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Catherine Berresheim essay featured in “Chicken Soup for the Soul”

By: Keturah Tobias

Professor Catherine Berresheim, a faculty member at Volunteer State Community College, has had her short essay “Catlike” featured and published in the book “Chicken Soup for the Soul: Lessons Learned from My Cat.” 

According to the Chicken Soup for the Soul Company website, “Chicken Soup for the Soul has been a socially conscious company that combines storytelling with making the world a better place.” 

“Chicken Soup for the Soul: Lessons I Learned From My Cat,” is a book with “101 heartwarming, amusing, and inspirational stories,” and essays about dogs and cats.  

Professor Berresheim has written for several companies and newspapers, “The News Herald,” a community newspaper,  Berresheim then did feature writing for “The East Nashvillian,” “The National Arts Magazine” and others. 

Berresheim’s short essay “Catlike” is based on a true story of Berresheim having a mutual relationship with a neighborhood cat, and its life being ended by a dog that also lived in the same neighborhood.  

This was not the first time this event occurred; the dog has attacked other cats in the neighborhood. Berresheim said, “These people have moved out and had a little girl and a beautiful cat, and that same dog killed the cat in front of this three-year-old little girl.” She recalls that there was no apology from the owner of the dog. 

Berresheims short essay was only one of about a thousand entries made to “Chicken Soup for The Soul.”  

“It really is thrilling because this is a big publication,” said Berresheim. “I think it’s a big deal, I’ve felt like a writer for a very long time, but I haven’t really felt like an author, and now I do.” 

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