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Depression: A cry for help that you should answer

By Sue Ellen Pabst Transitions Counseling Services “Snap out of it.” “Get busy.” “Quit feeling sorry for yourself.” “A lot of people are worse off than you.”  Depression sufferers often hear such messages and occasionally even apply them to themselves. When they can’t get motivated, their depression thickens. All of us will experience depression at [...]

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S.H.E.: Makeovers are relaxing experiences

Getting spoiled and taking time to relax is what Candice Smith was looking forward to after winning a makeover drawing at the Taste of Home Cooking School event in Greenville last month. While attending the event with her sister, Smith signed up to receive a new subscription for The Daily News, which entered her into a drawing to win a makeover package from Thomas and Company hair salon in Greenville.

Tony Robbins, as a forgiven Peter, encourages Jesus’s followers to proclaim the good news that Jesus lives in Sheridan Assembly of God’s Easter presentation “3 Days.” — Daily News/Lori Hansen

PLAY REVIEW: ‘3 Days’ is an original Easter production

The mourners gathered, remembering and reminiscing the events that led up to Jesus’s death. On the third day, they celebrated his ascension. Sheridan Assembly of God is performing “3 Days” — an original production written and directed by Val Robbins — Thursday through Saturday.

After his triumphal entry, Jesus (played by James Briggs) talks with the people of Jerusalem in Trinity Evangelical Free Church’s presentation “My Chains Are Gone,” a free admission Easter play that runs at 7 p.m tonight and Friday and 11 a.m. Sunday. — Daily News/Lori Hansen

PLAY REVIEW: Easter play shows how to break from our chains

Though we may not wear the shackles of a convict, many of us are chained in other areas that hold us back. Stanton’s Trinity Evangelical Free Church presents an Easter passion play “My Chains Are Gone” showing how we can be released from those chains that tether us down. Based on the song by Chris Tomlin, “My Chains Are Gone,” the church’s choir tells the story and the actors portray the scenes.

Rose Red (Brandy Foster) at a press conference, telling of an encounter of a worm in an apple, as her friends and family excitedly stand by, waiting for her to become famous, in the MCC drama class production of “The Adventures of Rose Red (Snow White’s Less-Famous Sister)” showing Saturday and Sunday at the Barn Theater. — Daily News/Lori Hansen

PLAY REVIEW: ‘Rose Red’ aims to be as famous as her sister

“Snow White is one of the most famous fairy tales of all time. This story isn’t about her, but about her younger sister, Rose Red,” the narrator explains to the audience. “The Adventures of Rose Red (Snow White’s less-famous sister)” is presented by Montcalm Community College’s drama class, a comedy by Sean Abley that is suitable for all ages.

Willy Wonka (Chris Swanson) and guests tour the chocolate factory, including the chocolate smelting room where a chocolate river runs past. — Daily News/Lori Hansen

PLAY REVIEW: ‘Someday Charlie’s lucky day will come along’

The eccentric Willy Wonka places five golden tickets in the wrappings of his chocolate bars. Those who find them will begin a great magical adventure. Central Montcalm Public School presents the well-known musical “Willy Wonka” opening tonight and playing Friday and Saturday at the Central Montcalm Middle School Cafeteria. Curtain time is 7:30 with tickets available at the door for $5. The two-hour production is a family-friendly event.

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YOUNG AT HEART: Bird watching is a great outdoor hobby enjoyed indoors

  By Bobbi Calkins Winter has been mild so far this season. This has left many of the snow activities on hold until we get the white stuff. But there is still one activity that I enjoy more in the winter than in the summer – bird watching. I enjoy watching the birds in the [...]

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Carson City couple has seen the world together

Paul and Layne McKinley’s wedding vows included more than sticking together in sickness, health, poverty and wealth. They vowed also to travel together. Paul works for the Michigan Department of Transportation while Layne works as a hospice nurse for Sparrow Hospital. They both put in many hours of work. But, since 1988 when they tied the knot, the couple has stuck to their vow of seeing the world together.

“Finding out that you have cancer feels like you have an enemy living inside you - a traitor of sorts - like your body has betrayed you and you don’t know what to do or how to feel,” said Jackie Featherly, a cancer survivor and naturopathic physician.

S.H.E.: Let’s get healthy — Mind, body and spirit

Cancer survivor Jackie Featherly’s motto saved her life: “A positive attitude is a healing attitude.” This way of thinking guided the 67-year-old Vestaburg woman from near death to complete recovery. Today, she uses her personal experience and her training as a naturopathic physician to empower others to get healthy and make a fresh start in their lives — emotionally, physically and spiritually.

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S.H.E.: Local lady leaders share their new year resolutions

A new year often brings intentions for a better quality of life. Some of the most popular New Year’s resolutions include losing weight, quitting smoking or drinking, and managing debt. Here at S.H.E, we were curious about what the local female leaders in our community have planned for 2012. So we asked!