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This Broadway season, Wicked debuted in West Michigan for the first time since the show's 2003 premier. The musical—following the tale of the Witches of Oz, rather than the Wizard and Dorothy—has garnered worldwide attention and accolades for its storyline, music, set and costume design.

A little while ago, my friends and I were gathered around a few bottles of wine as I was explaining how my mother-in-law, who's lived in the Upper Peninsula for 40 years, had spent an entire day teaching my husband and kids how to make pasties (pass-tees) from scratch. The topic quickly turned to other family food traditions, and one in particular—pierogis—had my Polish friends all a flutter.

Did you know your level of happiness is entirely up to you? When I discovered that my happiness is my personal choice, I began researching ways I could continue to boost my own joy.

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