Marlene Samuels is an independent sociologist, writer and instructor, earned her Ph.D. and M.A. from University of Chicago, and worked at the National Opinion Research Center there. She serves on the Visiting Committee of the Graduate School, University of Chicago, is a member of Story Circle Network, serves on its Board of Directors, and is a presenter and workshop facilitator. She teaches research methodology for writers and introduction to memoir writing. Currently, Marlene’s research looks at problems in contemporary America -specifically mid-life regrets and decision-making. Other interests are adoption, memoir, and food writing. Her published work includes a study about success, The Seamstress: a Memoir of Survival, she co-authored and edited, plus (forthcoming), Broken Chains, Missing Links: A Memoir In Short Stories. Her writing appears in; Chicago Tribune, Lilith Magazine, Idaho Mountain Express, SCN Anthology, LongStoryShort, University of Iowa Summer Anthology, and others. Visit her at: www.marlenesamuels.blogspot.com. Mind Stretch Contributor; Consultant.