Contributor Badge for Chicken Soup for the Soul

I very much enjoy writing for and reading personal stories for Chicken Soup for the Soul series. Everyone has a personal story and it is so satisfying to be a contributor knowing that my experience might be helpful and uplifting to others.

I also am grateful to tell a story about people who have made a difference in my life and those that I wish to honor.



I am so excited to share with you that Oct. 23rd is the release date for the new Chicken Soup For the Soul Be Positive Book. I am so honored to have a chapter among so many people with inspirational stories.

My story is call Unity in Goodbye. It is the continuation of the story of my family found in the book, Chicken Soup for the Soul Family Caregiver. I find it to be interesting that this story is available to share just 2 days after the anniversary of Lou Ferratier’s passing.

New Story Released in Chicken Soup for the Soul Be Positive!

Happy Birthday, Jean!

Well, it is not quite my birthday yet; it just feels like it. Although it doesn’t arrive until March 11th, I am looking forward to it with anticipation. I already know 2 wonderful gifts that I will be receiving. The first is the gift of light! Daylight Savings Time will begin that night. 

The second piece of good news arrived yesterday. The publisher of the Chicken Soup for the Soul Family Caregivers, sent me a letter saying that the book with my Chapter, Dry Her Tears will be out on the shelves on March 13th. This is 3 weeks earlier than projected. This story describes how my ex-husband. Lou and I took care of Dani, our 23-year-old daughter when she had the unfortunate accident of breaking both of her arms. Our family worked together in a sacred time of crisis and although he is not mentioned in the book, Warner, my son, was the first one to offer to jump on a plane and bring his sister home from Florida.

I received an e-mail from my friend, Kathy Wheeler with the subject title, “I made it.” She also submitted a chapter, and it will also be featured in this book. How amazing that out of 101 stories, 2 are written by Springfield people. Kathy’s story is called, Changing My Expectations, about her mother with Alzheimers.

Kathy and I share a bond in that we both wrote books about our Mothers and our experiences concerning their care. Kathy has a wonderful blog and if you would like to read it just click this link.

My birthday is more than a month away. I wonder what other surprises will come my way!

It is true. You Should Check Out Your Name on Google Search

Have you looked up your name on a Google Search lately? More than likely you will be surprised by what you find there. Today as I was flipping through mine I found some interesting entries.
The one that most surprised me was a chapter that I had written, Childhood Delights was published in Chicken Soup for the Soul Think Positive Book, was posted on the following blog. I shall print it below but I was delighted by the date that it was posted at the top. It says March 19th, which happens to be my daughter’s birthday. Some people may say, “So what?” But….if you are me, and you look for synchronicity in every aspect of your life, it is exciting. To me there are no accidents. At the moment I don’t know why this unknown blog came out on that date, but for me it is a significant. I keep a book where I notate any event that relates to a synchronicity. This one will be added to the list. I love stories that relate synchronous moments. In my posts, I shall point out mine as examples of how even minor events can relate to your everyday life. 

So our human life but dies down to its root, and still puts forth its green blade to eternity. ~Henry David Thoreau My mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s long after I accepted the gradual changes I saw in her. I had grown us.