Chicken Soup for the Woman's Soul

“What a delightful treat! Take a break to read a few stories from
Chicken Soup for the Woman’s Soul.
It will add more joy and love to your day.”

Gladys Knight
singer, entertainer

“At last, a
Chicken Soup
for women! It touched all of my emotions—I laughed, I cried, I was inspired. Thank you for touching my female soul.”

Olivia Newton-John
entertainer

“Chicken Soup for the Woman’s Soul
is a fabulous collection of inspiring stories for women. What a phenomenal way to connect with other women! This book will definitely move your heart and uplift your spirit!”

Ann W. Richards
former governor of Texas

“As women, we give so much of our hearts and souls to others.
Chicken Soup for the Woman’s Soul
will fill you back up again with love, joy and inspiration, and help you celebrate your magical female spirit.”

Barbara DeAngelis
author,
Real Moments

“It is not very often that one reads a book that entertains, uplifts and moves one to tears.
Chicken Soup for the Woman’s Soul
is one of those books. I highly recommend it.”

Susan Jeffers, Ph.D.
author,
Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway
and
End the Struggle and Dance with Life

“I loved
Chicken Soup for the Woman’s Soul
—this edition of the
Chicken Soup
books has particularly touched me! Please keep writing more, as I’ve grown to depend on these books throughout all of my many hours on airplanes!”

Daisy Fuentes
model, actress, spokesperson

“These stories remind us what it truly means to be a woman or girl in today’s complex world—to have the personal courage, self-esteem and mentors who will inspire us to reach our dreams. Every busy working woman should take a few minutes out of her day to read these stories. They will refresh, inspire and bring balance to the day!”

Leslie Smith
executive director, National Association for Female
Executives Women’s Foundation

“This serving of
Chicken Soup for the Woman’s Soul
has the power to heal the common cold of the human heart.”

Margareta Arvidsson Cederroth
former Miss Universe

“This beautiful collection of stories proclaims the richness of a tapestry of experience woven from the lives of women. These stories are refreshing and insightful; they help us become more self-aware and see with greater clarity those simple things that give meaning to our lives.”

Ellen Greene
classics professor, University of Oklahoma

“Reading
Chicken Soup for the Woman’s Soul
is an invitation to connect with what is best about our lives— faith, hope, charity and love. I’ll take two helpings please—one for me and one for a friend!”

Susan B. Wilson

CHICKEN SOUP
FOR THE
WOMAN’S SOUL

101 Stories to
Open the Hearts and Rekindle
the Spirits of Women

Jack Canfield
Mark Victor Hansen
Jennifer Read Hawthorne
Marci Shimoff

Health Communications, Inc.
Deerfield Beach, Florida

www.hcibooks.com
www.chickensoup.com

Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data

Chicken soup for the woman’s soul: 101 stories to open the hearts and rekindle the spirits of women / [compiled by] Jack Canfield et al.

p. cm.

eISBN-13: 978-0-7573-9737-0       (ebook) eISBN-10: 0-7573-9737-9 (ebook)

1. Women—Conduct of life—Anecdotes.   I. Canfield, Jack (date).

BJ1610.C522  1996                                                                               96-24700

158’.12—dc20                                                                                                  CIP

© 1996 John T. Canfield and Hansen and Hansen LLC

All rights reserved. Printed in the United States of America. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording, or otherwise, without the written permission of the publisher.

HCI, its logos and marks are trademarks of Health Communications, Inc.

Publisher:
Health Communications, Inc.
3201 S.W. 15th Street
Deerfield Beach, FL 33442–8190

R-09-07

Cover re-design by Lawna Patterson Oldfield

Phenomenal Woman

Pretty women wonder where my secret lies.

I’m not cute or built to suit a fashion model’s size

But when I start to tell them,

They think I’m telling lies.

I say,

It’s in the reach of my arms,

The span of my hips,

The stride of my step,

The curl of my lips.

I’m a woman

Phenomenally.

Phenomenal woman,

That’s me.

I walk into a room

Just as cool as you please,

And to a man,

The fellows stand or

Fall down on their knees.

Then they swarm around me,

A hive of honey bees.

I say,

It’s the fire in my eyes,

And the flash of my teeth,

The swing in my waist,

And the joy in my feet.

I’m a woman

Phenomenally.

Phenomenal woman,

That’s me.

Men themselves have wondered

What they see in me.

They try so much

But they can’t touch

My inner mystery.

When I try to show them

They say they can’t see.

I say,

It’s in the arch of my back,

The sun of my smile,

The ride of my breasts,

The grace of my style.

I’m a woman

Phenomenally.

Phenomenal woman,

That’s me.

Now you understand

Just why my head’s not bowed.

I don’t shout or jump about

Or have to talk real loud.

When you see me passing

It ought to make you proud.

I say,

It’s in the click of my heels,

The bend of my hair,

The palm of my hand,

The need for my care.

’Cause I’m a woman

Phenomenally.

Phenomenal woman,

That’s me.

Maya Angelou

W
ith love we dedicate this book to
the 2.9 billion phenomenal women of the world.
May these stories touch your hearts
and inspire your souls.

We also dedicate this book to our parents,
Ellen Taylor and Fred Angelis, Una and Paul Hansen,
Maureen and Brooks Read, and Louise and
Marcus Shimoff, for the extraordinary gifts of
love and life you have given us.

Contents

Acknowledgments

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Introduction

1. ON LOVE

The White Gardenia
Marsha Arons

Words from the Heart
Bobbie Lippman

Mama’s Soup Pot
Leo Buscaglia

Just in Time
Dan Clark

Gifts of the Heart
Sheryl Nicholson

The Other Woman
David Farrell

Ramona’s Touch
Betty Aboussie Ellis

“Are You God?”
Dan Clark

The Electric Candlesticks
Marsha Arons

More Than a Scholarship
Stephanie Bullock

It Couldn’t Hurt
Sandy Ezrine

A Goodnight Kiss
Phyllis Volkens

Gifts
Page Lambert

1,716 Letters
Louise Shimoff

Martha’s Secret Ingredient
Reminisce magazine

2. ON ATTITUDE AND SELF-ESTEEM

Be a Queen
Oprah Winfrey

Home Is Where The Heart Is
Roberta L. Messner

A Tale of Two Cities
The Best of Bits & Pieces

Where Do the Mermaids Stand?
Robert Fulghum

The Pirate
Marjorie Wallé

So What Do You Grow?
Philip Chard

Grandma Ruby
Lynn Robertson

Problem or Solution?
Edgar Bledsoe

Just the Way You Are
Jennifer Read Hawthorne

True Beauty
Charlotte Ward

Angela’s Word
Barbara K. Bassett

Just Say Yes
Fran Capo

The Gift of Gab
Lynn Rogers Petrak

I Was a Sixth-Grade Scarecrow
Linda Jessup

3. OVERCOMING OBSTACLES

If There’s a Will
Kathie Lee Gifford and Stacey Nasalroad

We’ve Come a Long Way
Pat Bonney Shepherd

And Justice Has Been Served
The Best of Bits & Pieces

No Hair Day
Alison Lambert with Jennifer Rosenfeld

Just Like You
Carol Price

Little Red Wagons
Patricia Lorenz

My Father’s Lessons
Cathy Downs

Who to Believe?
More Sower’s Seeds

The Marks of Life
Diana Golden

Soaring Free
Laurie Waldron

Tears of Joy
Joan Fountain with Carol Kline

4. ON MARRIAGE

Home Forever
Jean Bole

A Little Holiday Magic
K. M. Jenkins

Paris in the Springtime
Jennifer Read Hawthorne

Marriage Advice from 1886
Jane Wells

A Handful of Emeralds
Rebecca Christian

What Women Don’t Understand About Guys
Dave Barry

Lost and Found
Elinor Daily Hall

Grandpa’s Valentine
Elaine Reese

A Soldier’s Last Letter
Maj. Sullivan Ballou

A Love Like That
Linda Ellerbee

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