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“Consider becoming the type of energy that no matter where you go, you always add value to the spaces and lives around you.”

~ Unknown

Hey, Michelle Cederberg here with your Weekly Work-Life Recharge and a short and sweet segment I'm calling “90 seconds to BETTER”

Research tells us that it's easier and more common to adopt a negative mindset over a positive one, and in the busyness and stress of the day, we're not [...]

Tue, Oct 17, 2017
Michelle Cederberg
By Cal Orey


An often told story to my family was that my mom met my dad at the Oregon Caves. Within less than one month the two became a couple, married, and lived happily ever after. Today, Columbus Day, is their anniversary. I remember this date because yesterday the eye doctor checked my peepers. Sitting in the office—not as bad as the pinned eyes scene from the “Clockwork Orange” film—I got the diagnosis. [...]
Thu, Oct 12, 2017
Cal Orey

“The heart of human excellence often begins to beat when you discover a pursuit that absorbs you, frees you, challenges you, or gives you a sense of meaning, joy, or passion.”

~ Terry Orlick

If you work full time, it's true that you will spend the lion's share of your waking hours going to, being at, and getting from work… not to mention the space it can rent in your head after hours. It's [...]

Wed, Oct 11, 2017
Michelle Cederberg
Crisp Autumn Days with Andre


By Cal Orey
This fall I've noticed my liking for apples as well as others who seem to jump on the apple bandwagon. After all, this fruit is wholesome and very versatile in cooking and baking. Let me take you back in time to when apples played an unforgettable scenario for me.


My birthday is in October. That reminds me of one particular year money was tight due [...]
Fri, Oct 06, 2017
Cal Orey
Talking to Children About Tragedy | Marcy Axness, PhD

It seems parents are confronted with increasing regularity with this question in the wake of unspeakable tragedy: How do I tell my child about this?

Do we follow our natural instinct to protect them, and say as little as possible, couching what we do say in bubble-wrapped terms? Is that the way to help a child feel secure?

On the day of 9/11, a friend who was wiser than me said something along these lines to her [...]

Wed, Oct 04, 2017
Mary Axness blog