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Recent Stories by Jennifer Hansen

HEART & SOUL: Helping others is medicine for pain

posted: 01/23/2013 2:50 a.m. Discuss

A friend endured a terrible loss last year when a family member died suddenly. This was the third such loss in three years for his family. Shortly before the holidays, Marc and I spoke with him. Several times he used the word “perspective.” He was struggling to keep perspective on things, he said, so he could give his elementary school-age children some kind of reassurance to keep them from worrying so much.

HEART & SOUL: ‘We three lambs of Arkansas are ... ’

posted: 01/16/2013 1:52 a.m. Discuss

Several days after New Year’s, most Christmas trees were down or coming down. As I sipped my coffee that morning, I contemplated the task and rejected the idea.

HEART & SOUL: Tool can identify top work strengths

posted: 01/09/2013 3:10 a.m. Discuss

With so many fascinating books and blogs out there, it’s easy to learn about yourself and others.

HEART & SOUL: Tensions deflated by retreat

posted: 01/02/2013 5:35 a.m. Discuss

Over Christmas, our plan was to keep it simple and quiet. With my mother-inlaw visiting, both children at home and all of us in need of a rest, we decided to split our time between home and farm. So after opening presents at home on Christmas Day, we headed out.

HEART & SOUL: Year will require humility, fortitude

posted: 12/25/2012 11:32 p.m. Discuss

When Mrs. Appleyard showed up last year bearing New Year’s gifts, it was the first time I understood that spiritual gifts are made available to us when we need them most. Did we use what she gave us this past year?

HEART & SOUL: Blessings of grace, growth, gratitude

posted: 12/19/2012 4:02 a.m. Comment 1

Not all the gifts are under the tree, and not all of them look like presents.

HEART & SOUL: Lamb birthing timely, true gift

posted: 12/12/2012 3:20 a.m. Discuss

Between hunting season and our heavy workloads, my husband and I haven’t seen much of each other lately. So when the weekend came, we headed to the farm. Time at the farm is our antidote to stress, and with the first lamb of the season only days old, farm life was about to get busier.

HEART & SOUL: Terrific holiday, malady and all

posted: 12/05/2012 3:29 a.m. Discuss

It was the best Thanksgiving ever. No question. We were all sick and no one had much energy, so we coughed, sneezed and held our aching heads the whole day, yet it was still the best Thanksgiving ever.

HEART & SOUL: Canines present a united wish list

posted: 11/28/2012 3:36 a.m. Discuss

The minute my tired feet entered the kitchen I knew something was up. The dogs were lined up waiting, trying desperately to be patient, but Duke was the only one sitting still.

HEART & SOUL: Daily list develops grateful attitude

posted: 11/21/2012 3:12 a.m. Discuss

More than a year ago, I began a daily morning practice of writing down at least 10 things for which I am grateful. Even if the previous day was awful, there are at least 10 things in my life that are positive.

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