Meet the HERE IN THE MIDDLE Storytellers

Their salt-of-the-earth stories of love, loss, and connection will resonate with anyone who knows the push and pull of the middle years.

Click “Read More” below each profile picture to see contributor’s full bio.

Christine Organ – Editor & Contributor
Story Title: "Introduction to the Middle"
Christine Organ is a freelance writer who lives in the Chicago area with her husband and two sons. She is a staff writer for Scary Mommy and a regular contributor Read More
Julie Jo Severson – Editor & Contributor
STORY TITLE: "Beyond Describe"
Julie Jo Severson, former PR girl now freelance writer, journalist, editor, and lost-and-found attendant for two teens and a tween. Still an English major at heart, she finds solace in writing Read More
Ambrosia Brody – Contributor
STORY TITLE: "Moving Nana In"
Ambrosia Brody is a full-time editor, journalist, and mother to two spirited daughters. She lives in Southern California in a beach city but hates the sand; she enjoys people watching Read More
Christine Carter – Contributor
STORY TITLE: "Ten Years"
Chris Carter is a stay-at-home mom of two amazing kids. Her 10-year-old son and 13-year-old daughter keep her pretty darn busy, along with running a weekly youth ministry and women’s Read More
Carol A. Cassara – Contributor
Carol A. Cassara is a writer whose essays have appeared in Skirt!, the Christian Science Monitor, Blood and Thunder literary magazine, the San Francisco Chronicle, Tampa Tribune, Syracuse Post-Standard, on Read More
Ashley Collins – Contributor
STORY TITLE: "Pedicure with Dad"
Ashley Collins is mother to three grown children and currently lives in Connecticut with the pets they left behind. She graduated from Stanford University in 1987 with a B.A. in Anthropology. Read More
Jeanine DeHoney – Contributor
STORY TITLE: "A Prayer for Serenity"
Jeanine DeHoney is a former Family Services Coordinator and Art Enrichment Teacher. As a freelance writer, her work can be found in Timbuktu, Mused-Bella Online, Skipping Stones Multicultural Magazine, online Read More
Whitney Fleming – Contributor
STORY TITLE: "My Struggle with the Sun"
Whitney Fleming is a marketing consultant and freelance writer living outside Chicago. As the mother to three tween girls, she tries to dispel the myth that she is a typical Read More
R. Todd Fredrickson – Contributor
STORY TITLE: "At the Bridge of Gods"
Todd Fredrickson, and his wife, Wendy, live in Monroe Washington, where they enjoy hiking in the Cascades and getting lost in a good book. Todd has published two books, Brothers Read More
Caroline M. Grant – Contributor
STORY TITLE: "Fragile"
Caroline M. Grant is the co-director of the Sustainable Arts Foundation. She served on the editorial board of Literary Mama for ten years, including five as editor-in-chief, and has also Read More
Carol Heffernan – Contributor
STORY TITLE: "Choosing to Say Yes"
Carol Heffernan has written hundreds of articles about women’s issues, health and wellness, and parenting. She is also a social media manager for a children’s clothing company and interior designer. Carol Read More
Georgia A. Hubley – Contributor
STORY TITLE: "Tomorrow Never Comes"
Georgia A. Hubley grew up on a seventy-acre farm without the modern conveniences of indoor plumbing, electricity, or a telephone. Therefore, she became an avid reader and knew one day Read More
Melissa Janisin – Contributor
STORY TITLE: "A Brother Thing"
Melissa Janisin is a mom of two and stepmom of one, living and working in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She writes about her life as a mom, wife, and daughter at Read More
Linda A. Janssen – Contributor
STORY TITLE: "The Space Between"
Linda A. Janssen lives in Chapel Hill, NC, where she writes short stories, personal essays, creative nonfiction and the proverbial novel work-in-progress. Having lived in four countries and traveled to Read More
Kristie Betts Letter – Contributor
STORY TITLE: "Air Supply"
Kristie Betts Letter’s work has appeared in The Massachusetts Review, The North Dakota Quarterly, Washington Square, Passages North, Pangolin Papers, and The Southern Humanities Review. Her novel Snow and White Read More
Katherine Mikkelson – Contributor
STORY TITLE: "The Things You Do For Love"
Katherine Mikkelson is a recovering attorney turned writer. She writes a food blog at and her work has appeared in Adoptive Families Magazine and the Chicago Tribune. An essay, Read More
Rudri Bhatt Patel – Contributor
STORY TITLE: "I Can't Go Back, But I Can Always Remember"
Rudri Bhatt Patel is an attorney turned writer and editor. Prior to attending law school, she graduated with an M.A. in English with an emphasis in creative writing. Her work Read More
Lisa Pawlak – Contributor
STORY TITLE: "The Music Stand"
Lisa Pawlak is a San Diego-based freelance writer and regular contributor to the Chicken Soup for the Soul series, San Diego Family, Carlsbad and Hawaii Parent magazines. Her work can Read More
Jackie Pick – Contributor
STORY TITLE: "Grandparent Privilege"
Jackie Pick is a former teacher who is now writing her way through what she nervously identifies as her “second adolescence.” Her writing has been featured on various parenting sites Read More
Tina Porter – Contributor
STORY TITLE: "Living, Even in the Dying"
Tina Porter is a writer living in Northwest Indiana. She and her husband recently celebrated twenty-five years of marriage and the college graduation of their first born. Her middle and Read More
Jennie Robertson – Contributor
STORY TITLE: "They Grow Old So Fast"
Jennie Robertson lives and writes in her native state of Maine. She’s been published in Mary Jane’s Farm, Mothers Always Write, Literary Mama, and the HerStories anthology, So Glad They Read More
Alisa Schindler – Contributor
STORY TITLE: "You Spin Me Right Round Baby, Right Round"
Alisa Schindler is the mom of three boys and wife to Mr. Baseball. She schlepps children, burns cupcakes, and writes essays that have been featured online at the New York Read More
Chelsea Schott – Contributor
STORY TITLE: "To Call You Mama"
Chelsea Schott is a writer living in Houston, Texas. A recent graduate of Rice University and a regular contributor to the Houston Press, she divides her time between teaching writing Read More
Jill Wilbur Smith – Contributor
STORY TITLE: "The Blue Room"
Jill Wilbur Smith received an M.F.A. in creative writing from Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota. Her work has appeared in A Cup of Comfort for Parents of Children with Read More
Patricia Jonik Stein – Contributor
STORY TITLE: "Dad's Bookcase"
Patricia Jonik Stein lives with her husband and two cats and writes from her Fort Washington, Pennsylvania, home. She worked as a theme reader, writing coach, teacher, and mentor after Read More
Kim Love Stump – Contributor
STORY TITLE: "Sounds of Love and Life"
Kim Love Stump has loved to read and write ever since she can remember. While fiction is her first writing love, she has written everything from equity recommendations for a Read More
Julia Tagliere – Contributor
STORY TITLE: "Stars I Will Find"
Julia Tagliere is a freelance writer and editor and studied in the M.A. in Creative Writing program at DePaul University in Illinois. Her work has appeared in The Writer and Read More
Pamela Valentine – Contributor
STORY TITLE: "Shapes in the Clouds"
“Pamela Valentine shares the joys and challenges of raising a gender diverse child as Affirmed Mom through ChicagoNow. She was recently awarded a BlogHer 2016 Voices of the Year Award Read More
Kelly Garriott Waite – Contributor
STORY TITLE: "The Weight of Fridays"
Kelly Garriott Waite writes essays and fiction from Ohio. Her work has appeared in the Globe and Mail, the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Christian Science Monitor, the Woven Tale Press Selected Read More
Diana Walters – Contributor
STORY TITLE: "Getting to Know Dad"
Diana Walters is the manager of an assisted living unit in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and a freelance writer. She and her husband develop materials and provide training for ministry to people Read More
Laura Grace Weldon – Contributor
STORY TITLE: "Time Turns Back On Itself"
Laura Grace Weldon lives on Bit of Earth Farm where she’s an editor and marginally useful farm wench. She’s the author of a poetry collection Tending and a handbook of alternative education, Free Range Read More
Amy Halzel Willis – Contributor
STORY TITLE: "Catching Up"
Amy Halzel Willis’ creative writing has appeared in publications ranging from the Boston Herald, to the Brandeis Magazine, to Covenant of the Generations: New Prayers, Poems and Meditations from Women Read More

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