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Chicken soup for the single's soul : stories of love and inspiration for the single, divorced, and widowed
Canfield, Jack, 1944-
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Deerfield Beach, Fla. : Health Communications, 1999.
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xxiii, 392 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
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Singles are coming into their own: Each year more and more people are single either by choice or by circumstance. This book celebrates the joys and challenges of living life single, and like its Chicken Soup predecessors, will be a source of inspiration, laughter and wisdom.

With chapters on Love, Single Parenting, Dating, Family and Friends, Finding Your Mate, Overcoming Obstacles and Single and Happy, readers will relate to each of these stories no matter what their situation or stage of life. Chicken Soup for the Single's Soul will show readers that they're never alone as long as they believe in themselves. Whenever they find themselves in need of some reinforcement, this book will be a source of strength and comfort.

Author Notes

Jack Canfield earned his Bachelor's of Arts from Harvard and a Master's degree from the University of Massachusetts. he also has an honorary doctorate from the University of Santa Monica. Canfield has been a high school and university teacher, a workshop facilitator, a psychotherapist and a leading authority in the area of self esteem and personal development for approximately 30 years.

Canfield is the founder and co-creator of the Chicken Soup for the Soul book series, which has over 36 titles, 53 million copies in print and is translated into over 32 languages. He is the founder of Self Esteem Seminars in Santa Barbara, California, which trains entrepreneurs, educators, corporate leaders and employees in how to accelerate achievement. Canfield is also the founder of the Foundation for Self Esteem which provides self esteem resources and training for social workers, welfare recipients and Human Resource professionals. Some of his clients include Virgin Records, Sony Pictures, Merrill Lynch, Caldwell Banker, Federal Express, Bergen Brunswig Pharmaceuticals and the American Alzheimers Association.

In 1987, Canfield was appointed by the California Legislature to the California Task Force to Promote Self Esteem and Personal and Social Responsibility. He is the co-founder of the National Association for Self Esteem, and a member of the association for Holistic Education, as well as the National Association for for Self Esteem, where he was also a past member of the Board of Trustees and the recipient of the 1993 National Leadership Award. He is also a member of the National Staff Development Council and the National Speakers Association. In 1989, Canfield was awarded the Certified Speaking Professional designation, an honor that is held by less than 5% of NSA's membership. In 1997, he was nominated by three of NSA's past presidents for the coveted CPAE designation.

Canfield has appeared on such television shows as Oprah, The Today Show, 20/20, Eye to Eye, the NBC Nightly News and the BBC.

(Bowker Author Biography)



Reply to Box 2228Was it loneliness, the call of adventure or just plain insanity that made me answer that newspaper ad? I paced back and forth through my house, telling myself it was a really stupid thing to do. But like a jeweler crafting a priceless, one-of-a-kind brooch, I composed my reply to the tantalizing ad. I actually answered a lonely hearts ad. Am I really that desperate for a man? I'd always believed that only born losers advertised for a companion or answered the ads of those who did. Surely you had to be dying of loneliness, ugly or really dumb! That's what I am, I thought, really dumb! What would my children think? Would they understand that the bold, black letters just leaped out at my unsuspecting eye? "Christian Rancher. 6Æ tall, 180 pounds, 50+. Hardworking, clean-cut, healthy, good physical condition. Enjoys fishing camping, cross-country skiing, animals, dining out. Wants to meet sensible and sincere lady, 40-50, attractive, neat, loving, honest, for meaningful relationship. Box 222B.ö Mama mia! What loving, sensible, honest and lonely woman could resist? Well, maybe not sensible. "Fifty-plus what?" my letter began. "I'm a healthy, hardworking woman who loves to cook, sew, travel, pray, and walk in a desert sunset or barefoot on the beach." I didn't say I could meet all the requirements in his ad, but I didn't give him any reason to think that I couldn't. But could I? I was already past fifty, questionably attractive, not always neat and very uncertain about pursuing a meaningful relationship. What I really wanted was a friend. Had I been dishonest not to tell him so? Holding the letter heavenward, I asked God, "If you want me to meet this man, will you bring him to me?" Then I set the stamped envelope on the desk for the following day's mail. During the next few weeks, I found my hands getting sweaty every time the phone rang. Could it be him? What if he didn't like me? What if he showed disappointment as soon as he set eyes on me? Could I handle that? Contriving excuses to be away from the telephone became a game I played with myself. At the car wash one afternoon, towel-drying the finish and shining the windows, I found myself fantasizing about every man who came in to wash his car. Look at him; I bet he's 50+. He's almost bald, has floppy jowls and a big stomach. Oh, dear, he's wearing a cowboy shirt and boots. IÆll just die if that's my Christian rancher! I didn't see even one man there who I hoped might be Box 222B. Damp and discouraged, I went home to shower, questioning my motives, suppressing my loneliness. Dressing before the mirror, I turned from side to side, surveying the ravages of fifty-plus years on this Earth. I studied my face, hollow and gaunt, perched atop muscular shoulders and arms. Large, sturdy hands that never knew what to do with themselves. Twenty extra pounds, a thick waist, stalwart thighs above husky calves and large, scrawny feet. I remembered the boy in the f Excerpted from Chicken Soup for the Single's Soul: Stories of Love and Inspiration for the Single, Divorced and Widowed by Jack L. Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, Jennifer R. Hawthorne, Marci Shimoff, Jack Canfield, Jennifer Read Hawthorne All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.

Table of Contents

Vivian EisenecherBryan AubreyLinda StaffordNardi Reeder CampionBill AsenjoDawn McKennaC. J. HerrmannMegan MartinJean C. FultonCara WilsonKatie MauroJan ColemanBarbara BaumgardnerJudith L. RobinsonDave BarryDick PurnellJeanne Marie LaskasRosemary LaureyPamela ElessaJoan RiversTerry L. FairchildCindy Jevne BuckOriah Mountain DreamerArnold FineCarol A. Price-LopataArnold FineJackie SheltonJoan Wester AndersonDoris Byers and Shirley Byers LalondeJanice Lane PalkoChristine E. BellerisChristine Harris-Amos and Cliff MarshMichelle Wolins and LeAnn ThiemanDiane GoldbergArnold FineCathy GohlkePamela J. ChandlerDeb Gatlin TowneyToni FulcoLinda ButlerCielle KollanderNancy RueJudith BlackPaul BreonJames M. JertsonPatricia LorenzRob Gilbert and Karen WydraBrenda Nichols AinleyRob LoughranLizanne SouthgateTina FrenchMelanie M. WatkinsKay BoldenBarbara Feder MindelLouise Lenahan WallaceTom DurkinC. L. HowardChristie CraigCathy Lee CrosbyJan NationsJ. A. JanceDavid HaldaneMaggie BaxterJennifer HarrisLinda Ross SwansonBobbie ReedWilma Hankins HlawiczkaJoyce BrothersDoris Delventhal and B. J. ConnorT. J. BanksShirley PeaseChristie CraigAnne Marion and Eileen LawrenceSteven BurtMary Livingstone Benny and Hilliard Marks and Marcie BorieBarb IrwinJerry and Lorin BiedermanYitta Halberstam and Judith LeventhalJohn MorrisJean BronaughCarol Fannin RohwedderJudith GillisBonnie HarrisCarren StrockMichael ClayLinda LaRocqueKari WestCynthia MercatiBarbara Jeanne FisherMaggy Rose McLartyLaurie L. OswaldArthur GordonJan ColemanMeredith Hodges
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
Introductionp. xix
Share with Usp. xxiii
1. Single and Happy
Room at the Tablep. 3
The Professor and the Soulmatep. 5
Is Fire Goddess Spelled with Two Ds?p. 9
Lessons from Aunt Gracep. 13
Seeing 20/20p. 19
Have Freedom, Will Travelp. 22
The Visitp. 26
Fascination with Dreep. 30
I Don't Even Know Your Namep. 34
Surviving the Shipwreckp. 39
2. Dating
A-Head of the Gamep. 45
Bowled Overp. 47
Reply to Box 222Bp. 52
New Year's Eve Dilemmap. 56
Dave Barry's Guide to Finding a Matep. 59
On the Rocksp. 65
A Good Catchp. 70
The Surprise Datep. 74
A Cure for Cold Feetp. 79
Dating Againp. 83
Loving Henryp. 87
The Last Datep. 91
3. Finding Your Mate
The Invitationp. 97
How David and Lily Got Togetherp. 99
The Moment It Happensp. 104
The High School English Teacherp. 108
Perennialsp. 112
Hope Is Where the Heart Isp. 118
The Letterp. 122
What's Your Sign?p. 126
An Educated Womanp. 131
Love at First Bitep. 133
A Chance of a Lifetimep. 136
The Right Onep. 142
4. Making A Difference
Mrs. Grodefskyp. 146
One Day at a Timep. 150
Can You Love Me?p. 153
Christmas Is Coming!p. 156
Mama's Heartp. 159
5. Single Parenting
Hands to Go 'Roundp. 169
Take Heart, Momp. 172
A True Christmasp. 176
Sidelinedp. 182
One Man and a Babyp. 186
Marty's Friendsp. 189
Outside the Circle of Possibilityp. 191
For Foreverp. 196
Where the Heart Isp. 197
For the Recordp. 202
A Wish Seedp. 203
Message in a Mugp. 207
Dr. Momp. 210
A Real Family Christmasp. 213
No Time for Dreamsp. 216
A Faded Cardp. 219
What I Did on My Son's Summer Vacationp. 222
Making the Gradep. 226
6. Single Again
Love Is Just Like a Broken Armp. 232
The Drawer Wouldn't Closep. 241
The Ten-Dollar Billp. 245
Looking Toward the Lightp. 249
Lightning's Giftp. 253
Starting Overp. 257
My Sailor Manp. 260
Paid in Fullp. 264
7. Losing A Partner
Rudy's Angelp. 268
He Has Not Left Mep. 270
Love, Leop. 276
Cultivating My Gardenp. 280
A Widow's Workshopp. 283
The Journeyp. 286
The Voyagep. 289
Unk's Fiddlep. 292
A Single Long-Stemmed Rosep. 296
8. We Are Not Alone
Angels, Once in a Whilep. 300
Flowers from Our Gardenp. 304
A Small Miracle in Nashvillep. 308
The Best Seat in the Housep. 313
Santa Redeemedp. 318
A Bunch of Violetsp. 321
Everything He Hadp. 323
Nine Years and Nine Daysp. 325
Rescued by a Drowning Dogp. 328
The Face of Compassionp. 331
9. Friends and Family
A Lasagna Kind of Christmasp. 336
Between Two Worldsp. 340
Dad Is There for Me Again--and Alwaysp. 343
Life's Final Piecesp. 347
The Makeoverp. 352
Unbroken Circlep. 355
A Shining Thingp. 359
Turning the Pagep. 363
Full Circlep. 366
More Chicken Soup?p. 369
Supporting People Around the Worldp. 370
Who Is Jack Canfield?p. 372
Who Is Mark Victor Hansen?p. 373
Who Is Jennifer Read Hawthorne?p. 374
Who Is Marci Shimoff?p. 375
Contributorsp. 376
Permissionsp. 388