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Horse sanctuary: one of many rays of light

posted by Cheryl Petersen

The snow is finally melting in upstate New York. I can only imagine how glorious the animals feel after enduring the cold winter. Full of delight. I recently met an advocate for Rosemary Horse Sanctuary nearby. The owner saw a […]

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Good dissolves bad

posted by Cheryl Petersen

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 […]

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Fishing Salmon River

posted by Cheryl Petersen

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 […]

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Inspiring person, Rosamond Carr

posted by Cheryl Petersen

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 […]

A star gymnast

posted by Cheryl Petersen

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 […]

Investigating positive thinking

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Positive thinking has its benefits, but it also holds a strong suggestion that people can be responsible for their fortunes, or misfortunes. If the status-quo of positive thinking people isn’t challenged, broader social problems can be marginalized and blaming fingers […]

Courageous woman

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Living through two World Wars, and becoming intimately involved as the President’s wife, Eleanor Roosevelt wrote with an insight that is applicable today. Her book, The autobiography of Eleanor Roosevelt, included an interview she had with Nikita Khrushchev, Former First […]

In training with love

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Years ago, we had horses. It was when a new revolution in horse training was occurring. Trainers were transitioning away from “breaking” horses, to training with compassion and understanding. We don’t have to follow the human pattern. “You’re hopeless, you […]

Hanging out with Christ

posted by Cheryl Petersen

It’s a tough call. If I found myself sitting in a boat, in rough water, and then I saw Christ Jesus walking by on the water, I don’t know if I’d risk walking on the water to be with Christ. […]

Not too much reliance on a machine

posted by Cheryl Petersen

While driving near the outskirts of Washington D.C., I listened to and followed directions coming from the GPS sitting on the car dash. Stay to the left, stay to the left, stay to the left. Take the ramp in point […]

The substance of reality

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Have you ever worked with someone for a few days, or weeks, or years and at some point realized what an amazing, or patient, or honest, person it is you are working with? That grandness, patience and honesty is the […]

What I learned in third grade

posted by Cheryl Petersen

When I first started reporting for the newspaper, the learning curve was steep. An enormous effort was needed on my part to interview productively then write an article that made sense. Did I mention the enormous effort? I would literally […]

The infinite appreciates us

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Exploring the infinite

posted by Cheryl Petersen

For almost one hundred years now, astronomers have concurred that the universe is expanding. They’ve even decided the rate of expansion is increasing. Patrick McDonald, of the Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics, gave an example of an expanding universe, saying, […]

Planting garden bulbs

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Bulbs should be planted as soon as the ground is cool. In most parts of the country, this would be around the time of the first frosts, when evening temperatures average between 40° to 50° F. But you should plant […]

The inane and the insane

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Human beings wake up each day to find themselves doing everything from the inane to the insane. Women’s corset, being a suitable example. Starting out as a fashion statement in the 1500’s women began wearing corsets made out of rigid […]

Saying NO

posted by Cheryl Petersen

It’s a quick and snappy word. It’s easy to remember, but do we remember to say it appropriately? The almost universal word, “no” probably began with hunkered down eyebrows, becoming more serious with a shaking head. Well, we can take […]

Local hiking on the rise

posted by Cheryl Petersen

The local Catskill Mountain Club (CMC) has given the community a couple of shots in the arm over the last year. Club members follow the proper channels, get approval from officials, and with GPS instruments in their hands, hack out […]

Getting out of the rut

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Moses lived a few hundred years after Joseph, the guy who saved the children of Israel from starvation by bringing them to Egypt. The move to the land of plenty was a glorious salvation. By time Moses was born, the […]

Human intentions are secondary to the intentions of the Holy Spirit

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Promises generally come with good intentions, however, neither the promise or the intentions have the power to fulfill themselves unless resolve, endurance, diligence, aplomb, grit, and common sense pulls through. Human promises are inert without the Holy Spirit. Promises fall […]

Cats howling

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Beautiful day yesterday. Had all the house windows open to feel the fresh air. I was cleaning the floor on my hands and knees and faintly heard howling angry cats. I drop my cloth, run to the back door, put […]

Slow motion research

posted by Cheryl Petersen

The TV and film industry do not have a monopoly on slow motion filming. High speed cameras are being used also in engineering, scientific and industrial research. Fast moving events, measurements and movements are captured on film and slowed down […]

What crowd are we in?

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Read from the book, A Heart Like His, by Beth Moore, “All of us need to be surrounded by people who are invited to hold us accountable and question the questionable.”

Keeping the primary goal, primary

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Traveling on a plane from the east coast to the west, we riders sat shoulder to shoulder, like eggs in a box. We faced, and overcame challenges so as to co-exist. The strength of our co-existence came about due to […]

Spiritual peace versus human peace

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Peace Pilgrim wrote in Her Life and Work in Her Own Words: “Those who wish to choose peace must act meaningfully for peace. And become a part of the stirring and awakening which has begun and is accelerating.” The subject […]

Can life be God?

posted by Cheryl Petersen

With the growing body of evidence that life existed before human beings, we can admit that even if human beings annihilated one another, life would go on. With my practice of identifying life with God, rather than functioning bodies and […]

Introduction to 5th edition of modern Science and Health

posted by Cheryl Petersen

My introduction to Science and Health happened while I was working in New Zealand as a research scientist. I met an amazing person, a woman in her 80’s, a well-known artist; a national treasure. She was loving and strong, exuding […]

Tips on worshipful presentations

posted by Cheryl Petersen

I’ve been attending classes on how to present a message for a church. Here are a few tips I took away from last nights class. -Don’t use divisive words. Churches often have their own lingo however, using this lingo creates […]

Stay in the light

posted by Cheryl Petersen

The 12-step alcoholics anonymous program starts with honesty. Anyone seeking improvement must first admit they need help. This generally comes after years of denial, after years of refusing to admit the truth that there is a problem. Alcoholics do not […]

Mothering in the community

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Mother’s Day is celebrated in many countries around the world, usually in spring. Dates vary from country to country and this year’s Mother’s Day in the United States falls on May 11. Americans will spend an average of $162.94 on […]

Divine system guides system of psychotherapy and counseling

posted by Cheryl Petersen

A psychotherapist in the profession for 35 years, told me during an interview, “We aren’t born with the skill to communicate with human beings. It has to be learned.” He is also an Episcopal Priest and has been for 42 […]

Compromising with a list

posted by Cheryl Petersen

After getting married, although I worked away from the home, I still was in charge of home care and cooking. After having children it was obvious my husband needed to negotiate because the house work was becoming a burden. I […]

Financial planning is understandable

posted by Cheryl Petersen

I heard simple, yet direct and eye-opening advice last night on financial planning. But first the speaker reassured, “You can understand policies that affect your finances,” she said. Four check points that make a big difference in finances: Check you […]

Visiting Sharon Springs in New York

posted by Cheryl Petersen

It’s amazing how we can tie what we read in the Bible to everyday life. The following story was linked to my recent visit to Sharon Springs, NY. (images below) The Old Testament depicts a God with human characteristics. Fortunately, […]

Manhattan Country School

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Sounds like a misnomer, Manhattan Country School. Manhattan, New York, is home to over 1.6 million people. Where’s the country? For over 45 years, the Independent, Manhattan Country School (MCS), has been teaching students social awareness while promoting academic excellence. […]

Getting in touch with God’s truth

posted by Cheryl Petersen

I receive a magazine in the mail. In Touch, established by Dr. Stanley. I like the little magazine. I may not agree with everything I read but we aren’t supposed to just accept everything we read without first contemplating our […]

Spanning the life of CS Lewis

posted by Cheryl Petersen

A biography of C.S. Lewis, by Alister McGrath, is worth the read. It broadened my sense of C.S. Lewis beyond Narnia and Mere Christianity. Lewis’ life shows the possibilities and limitations of the human mind. He went from an atheistic […]

Moving out of deprivation

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Tom immigrated to the United States when he was a teenager. He was recently asked, “Do you like living in the United States better than Italy?” Circumstances had a lot to do with his answer. “Living in the United States […]

Experimenting with cookies

posted by Cheryl Petersen

I just made some oatmeal/cranberry/chocolate chip cookies. Spectacular. The recipe wasn’t spectacular. My mixing and baking technique wasn’t spectacular. It’s what I did with those cookies that proved spectacular. I put some in a plastic bag and personally delivered them […]

Play for Peace

posted by Cheryl Petersen

The conduit to freedom appears to be the game of soccer, however, after briefly speaking with Eddie Kingston, the conclusion is made that freedom comes from an indomitable spirit. The life-force of Eddie Kingston moved him out of the war […]

Zen Kitty and the micro-house

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Our neighbor, Adam, is building a micro-house. Adam built it on an old trailer, so the micro-house is mobile. Adam has collected unused materials and is constructing it very affordably. I walk over to watch Adam work. He enjoys the […]

The Heresy of Revisions

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Let me be blunt: revisions of religious texts, whether verbally or in print, are postmodern heresies. To which I say—Okay. First off, languages and circumstances change. The lifestyle of today is not the lifestyle of yesterday. When attempting to apply […]

The beauty of Spirit

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Out on the job, I rode my bike. Had to stop and take a picture of the fall leaves. The colors captures the eye, the heart, and the spirit. From 21st Century Science and Health, “Instinct is better than misguided […]

Writing Tricks Indirectly Help Prayer

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Elmore Leonard (1925-2013), author with bestselling books, gives 10 tricks for good writing. One of the tricks is to “use regional dialect, patois, sparingly.” In other words, keep the writing free of religious, medical, psychological jargon. I look at the […]

Lightning Strikes for ideas

posted by Cheryl Petersen

We’ve been getting some intense lightning/thunder storms here in upstate New York. The electrical storms light up the pitch black sky for hours at a time. Thunder rolls and booms and shakes the house. The storms move in fast. I […]

De-lazing myself

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Most of us have heard about how lazy Americans have become. As a news reporter, I’m finding a trend in the opposite direction. Now, it could be because I live in a poorer region, and we have no choice but […]

Zen Kitty and helping

posted by Cheryl Petersen

The bigness of God’s love and help can be found easier than we think. It’s natural for us to help each other. For example, I always leave a dead mouse for Cheryl. At least three times a week. But, during […]

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. […]

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 […]

Death and Dying

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Annoying Husband

posted by Cheryl Petersen

All ability to concentrate or be a normal human being evaporates when my husband eats cold cereal. He makes an enormous amount of noise. Annoying nerve-wrecking noise. I’m pretty certain he does it on purpose. But not so sure because […]

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. […]

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 […]

Movie review: The Inn of the Sixth Happiness

posted by Cheryl Petersen

So, for some reason I noticed Ingrid Bergman has noticeable nose. I watched the film, The Inn of the Sixth Happiness, a take on the life of Gladys May Aylward, portrayed by the actress, Ingrid Bergman. Maybe her nose stuck […]

Reducing Pain

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Pain comes in many forms. It can be physical or mental. Either way, most of us don’t like pain and are thankful when it can be reduced at any level. I am a freelance writer and always am on the […]

Setting the Keystone

posted by Cheryl Petersen

key·stone  /ˈkēˌstōn/  A central stone at the summit of an arch, locking the whole together. The central principle or part of a policy, system, etc., on which all else depends. A few young men, practicing their masonry, began constructing a rock […]

Faith and Worthiness

posted by Cheryl Petersen

The other night before bedtime, I was reading the Gospel Luke and trying to make a connection between increased faith and getting our work done. From Luke 17: And the Lord said, “If you had faith like a grain of […]

Gardens

posted by Cheryl Petersen

The last couple of days I’ve been thinking about gardens. It started when I was asked to write an article about National Garden Conservancy Open Days. In my research, I visited a local participating garden. I also took a more […]

The Bible and its many meanings

posted by Cheryl Petersen

I have a few issues with the Bible, however, it is apparent that the Bible has a surplus of meaning. Therefore, I can always find something to read and think about. For example, the other night, I came across this […]

Christian Science for Religion Writers

posted by Cheryl Petersen

New Pope

posted by Cheryl Petersen

The world has a new Pope, Jorge Mario Bergoglio, who took the name Francis. I am not a follower of Catholicism, however, I still know the value of including all religions and religious leaders in a prayer. We’ve all seen […]

Sexuality and God

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Womanhood and manhood are not biological destinies. As we tap into our spirituality, we can balance the intellectual and intuitive, home and work, family and career. Many religions depict God as Father-Mother, with all the wonderful qualities embraced by man […]

Giving Clear Directions

posted by Cheryl Petersen

On my way to an interview, I called for directions and was told, “I live on Del Ave.,” then was asked, “Do you know where Del Ave is?” “No,” I answer scanning the map in my mind. “Drive over the […]

Celebrating Black History

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Black History is nearing an end. Our community newspaper has printed a series of profiles celebrating the milestones and individuals in American black history. Here are a few: James Weldon Johnson. Born 1871, the second of three children, James Weldon […]

Hospitality in Religion and Healthcare

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Hospitality has become big business in the travel industry and the trend is appearing in the fields of religion and healthcare. Granted, the business of hospitality exposes the fact that we are hospitable when we are getting paid money. Not […]

Depression Did Not Originate with God

posted by Cheryl Petersen

At work, in the break room, a pill box was laying next to the sink. Someone has been taking those pills. Then, Judith sprinted into the break room and with a relieved look on her face, picked up the pill […]

What to do with a Flop

posted by Cheryl Petersen

I made a cake from scratch the other day. It didn’t turn out because I have a habit of not following the recipe. I threw in the ripe banana lying on the counter and I added some bran flakes for […]

Reciting Martin Luther King Jr.’s Dream Speech

posted by Cheryl Petersen

With a poignant sonorous voice, Reginald Brunson recited Martin Luther King, Jr.’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech. “Every Friday before the Martin Luther King, Jr.  Holiday, I recite the speech at South Kortright Central School,” said Brunson. “I also […]

Creativity without Creating a Mess

posted by Cheryl Petersen

With all their faults, human beings still amaze me. People are incredibly creative, inventive, and insightful. Science and religion are tools we use sometimes to boost the innovation. Airplanes, apps, espresso machines, boot warmers… Philanthropy, purpose, wellbeing… Human beings will […]

Exploring God is Like Exploring Nature

posted by Cheryl Petersen

With over 800 pages, The Quest: Energy, Security, and the Remaking of the Modern World, by Daniel Yergin is keeping my attention. History, data, and environmental consequences are discussed. Movers and shakers are quoted. I’ve been introduced to Roger Randall […]

Adapting to New Thoughts of Healing

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Trapped by their own inertia, healers fail to give serious attention to that which allows the thought to adapt to the challenges of world development. From the book, 21st Century Science and Health, “You command the situation if you understand […]

Vote to Vote

posted by Cheryl Petersen

The right to vote has evolved over the last couple centuries and we don’t want to take it for granted. Voting can seem useless, almost stupid in the midst of political promises broken and a messy society however voting is […]

Donation to Big Brothers Big Sisters

posted by Cheryl Petersen

All proceeds generated by the sale of 21st Century Science and Health for the last quarter in year 2012 will go to Big Brothers Big Sisters. As a former foster mother, I can vouch for the effectiveness of advancing our […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Look for Today’s New Success

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Sitting—thankfully on a cushioned chair—in the local rural Village Hall, my brain was lurching and lunging as I listened to the Village Trustees and Mayor hammer out the meeting agenda. The public meeting went on for almost 4 hours as […]

The Invisible War: Critique

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Watching the film, The Invisible War was a bit disconcerting yet encouraging. The film won the audience award at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, and I have to say, Director, Kirby Dick and Producer, Amy Ziering, did an outstanding job […]

Modesty is Acoustically Profound

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Never underestimate yourself. If you have a vision that is meant to embrace the hearts of humanity, go ahead and take those tiny modest steps to fulfill the promise. It is unnecessary to have highfalutin ideals that require an institution […]

Horse Escape

posted by Cheryl Petersen

As soon as apple harvest was done, we’d construct a simple solar-powered electric wire fence within our orchard. The fence was movable and capable of containing our four horses. So, once the fence was up, we’d lead the horses into […]

Dubious Disciple Posted My Letter

posted by Cheryl Petersen

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Followers Can Be Leaders Too

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Leadership Challenge, written by Jim Kouzes and Barry Posner, is above-average in thoroughness. The book gives a detailed description of what an effective manager is and how to acclimate one’s self to leading into a promising future. Not everyone is […]

All the Ingredients of the Bible

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Chocolate cake rates pretty high in our household. We use a favorite recipe that includes the ingredient of sour cream. Yum. Normally, the cake gets eaten before it gets frosted. Needless to say, the recipe sometimes doesn’t turn out. I […]

Direction Other Than Big Bangs

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Well, it was a bit of a bummer for thousands of people in San Diego who were prepared to watch July 4 fireworks over Glorietta Bay. Instead of seeing a distinct stream of fireworks for 20 minutes, there was a […]

New iPhone 5

posted by Cheryl Petersen

The new iPhone 5 will be released this fall, in September or October, depending on which news release I read. Wow! The iPhone 5 will apparently be equipped with dual core A5X chip processors with speeds at 1.5 to 2.0 […]

Families Eating Together

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Parade Magazine had a front cover story Food, Family & Fatherhood, by Bruce Fieler, who talks with Chef, John Besh, and garners his thoughts on What’s for Dinner Dad? Good article. Honest and relatable. Although the statistics have it that […]

Wrapping the Brain Around Truth

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Brain plasticity was snubbed when first introduced to society centuries ago. Even modern Neuroplasticians with solid hard-science credentials coldshouldered the idea that brains are not hard-wired for life. Undaunted however, the brain gives evidence that when a person is motivated […]

Guest Blog by Julia Wade, Singer

posted by Cheryl Petersen

The Journey to Innovation by Julia Wade  As the Soloist at the international headquarters of the Christian Science church — The Mother Church — I found myself in the unique position of bringing to the services all kinds of inspiring […]

Replacing Loneliness

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Internet users want to avoid being phished—or deceived into giving out personal information by a legitimate looking icon that will later cause chaos in their life. No one really wants to be phished because it makes us feel like a […]

A Gutsy Woman

posted by Cheryl Petersen

An outstanding community member died last week and I am in charge of writing a story for the local newspaper. Lois Ray grew up in this area and was a remarkable woman, I am finding. At one point, a local […]

Experiencing Healing in a Scientific Manner

posted by Cheryl Petersen

On June 5 and 6, it has been determined that the planet Venus will cruise between Earth and the sun, a crossing dubbed the “transit.” With proper eye wear, a viewer can see Venus in front of the back-drop of […]

Forgiveness and Forgetting the Headache

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Last week, a man woke up with a terrible headache. He went to work hoping it would go away. It didn’t. In the early afternoon, he stopped what he was doing and went to find the quietest place possible in […]

Highfalutin Claims

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Before 1913—almost one hundred years ago—a few people had the ridiculous notion that once we understood the laws of physics and aerodynamics, we could fly. But back then, to be able to fly seemed idiotic to most people. Except to […]

Miracles in the 21st Century

posted by Cheryl Petersen

My maternal grandma’s last name was Sheppard. She lived to be over one hundred years old. My husband’s maternal grandma’s last name was Shepard. She lived to be over one hundred years old. I was close to both grandmas. I […]

What About Punishment?

posted by Cheryl Petersen

I remember one day I was hot and tired, making dinner in the kitchen while the children were running around me playing. A daughter stopped and asked me a question—an abstract question that required genuine effort to wrap my brain […]

Dean Potter Walks the Rope

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Daredevil Dean Potter is making headline news for his slackline rope walk over an impressive canyon in China. Opinions aimed at his achievement run high and wide.  Opinions point at Potter and say he is reckless, fearless, or a showoff. […]

Contraceptives and Church

posted by Cheryl Petersen

The Washington Post gets a thumb up for Michelle Boorstein’s article, Young Catholic women try to give church’s position on birth control new sheen. Last weekends article cites Ashley McGuire, who is campaigning with other young, religiously conservative Catholic women […]

Stepping out of the Tomb

posted by Cheryl Petersen

“His disciples believed Jesus was dead. Hidden in the narrow tomb however, Jesus was alive, demonstrating the power of Spirit to overrule mortal materialist perceptions.”–21st Century Science and Health

Not Hating Religion but Loving Christ and Feeling Healing

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Christ Jesus’ story is so epic, it could be thought of as a foundational legend for research into Mind-healing. You may know the tale, but it doesn’t get old: Just over 2000 years ago, Jesus developed a skill that could […]

One of Those Days

posted by Cheryl Petersen

I am not boring, therefore I am not bored. Life is good, really good. I will accomplish everything on my long list today. So why do I wonder, What am I going to do with myself?   “You asked, ‘Who […]

Better Habits

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Somewhere along the line of my education I learned not to take everything at face value. I started asking for second opinions so to speak, or I take the time to research issues that need improvement or healing in my […]

Nurture Immunity

posted by Cheryl Petersen

An Exercise that Carries Out What Exists

posted by Cheryl Petersen

My exercise of healing power is more effective when: -Healing power isn’t divided or measured. -Healing power is seen as a tool to exercise. -When exercise is not seen as the cure-all, but God is seen as All-in-all. Healing power […]

The Foster Parenting Toolbox

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Doug and I were licensed foster parents for 15 years. I know fostering isn’t for everyone, it just happened to speak to me and open a world of understanding and empathy for which I am extremely  thankful. The new book […]

Fortunate Clash of New and Old

posted by Cheryl Petersen

We’ve all seen resistance to change. Human beings sometimes fear the new and therefore cling to the old. But, mostly, the new and old blend with a happy dynamic that makes for an interesting life. Last week in Marrakech, Morocco, […]

Drinking in Marrakech

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Eating lunch on a roof overlooking Marrakech, Morocco, my senses took in the smell of fresh spices, the sound of vendors at work, and the taste of a life seasoned pungently with the Islam faith. Colorful carpets hung on the […]

Empty Nest is Okay

posted by Cheryl Petersen

I recently met Anne and John Gohorel. They have circumvented the empty nest syndrome. Even though they live in a sparsely populated area, the Gohorels discovered a market for homemade organic bread and therefore started the new business of the […]

It’s About Innovation

posted by Cheryl Petersen

“Society, community, and family are all conserving institutions. They try to maintain stability and to prevent, or at least to slow, change. And yet we also know the theories, values, and all the artifacts of human minds do age and […]

Fostering a Better View of Rain

posted by Cheryl Petersen

I was cleaning out my files and came across this article I wrote in 2009… it happened…I don’t mind the rain now! …… Lying on the sofa, I could hear the gentle pitter-patter of rain drops on the roof of […]

Sex Workers and Going to School

posted by Cheryl Petersen

The sex trade in Thailand is noticeable. My daughter and I worked at an orphanage where girls were attending school instead of working the streets. However, volunteers soon learn to drop all delusions that going to school is saving these […]

Can’t Relate

posted by Cheryl Petersen

I read Amy Grant’s book, Mosaics. She eloquently explains how thankful she is for God, her singing talent, and all the people who made her so successful in life. Grant’s life had its ups and downs but she forcibly reminds […]

Innovative Decisions

posted by Cheryl Petersen

“Within a few short decades, society rearranges itself–it’s world views, its basic values, its social and political structure, its arts, its key institutions.” The Daily Drucker, by Peter F. Drucker These changes underlie the need for innovation in knowledge. Spiritual […]

Seclusion in the City of Redmond

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Writers dream of moving to a secluded, calm location and getting a lot of writing done. What’s funny is, I live in a rural area, definitely calm, and I still get writers block. But, here I am in Redmond, in […]

Late Bloomers on the Music Scene

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Jesse Cohen refers to himself as a “late bloomer.” But, late blooming flowers are stars in their season. And, at an age when most adults are pondering retirement and golf courses, Cohen is making music. He picked up the guitar […]

Wine and the Store Cats

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Mary Anne is holding Spunky, a used-to-be feral cat who Mary Anne loved on until he became the mascot of Mary Anne’s Liquor Store. Mary Anne had been telling me about which wines were best for serving at Christmas to […]

Zen Kitty’s Neighbors are BIG dogs

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Our neighbor has a sheep ranch. The sheep are guarded by Pyrenees dogs. They are friendly, yet intuitively know to guard their charges. Frisco, Lilly, and Maggie are descendants of the large dogs which roamed the mountains of Asia thousands […]

Children and CEO’s

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Last week, I got a phone call. “Cheryl can you please come in and work for Kathleen, she cut her finger so badly, she can’t work in the kitchen for another 10 days?” “Sure.” The kitchen prepares and serves breakfast, […]

Losing Weight During the Holidays

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Appetite allegedly grows and gets out of control during the Holidays. However, it isn’t appetite that grows, it’s the “thinking” mistakenly connected to appetite that grows and gets out of control. Appetite is. We want an appetite. But, when we […]

Learning How to Drive

posted by Cheryl Petersen

My dad put me in front of the steering wheel of the farm truck when I was 6 years old. By the time I was 12, I was operating tractors. When I turned 15, Driver’s Education was a breeze for […]

Taking Advantage of Loneliness

posted by Cheryl Petersen

From 1830 to 1900, a tide of influential Americans — artists, writers, painters and doctors — braved the treacherous journey across the Atlantic to visit Paris. They were faced with newness and oftentimes an intense loneliness which drove the fragile […]

Divorce Changes Workout

posted by Cheryl Petersen

How can I miss it? Plastered all over the news, Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher are getting a divorce. But, a lot of people are getting divorced. Moore and Kutcher had 6 protracted years, plenty of time to get bored […]

Archaeologist Discover Overload of Data

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Archaeologists, 500 years from now will be unearthing data. “Hey Digger, look here, I just found data for weather. Oh more, here is data on traffic, agriculture, aviation, crime, demographics, education, energy, people, health, immigration, investing, law, military, nonprofits, and […]

Thanking Vets is to Learn From Vets

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Veterans were first collectively remembered on November 11, 1919, set as Armistice Day. Celebration originally centered on suspension of business for a 2 minute period beginning at 11 a.m. with the day also filled by public meetings and parades. On […]

Physicians Can Be Wise Spiritual Guides III

posted by Cheryl Petersen

A physician of osteopath gave a lecture recently on doctoring in the 19th century. Dr. Brown reminded the audience that although an incredible amount of discovery occurred in the 19th century it took decades to learn how to apply the […]

Physicians Can Be Wise Spiritual Guides, II

posted by Cheryl Petersen

I went out of town for a few days with our daughters, and returned home to a sick husband. I immediately began cleaning up and caring for him. His health was returning however his stress level increased as his rest […]

Physicians Can Be Wise Spiritual Guides

posted by Cheryl Petersen

When I became pregnant, I made special effort to select a midwife who was spiritually inclined. I found Julie, a woman with common sense and the strength to use calm wisdom. Julie delivered both our daughters. The first daughter came […]

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 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. […]

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 […]

Tweens and Teens Show Their Originality

posted by Cheryl Petersen

For those of you who don’t know, I am diligently working on the 4th edition of the revision and update of 21st Century Science and Health. As I work, I continue to be happily astonished at the dynamic spiritual truths […]

Keeping the Joy while at Work

posted by Cheryl Petersen

My Suzuki C50 gets better gas mileage than my car, so as a newspaper reporter I ride the bike when out on the beat covering cutting edge news in Delaware County, like the Andes Chili Cook Off today. Fortunately, I’ve […]

Realistic Expectations and Free Download

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Revisiting and revising can broaden our scope of reality and keep our expectations realistic. J Ward Regan, Ph.D., a professor at New York University recently gave a lecture titled, “Feet, Hooves, and Rails: Transportation in Nineteenth Century America,” depicting how […]

The Decision to Foster Children

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Fostering children is not for everyone, but a sincere inclination to foster is not only valid but also necessary in today’s society where almost half a million children need homes. Many of us have love-spilling-over and are ready to help, […]

Hurricane Irene Series Blooper Reel

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Canning Fruit and Pickles for Preservation

posted by Cheryl Petersen

This time of the year reminds of when I canned fruit. I would put up over 120 quarts of peaches, apricots, pears, applesauce, and plums, and over 30 pints of fruit jams and pizza tomato sauce. Sweet ripe luscious fruit, […]

Spiritual Study and Power are Not Complicated

posted by Cheryl Petersen

My study of divine Science helps me better function intellectually without every little sensory detail in my environment hijacking my attention. I study spirituality without going into information overload. Spirituality and its imminent power to heal are not about complicated […]

Rookie Mistakes in Spiritual Healing

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Success in spiritual healing is warranted only as we find and follow our own pace. Whether a pro or a rookie, here are six pitfalls to avoid when practicing spiritual healing. Gunning the start. Running headstrong, for example into an […]

Brain Plasticity in Adults

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Until recently, it has been believed in mainstream neuroscience, that plasticity in the brain is present only in children. The younger years are considered critical in brain development because once we become an adult, the brain wiring is permanent, localized. […]

Inconvenient Complaint

posted by Cheryl Petersen

I got home late after working with a moody person, and so ate a quick cold dinner. I did warm up some tea in the microwave but got the tea too hot so burned my tongue. Ugh. I put a […]

Pagan and Non-Pagan Meet

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Hazel Dunlin, founder of Avalon Moon in Delhi, NY, opened her shop in 2005 with the intent to support and encourage people on their individual spiritual journeys. Avalon Moon provides a bountiful assortment of items and services to foster practices […]

An Artist’s Perspective on Spiritual Abundance

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Upstate New York artist, Richard Kathmann allowed me to video his thoughts on spiritual abundance. Kathmann trained as a painter in college, however he took a job at a Museum to receive a pay check which always paid for everything […]

Amateurs Break Barriers with Drones

posted by Cheryl Petersen

In the June 2011 Smithsonian Magazine there is an article titled, Ready for Takeoff, by Richard Conniff, discussing how aerial drones are being used for peacetime work. Drone (unmanned) aircraft has been restricted to war zones until recently when the […]

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