Donna Templeton began teaching elementary school in Monte Vista, CO, in 1967. She brings that special teacher’s understanding to her gentle storytelling. She retired from teaching in 2000 and now, when she’s not writing children’s books, she volunteers her time. She is also a singer and directs the choir at the First Presbyterian Church in Monte Vista, where she lives with her husband.
Rabbi Zahara Davidowitz-Farkas, BCJC , was the founding executivedirector of Disaster Chaplaincy Services, New York. She responded onSeptember 12, 2001, to the 9/11 attacks in New York City. At the beginningof 2002 she was hired full-time to oversee the American RedCross's (ARC) Spiritual Care Long Term Recovery program in NewYork City. She is a longtime member of ARC's Spiritual Care Response Team and serves on the national oversight committee. She served as deanof the Rabbinic Seminary of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute ofReligion in New York, as the director of the Jack D. Weiler Chaplaincy Program of the New York Board of Rabbis, and as coordinator of Jewish chaplaincy at the New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center under the auspices of the HealthCare Chaplaincy.