I am a contributor to the chicken soup for the soul series.  Below you will find the content of my published stories.


We cannot cure the world of sorrows, but we can choose to live in joy. ~Joseph Campbell  I had been saying goodbye to my mom for ten years. That was how long she had breast cancer.

Grab & Dash

Every snack you make, every meal you bake, every bite you take… I’ll be watching you. ~Author Unknown It was the end of a typical busy workday, and I was preparing for the next day

A Grandparent’s Job

When you look into your mother’s eyes, you know that is the purest love you can find on this earth. ~Mitch Albom While my daughter did not have any grandfathers, she was blessed with two

Christmas Eve Dinner Plus One: The Christmas Gift

Good news from heaven the angels bring, Glad tidings to the earth they sing: To us this day a child is given, To crown us with the joy of heaven. ~Martin Luther There was the usual

Showing the Way

Fun fact: Dogs’ hair may turn white as they age, especially around the eyes and muzzle. Heidi came into our lives as an abused, frightened Miniature Dachshund who had been born, raised, and used as

Vanity and a Toilet Toupee!

And why do you worry about clothes?  See how the lilies of the field grow.  They do not labor or spin. – Matthew 6:28 My mother had cancer and underwent chemotherapy, which caused her to

In God’s Hands

We went through fire and water, but you brought us to a place of abundance – Psalm 66:12 My daughter, Francesca, developed an eating disorder.  The need to control coupled with her need to be

The “Gucci” Bag

Therefore we do not lose heart.  Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.  For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that

The Unwanted Guest

The gem cannot be polished without friction, nor man be perfected without trials. ~Danish Proverb  I came from a family where food was always at the center of our lives. It was how we celebrated

Living in the State of Joy

The average dog has one request to all humankind.  Love me.  – Helen Exley Tara was the family dog during my childhood.  We lived in Huntington, Long Island in New York.  It was the suburbs

Humor, 100 mg Daily, as Needed

A person without a sense of humor is like a wagon without springs – jolted by every pebble in the road.  – Henry Ward Beecher My husband, Thad, was first diagnosed with testicular cancer in

Healing the Trinity: Mind – Body – Soul

“In your anger do not sin”: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry.  – Ephesians 4:26 I had been sporting what Christian author Patsy Clairmont coins as a ‘tude (attitude). 

Worth More Than a Cart Full of Costco Products

My mother loved going to Costco, but cancer was slowly destroying her body, and she became dependent on a wheelchair for mobility. Regardless, she was determined to stay active for as long as she could.