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Everyday Spirituality

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January 1970 Archives

Breaking Traditions

posted by Cheryl Petersen

When my husband and I got married, I was introduced to the Petersen Christmas traditions. My sister-in-law brought tomato aspic to the Christmas dinner. No offense to those of you who like tomato aspic (cold molded tomato juice), but I […]

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Investment with a Return

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Investors live with a certain amount of uncertainty. The results of their investments are dependent on factors that cannot be controlled or predicted, such as the direction of interest rates, the pace of the economic recovery and how the market […]

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Poetry and Piano

posted by Cheryl Petersen

I sometimes listen to Cheryl play piano and sing. She sings terrible, but that doesn’t ruin the poetry. Here is one song: “Shepherd, show me how to go O’er the hillside steep, How to gather, how to sow, How to […]

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Hawayo Takata Practiced Art of Healing

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Hawayo Kawamuru was born on December 24, 1900 in Kauai, Hawaii. She married Saichi Takata and had two daughters.  Soon after, Saichi Takata died suddenly and Hawayo Takata, who then went by the name Takata, was left to care and […]

Serious or Curious about Loneliness

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Relationships are a big part of life. They are interactions. So what do we interact with? Do we relate to human arrogance, self-seeking policies, spending and earning money, or priding our self in our spirituality? Do we associate with the […]

Serious or Curious about a Happy Marriage

posted by Cheryl Petersen

With the 50% divorce rate, it appears as though many people are only curious about marriage, not taking it too seriously. However, to tolerate a bad marriage, while believing that is the serious responsible thing to do, is not very […]

Serious or Curious about Evil

posted by Cheryl Petersen

The word “evil” needs to be used thoughtfully. It is straightforward to classify Hitler with evil. However, when we fostered children, and some children appeared to be evil incarnate, I made it a point seriously to reject the word evil. […]

The Serious and the Curious

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Salespeople are trained to detect and distinguish between the serious shopper and the curious shopper. Serious shoppers have a defined intent to purchase, or “do” something; whereas, curious shoppers are “just looking.” Frequently, the curious comes disguised as the serious. […]

Motorcycling with God

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Taking Spiritual Supplements

posted by Cheryl Petersen

A government study found that more than half of American adults take at least one dietary supplement, spending billions of dollars a year on herbs, vitamins, minerals, hormones, and other pills. Despite the popularity, skepticism remains as to the effect […]

Soak in the Beauty of Nature for a Minute

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Drummer’s Circle in Autumn Equinox Sunset

posted by Cheryl Petersen

The overused statement, “Spiritual, not religious,” is an attitude just as susceptible to lead to self-indulgence and a superiority complex as institutional religion. I figure, the conflict between the spiritual and the religious is similar to a married couple getting […]

Painful Thoughts Can’t Embed Themselves in our Memory

posted by Cheryl Petersen

A piece of broken glass had embedded itself in the bottom of our daughter’s foot. She didn’t notice the glass until after the skin had grown over it because it only stung when she walked going down a slope. Our […]

Listen Up!

posted by Cheryl Petersen

I was sound asleep. The bedrooms in our house were in the basement. I woke as if someone jiggled me awake with a calm urgency. It was freezing cold outside, but the expectation of leaving the warm bed and shivering […]

Multifaceted and Multidimensional Spirituality

posted by Cheryl Petersen

When I wake up in the morning, I get out of bed, go to the bathroom, change out of my pajamas into everyday clothes, pin my hair up, eat breakfast, brush my teeth, have prayer time, and go to work. […]

Feeding Yourself

posted by Cheryl Petersen

After a severe accident, I was taken to the emergency room. It was hours before my husband was able to call a Christian Science Practitioner to pray for me but we felt it was a good idea because I was […]

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Zen kitty showed me all-presence
I've blogged under the icon of Zen Kitty in the past. The cat was real and meant a great deal to me. The other day, to my horror, I found Zen Kitty dead, ran over by a vehicle. Mortified, I carried him back to the house to bury outside in the ...

posted 7:01:06am Aug. 29, 2015 | read full post »

Bee stings and manure fertilizer
Last spring, I planted a flowering plum tree out in the lawn and it’s been struggling all summer. Wanting to give it a little boost, I asked our neighbor, who has a gigantic pile of horse manure, if I could get some. “Sure, help ...

posted 8:55:14am Aug. 23, 2015 | read full post »

Rest rather than sleep
With all due respect for a good night’s sleep, I fail to see why sleep is automatically credited as the producer of rest. It's a bit misleading. Sleep is a state of unconsciousness or oblivion. Not exactly the best ingredients for rest. I'm ...

posted 8:30:45am Aug. 17, 2015 | read full post »

The qualifications for Communion
Questions are posed today to people who profess to love Jesus: If that Godlike and glorified man were physically on earth today, would you reject him? Would you deny him the rights of humanity if he entertained any other lifestyle or religion ...

posted 8:12:25am Aug. 12, 2015 | read full post »

Bones and crayons
I was listening to some people argue over whether or not stories in the Bible are true. I tilted my head and grinned, thinking of something better to do like wash the windows. Archeologists have found some evidence to validate historical ...

posted 8:42:58am Aug. 06, 2015 | read full post »

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