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Spirituality gets us through life with more success

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Is it the younger generation, or people with a greater awareness? The trend to recycle, reuse, and reduce is becoming more and more apparent to me. At a Whole Foods store, I noticed a customer bring in empty containers and […]

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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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Resurrecting and ascending

posted by Cheryl Petersen

From 21st Century Science and Health: The carnal human mentality, misnamed mind, is mortal. In his resurrection and ascension, Jesus showed that a mortal creature is not our real essence. If it were not for the indissoluble immortal connection between […]

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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 […]

Experience today’s prayer

posted by Cheryl Petersen

My husband just returned from a trip out west. In Seattle, Washington, he boarded an airplane after 6 a.m. and was in Albany, New York before 6 p.m. Seattle clock time was 3 p.m. A nine hour trip that took […]

The questionable big bang

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Bible scholars recognize two distinct accounts of creation in Genesis. In the first chapter of Genesis through chapter 2:3, God renders the common noun, Elohim. As for the second account, the beginning of human history, God renders Yahweh in the […]

Price of gas

posted by Cheryl Petersen

The human mind gets stuck so easily. It can even require a shock to get un-stuck. The latest drastic drop in gas prices, show me how my mind got stuck. I can barely believe it now, when I fill up […]

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 […]

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. […]

Are we thinking?

posted by Cheryl Petersen

The activity of thinking comes in many disguises. Thinking can be quiet, loud, scary, peaceful, progressive, or a completely thoughtless exercise. Some thinking isn’t thinking at all. Examples of thoughtless thinking: A mental rehearsal of the day’s activities. A repetition […]

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 […]

Human minds aren’t judging us as much as we think

posted by Cheryl Petersen

It’s important to feel good about our self. When we don’t feel good about our self, our level of self-consciousness is so weighty it takes all the fun out of life. The enormous scope of what it takes for a […]

The infinite appreciates us

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Hiking a world marvel

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Pronounced Tuh-GA-nick, Taughannock falls carves a 400 foot deep gorge through layers of sandstone, shale and limestone that were once the bed of an ancient sea. With a 215 foot plunge, this waterfall stands three stories taller than Niagara Falls. […]

Atmosphere of Love more powerful than weather

posted by Cheryl Petersen

From 21st Century Science and Health: If you think weather affects health poorly, your Mind-remedy is safe and sure. If you are a scientist of Spirit, symptoms of sickness are not apt to follow exposure to certain weather. However, if […]

Feel-good stuff

posted by Cheryl Petersen

From 21st Century Science and Health: On our spiritual journey, if we sympathize with mortality, we will be at the beck and call of error and follow a zig-zag course getting nowhere. If we travel with the worldly minded, we […]

A deep breath of color

posted by Cheryl Petersen

From 21st Century Science and Health, “The nature of spirituality is peaceful and blessed.” You will go out in joy     and be led forth in peace; the mountains and hills     will burst into song before you, and all the trees […]

American Legion salutes and is saluted

posted by Cheryl Petersen

The quickest way for a parent to get a child’s attention is to sit down and look comfortable. Lane Olinhouse Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from […]

Global spirituality

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Roadside flowers invade myopic view

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Purple loosestrife (Lythrum salicaria) is a highly invasive non-native plant that threatens significant portions of Maryland’s marsh, swamp, and coastal habitats. By crowding out native wetland species, purple loosestrife can reduce biodiversity, eliminate food sources for marsh animals and change […]

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 […]

A mask of compassion

posted by Cheryl Petersen

In my observance of life, I’ve noticed a human trait that can get out of hand. We humor ourselves or others. I’m not talking about humor, hahaha. Wittiness and fun lay low when we want to humor someone. To humor […]

Entering the realm of Spirit

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Psalms 106 recalls the story of when Moses led the children of Israel out of Egypt. They crossed the Red Sea and passed over into the land of Sinai. From here the children were to move into the Promised Land […]

Does God give approval?

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Working as a news reporter, it becomes obvious that some stories can almost paralyze readers. I too have been guilty of letting my thoughts become paralyzed, not only with a particular news event but also with beliefs. Time and effort […]

Breaking ruinous patterns

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Talking with my cousin the other day, the subject of parenting came up. We both appreciated learning about a Father/Mother God that everyone could call their parent. We learned the idea from a religion but she pointed out the idea […]

The gist of advertisements

posted by Cheryl Petersen

What would our world be like if all the advertisements for cell-phones, perfumes, cold cereals, cars, shampoos, cold medicines, insurance coverage, and teeth whiteners were replaced with advertisements for honesty, moral courage, gratitude, awareness, wisdom, integrity, and creativity?

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 […]

Flag Day and God

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Wording to the American Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag has been altered since its inception in 1892. Socialist minister, Francis Bellamy (1855-1931) originally published a shorter version in The Youth’s Companion. In 1923, the words, “the Flag of the […]

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 […]

What’s going on behind the wheel?

posted by Cheryl Petersen

New York State is clamping down on drivers who use mobile devices while driving. Statistics show that distracted driving makes for dangerous situations and terrible accidents. With technology at our finger tips, human beings have become so acclimated to instantaneous […]

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 […]

Training a Wild Mustang

posted by Cheryl Petersen

A local 9-year old boy is training a wild mustang. I marvel at the sight of this 9-year boy next to a brawny power horse. Innocence and dedication pierce through the barriers of fear and bulk. The training began mid-March […]

Balancing spiritual independence and group settings through leadership

posted by Cheryl Petersen

The fastest growing “religion” in the West is the trend toward spiritual independence. Spiritually independent people are eager to explore the teachings, texts, and techniques of all religions and refuse to be limited to or labeled by one religion alone. […]

Zen kitty talks about the weather

posted by Cheryl Petersen

I curl up on Cheryl’s lap, glad she has returned home from her trip out west. She showed me pictures of flowers that are in full bloom in Seattle. Then we looked out our window here in upstate New York, […]

Women’s History Month

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Celebrating Women’s History Month this month of March, I recall amazing women of today, yesterday, and long ago. Women from the Bible include Mary, the mother of Jesus, Ruth, the Moabite, Queen Esther, Priscilla, and Elizabeth. For a more complete […]

We forgive you mommy

posted by Cheryl Petersen

“If you knew the gift of God…” are words imputed to Christ Jesus in the Gospel John. This gift of God is also imputed to us. God’s gifts are not restricted to that which can be observed and studied, the […]

Facebook vacuum is okay

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Hi, my name is Cheryl Petersen, and I used to be a Facebook user. I’ve been free of the social media site, Facebook, for almost a year now, during which 99.9% of the time, I’ve never looked back. I was […]

Niagara Falls pours

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Bryan and I visited Niagara Falls yesterday. While it was snowing. There were a few other tourists just as determined to see the Falls as us. We tread over slippery ice and bucked a cold wind, but soon were in […]

Working to repeal the NY SAFE Act

posted by Cheryl Petersen

This is a big issue in our State. I covered the story to bring out awareness. Prayer and awareness link. The Daily Star, Oneonta, NY – otsego county news, delaware county news, oneonta news, oneonta sports February 10, 2014 Hundreds […]

Catching up with progress

posted by Cheryl Petersen

After years of hostility toward God and religion, it’s time to look up again. We can peer into the immortal cosmology, past all the foibles and meanderings of the human existence. The hostility gets old as thinkers roll up their sleeves […]

Movie review: The Way Back

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Film, “The Way Back,” caused my outlook on life to tighten. It’s a Peter Weir screenplay based on the book, “The Long Walk: A True Story of a Trek to Freedom,” by Slawomir Rawicz, a Polish POW. The veracity of […]

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 […]

Movie Review of Shanghai Calling

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Immigration in reverse is depicted in the movie, Shanghai Calling. Starring Daniel Henney, Eliza Coupe, and Zhu Zhu, this film portrays people moving to China from America. Instead of a China Town in New York City, there is an America […]

Form a circle and move on

posted by Cheryl Petersen

This is a story I heard: A tradition within a remote tribe was noticed by a visitor. Whenever someone in the tribe exhibited bad behavior, everyone stopped and formed a circle, sitting the misbehaving individual in the center. A person […]

Aim to be saved

posted by Cheryl Petersen

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 […]

Caroling Time of the Year!

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Here is a Sicilian Hymn that I don’t hear too often at Christmas time. It’s strikingly lovely and I would like to share the words with you: O Thou Joyful Day “O thou joyful day, O thou blessed day, Gladsome, […]

NY SAFE Act gets me thinking

posted by Cheryl Petersen

As a resident of New York, I’ve heard a lot of ruckus about the New York Safety Act. Governor Cuomo passed the NY SAFE Act in the middle of the night at the beginning of year 2013. The Act imposed […]

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 […]

Spiritual Immunity

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Researchers spend time trying to understand how the body’s immune system works. The immune system is responsible for fighting foreign invaders to your body and also for destroying cells within the body that become diseased. Although disease is not a […]

Churches walk for CROP

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Churches in the nearby Village participated in the annual CROP Walk. A chipper group of participants walked 6 miles to raise funds to fight hunger. The CROP walk began circa 1947. The CROP acronym has since outgrown itself. Originally intended […]

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 […]

Turkey Trot Tradition

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Last year, a local Town here in upstate New York started sponsoring a 5K Turkey Trot. It was held the Saturday after Thanksgiving. Needless to say, the turnout for the run was great. Many of the participants were thrilled to […]

Voting with Wisdom for Progress

posted by Cheryl Petersen

November 5, Election Day, is around the corner. Most people I talk to know the value of voting and will vote. Interestingly, as a freelance writer, I interview candidates, some of whom I’ve interviewed in the last election. And, I’ve […]

Equal in Christ

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Reading through Exodus 21, I come across laws about slaves—an illegal venture today. And, rightly so. I don’t think the Bible is outdated because I don’t believe the Bible is meant to be followed literally. Its historical content shows how […]

Incorporating wisdom and generosity

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Heating expenses come to mind when winter approaches upstate New York, a territory that doesn’t mess around when it comes to snow and cold. Our winters are long. Modern inventions provide for comfort levels beyond what history has known for […]

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 […]

Idolatry turns an asset into a liability

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Christian Science is mired in the mud of idolatry. Most of the students of Christian Science have dug their way out of the mud and moved on in life. They strive to live a moral, spiritual, and intellectual lifestyle, successfully, […]

Survival or Salvation in Ciudad Juárez

posted by Cheryl Petersen

A survivor of fear, 26-year old Karina Sandoval strategizes to bring recovery to Ciudad Jurárez, a Mexican city smeared by its bloodshed and drugs. “My family lived in Anapra, west of Ciudad Jurárez,” said Sandoval. “We heard shootings every day. […]

Hot-air balloons were not a bunch of hot air

posted by Cheryl Petersen

The Royal Society is the oldest scientific academy in continuous existence, originated circa 1660. Two-hundred and thirty years ago, Benjamin Franklin, inventor and politician in newly founded America, wrote a letter to Joseph Banks, President of the Royal Society in […]

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 […]

The Syria Challenge

posted by Cheryl Petersen

I have to admit, it would be disheartening to attack Syria. Why do so many people have to suffer for a few cruel nincompoops who want power over others? Even if experts are able to confiscate all the chemical weapons […]

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 […]

Work remains to realize Eddy’s hope

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Today, in homes and churches, as well as on Twitter and Facebook, Mary Baker Eddy’s words are repeated. That is, of course, appropriate. Her words are thought provoking and filled with many profound images. Borrowing effectively from Christ Jesus, the […]

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 […]

The religious and nonreligious challenge beliefs

posted by Cheryl Petersen

The end of year 2001, with the prospect of religious-based terrorist attacks terrifyingly real, many are quick to cast the nonreligious as the liberator. The prospect of a 21st century nonreligious-based society forms part of a larger narrative about the […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

Immunity

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Research is showing a modern phenomenon. The body’s immune system is acting out. Basically, the immune system needs healthy activity. It needs to fight off enemies. A dog needs to walk or run. But, today’s society is keen to be […]

The nons

posted by Cheryl Petersen

The dubious debate over religious versus non-religious in the United States has captivated many minds in the field of thinkers. That’s because in addition to millions of religious folk, a significant number of non-religious (nons) would benefit from religious clarity. […]

How Far Away is the Infinite?

posted by Cheryl Petersen

I may not take the time to go on a retreat in the middle of Australia, or go visit the Grand Canyon, but I can appreciate what my friends told me. Dede spent 3 days in the desert of Australia […]

Back to College

posted by Cheryl Petersen

After 30-years, I returned to college and attended a two-week session at Boston College’s School of Theology and Ministry. We studied Spirituality in Christian Life. The books that provided the framework for the class: The Desert Fathers, Julian of Norwich, […]

Newness Continues

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Church is taking on a new look. No longer enduring outgrown concepts we read Scriptures with healthy skepticism. For example, although we read in the Gospel John that Jesus “went out, bearing His own cross, to the spot called The […]

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. […]

Growing Respect Reveals Divine Nature

posted by Cheryl Petersen

When we were licensed foster parents, one of the children who stayed with us joined the Young Marines. The leader of the local Young Marines was outstanding. The foster boy truly responded to the discipline of the program. He was […]

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 […]

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 […]

Expanding on Peace

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Books with quick concordances in the back pages are convenient. The other evening, I wanted to look up a few verses in the Bible about the topic, Peace. Although not a complete concordance, I indeed captured a profound insight to […]

Jumping to Conclusions

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Last Sunday afternoon, my husband, Doug, and I decided to pick up litter alongside the highway. We brought along garbage sacks that hold 30 gallons and parked in a parking lot. Getting out of the truck, we headed down the […]

Exploring Prayer

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Click here to preview and buy new/old thoughts on Prayer. Excerpt: “Effective prayer is buoyed by an intense desire for increased grace. The desire must be combined with a genuine effort to express courage, forbearance, love, and good deeds…We are […]

Power of Propaganda

posted by Cheryl Petersen

The human psyche is indeed an enigma, an alien of sorts. Therefore, it is no wonder I feel a draw to study spirituality. Spiritual mindedness keeps the human mind realistic, in the world, but not of the world. Human minds […]

The Show Goes On

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Because Mary Poppins and The Sound of Music were two of my favorite movies, I took to reading the book: Home: A Memoir of My Early Years, by Julie Andrews. But, this is after years of preferring to know Mary […]

Foresight and the Future

posted by Cheryl Petersen

“Thank God men cannot fly, and lay waste the sky as well as the earth.” The quote was attributed to Henry David Thoreau, who died 40 years before Orville and Wilbur Wright flew the sky. Was it a prayer? Was […]

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 […]

History of April Fool’s Day

posted by Cheryl Petersen

 

The Word of God Revisited

posted by Cheryl Petersen

“The Word of God.” I hear those words often when visiting churches. What does that mean? The Word of God? If God is Spirit—not a humanlike creature—than God has a spiritual language, not a human language. Surely, the spiritual language […]

Holisitc Approach to Spirituality

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Spirituality is explained critically from a holistic standpoint in this century. Historically, spirituality was knit tightly to religion—only because religion was the main source of knowledge up until a few centuries ago—and involved a lot of ritualism and superstition. The […]

New York and Their Soda

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Living in upstate New York, surrounded by weekenders who come up from New York City, I hear about Mayor Bloomberg’s strategies against obesity. Last year, Bloomberg banned the sale of sugary beverages over sixteen ounces. However, March 11, 2013, Justice […]

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 […]

Threats of Attack

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Supposedly, North Korea has threatened nuclear attack against its aggressor. We will never know the whole story unless we personally talked with leader, Kim Jong Un, which probably isn’t going to happen. But because the threat is splashed throughout the […]

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 […]

Les Miserables in a new light

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Reviews of Director Tom Hooper’s big screen adaptation of Victor Hugo’s book, Les Misérables are almost as entertaining as the film. The reviews exhibit barbed, bazaar, candid opinions that human beings are vulnerable to express. Last weekend, my husband and […]

Ash Wednesday and Traditions

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Ash Wednesday brought me to a Taizé church service this year. Surrounded by candlelight, the pastor welcomed us all and explained Taizé is little village in the south of Burgundy, France. In this village, over 60 years ago, Brother Roger […]

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 […]

Heroes and Heroines

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Humankind has a history marked by heroes and heroines. Confucius, Ruth, King David, Christ Jesus, Mohammad, Sojouner Truth, Abraham Lincoln, Corrie Ten Boom, the list goes on ad infinitum. We observe, study, and revere our heroes and heroines. Religions have […]

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 […]

Is God Force Measurable?

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Researcher and author, David Wilcock, produced a book heavy with evidence of an unseen force at work in the universe. The book, The Source Field Investigations, contains a cache of records and data from around the world describing what is […]

Investing in Reconciliation

posted by Cheryl Petersen

The universe is a heady mixture of relationships. Not only are the stars, moon, and earth connected by an invisible force, but people are also constantly dealing with relationships. Our personalities and expectations determine the quality of our relationships however […]

Mindsets No Longer Living in the Past

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Mary Baker Eddy was a household name one hundred years ago—Christian, preacher, author—a Joel Osteen or Joyce Meyer of the 19th century. However, Eddy’s main book, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures made some rather bold statements 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 […]

Review on The Pacific Bible

posted by Cheryl Petersen

As an avid reader of the Bible, I looked forward to reviewing The Pacific Bible. Privy to the fact that almost four hundred verses—reiterating extreme human habits unacceptable in today’s society—have been removed, I reminded myself to read with an […]

Think Bigger

posted by Cheryl Petersen

The sun doesn’t come to the earth and get inside the earth in order to give it light. The sun didn’t need to become the earth in order to shine light on it. Earth is benefited indirectly, through sunshine. We […]

Are You Ordinary?

posted by Cheryl Petersen

The book Twelve Ordinary Men,  by John MacArthur is keeping my attention. MacArthur details the lives of Christ Jesus’ apostles beginning with the fact that these disciples were ordinary. Fishermen, a doctor, a tax collector. Jesus chose 12 people to […]

Northeast and Southwest Weather

posted by Cheryl Petersen

From 21st Century Science and Health, “When the fear of weather is exterminated it can be proven that people can be healthy in all climates.”

Borrowed Christmas Traditions

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Santa Claus is a jolly reminder that many of the traditions engaged in during Christmas time were borrowed, maybe never to be returned. The traditions of gift-giving, tree decorating, feasting, and honoring gods, can be traced back to ancient Scandinavia, […]

Mysticism versus Divine Science

posted by Cheryl Petersen

During the 20th century, ideas from the cultures of science and religion began intermarrying at an increasing rate. Staunch opponents to the unions dug in their heels and clung to their materialist and time-honored creeds but as a whole, society […]

We Can Know

posted by Cheryl Petersen

 “So have no fear of them, for nothing is covered that will not be revealed, or hidden that will not be known.– Matthew 10:26, ESV Since the advent of Google, Wiki Leaks, and blogs, I always think of this verse… […]

Poetry of Thanksgiving

posted by Cheryl Petersen

“A grateful heart a garden is, Where there is always room For every lovely, Godlike grace To come to perfect bloom. A grateful heart a fortress is, A stanch and rugged tower, Where God’s omnipotence, revealed, Girds man with mighty […]

Religion and Voting

posted by Cheryl Petersen

We have the right to practice the religion of our choice, without interference from the government. This is not to mean we have the right to use religion to influence the government or politics.

Abraham Lincoln was a Smart Dude

posted by Cheryl Petersen

I was listening to the book, America: The Last Best Hope, by William Bennett, and was pricked in conscience after hearing Abraham Lincoln’s views on loyalty. When Lincoln was President of the United States and the Civil War was on […]

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 […]

Languages within a Language

posted by Cheryl Petersen

I meet a lot of people throughout the week as a newspaper reporter. I’ve concluded, although they all speak the English language, they have their own language within that language. And, if I don’t try really hard to understand them, […]

The Conservative versus Conservation

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Religion became easier to understand when I learned to distinguish the difference between the conservative and conservation. The conservative believes all the problems have been solved and there is no need to do any more. The world has been created. […]

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 […]

Don’t Sit on the Same Step–Move Up

posted by Cheryl Petersen

When realizing I could feel God’s love for me more than I could feel the pain racking my jaw, the pain diminished. My jaw was messed up due to a previous accident. Prayer helped but the problem persisted. I’d asked […]

Globalized Religion

posted by Cheryl Petersen

In rural upstate New York, the public schools are having an intense time with the budget cuts. Many community leaders are getting together to share ideas and develop workable policies apropos to the region, with the common goal of providing […]

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 […]

Funny Bumper Sticker

posted by Cheryl Petersen

This bumper sticker caught my eye yesterday. I got closer and saw what it said. After chuckling, I thought, Well, they have humility to admit they might need help.                       […]

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 […]

Deformity is in the Eye of the Beholder

posted by Cheryl Petersen

As a newspaper reporter, I cover stories that not only support the fact that what we physically see and hear is a subjective state of human mind, but also that people utilize this rule to free themselves of that which […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Traditions to Pass On

posted by Cheryl Petersen

The cultural preservation of religious principles occurs through traditions however do the traditions resemble rote style learning or independent thinking and practice? Are the teachings communicative or ceremonial? Is an institution claiming authority over passing along the teachings? An effective […]

Preachers Help One Another

posted by Cheryl Petersen

The Hartwick Seminary Institute of Theology was established in 1991 by a group of Lutheran congregations in counties of upstate New York for 2 primary reasons: To provide training for Deacon Candidates, and to provide continuing education and growth in […]

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 […]

Movie Review, I Am

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Tom Shadyac, a movie producer, went on a crusade to figure out what was wrong with our world and how we can fix it. He documented his discoveries in the film “I Am.” After meeting and talking with prominent people […]

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 […]

The Common Person Wins the Fight with God

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Speculation suggests that the first religions were a response to human fear, created to give a feeling of security. Religion however can also simply be a method of answering the many questions that stream through our heads. Why do I […]

Ingredients in the Bible

posted by Cheryl Petersen

My last post talks about how we want to read the whole Bible, not just our favorite parts. I keep digging in the Bible and find yet another story about some dude named Sheba who figures he wants to rebel […]

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 […]

Memory Expansion

posted by Cheryl Petersen

There she was, Naomi, teeny-tiny and sleeping peacefully in the baby carriage. Her parents are our friends, so of course, my husband and I went to meet Naomi. I stood there looking at the newborn and smiling. A flood of […]

Functional …holic

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Alcohol screening is used to identify potential alcohol misuse, including dependence. Alcohol dependents generally are dysfunctional in society however many are highly functional and have jobs, homes and families. Intriguing. I don’t drink alcohol but the idea of a functional […]

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 […]

Matt Dances with the World

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Hope you like this video. Made my day. From 21st Century Science and Health, “The governor is not subject to the governed. Rhythm is not controlled by music notes, dance steps, or artistic performances. Rhythm controls the notes, and rhythm […]

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 […]

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 […]

Memories of 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

A Parody on CRUD

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Human Beings are constantly being diagnosed with symptoms that I satirically refer to as collectively belonging to Chronic Repetitious Urging Disease (CRUD). I myself have been afflicted with these symptoms that stop me from living life to its fullest. The […]

Getting to Know Dandelion

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Upstate New York is flourishing with dandelions. A magnanimous carpet of soft yellow flowers is cheering spring weather forward—to the dismay of some lawn caretakers. Dandelions, in all their brightness, are seen by some people as pesky weeds, a blot […]

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 […]

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 […]

Birth Control and Abortion

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Needless to say, when the touchy subjects of birth control or abortion make headline news, I usually bite my tongue but this time I will add my practical 2 bits. I have to agree with pragmatism over politics or religion. […]

Find Signs of Renewal in My Oft Maligned Religion

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Every Sunday morning when I was a child, my parents would take my brothers and sisters and me to Sunday School. This ritual continued through my teen years and includes memories of learning Bible stories and hanging out with people […]

Developing a Workable Faith and Religion

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Faith and religion have been dancing for millenniums, quite often stepping on one another’s toes until they bleed. Blame for the bleeding usually gets placed on religion, so much so, that the last few decades have been chalked up as […]

Women’s History Forges Ahead

posted by Cheryl Petersen

In the United States, the innovation, bravery, courage, and determination of women are being celebrated during March’s Women’s History Month, to ensure a collective progressive attitude toward women. Circa 1792, Mary Wollstonecrafts wrote a book called, “A Vindication of the […]

Nurture Immunity

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Telling a Story

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Our stories are our realities; however, realities change. Interestingly, our story can change before our reality changes. As a reporter, I’ve noticed that people who stop repeating stories tainted with bitterness and depression, and start telling stories infiltrated with hope […]

Crying Heart

posted by Cheryl Petersen

I just received a call from a friend who broke off a close relationship. I love them both and don’t want them to hurt. I also just read about a U.S. soldier who turned himself after killing 16 people in […]

What Falls From Our Lips

posted by Cheryl Petersen

The snow was nimbly falling outside when I went for a walk an hour ago. Here is upstate New York, it is common for moisture to fall from the sky. The moisture can come not only in the form of […]

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 […]

Books on iPOD and Headed to France

posted by Cheryl Petersen

It is curious to watch how my spatial and temporal observations are shifting to new realities. Space and time do not have as much power or weight as previously believed. I just downloaded onto my iPOD a stack of books […]

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 […]

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 […]

Calling All Teens

posted by Cheryl Petersen

We love our music; however we play it too loud. We are losing our hearing. Let’s start a new trend. Less Volume, More Hearing. Who can start the trend? Teens. Teens are best at texting, tweeting, calling, and passing the […]

We All Can Be Free

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Human beings were slaves to chance and fate until Newton’s theory of absolute physics came into being. Scientists were freely able to manipulate our surroundings and situations by simply applying physical laws. But the opportunity of independence from the material […]

Correcting Mistakes

posted by Cheryl Petersen

When dressing in the morning, I’ve hurriedly put my shirt on backwards, getting a good laugh at myself a few hours later when I finally notice. Little mistake. I’ve also invested hard earned money in lousy stocks. Big mistake. Moreover, […]

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 […]

Christmas Presents Under the Tree

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Sometimes, I surprise myself. But, I’ve been busy writing, traveling, and babysitting our daughter’s pets, and it was until the other day, while walking through town, looking at twinkling colorful lights, that it dawned on me, people were shopping for […]

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 […]

Technology and a Sharing Religion

posted by Cheryl Petersen

New technology. Babies born every minute. Earth never stopping. The forces of expansion and rapid movement are radically transforming society. A void is felt. The pursuit of material wealth is exhausting and meaningless. The heart looks to religion for meaning. […]

A Heart for the World

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Our daughter has brought our attention to Moin Khan, born in the United States but raised in Pakistan. With the bad-rap that Pakistan is getting these days, Moin Khan decided to do something about it. Under the motto of “A […]

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, […]

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 […]

Outgrowing the Old Doesn’t Need to be Prickly

posted by Cheryl Petersen

It is common for human beings to outgrow clothes. Children outgrow clothes due to the sheer fact their bodies grow. Adults outgrow clothes due to style and fashion changes. Human beings are also known to outgrow friends and churches which […]

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 […]

Flashback Can Move Us Forward

posted by Cheryl Petersen

The expression mind over matter was popularized during the 1960’s and 70’s, but then so was the phrase peace and love, however their references were myopic. Peace and love meant no war and sex. Mind over matter is used to […]

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Good dissolves bad
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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 ...

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