Have a Holly, Jolly Christmas

At a time of the year where “joy” is supposed to be an integral part of the season, it is a commodity found in surprisingly small amounts some days. In fact joy – in In Balance terms, Laughter and Play – is an essential component to the wellness journey. The health benefits of incorporating laughter and play in our lives are numerous, and include increased endorphin production as...
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Healthy Holiday Gift Giving: The Want, Need, Wear, Read Guide [PLUS One Addition]

“That’s it, Samuel, use the puffy coat . . . pull the cap down low and put on these sunglasses. Joel, you be lookout and make sure no one sees either of you,” I heard my oldest son, Matt, instruct his brothers. As a mother of five children, 6-18 years old at the time, I could imagine at least 15 things a conversation like this could lead to, many of which I’d rather not know about. Over a decade...
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Mother’s Day in the Real World

This post is a “remodel” of an article I wrote for one of my newspaper columns almost two decades ago. As a wise man once said in Ecclesiastes 1:9, however, “there is nothing new under the sun.” The mixed emotions of this day still stand, as do my prayers for peace. Happy Mother’s Day to all of you! Any day now, it will start happening. I’ll catch my oldest...
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