Table of Contents:
Painting the Crossroad – J. Graham Ducker - p. 1
from Dad – Rona Evartt - p. 3
– out reach – Theodore Christou
- p. 6
– our conversation abstracted – Theodore Christou - p.
– Military Respect and Honor – Karen Sue Chmielewski - p. 8
– Daddy’s Coin Collection – Brendalyn Crudup Martin - p. 10
Isn’t It Ironic? – Alice Klies - p. 12
– Golden Hands –
Elynne Chaplik-Aleskow - p. 14
– Daddy’s Fudge – Helen L.
Hoover - p. 16
– The Last Surviving Guinea Pig – Linda Rose
Etter - p. 18
– Breakfast, Beds, and Blue Laws – Cassandra
Wessel - p. 20
– Watering – Glenn Kletke - p. 24
Than Daddy’s Little Girl – Christine Henderson - p. 25
Stepping into the Unknown – Nancy Dobbins - p. 28
Better Offer – Claudia Loopstra - p. 30
– Dad’s Old Sweater –
Millie Barger - p. 35
– Just Ask – Diane K. Ellenwood - p. 36
– A Father’s Heart – Diane K. Ellenwood - p. 37
– Secure in
My Father’s Love – Don E. Cunningham - p. 38
– Safe in
Daddy’s Arms – Debbie Schmid - p. 41
– My Father Never Told
Me He Loved Me – Carolyn Brown Copeland - p. 45
– There You
Are! – Patricia Anne Elford - p. 48
– Weekend Walks with Dad
– Debbie Carpenter - p. 50
– Singing for Our Dad – Donna
Clark Goodrich - p. 52
– Reflection – Connie Johnson - p. 54
– This Was My Father – Gail M. Murray - p. 55
– Kisielin –
Jaclyn Piudik - p. 57
– Proud with a Flashlight – Richard M.
Grove - p. 59
– Daddy’s Shoes – Connie Kinnell McKinney - p.
– Ed – Deb Kemper - p. 62
– Always There for Me – Jan
K. Potter - p. 66
– The Last Word – Ruth Clarke - p. 70
Without Wasted Words – Connie Poole Wesala - p. 74
But Not Forgotten – Gloria I. Taylor - p. 78
– Outliving the
Cat—my dad’s many lives – Shane Joseph - p. 79
– Girls Can
Be Marines! – Rona Evartt - p. 83
– Macaroni Sunday – Gail M.
Murray - p. 85
– Papa – Bea Purcell - p. 88
– A Banyan
Tree – Vivekanand Jha - p. 90
– Chef Daddy – Cynthia
Mendenhall - p. 91
– Everything But the Kitchen Sink –
Corinne D. Furtney - p. 93
– Dad’s Reassurance – Sue Hardesty
- p. 95
– Rules of the Road – Sue Chenette - p. 98
Champion—My Dad – Joyce Gero - p. 100
– The Adventurer –
Tammy Pfaff - p. 104
– Sunday Afternoon – Mansoor Behnam - p.
– Irrigation Pipes Like Chimes – Kristi Lewis - p. 109
– The Man with a Typewriter – Sonja Grgar - p. 111
Father’s Shoes – Andrea Arthur Owen - p. 113
Trusses – Jenne Acevedo - p. 117
– On His Own Terms – Bonnie
Nish - p. 120
– Eulogy – Bonnie Nish - p. 122
– The Bounty
– Linda Grace Cousins - p. 124
– Proud to Be His Son – George
W. Frey - p. 127
– My Daddy – George W. Frey - p. 130
The Back Porch – Leila Mason - p. 131
– Everything Will Be
Okay – Benjamin Creighton - p. 132
– Our Dad – K.V. Skene -
– What my father brought – gillian harding-russell -
– Covered Chocolate – Liz Barton - p. 138
– Owed to
Dad – Patricia Kirby - p. 141
– Lessons Learned from Dad –
Patricia Kirby - p. 142
– Remembering Dad – Jane Jiminez - p.
– He Just Kept Going – Effie-Alean Gross - p. 147
Letters and Numbers – Carolyn Hei-Kyoung You - p. 150
Choosing Shoes Blues – Terri Elders - p. 151
– Expedition –
Sue Chenette - p. 154
– What Makes a Man Tell a Story –
Daniela Elza - p. 156
Swing in My Grandfather’s Garden – Raymond Fenech - p. 158
The Scotsman – Connie Kinnell McKinney - p. 159
– Martha E. Link - p. 161
– Learning to Read – Daniela Elza -
– Grandfather’s Way – Faye Adams - p. 166
Listening for the Dead – Sylvia Adams - p. 169
– Me and John
Brown – Heide Brown - p. 171
– Harry Culley—Pianist
Extraordinaire – Joanne Culley - p. 173
– My Fishing Trip
with Granddad – Raymond Fenech - p. 176
– Emil – Sonja Grgar
- p. 180
– Pépè Played the Fiddle Sundays – Gay Ingram - p.
– Dear Grandpa…with Love – Brett Johnston - p. 183
PawPaw – Deb Kemper - p. 185
– Gershon, the Grandfather I
Never Knew – Honey Novick - p. 186
– A Treasure…Hidden No
Longer – Nora Peacock - p. 190
– A Year with Grandfather –
Felicity Sidnell Reid - p. 194
– Holidays with My Grandfather
– Dorothy Cox-Rothwell - p. 198
– A Renaissance Legacy –
Joanne Sandlin - p. 199
– Grandpa’s Fishing Pole – Gloria I.
Taylor - p. 201
– Grandfather’s Wild Rice – K.V. Skene - p.
– My Grandfather “Hod” Barnes – Dorothy Cox-Rothwell - p.
Men of Influence
– Ern – Stephanie
Bell-Boissonneault - p. 208
– A Very Pukka Fellow – Maggie
Brackley - p. 211
– If Only We Had Met – Linda Jett - p. 215
– Pop’s Big Move – Cherry Pedrick - p. 219
– Like a Grandpa
to Me – Cassandra Wessel - p. 222
– My Uncle Gordon – Richard
M. Grove - p. 226
– Dads for a Lifetime – Deb Wuethrich - p.
Author Bios - p. 232 - 239
is a writer, speaker, and substitute teacher. She lives in
Chandler, Arizona with her husband and three children. She is an
avid reader who loves studying God’s Word, traveling, baking,
and entertaining in her home. Encouraging women to find their
worth and hope in Christ is her passion. Visit her at:
Cona F. ("Faye")
is an award-winning writer of poetry, children's books,
nonfiction, and short fiction. Published in newspapers,
magazines, poetry journals and anthologies, Faye served as
Missouri's Senior Poet Laureate in 2010 and 2012. View her work
at www.fayeadams.com, or email her at
is author of a novel, a poetry collection, an award-winning
chapbook, and a children’s book.
A writing instructor, book reviewer, and former poetry columnist
for The Ottawa Citizen,
she is a founding member of Canada’s Field Stone Poets. As
Adar Press, she edits
and publishes chapbook anthologies by her poetry groups.
an 89-year-old great-grandmother, had her first poem published
at age 16. She has been a member of Phoenix Christian Writers'
Fellowship for more than 30 years and has written 10 books and
hundreds of articles.
is a retired
elementary teacher who has been married to her husband for over
forty years. They have three grown children, four grandchildren,
and one black, mostly-Lab dog. She is learning to play the
violin and hopes someday to master it enough to allow someone
else to listen.
is an experimental writer and filmmaker. His short films have
been screened in several film festivals and his last untitled
poem was published in "That Not
Forgotten," Anthology of
Poetry, Prose and Artwork, Hidden Book Press, 2012.
He is currently a third year PhD
student of Cultural Studies at Queen’s University and planning
to publish his novella
This Is The Way I Disappear.
undertook her formal training in creative writing courses at
Concordia and McGill, and has participated in writing/reading
groups for over 30 years. Raising her family in Montréal, she
and her husband now live near Campbellford continuing their
passion for historical house restoration, gourmet cooking, and
organically grown vegetables. Stephanie also participates in
local community and family activities.
lives in Markham, Ontario. She enjoys writing about her travels
as well as memoirs of her varied family. Previously published
works include How Sweet It
Mother and Me anthology), as well as publication in on-line
loves living on Gabriola Island, B.C., almost as much as she
loves writing, painting, hooking rag-rugs and sharing her life
with family, friends, and The Gabriola Commons, which she
is retired from the children’s ministries staff at her church in
Tucson, AZ. She
enjoys writing devotional pieces and has published many. She is
married with two adult children and their husbands, and four
grandchildren who spice up her life.
Chaplik-Aleskow is a Pushcart Prize
nominated author and award-winning educator and broadcaster. She
is founding general manager of WYCC-TV/PBS and distinguished
professor emeritus of Wright College in Chicago. Her stories and
essays have been published in numerous anthologies and
magazines. Her husband Richard is her muse. Visit
a classical pianist as well as a poet, is the author of
Slender Human Weight
and The Bones of His Being,
both from Guernica Editions,
chapbooks: Solitude in Cloud and Sun, A Transport of
Grief, and The Time Between Us, which won the
Canadian Poetry Association’s Shaunt Basmajian Award
Karen Sue Chmielewski,
Jackson, Michigan, is single mother of one daughter, and
grandmother of two grandsons. She is an administrative
professional, Microsoft software specialist, and an active
member of the American Society of Administrative Professionals.
Singer by hobby with a deep love for the art of music
is an Assistant Professor of education at Queen's University. He
is the author of two books. The first is a work of nonfiction
titled Progressive Education (University of Toronto
Press, 2012). The second is a book of verse titled an
overbearing eye (Hidden Brook Press, 2012).
is the author of five books and
has published a number of short stories.
has written for newspapers and magazines, was editor of Pacific
Pearl, an English magazine in Mexico, has edited a novel and a
cookbook. Ruth has also worked for Canadian publishing
companies, the Writers’ Union, Canada Council, and she
co-founded Cannon Book Distribution.
Carolyn Brown Copeland
has been a member
of the Phoenix Christian Writers’ Club for more than 30 years,
being published in more than 100 different magazines and
newspapers in the United States and Canada. And yes, when her
dad died in 1988, he had told all his four children that he
Linda Grace Cousins
is a mother and a lover of books and writing. From a very young
age, she knew she had a story or two to tell.
She lives in Whitby, Ontario with her teenage son and
Yorki Poo, Reese, who keeps everyone in line.
was previously involved in family business and now pursues her
interests in writing and art. She is a Spiritualist Minister
with two grown children and five grandchildren. Married to John
Rothwell, she is also a Reiki Master.
is a writer and teacher from Ontario, Canada.
is a writer and DVD producer whose articles have appeared in the
Globe and Mail. Her documentaries include
Be My Baby, Put the Brakes on
Bullying, and Breaking
New Ground: Contemporary Canadian Architecture. She was the
winner of the Media/Television Award for “In Celebration of
Women”. Visit www.joanneculleymediaproductions.com.
Don E. Cunningham,
Prescott Valley, Arizona, is the
author of Divorce and Remarriage Made Beautiful in His Time
(Tate Publishing), and several chapbooks of poetry, short
stories, and essays. A retired social worker and licensed
minister, he currently conducts a telephone pastoral care
ministry at his local church.
has taught all ages for over 25 years and has had articles
published in regional publications. She has also taught on
Divine Health and has had a number of devotionals published in
the book Spirit Aflame.
is a retired
kindergarten teacher. His memoir
Don’t Wake the Teacher
was published in 2004, and his poetry book
Observations of Heart and
Mind was published in 2006.
The Elephant That Wanted
to Join the Circus and
Why Pigs Have Curly Tails were both published in 2011.
a lifelong writer and editor, lives near Colville, Washington,
with two dogs and three cats. Her stories have appeared in
dozens of periodicals and anthologies, including two previous
Hidden Brook Press collections. She blogs at
Patricia Anne Elford
is a minister, an educator and presenter, editor, award-winning
poet and writer in many genres. Her work continues to be
published on line and in periodicals, anthologies and literary
journals and displayed (framed, not graffiti) in such
places as a tearoom and
Fashion Design Studio
Diane K. Ellenwood
resides in southeast Michigan. She has published a children’s
book, The MisAdventures of Three Amigos, and written anthologies included
in Christmas Memories and I Choose You and writes devotionals
for a Christian newsletter, EACM Roseville, MI.
work has appeared nationally and internationally in over 80
publications. the weight of dew, her debut poetry
collection, was published by Mother Tongue Publishing (2012).
The two poems here come from her latest book, milk tooth
bane bone (Leaf Press, 2013). Daniela lives and writes in
Linda Rose Etter, Adrian,
Michigan, taught school for 36 years in Michigan after
graduating from Huntington College. In 2011 she published a
devotional book, Listen To HIS Heartbeat. She also has
stories in two anthology books. Her website is:
is a single
mother of four grown daughters and two amazing grandchildren.
She has taught at-risk teens in various settings in public
schools and is working on several books to be used for
curriculum specifically for them.
She is also
working on two novels.
from Malta embarked on his writing career as a freelance
journalist at 18 and worked for the leading newspapers, The
Times and Sunday Times.
He edited two nation-wide distributed magazines,
The Globe Trotter and Living 2000. His work has
featured in several publications in 12 countries.
George W. Frey
grew up in a Methodist parsonage in Tennessee, studied music,
earned a graduate degree in voice, traveled with his family on
music concerts and only began writing Christian fiction two
years ago. He and his wife have made Arizona their home for
Corinne D. Furtney
is an elementary school teacher and volunteers with the youth in
her church. She became interested in writing at an early age and
also enjoys baking, travelling, and spending time with her
contributor to several anthologies, is an office administrative
professional, a volunteer with diverse community organizations,
and webmaster/Facebook administrator for a local service
organization. Surrounded by unfinished craft projects and an
eclectic collection of books, she lives in Truro, Nova Scotia,
on Canada’s East Coast.
a freelance writer, editor, proofreader, and conference
instructor. The author of 24 books and over 700 published
manuscripts, she lives with her husband of 53 years in Mesa,
Arizona. Contact her at: firstname.lastname@example.org,
www.thewritersfriend.net, or read her weekly writers’ blog
on Mondays at: http://donna-goodrich.blogspot.com
is a writer and journalist who lives in Surrey, BC. She is
passionate about exploring complex themes in her prose and
poetry. Her work was published in The Globe and Mail,
broadcast on radio and television, and featured in the That
Not Forgotten anthology (Hidden Brook Press 2012).
Fountain Hills, Arizona, is a writer and speaker. She has a
master's degree in English from Drake University in Des Moines,
Iowa, and teaches writing at a community college near Phoenix.
Effie enjoys her family, travel, and writing historical fiction
from the WWII era. Visit her at: www.EffieGross.com or her blog
Richard M. Grove,
find his many books of poetry, prose and photography on amazon.
President of the Canada Cuba Literary Alliance, Board of
Director of IFPOR – International Festival of Poetry of
Resistance, former president of the Canadian Poetry Association,
former vice-president of the Canadian Authors Association,
lives in Northwest Arkansas, is semi-retired and has three grown
children and several grand, and great-grandchildren. She has
several short stories published in anthologies and is working on
her first novel.
harding-russell has had poems
published in the anthologies Poet to Poet (Guernica,
2012), That Not Forgotten (Hiddenbrook, 2012), and
another accepted for publication in the anthology I Found It
At the Movies (Guernica, 2013). Her manuscript “We came to
find what was real, and to be afraid” won 2nd place in the
Gritlit 2012 contest.
Christine Henderson has won awards locally and nationally for
her short stories. Her inspirational stories have been published
in several anthologies about growing up and in daily devotional
guides. She had written several children’s picture book stories
and is currently finishing up a contemporary romance novel.
enjoys sewing, knitting, and traveling. As retirees, she and her
husband volunteer at various organizations. Their four
grandchildren and three great-grandchildren give them great joy.
Helen’s devotions and personal stories are published in books
and Christian hand-out papers.
began her writing career as a result of a passionate interest in
herbs. A creative writing course offered by Tyler Junior College
launched Ms. Ingram into fiction writing. Her articles and short
stories have appeared in numerous publications. She has had
several novels published. Her newest publication, Second Time
Around, was released in Nov. 2012. Her books can be seen on
her website: www.pineywoodsbooks.webs.com and are available
writes, grandmothers, and practices therapeutic massage from her
home in Newberg, Oregon. Her work has appeared in a variety of
MA and Ph. D in English, is a translator, editor and award
winning poet from India. He is the author of 05 books of poetry.
He has also authored one critical book and edited nine critical
anthologies on Indian English Writing.
His poems have been published in more than 100 magazines and 25
anthologies round the world.
a mother of two, lives with husband and supporter Victor in
metro Phoenix, Arizona. As a freelance writer, Jane is dedicated
to issues of importance to women and the family. Her work has
appeared in local and national publications, with a special
focus on changing sexual mores that began in the 60s.
has published poems in Sandcutters (Arizona State Poetry
Leaves of Poetry (Anthology), Fresh Ink, and
Wingtips. Her memoir was coauthored with her sister. She
reads with The Mad Women Poets in Prescott, Arizona.
is an electrical engineer and freelance writer living in
Arizona. He continues to pursue his love of woodworking and
throughout the years has created numerous custom projects for
businesses and homes.
is the author of three previous novels and a collection of short
stories. His work After
the Flood won the best futuristic/fantasy novel award at the
Canadian Christian Writing Awards in 2010, and his short fiction
has appeared in international literary journals and anthologies.
For details see www.shanejoseph.com
free-lance writer and poet, hails from northwest Florida. She
now lives in Kansas City, Missouri with her husband and two
dogs. Internationally published, Mallory Ridge and
Keeping Reggie’s Widow are available on Amazon. Visit her
website at DebKemper.com.
is an artist and a retired internal communications professional
and nonfiction writer. Dabbling in poetry since moving to Ottawa
in 2002, she has been published electronically in Bywords as
well as in several collections with the Pachyderm Poets.
was born in Manitoba, now lives and writes in Kanata, Ontario.
Pioneer of the framed glosa form, his most recent collection of
poems is “Bones On A Bed Of Blue.”
writing life stories from a very early age. After joining
American Christian Writers Association and Wordweavers she was
encouraged by fellow writers to publish. Her articles have been
appeared in Angels On
Earth, Wordsmith Journal and anthologies
God Still Meets Needs;
Grandmother, Mother and Me; and
Women Inspire Faith.
writes: My mother
bought me my first journal when I was 11 and I’ve written ever
since. Recently my Opa asked me to edit his memoirs- I hope to
have them printed for him to give to his loved ones by the end
of this year. I’ve never tried having any of my work published.
Martha E. Link
is a baby boomer who grew up on the prairie. A bookworm, she has
developed many other creative talents. Her greatest passion has
always been writing. Currently working on her first novel,
Martha belongs to The Campbellford Writer’s Group. She also
attends Ursula Pflug’s Loyalist College writing workshop.
a retired photographer, is a writer of short stories and poetry.
Currently, she is writing a book about her life growing up in
the household of an alcoholic father. Claudia is married with
two children and has six grandchildren.
Brendalyn Crudup Martin
is a published devotional and poetry writer with work appearing
in Chicken Soup for the soul, other anthologies, and online
sites. She is the
Poet Laureate of the Arizona Supreme Court, a member of the
Phoenix Christian Writers Club, and editor of Inspired Christian
has a degree in English and Occupational Therapy.
Now a retired therapist she is reaching into her English
background to write historical memoirs of family life in small
town Ontario. She
resides on a hobby farm in the hamlet of Claremont with her
husband and other pets.
was born in Hornell, New York and raised in different areas of
New York and Massachusetts before attending Cottey College in
Nevada, Missouri. She now resides with her husband in Carthage,
Missouri where she enjoys spending time with her four grown
children and their families.
is a wondering and wandering Life Coach and Teacher-at-Large, is
new to writing and to Phoenix. She passionately helps others
take control of their lives and to think differently about their
futures. Her latest secret: she carries her new harmonica
everywhere and plays it in traffic.
Gail Murray, strongly
influenced by Keats to capture the essence of the moment, writes
in response to her natural and emotional environment. Her poems
have been published in Arborealis, CAA’s Wordscape,
and online at CommuterLit.com. Creative
nonfiction/profile/travel pieces have appeared in The Globe
and Mail, Trellis, and NOW Magazine.
Bonnie Nish is
founder and Executive Director of Pandora’s Collective Outreach
Society, a charitable organization in the literary arts based in
Vancouver British Columbia. Bonnie has a Masters in Arts
Education from Simon Fraser University and is currently pursuing
a PhD in Expressive Arts Therapy at the European Graduate
School. Bonnie's first book of poetry
Love and Bones will be
released by Karma Press in September 2013.
is a singer/songwriter/voice teacher/poet. She believes that
winter never fails to turn into spring and loves to smell the
lilacs. She appreciates her grandfather and loves her father.
Andrea Arthur Owan,
Tucson, Arizona, is a writer, speaker and educator. Her
nonfiction and fiction work has appeared in a variety of
Christian and secular publications. Her blog,
http://brokenheartsredeemed.blogspot.com, is dedicated to
helping parents, siblings and family heal emotionally,
physically and spiritually from the premature loss of a child
during pregnancy or at birth.
a freelance writer, lives in Newberg, Oregon. The 2012 Silver
Prize Winner of the Oregon Women’s Report contest for
inspirational writing, she has also written for Gary Chapman’s
Love is A Verb and
Love is A Verb Devotional.
lives in Washington State with her husband and cats. She enjoys
church, family, friends and volunteer work. She is the coauthor
of 7 books, including The OCD Workbook and The Habit Change
is a freelance writer living in Prospect
Park, Pennsylvania, with her husband and four children. She
studies Journalism at DCCC and is a member of Christian Writers
Fellowship of Philadelphia, hoping to encourage others through
her writing. Learn more about Tammy at www.tammypfaff.com.
York Times Fellowship for Creative Writing and Academy of
American Poets’ Sellers Award—is
the author of two chapbooks,
Of Gazelles Unheard
and The Tao of Loathliness
Her poems have appeared in numerous anthologies and
journals, including The New Quarterly, Columbia Poetry
Review, and Barrow Street.
Jan K. Potter,
homemaker/freelance writer, resides in Phoenix Arizona with her
husband of 44 years. Her articles have appeared in many
magazines and compilation books, and she is currently writing a
novel for teenagers.
was born and grew up in the Philippines. She moved to the United
States after marrying an American who served in the U.S. Air
Force, and retired after a career of more than twenty-four years
in the screen printing industry.
Felicity Sidnell Reid
is a retired teacher, author of a variety of educational
materials and text books, who now lives in Colborne, ON, and
writes fiction, poetry and occasional memoir which has been
published in anthologies, newspapers and on-line.
published her first children’s book in 2012 as well as
continuing to write a recipe column in the Prescott Daily
Courier. She is inspired by membership in the Northern Arizona
award-winning author has written four books including two best
sellers and numerous articles for various publications.
Throughout the years, she’s been a keynote speaker at ladies’
retreats and church seminars. Debbie also enjoys leading Bible
studies, mentoring young Christians, and nurturing hurting
latest publications include
Love in the (Irrational) Imperfect,
Hidden Brook Press (Canada) 2006 and
You Can Almost Hear Their
Dreams Publishing, (UK) 2010.
After over 18 years as an expat in England, including a
year in Ireland, KV now lives and writes from Toronto.
Gloria I. Taylor
enjoys Scottish Country Dancing and Irish Set Dancing as well as
writing poetry. She
is a retired FSL, ESL teacher and loves fishing.
Connie Poole Wesala,
Gilbert, Arizona, was previously published in Hidden Brook Press
anthologies. Her short stories, poetry, and nonfiction have been
published in several literary journals. She placed second in
Fiction in a 2012 college writing contest, and second in
Nonfiction in 2013. Connie is currently working on a historic
novel. Her blog can be viewed at conniewesala.com
author, contributes to online devotionals, print media, and
anthologies, such as Grandmother, Mother and Me. She
belongs to ACFW, Ancestry.com, and the Forest and Clarion County
Historical Societies. Her website, “Words About the Word” and
her blog “The Word Heart Written” are found at
Adrian, Michigan, is a staff writer at the
Tecumseh Herald in
Tecumseh, Michigan. She has contributed to several anthologies
and is a 2003 recipient of an Amy Award of Outstanding Merit.
Carolyn Hei-Kyoung You
is a poet and writer who lives in Kingston, Ontario. Her father
is a keen observer of birds, baseball, markets, weather.
Together they have watched blue jays in winter and seen the Blue
Jays’ summer stock rise in 1992.