Carrie Cariello lives in Southern New Hampshire with her husband, Joe, and their five children, ranging in age from three to nine. And no, their daughter is not the fifth child. She is the fourth. They thought she was to be their last, but sometimes urologists cancel important appointments, so there you have it. Her second son, Jack, has autism. A lot of times he makes her laugh, sometimes he makes her cry, but mostly he just makes her watch and wonder. Right now she stays home with her children. Once again there’s lots of laughter and some crying, but mostly it’s great fun.
Mike Freeman is a freelance writer and father of two daughters. He and his wife Karen are raising the girls in Jamestown, Rhode Island, on Conanicut Island west of Newport. Along with over fifty essays, articles, and reviews, Mike has published one book, Drifting: Two Weeks on the Hudson, and has twice been selected as Honorable Mention in Best American Essays. Mike grew up in southwest Connecticut and lived out West for thirteen years, mostly in Alaska, before returning to marry in 2008. "Before moving back," he writes, "I’d never realized how much I missed New England...." Mike's new book, Neither Mountain nor River: Fathers, Sons, and an Unsettled Faith, will be published by Riddle Brook in the fall of 2014.
Michael Charney is the author of Chasing Glenn Beck: A Personal Experiment in Reclaiming our Hijacked Political Conversation and Tea with the Mad Hatter: Musings on Politics, The Tea Party, and America's Rampant Electile Dysfunction. He has also written and published more than twenty short stories, essays and technical articles covering a wide range of topics including mainstream fiction, science fiction, technology, education and knowledge management. He has won awards for both his fiction and non-fiction, and was nominated for a Pushcart Prize for his short story, "Moths." Most recently, Michael had a short-short story published in Amoskeag: The Literary Journal of Southern New Hampshire University.