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Survival of the Fittest

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Survival of the Fittest is a theory that has been around for centuries. Dubbed a natural selection, survival of the fittest relates to those organisms that best adapt to existing conditions and are able to survive and reproduce. The theory […]

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Keeping Tabs on Zeal

posted by Cheryl Petersen

The ceaseless struggle between religious zealotry and common sense conjures conflict and confusion. Zealotry is destructive. Common sense is sometimes uncommon. Zealotry is defined as fanaticism or excessive intolerance of opposing views. But, it also can mean ardor or fervor. […]

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Trauma of Torture

posted by Cheryl Petersen

While reading The Searchers, by Glen Frankel, I had to turn off my Nook. The book depicts the horrors of an Indian raid on early Americans in Texas. Members of the Comanche tribe attacked and tortured a group of settlers. […]

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Brides Cooking

posted by Cheryl Petersen

It’s been “Brides Cooking” all over again at our house. Thirty years ago, I pumped out what is famously known as brides cooking. Now, my husband has been doing a lot of the cooking and we’ve been eating some interesting […]

Arguing on the side of the divine

posted by Cheryl Petersen

What is the material world without thought? It is thought that brings to light, with great rapidity, many useful wonders in the world. Intuitive leaps of understanding give impulse to inquiry and a spiritual cause is considered. Consciousness turns from […]

Spiritual Obesity

posted by Cheryl Petersen

The trend of obesity has been broken down analytically. Although it appears to be a stubborn problem, most people admit an attitude change, a lifestyle change, and hard work, can reverse the epidemic. That one extra bite at a meal […]

Mary Baker Eddy Saw Outside of Herself

posted by Cheryl Petersen

With her delicate, impressive, poetic features, Mary Baker Eddy seemed the embodiment of the modern evangelist as Renaissance woman. This 19th century figure was turned to for answers regarding God and healing by people who became her followers. At the […]

Zen Kitty and Green Grass

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Now that spring has finally come to upstate New York, I can be found outside in the green grass. When it isn’t pouring rain. From 21st Century Science and Health: “The grass beneath our feet silently exclaims, “Happy are those […]

Pruning Out the Useless

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Down the road from where I live is a grape vineyard. Uncared for. Neglected. The trellised vines are still standing, but the amount of fruit produced is negligible. Farmers know that they need to prune their trees and plants in […]

Lesson From a Lone Lilac Tree

posted by Cheryl Petersen

I found this lilac tree out in the middle of a pasture, with no other lilac around. It is stunningly beautiful and majestic, reminding me of we read in 21st Century Science and Health, “Would life without friends be empty? […]

Previous Posts

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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