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Shake It Off

By Cheryl Hansen   It’s back-to-school time, which at my house means digging out those summer packets their teachers sent home back in May and actually finishing them. While we didn’t leave [...]

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Taking My Medicine

By Cheryl Hansen   They say laughter is the best medicine. According to The Chopra Center, it reduces the stress response, combats depression, relieves pain, boosts immunity and increases [...]

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Don’t Tell Me What To Do!

By Cheryl Hansen   I have control issues. Just ask my husband. Or my kids, friends, co-workers, dog and Mother Nature. My desire to control everything around me doesn’t necessarily lead to [...]

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Mystery Solved?

By Cheryl Hansen   I’m a big fan of mysteries. I like to read crime thrillers and I watch a lot of “Dateline”—I mean, who wouldn’t want to hang out with Keith Morrison? I fancy myself a [...]

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Just Keep Swimming

By Cheryl Hansen   Neither of my kids has embraced a sport yet, and their sensitive selves may not be cut out for competition. I’ve always been pretty open-minded about their [...]

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Creatures

I am a creature of habit.    Despite my lifelong claim that I love change, my husband and I have always found comfort in the familiar. If we find a restaurant that we like, we go there—a [...]

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Happy Feet

By Cheryl Hansen My Mother’s Day was jam-packed with fun—from brunch to bike rides to backyard puppy parties. As the day came to a close, I noticed my daughter’s face change from pure bliss to [...]

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The Domino Effect

By Cheryl Hansen My son used to love to set dominoes up one by one in elaborate patterns across our living room floor just to watch them fall. It required extraordinary patience, particularly for [...]

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Bitter Sweet

By Cheryl Hansen   Sugar is sweet, inviting. Sugar supports me at my worst and celebrates with me at my best. Sugar is always happy. I can count on Sugar. But Sugar is not my friend. I’ve [...]

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Therapy Session

By Cheryl Hansen Is the world stressing us all out more than our parents? Is it actually more stressful or are we just less able to deal with it? I ask because nearly everyone I know is either [...]

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