’s degree in social work and currently works for a legal information service company. She lives in Columbus, Ohio, with her husband and their daughter. She can be reached by e-mail at [email protected]

Stephanie Piro is a cartoonist, designer and mom. She considers her fabulous daughter, Nico, her greatest inspiration. She is one of King Features cartoon team, Six Chix (she’s Saturday!) and she also self-syndicates “Fair Game,” a daily cartoon panel and designs T-shirts and other items for her company, Strip T’s. Contact her at: [email protected] or or write to: Stephanie Piro, P.O. Box 605, Farmington, NH 03835.

Mindy Pollack-Fusi left a PR career to focus on creative/freelance writing including articles for The Boston Globe, an essay column in The Minuteman, a prior Chicken Soup story in Unsinkable Soul, and a hopefully-soon-to-be-published memoir. Reach her at [email protected] in the Boston area.

Marilyn Pribus, a freelance editor and journalist, lives with her husband near Sacramento, California. They have two sons. Her mother, Marian Groet, a musician, weaver and much-loved grandmother, lives in a nearby retirement center. Marilyn’s e-mail address is: mailto:[email protected]

LeAnn R. Ralph earned a bachelor’s and a master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. She is a reporter for two newspapers in Wisconsin and is writing a book of true stories about her childhood on a Wisconsin dairy farm. E-mail her at: [email protected]

Rebecca Reid is a photographer and psychotherapist living in Amherst, Massachusetts. She has two grown children, Sarah Reid and Anna Nguyen, both of whom weathered adolescence and came out fine, and one grandson who is eight years old. Rebecca and Sarah both live in a co-housing community in Amherst.

Pam Robbins has worked as a journalist and freelance writer and editor in western Massachusetts for more than thirty years. The author of Laughing Matters: Selected Columns by Humorist Pam Robbins, she is working on a book about her mother. She can be reached at 413-569-0976.

Sallie Rodman is a freelance writer residing in Los Alamitos, California, with her husband, a dog and a cat. She has a certificate in professional writing from California State University, Long Beach. Her work has appeared in Chocolate for a Woman’s Courage, Byline, The Mystery Review and Good Dog! She enjoys writing about the synchronicity of life in everyday events. E-mail her at [email protected]

Kelly Salasin is a “recovering” teacher and long-time overachiever. In refocusing her life around “being” rather than “doing,” she is uncovering the path of her dreams. Kelly lives with her husband, Casey Deane, and their sons, Lloyd and Aidan, (all three a dream-come-true), in the Green Mountains of Vermont. She can be reached at: [email protected]

DeAnna Sanders is a freelance writer and mother of two, Rachel and Johnny III. She lives in Duncan, Oklahoma, with her husband, Johnny. DeAnna is the author of two books, Quest Challenges and Quest Reflections, written for Woman’s Missionary Union. She contributes regularly to the teenage missions magazine, Accent. Contact her at: [email protected]

Sandra Schnell is an unabashedly proud mother of a teenage son and daughter and a loving wife to her husband of twenty-plus years. A graduate of Keene State College in New Hampshire, she worked as an administrator at Bowie State University in Maryland. After relocating to Japan, she taught English classes at Hitachi, Casio and Toshiba, and then worked as a teacher at an American elementary school. She recently moved to Hawaii with her family and is pondering her future exploits. Reach her at [email protected]

Anne Schraff is the author of more than 150 books including fiction, biography, science and history. She enjoys hiking in the wilderness. She especially enjoys writing fiction for teenage reluctant readers and feels blessed to introduce a kid to the wonderful world of books.

Anne Tews Schwab is a writer, household engineer, doctor, psychiatrist, chef, maid, and all-around handy person. In other words, Anne is a full-time wife and mother of three children. Anne graduated from Wellesley College, and received her master’s degree from the University of Minnesota. She currently resides in Grant, Minnesota.

Mary Seehafer Sears grew up in Northbrook, Illinois, and graduated with honors from The American University in Washington, D.C. She is a former magazine editor, and has authored more than a dozen books on gardening and interior design. She lives with her husband and daughter in New Jersey.

Lynn Seely is a book author and freelance writer with a unique heartwarming style. She is published in Chicken Soup for the Soul, Cup of Comfort and Listening to the Animals. Seely’s completing a book about her hero cat Aggie, seen on TV’s Miracle Pets. E-mail her at: [email protected] or write: P.O. Box 2545, Martinsburg, WV 25402.

Kathy Shaskan ditched a successful career as a marketing communications executive to pursue her interest in humor writing. (This fact alone, she says, was enough to cause hysterical laughter among her friends.) Since then, her witty sayings have appeared on t-shirts (“A little gray hair is a small price to pay for this much wisdom”), mugs (“I maintain a balanced diet . . . I carry a cookie in each pocket”) and cartoons. She has also written two humorous children’s books for Penguin/Putnam that will be published in the near future. Kathy can be reached at [email protected]

Vahan Shrivanian drew cartoons for Air Force newspapers and taught fighter-pilot gunnery in WW II. Post war, his first sale was to the Saturday Evening Post. He has been selling to the Post and hundreds of other magazines ever since. Vahan was named Best American Cartoonist six times.

Deborah Shouse lives and writes in Prairie Village, Kansas. She is a speaker, writer and creativity catalyst. Her writing has appeared in Reader’s Digest, Newsweek, Woman’s Day, Family Circle and MS. Visit her Web site at www.

Cie Simurro, like her mother’s mother’s mother, who was the healing woman of her village, has been a healer and writer all her adult life. She does private healings and training in Shamanic practice, joyous empowerment, and Earth stewardship. Cie writes a monthly column for an East Coast magazine and is working on two books.

David Sipress graduated from Williams College and attended the master’s program in Soviet studies at Harvard University for two years before leaving to pursue a career as a cartoonist. His cartoons appear regularly in The New Yorker, the Boston Phoenix and the Spectator of London, among many others. David was the winner of the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies 2000 editorial award for his cartoons in the Boston Phoenix. David is also the author of eight books of cartoons, and lives in Brooklyn, New York, with his wife, Ginny Shubert, a public interest lawyer.

Susan Spence is happily married, works as a veterinary technician and writes whenever possible. She also does rottweiler rescue for southern states.

Linda Sultan is the winner of two national poetry awards for humor. Her work has appeared in The Baltimore Sun, Light, Welcome Home and a variety of other magazines and newspapers. Her book of humorous verse, Family Life & Other Strife, is available through the Internet at Please reach her at: [email protected]

Annmarie Tait is the youngest of five children born to an Irish family. She lives in Conshocken, Pennsylvania, with her husband Joe and their little dog Sammy. A published essayist and poet, Annmarie is an accomplished vocalist who takes pride in singing the folk songs of her Irish and American heritage.

Donna Thiel-Kline is the publisher/editor of Demensions, a bimonthly Webzine of speculative fiction ( She lives in Pennsylvania with her husband, Matthew Cook, two cats, a cockatiel and, of course, her tutor in life’s little lessons: her daughter, Kylie. Contact Donna at: [email protected]

Susan B. Townsend is a writer and stay-at-home mother to five children ranging in age from three to seventeen. She and her husband, Tom, live on a 300-acre farm in southeastern Virginia with a multitude of pets. Susan is at work on her first novel. She can be reached at [email protected] or by calling 804-834-2245.

Elizabeth Sharp Vinson is a full-time mom and homemaker. She has three teenage children and has always enjoyed journaling and writing stories based on her family’s life experiences. Elizabeth enjoys quilting and music and she volunteers at her children’s school and her church. She can be reached at [email protected]

Lisa West lives with her two daughters in Tigard, Oregon. In addition to freelance writing, she is on the editorial staff of The Einkwell (, a weekly e-zine, where she also writes a column. She enjoys sports, reading and hanging out with her daughters. Contact Lisa at: [email protected]

Polly Anne Wise was born in Baltimore, Maryland, to Paul and Betty White in June of 1964. She currently resides in Westminster, Maryland. Polly Wise is the mother of two: Jeffrey Scott and Samantha Nicole. She now works as general manager of a convenience store chain, Jiffy Mart. She also is a cheerleading coach and her team has been National Champions for the last three years.

Phyllis W. Zeno is the editor-in-chief of AAA Going Places, a magazine she founded in 1982, which goes to 2.1 million AAA members in Florida, Georgia and Tennessee. She travels extensively with her two grown daughters, Linda Aber and Leslie Metzler. Please reach her at: [email protected]

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