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Everyday Spirituality

Everyday Spirituality

August 2013 Archives

Raising children without NO

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Exhausted, I slumped into the chair. Our daughter toddled over to the DVD player and started pushing buttons. I blurted, “No, no.” She looked at me, smiling, almost smirking, and pushed a button again. I didn’t feel as though she […]

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Streamlining relevant religion

posted by Cheryl Petersen

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Ramping up on Relationships

posted by Cheryl Petersen

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Why read the Bible?

posted by Cheryl Petersen

The luxury of easy access to a variety of God-oriented books in the 21st century sometimes draws my attention away from reading the Bible. The Bible can be a rather hairy read, all the drama, killing, adultery, incest, torture, and […]

Sudden Occurences

posted by Cheryl Petersen

We try to guard against… Power surges. Volcanic eruptions. Malicious outbreaks. Angry explosions. Love frenzies. Emotional outbursts. But, let’s not guard against sudden forgiveness, quick healing, or an up-surging of love.

homo- hetero- or God

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Homosexuality throws society out of the rut of conformity. In the 21st century, not many people can escape dealing with homosexuality or gender change. Heartache, courage, freedom, and perplexity surround the topic, forcing society to judge one’s self and others, […]

Preserving herbs

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Tis the season to dry herbs… It is best to harvest the herbs and flowers early in the morning, after the dew dries. Try to avoid harvesting during the heat of the day. You can hang stems of herbs (e.g. […]

Zen Kitty and the Mind

posted by Cheryl Petersen

As Cheryl reads the book, Animal Wise, by Virginia Morell, I can see her thinking. The book talks about researchers who are finally admitting that we animals think and feel and have soul. It was hard for the scientists to […]

Taste testing syrup

posted by Cheryl Petersen

At a Forest Festival in a nearby Village, a maple syrup test was set up. Maple syrup from eleven local producers here in upstate New York, was placed in numbered bottles. A wild card bottle had Aunt Jemima syrup in […]

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Good dissolves bad
Sometimes, I just feel bad. Bad about myself, or life, or my situation. I can figure out why, for example, it’s because of hormones. But giving it a name doesn’t get rid of the bad feeling. Science and religion both discuss the value of positive thinking and it has proven to be a good s

posted 9:54:06am Mar. 25, 2015 | read full post »

Keeping mercy
Deut. 7:9 Know therefore that the Lord your God is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his commandments, to a thousand generations. (English Standard Version) Know now then that the Lord your God is the only true God! He is the faithful

posted 8:07:29am Mar. 16, 2015 | read full post »

Fishing Salmon River
Once experts realized genes aren’t stable and can mutate, the human mind took off in multiple directions, some not so good. Genetically modified organisms (GMO’s) have become popular, although not exactly admired. Many of the plants and trees we grow have been forced selected. For example,

posted 7:46:08am Mar. 10, 2015 | read full post »

Inspiring person, Rosamond Carr
Not what I’d classify as a religious person, but spiritual, Rosamond Halsey Carr tells her story in her book, Land of a Thousand Hills: My Life in Rwanda. Published in 2001 and read by me last month, I recommend this book as a picture of woman’s self-realized independence, inner splendor, and ou

posted 7:15:03am Mar. 05, 2015 | read full post »

A star gymnast
Film, The Gabby Douglas Story (2014), captured many of the emotions that surely were experienced before medals were earned at the 2008 Olympics. Gabby’s family, already at a level of impoverishment, sacrificed for Gabby Douglas to continue training. And, although tempted, Gabby didn’t give up.

posted 7:43:20am Mar. 01, 2015 | read full post »

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