Contributors to the February 2018 issue

Beth Dyer Clary told her first stories at the dinner table where she and her five siblings were challenged to keep the conversation interesting and entertaining. Since childhood, Beth has written for every job, except when she scooped ice cream at a Baskin-Robbins and made mayonnaise and sandwiches at a deli. She received her MFA in Creative Writing from Fairfield University in 2013. After two decades in Oklahoma, Beth has returned to her roots in Massachusetts where she writes in a house built around a locust tree in the company of her husband, Bill, and their two dogs and cat.

Joe Cottonwood is a frequent contributor to The MOON. A builder by day and a poet by night, he lives with his high school sweetheart in La Honda, California.

Larry Dossey, MD, is the author of nine books and numerous articles, as well as the former executive editor of the peer-reviewed journal Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine, the most widely subscribed-to journal in its field. He has lectured all over the world, including major medical schools and hospitals in the United States –Harvard, Johns Hopkins, Cornell, the Universities of Pennsylvania, California, Washington, Texas, Florida, Minnesota, and the Mayo Clinic. Before his book Healing Words was published in 1993, only three U.S. medical schools had courses devoted to exploring the role of religious practice and prayer in health; currently, nearly 80 medical schools have instituted such courses, many of which utilize Dr. Dossey’s works as textbooks. In his 1989 book Recovering the Soul, he introduced the concept of “nonlocal mind” — mind unconfined to the brain and body, mind spread infinitely throughout space and time. Since then, “nonlocal mind” has been adopted by many leading scientists as an emerging image of consciousness. Dr. Dossey’s ever-deepening explication of nonlocal mind provides a legitimate foundation for the merging of spirit and medicine. The ramifications of such a union are radical and call for no less than the reinvention of medicine. In 2013, Larry Dossey received the prestigious Visionary Award that honors a pioneer whose visionary ideas have shaped integrative healthcare and the medical profession. Dr. Dosseys most recent book is One Mind: How Our Individual Mind is Part of a Greater Consciousness and Why It Matters.

Bob Findysz was born in Chicago but moved to the suburbs before first grade. After finishing graduate work at the University of Chicago, he avoided one war zone (Vietnam) by choosing another (the Mideast). Married with three grown children and nine grandchildren, Findysz settled on a kibbutz in Israel a few decades ago and spent 40-some years teaching Israeli high school and university students English as a Foreign Language. On periodic leaves-of-absence he has explored other pursuits (from academic counseling to agriculture), traveled extensively, and studied as a way of life.

Leslee Goodman is the publisher and editor of The MOON. With roots in Santa Barbara and Ojai, California, she now lives in the Methow Valley, Washington.

Emilio Iasiello has written two books: a collection of short stories: Why People Do What They Do, and a nonfiction narrative, Chasing the Green. He has also written for the stage and screen and has had numerous works produced in New York, Los Angeles, Washington, DC, and London, England. His film credits can be found at IMDB.

Peter Johnston is a professor at the State University of New York at Albany. He is the author of eight books and some 50 research articles. This selection is from:Opening Minds: Using Language to Change Lives by Peter H. Johnston. (c) 2012 Stenhouse Publishers. Used with permission.

Paul Lewellan taught fiction writing in the public schools for three decades before retiring. Now he teaches communications studies at Augustana College. He’s married to his best friend, Pamela, who is also his chief literary critic and his accountant. They share their home with an annoying little Shi Tzu named Mannie. Last year he published stories in Lodestone Journal, Black Heart Magazine, Euphemism, and Dirty Pool.

Israela Margalit is a playwright, television writer, concert pianist, recording artist, and since 2016 a published author of short fiction and creative non-fiction, with awards or honors in all categories. See more at Israela Margalit.

Robert Pope has published a novel, Jack’s Universe, as well as a collection of stories, Private Acts, and many stories and personal essays in journals such as The Kenyon Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, and Fiction International. He teaches at the University of Akron.

Judith Simon Prager, PhD, is a therapist, author, and teacher who trains first responders and medical personnel around the world in Verbal First Aid, the protocol she and colleague Judith Acosta, LISW, developed to create calm, relieve pain, promote healing, and even save lives in emergency situations. She has co-authored several Verbal First Aid books with Acosta, including The Worst Is Over: What to Say When Every Moment Counts, which the International Journal of Emergency Mental Health called “the ‘bible’ for crisis communication.” In 2017, Prager published a different kind of book, What the Dolphin Said, about her journey to understand the non-verbal communication dolphins use to bring healing, comfort, and indeed, joy, to children and adults with all kinds of disabilities, as well as to able-bodied divers, sailors, surfers, and others who encounter them in the ocean.

Florentina Ramirez Staigers is a social justice attorney with a background in sociology. She has worked in immigrants’ and women’s rights and racial equity for fifteen years. Her writing focuses on race, gender, and class and she has been published in, Lunch Ticket, Drunk Monkeys, Mused, and The Humanist.

Laura Grace Weldon is the author of a poetry collection titled Tending and a handbook of alternative education, Free Range Learning, with a book of essays due out soon. Her creative non-fiction work appears in Under the Gum Tree, Praxis Magazine, TikkunWired, Sunlight Press, Poet’s Quarterly, Lilipoh, Penduline, and others. Connect with her at

Mike Wilson is a writer living in Lexington, Kentucky. His stories and poetry have been published in small magazines and anthologies including Appalachian Heritage. He is also the author of a biography, Warrior Priest: The Story of Father Roy Bourgeois and The School of the Americas.