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Smell the Flowers

posted by Cheryl Petersen

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Choking on Ice-Cream

posted by Cheryl Petersen

It can be difficult to swallow new ideas or new ways of doing things, however it’s only choking on ice-cream The Christian Science Monitor Weekly’s editor poses an interesting opening paragraph in the August 13, 2012 edition, “Where does intelligence […]

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Defending Reality

posted by Cheryl Petersen

As damaged as humanity is, endlessly bombarded with terribly bad news and idealistic or stupid entertainment, we can’t help but notice there is a vital core within us all that hungers for reality. We know the difference between what makes […]

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The Monk and the Motorcycle

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Driving slower than the speed limit through the Village of Delhi (Pop. 3087) in upstate New York, I could see ahead, two monks sporting brightly colored monastic robes and walking placidly along Main Street.  I piloted my motorcycle to the […]

Slavery and the Bible III

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Mass consciousness is veering away from norms as recorded in the Bible. And, I find it is self-sabotaging to assume humanity is sliding backward into a disobedience to Bible instruction. The veering comes in the form of women gaining equality […]

Slavery and the Bible II

posted by Cheryl Petersen

A literal interpretation of the Bible is moot next to the fact that human slavery was deemed the norm throughout most of the recorded history. The world has recognized the incompatibility of slavery and societal wellbeing and legislation is passed […]

Slavery and the Bible

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Bible readers almost have to be mental contortionists to glimpse the poignancy and spiritual power of what we call Scripture. I’m not talking about the poignancy of melodrama or the power to control others, but the tenderness and might of […]

Mountains and Christian Science

posted by Cheryl Petersen

The principles of Christian Science, as laid out by Mary Baker Eddy, work for me. I would not have gone to all the trouble to revise and update Eddy’s book, Science and Health if the book didn’t have formidable meaning […]

Zen Kitty and Problems

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Problems are not to be feared, but serve as a reminder that you must be stewards of your thoughts and behavior and should not wrestle them into submission. You must seek resiliency and flexibility, or what I call spiritual ascendency. […]

An Argument Disguised as Complacency

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Anytime we criticize others, we really need to zero in and see if there is any validation to the remark. I hear preachers and religious congregants say things like, “Religion is dying because the people are so materialistic.” Granted, the […]

An Argument Disguised as Self-Righteousness

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Have you ever caught yourself wanting to be right? Have you ever caught yourself wanting to have it your way? Never works, does it? Even if we are right, or do get our way, life inevitably moves on and we […]

An Argument Disguised as Agreement

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Sipping coffee, chatting with friends, we were all in agreement that the economy is depressing. Wake up. It wasn’t the de-caffeinated coffee that woke me up but an epiphany—Christ. The agreeable conversation was really an argument against my own happiness. […]

Great Singing

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Time to Ditch Living in the Past

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Mary Baker Eddy could be viewed as the Joel Osteen and Joyce Meyer of the 19th century except Eddy wrote a book, Science and Health that sold well before she started a church. Once Eddy did start a church in […]

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Four things NOT to do on Valentine’s Day
Don’t think you have to eat out at a fancy restaurant. The tradition of eating someplace extraordinary requires reservations and yes, waiting, because so many other people are doing the same thing on Valentine’s Day. You can instead eat ...

posted 8:03:34pm Feb. 02, 2016 | read full post »

Religion today, part VII
Now that the word Islam no longer terrifies me, I can stand up against Islamophobia with understanding. From, 21st Century Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, we read, "Christian Science requires us to improve our intentions. ...

posted 7:50:26am Jan. 25, 2016 | read full post »

Islamic image today, part VI
After getting know better my neighboring Muslims, my concept of Islam was detaching from the “unknown” or “scary” and attaching to peace and joy. Spirituality became the focus rather than religion. To stereotype a religion is to ...

posted 7:45:40am Jan. 20, 2016 | read full post »

The Islam image today, part V
At the Muslim Sufi Center, I was taken under the wings of two women, I’ll call them S and K. They explained what everyone was doing as the evening progressed. I was introduced to Shaykh Hoja then we all sat on the floor to listen to the ...

posted 7:39:08am Jan. 15, 2016 | read full post »

Dealing with the Islamic image today, part IV
The famous “bell graph” comes to mind when I’m breaking down misconceptions and stereotypes. The graph line starts low, rises, peaks, tapers off, and ends low. At the low points are extremes. There are extreme thinkers inside as well as ...

posted 7:28:48am Jan. 10, 2016 | read full post »

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