Author Archive for: Cheri Armstrong

Your Hot-Button Emotions

Good or Bad?

Is anger a good emotion or a bad emotion? The answer is Yes!

Angry Woman on Phone

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Humble Pie

I am away with my hubby-love, camping in our ‘water camper’ in the San Juan and Gulf Islands  off the coast of Washington and British Columbia.Sucia Smile

I laughingly told him over a snack in the cockpit that

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Perfect Storm, Perfect Boat

Summer had arrived, and with it came many opportunities to dust off the snowy old branches of an upstate New York winter–just in time to make way for the new life and lush green of summer playdays.

JVCL on sailboat

It had been a tough winter for Bob and Cheryl. Nearly 25 years of marriage had strained the rigging, so to speak. They both wanted to weather the storm, but weren’t sure if they actually had the staying power.

For a number of years they had talked about learning to sail, but it was just one of those things that never happened. And now, with their marriage in trouble it began to sound like Don Quixote’s dream.

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Daddy—Watch me!

Aussie swimming teacher Sarah Strangio gets really excited when her young students swim their first lap.

Young Boy in Pool

“Did you see that?” a young boy exudes he he reaches the other end of the pool for the first time.  
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How to Enrich your Relationship with a Mindful Approach

With this guest post, we welcome Kimberly Wulfert, PhD.  Kimberly shares Kimberly Wulferther approach to building relationships through mindfulness.

A mindful approach in a relationship is one in which you are open, receptive, non-judgmental, and in the present rather than reliving the past or predicting the future, when you are interacting with your partner. Differences enrich your relationship in many ways.
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Boys Will be Boys!

We are pleased to have a guest post from Soraya Chemaly, reprinted here with her permission from The Huffington Post.

For months, every morning when my daughter was in preschool, I watched her construct an elaborate castle out of blocks, colorful plastic discs, bits of rope, ribbons and feathers, only to have the same little boy gleefully destroy it within seconds of its completion.

Boys fighting

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Tribute for my Father

Dad was a Navy man, a country boy, a dedicated teacher, a fearless commercial fisherman, and a devoted father. He lived his truth.

With Dad

Sometimes our fathers work hard, love our mothers, and treat us well. Other times fathers have many challenges and seem to do everything that is not good for their kids growing up. And sometimes we get a little bit of both in the mix.

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Goat Tails and Turtle Love

My husband and I love a good road trip. We read good books, and adventures pop from the pages as the miles go by, enhanced by the occasional mocha.

Couple on Roadtrip

We recently shared a two-hour road trip to a historic hotel in the mountains. Along the way, I read aloud from an antique book, now out of print. The Trail Led North, by Martha Ferguson McKeown, tells the tale of her Uncle Mont Hawthorne’s adventures.

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Love in Any Color

If you live and breathe in the 21st century, you are regularly bombarded with differences in people, culture, work, and play. What do those differences mean to us? Do they divide us? Do they teach us about each other? Do they enrich us?


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Best Friends

We all have many pairs of ‘glasses’ that we can choose from as we look out at our world. As we learn to see things through ‘glasses’ of acceptance, peace, and love, our world becomes richer, we become more compassionate, with a broader view of what it means to live and respect other fellow earth travelers.

Wear these ‘glasses’ often, and when you die, you will know that you have really lived!

How do I get from ‘Here’ to ‘Happy’?

Are you happy? Do you know anyone who you would describe as happy?

Most humans, consciously or unconsciously, want to know the how of getting from Here to Happy.

Happy woman

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Researchers tell us that people who rate themselves in the upper registers of ‘happy’ are more likely to stay well and feel better connected in their relationships. So what does it take?

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