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5 Things You Can Do Today to Reclaim Your Joy (No Pixie Dust Required)

In Op-Eds by Karen Scalf Bouchard

What is it about the movie “Hook” that has captivated kids (and their parents!) for nearly thirty years? Robin Williams, certainly. And pirates always help. And, of course, Tinkerbell was pretty neat. But that warm feeling the movie left us with…where did that come from? Ah, yes. The plot. That great storyline in which a man rediscovers joy. Peter Pan rediscovered joy, and audiences across the nation cheered and cried. He found his lost “happy thoughts” and, for the first time …

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Motherhood: Not for the Faint of Heart

In Op-Eds by Karen Scalf Bouchard

When I think of May, I think of flowers and moms. And just as there are endless varieties of blooms, moms are pretty diverse, too. They come in all shapes, sizes, states of mind, levels of mom-skills, and more. That variety means that even though everybody has a mother, not everybody shares similar experiences and memories of the iconic maternal influence. Perhaps this is why Mother’s Day comes under fire now and again. We enjoy celebrating Donna-Reed-type moms, but what …

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Nobody Knows the Truffles I’ve Seen

In Op-Eds by Karen Scalf Bouchard

When life is filled with troubles and stress, we crave chocolate, don’t we? Chocolate is our go-to comforter. When we’re feeling lonely, we crave Chocolate Kisses. When finances are stressful, we can find ourselves reaching for a 100 Grand Bar. And when we feel the need to be rescued, what’s not to love about 3 Musketeers? My troubles have sent me to more truffles than I care to admit. And maybe there’s a reason. When we’re stressed, our bodies produce …

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Which Bible Heroes Would You Friend on Facebook?

In Bible by Karen Scalf Bouchard

What if Mark Zuckerberg had invented Facebook 5000 years ago? Think about the possibilities. Imagine if folks we know from the Bible had Facebook profiles. What might you see in your newsfeed? Samson posting ANOTHER workout selfie at the gym. Moses uploading a snapshot and writing, “And here’s what I’m having for lunch today!” (And of course, it’s still manna…) Eve always bragging on her kids: “Oh look! Here’s Cain taking his first step!” “Abel just lost his first baby …