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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

Selfie didn't get in the way
I was covering a story. The local Heart of the Catskill Humane Society’s annual meeting. The Society’s board of directors gave the public details about finances and that year’s events. It costs $1,100 per day to keep the no-kill shelter ...

posted 6:46:09am Jul. 07, 2015 | read full post »

The fight after the declaration
With the July 4th Independence Day nigh upon us, I stop to think what to do about the Holiday. Invite friends over? Bar-b-que hotdogs and hamburgers? Go for a motorcycle ride? Clean the house? Deciding is tough, because the vision of ...

posted 8:30:37am Jul. 01, 2015 | read full post »

Looking at how to be fair
The disparity is obvious. The Pacific Northwest received little to no snowfall last winter and therefore their fresh water resources are greatly diminished. We here in the northeast received so much snow it’s all I did was shovel the driveway ...

posted 8:53:22am Jun. 25, 2015 | read full post »

On the offense team
The cliché, “The best defense is a good offense,” makes sense even to non-sports people like me. It can be applied to ball games, military combat, and I believe, it can be applied to religion. Too much defense and there is a lack of vision ...

posted 8:20:21am Jun. 19, 2015 | read full post »

Finding the sacred
Some things in life, we treat as sacred: relationships, spirit, the earth, our work. We are bewildered when other people treat them irreverently. Deep down we know the truth of the matter, that we must treat our earth with respect, otherwise ...

posted 8:08:26am Jun. 14, 2015 | read full post »

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