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Jennifer Hansen

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Helping others is medicine for pain

Subscriber onlyLITTLE ROCK — 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. Continue reading...

‘We three lambs of Arkansas are ... ’

Subscriber onlyLITTLE ROCK — 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. Continue reading...

Tool can identify top work strengths

Subscriber onlyLITTLE ROCK — With so many fascinating books and blogs out there, it’s easy to learn about yourself and others. Continue reading...

Tensions deflated by retreat

Subscriber onlyLITTLE ROCK — 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. Continue reading...

Year will require humility, fortitude

Subscriber onlyLITTLE ROCK — 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? Continue reading...

Blessings of grace, growth, gratitude

Subscriber onlyLITTLE ROCK — Not all the gifts are under the tree, and not all of them look like presents. Continue reading...

Lamb birthing timely, true gift

Subscriber onlyLITTLE ROCK — 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. Continue reading...

Terrific holiday, malady and all

Subscriber onlyLITTLE ROCK — 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. Continue reading...

Canines present a united wish list

Subscriber onlyLITTLE ROCK — 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. Continue reading...

Daily list develops grateful attitude

Subscriber onlyLITTLE ROCK — 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. Continue reading...

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