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Trading Traditions

By Cheryl Hansen   Holidays are full of traditions—from the décor and the music to the gift-giving and the meals. It all conjures up warm memories and happy feelings—or at least it does in [...]

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Eyes Wide Open

By Cheryl Hansen   I won a magazine-sponsored essay contest when I was in my late 20s. The prize, in many ways, was life changing. I was invited on a rafting trip down the Green River in [...]

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Food For Thought

By Cheryl Hansen   Ahhhh Thanksgiving. Permission to eat. A lot. It’s a day to talk turkey, swim in gravy, get stuffed with stuffing and top it all off the pumpkin pie. Indulgence. Gluttony. [...]

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Goodnight

I went to Alaska a few years ago to observe a film crew in action as they captured riveting footage of bears and wolves. On my last night there, we were filming a mama bear and her cubs while [...]

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Face Plant

By Cheryl Hansen   My ab muscles were fired up. My fingers were spread. Both feet were off the ground for a good two seconds, maybe three if I’m counting fast. I actually did crow pose. I [...]

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Good Bet

By Cheryl Hansen I grew up in a family of (healthy) gamblers. My uncles, my mom and dad, my brother and I all liked to play cards at holiday gatherings for as far back as I can remember. My dad [...]

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Ashtanga Yoga 101

If you’ve recently seen “Ashtanga” added to our weekly yoga class schedule, you might’ve immediately wondered what on Earth that even means. You’re not alone in never having heard of Ashtanga — [...]

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Moredom

By Cheryl Hansen   My family and I trekked to Eastern Iowa last week to help my dad move into a retirement community. Dad has a smallish house where he’s lived for 16 years. He’s always been [...]

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Aint No Sunshine

By Cheryl Hansen   “Ain’t no sunshine when she’s gone. It’s not warm when she’s away. Ain’t no sunshine when she’s gone and she’s always gone too long. Anytime she goes away.”   So the [...]

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As The Crow Flies

By Cheryl Hansen   I was both excited and anxious about the arrival of autumn and with it, a new series in my PodFlow 1 class. I’m all for change—usually—but I had a little trepidation about [...]