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Cheryl has contributed more than 2,000 articles, profiles and reviews to national magazines, including American Health, Child, Country Living, Family Circle, Family Circle Lifestyle Publications, Fitness, Healthy Living, Living Fit, McCall’s, More, Mystery Scene, Natural Health, The New York Times Syndicate, New Woman, Prevention, Redbook, Sesame Street Parents, Time Inc. Custom Publishing, Weight Watchers Magazine, Woman’s Day and Working Woman, and online at Allstate Good Hands News, iparty.com and WomansDay.com. A sampling:

Woman’s Day

wdcoverBack-to-School Health
Explore easy ways to keep your kids sick-proof during the school year.

Top 5 Mom Myths
The facts—and fiction—about raising happy kids.

Debug Your Computer
Even the most tech-savvy among us get frustrated with our computers from time to time. Try these tips to minimize your technology related stress.

Online Shopping With Heart
Want to make a difference while holiday shopping on the Web? Here are some gift ideas that will really boost your holiday spirit!

5 Green Changes for Your Home
Give your house a “green sweep” with this quick checklist from Alexandra Kennaugh of the Natural Resources Defense Council.

Essential Back-to-School Medical Checkups
See what essential medical checkups to schedule before the school year, plus other great back-to-school health tips.

4 Backpack Buying Tips
What to look for when buying a backpack for your kids.


Family Circle

5 Mistakes Even Smart Moms Make
While it’s easy to rely on timeworn phrases of frustration, the truth is that the more you use them, the more likely your kids will tune you out. Here are five expressions of exasperation that won’t get you the good behavior you want, and more effective methods that will.

Working Mother

Young, Gifted and Leaving
Not willing to sacrifice family life for the firm, some female lawyers are ditching their legal careers, despite the outrageous salaries. But others are tracking down innovative law firms that make work/life balance a priority. Here, a look at the intriguing policies that could benefit any industry.

Health Monitor

Could You Have PTSD Post Breast Cancer?
After beating breast cancer, Lauren Rockwell still couldn’t let her guard down. The reason: post-traumatic stress disorder. Here, how she overcame the lingering fear and anxiety and reclaimed her life.

What I Learned From My Chemo Team
As you proceed along your journey, don’t forget to tap the wisdom of the special care team at your side—oncology nurses, social workers, chemo infusion nurses and others.

“Because of Osteoporosis…”
Let an osteoporosis diagnosis help you upgrade to a bone-healthy lifestyle.

“My Best Tip for Handling…”
We asked patients living with rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, fibromyalgia, gout and lupus how they cope.

“My Best Tip for Fighting…”
Two people share their words of wisdom on how they feel their absolute best amid their health issues.

Mystery Scene Profiles

paretskyStill Life with Murder: A Chat with Louise Penny
It takes a village—and award-winning author Louise Penny—to give this Canadian cozy series its edge.

Playing Hardball: Sara Paretsky
The 2011 MWA Grand Master discusses what it takes to be a female shamus—and writer—in a man’s world.

A Suspense Star Is Born: Tana French
A chat with Tana French, whose Faithful Place is nominated for a 2011 Best Novel Edgar Award.

Echoes from a Great War: A Conversation with Jacqueline Winspear
An interview with the author of the bestselling Maisie Dobbs series.

George Dawes Green: Like a Moth to a Flame
As a novelist and the founder of The Moth story project, Green draws in audiences with great storytelling.

Mystery Scene Reviews

Sherlock’s Smarter Sister
Investigate Nancy Springer’s delightful Enola Holmes mystery series for young adults.

Broken Harbor
A bracing gulp of sea air: a contemporary police procedural/ psychological thriller by Tana French that builds with all the humor and pathos of classic Irish storytelling.

The Directive
Those who worry about what really goes on behind the scenes in our nation’s capital will not be reassured by the dastardly DC string-pullers revealed in Matthew Quirk’s blockbuster thriller .

Once Upon a Crime
In P. J. Brackston’s fairy-tale crime fiction, Gretel must earn her bread and butter and weisswurst as a private investigator for hire in her home hamlet of Gesternstadt, circa 1776.

The President’s Shadow
Geek-hero/citizen-spy/National Archivist Beecher White returns again in the third of this Dan Brown-meets-Doris Kearns Goodwin political thriller series by Brad Meltzer.

Girl Waits with Gun
Don’t mess with the Misses Kopp! Independent and irrepressible, Constance, Norma, and Fleurette Kopp are Jersey girls (circa 1914) who tangle with a local bad boy and more than hold their own in this debut novel by Amy Stewart.

The Twenty-Year Death
Three interlinked visceral, tough, and satisfying stand-alone noir novels, set in three different times, by Ariel S. Winter.

Stay Close
How fragile are the guards we put up to protect ourselves from hard-edged reality? Harlan Coben tackles that question from three viewpoints.

Think Twice
Lisa Scottoline fans, do yourselves a favor: Do NOT read the book jacket, flap copy or any reviews (except this one) of Think Twice.

Sizzling Sixteen
Summer brings a new Stephanie Plum to slip into your beach bag with Sizzling Sixteen, by Janet Evanovich.

Wicked Appetite
Elizabeth “Lizzy” Tucker seems to be the anti-Stephanie Plum. But author Janet Evanovich brings her trademark sass to her new super-supernatural series.

Fadeaway Girl
Twelve-year-old Emma Graham—star reporter, waitress, and sleuth—is on the trail of an old unsolved case in Martha Grimes’ latest.

Heads You Lose
A therapeutic thriller—couples counseling disguised as hilarious crime fiction by Lisa Lutz.

The Bad Always Die Twice
All signs point to hard-boiled. Start with the classic pulp cover—black sheers and slit skirt, leather and velvet. Then note the author, Cheryl Crane: The daughter of much-married movie legend Lana Turner.

Dexter’s Final Cut
Art imitates art in the seventh of Jeff Lindsay’s Dexter novels, as Showtime TV’s version calls its final “Cut!” in its eighth and last season.

Allstate Good Hands News

Why Do Pipes Freeze and Burst?
You can prevent the worst of this winter water hazard with a few precautions and home fix-its.

5 Steps to Zen When Working From Home
To make the most of a home office, center your time and energy.

Netiquette: Mind Your Online Manners
If you can’t say something nice, get offline!

Home Splurges That Are Totally Worth It
Spruce up your home (and increase your property value) with one of these easy updates.

Holiday Lights: Learn From the Best
Three homeowners with legendary lights offer their pro tips.

Quiz — Do You Smell That?
Weird odors can be unpleasant — or even dangerous. Test how  smart your nose is.

Plants With Secret Identities
These garden gems do double-duty around the house.

The Winter-Ready Checklist
Make sure your home’s set for the season with this at-a-glance list.

Simple (and Green!) Pest Control Tips
Give these time-tested remedies a try.

Hate Winter Driving?
Frost. Snow. Black ice. Slush. Tips for cruising through it all.

4 Things Car Thieves Hate
Prevent theft with smart tech.

Tips to Keep the Tow Truck Away
Lower the chance that you’ll get stuck on the side of the road with these strategies.