“North Country author Kathy L. Baumgarten was born in Niagara Falls, travelling to the Persian Gulf, sunny Hawaii and Europe. Along the way, she’s had off-beat experiences and met many colorful characters, which she draws upon for her tales and essays. Sometimes sentimental, often humorous and always perceptive, her essays, which appeared in her Lake Champlain Weekly column “Jabberwocky” (2004-2018) addressed the essential joys, sorrows and conflicts at the heart of the human condition.
Whether the subject is her military service in Kuwait, a visit to the London Zoo with a nursing toddler, assisting locals in the clean-up of post-Hurricane Katrina in Mississippi, or observations on the quiet beauty of Adirondack snowflakes, her unique storytelling voice makes her a ‘must-read’.”
-Caroline Kehne, Editor, former editor, The Lake Champlain Weekly
"Chicken Soup for the Soul:
Finding My Faith"
I was honored to have my story "In the Basement" included in one of the popular "Chicken Soup for the Soul" books, one called "Finding My Faith." Here is an except from the story of how I found my faith in an unlikely place:
“What if the tree falls on our roof, Grandma?” they asked, and “Who will pay for it?” More pleadingly, “Where will we live then, huh? How will we eat?” Suddenly alarmed, I looked eagerly to our Grandmother. She was just smiling and shaking her head. "Grandma,” I ventured, comparing her face to my older siblings’, “Why aren’t you afraid?”
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