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Chicken Soup for
the Soul: Mom Knows Best 101 Stories of Love, Gratitude & Wisdom
Story:Happy Birthday To Us

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Synopsis: That paradoxical inequity...that I should reap the rewards for her labors (pun intended). Why is it that our moms did all the work and we get the birthday cake? It was time to do something about this birthday recognition business. 
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Chicken Soup for
the Soul: My Kind (of) America: 101 Stories
about the True Spirit of Our Country

Story 1: Serving Dinner To Friends 

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Synopsis: After a disaster, we can’t help, cloth or feed everyone in need, but sometimes, we simply do what we can—finally, I understand this.                                            

Story 2: Please Don't Leave

                                                                        (click to read here) 

                                                                        Synopsis: The work we accomplished in Appalachia,
                                                                        as always, was important, but this time, the recipient
                                                                        was a beautiful little butterfly named Dakota.
                                                                        My daughter, Tracy’s story.        

                               
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Chicken Soup for
the Soul The Dog Really Did That?:
101 stories of Miracles, Mischief and
Magical Moments

Story: Harry, My First Born 

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Synopsis: Bringing a child home for the first time is a life altering experience—even if that new child happens to                                                                               have floppy ears, a snout, four legs and a tail. I learned                                                                             this the day Karen and I became parents—the  
                                                                        day when Harry became a member of our family.
                                                                      
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Chicken Soup forthe Soul My
Very Good Very Bad Dog

Story: Resting at her feet

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Synopsis: A tribute to my mom and her "Benny" and the compassion, caring, friendship and love they shared when each needed the other more than ever before.

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Chicken Soup for the Father & Son SoulStory: The power of a son's kiss

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Synopsis: As my son was “charging full speed towards the inevitable destination known as manhood,” he had reservations about continuing to kiss his dear old dad goodnight.

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Chicken Soup for the Soul Thanks Mom

Story: Because you were there

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Synopsis: Lessons learned concerning unconditional parental love and my role as a father,  provider and protector as taught me
by my mom.

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Chicken Soup for the Soul Thanks Dad

Story: My Dad is as Nice as a Fish

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Synopsis: As a child, my dad was my hero, but as I grew older this status diminished. But once I became an adult, his status was restored and he'd be my hero for the rest
of his life. Could it be 'like father, like son' today?
I hope so. 

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Chicken Soup for the Soul Finding my Faith

Story: My God Moment
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Synopsis: Sometimes, when we least expect
it, we  have our very own "God moment.”     

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Chicken Soup for the Soul Answered Prayers

 Story 1: Christmas Wish

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Synopsis: A wish and a prayer offered very early  one Christmas Eve morning asking "...when would  He
finally give in and allow us to have children?” 

 Story 2: God’s Answer

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Synopsis: After volunteers had made a home warmer, safer and dryer during a church mission trip, one
teenager had an amazing revelation.

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Chicken Soup for the Soul Married Life  

Story: For better or worse

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Synopsis: Infertility was the sole obstacle to the idyllic life that we’d planned. I knew that we needed to talk about it but my fears demanded otherwise.

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Not Your Mother's Book...On Being a Parent

Story: Party shoes and longboards

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Synopsis: Some things never change--like the
weird and wonderful habits of my little girl!

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Not Your Mother's Book...On Working
for a Living

Story: It was a good place to work

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Synopsis: Who would have guessed (certainly not me,) that the job I started shortly after my seventeenth birthday would eventually lead me to the girl I'd one day marry!

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Chicken Soup for the Soul Time to Thrive

Story: But you were just a cop

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Synopsis:  I've been told, "But you were just a cop," as if my previous profession should negate my ability to string together a few sentences into a print-worthy piece. Well, they were mistaken.

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Chicken Soup for the Soul Volunteering and Giving Back

Story: A Commitment to Life

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Synopsis: Driving through a blizzard to honor my commitment to donate, I thought of  myself as a hero--that is until I arrived and found other four other heroes, already hooked up and donating their own blood.

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