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Getting along

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Every time steam starts coming out my ears when my husband annoys me, I remind myself, there is no lack of ideas, and I simmer down. It’s not that I’ve adapted to annoyance in our 32-year marriage. It’s that I’ve […]

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Silence

posted by Cheryl Petersen

We have a baby in the house. It’s been a long time since our daughters were young and we had to “shhh, be quiet, the baby is sleeping.” It’s nice. The quiet. I have a neighbor who spends every Monday […]

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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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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 […]

Simultaneous contrast

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Have you ever looked at paint samples? Those dinky squares of colors in paint stores? You decide on teal green and take a gallon home to paint a room. Once on the wall, you want to gag. Returning to the […]

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 […]

Zen kitty and poetry

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Cats Sleep Anywhere Cats sleep anywhere, any table, any chair. Top of piano, window-ledge, in the middle, on the edge. Open draw, empty shoe, anybody’s lap will do. Fitted in a cardboard box, in the cupboard with your frocks. Anywhere! […]

Stepping out of eating disorders

posted by Cheryl Petersen

From 21st Century Science and Health: In seeking a cure for digestive and food related problems, don’t consult matter. Physical particle/waves do not express Spirit. God is infinite omnipresent Spirit. If Spirit is all and is everywhere, what and where […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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.”

Windy days in NY

posted by Cheryl Petersen

It’s been really windy here the last few days. The wind can sometimes be a nuisance, but could you imagine no wind? Nothing to stir things up? The environment would become stale, muggy, stifling, stagnant, static. Exodus 14:21 (ESV) 21 Then […]

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 […]

The family cookbook

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Mom kept our family of 7 fed with homemade meals. She typed out favorite recipes and put them in a green ring-binder notebook. The green binder was imprinted in my memory, whether I knew it or not. Mom died more […]

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 […]

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 […]

Using warm water in the shower

posted by Cheryl Petersen

 It’s tempting to take a long hot shower when sub-zero weather lingers outside the door. But, hot water and soap wash your natural oils down the drain. Moderation. A warm quick shower is moderate. It washes away self-destructive behavior and […]

The many purposes of a ladder

posted by Cheryl Petersen

A ladder is a series of steps within vertical frames. The purpose of a ladder is to reach high places. It is believed that the idea of a ladder was used over 10,000 years ago. The ladder is also mentioned […]

Sometimes I just want to cry

posted by Cheryl Petersen

I don’t cry very often. Usually, I’m really tired and one thing after another piled up until I break down and cry. But, the other day, everything was fine. Really fine. I was out on a walk. The snow fall […]

Our neighbor celebrates Advent

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Our neighbors in the Village have an Advent display in their living room. The display radiated a serenity that caught my attention. I’ve never participated in Advent before so was intrigued. According to About.com, Mary Fairchild, Christianity Editor says, “Celebrating […]

Light in the dark

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Our Christmas tree stands outside. After Thanksgiving, we decorate it with lights. During the Holiday, the tree will often have a dusting of snow on it. The significance of modest, lovely, comely light goes down through history. Here are verses […]

Color everywhere

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Last weeks rain storm caused the colorful leaves to fall from the trees. I am not sad. I was able to enjoy the color before the rain. And, now I get to watch the little dog we are babysitting walk […]

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 […]

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 […]

Brides Cooking

posted by Cheryl Petersen

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

A Child’s Hindsight

posted by Cheryl Petersen

If I had two wishes, I know what they would be I’d wish for roots to cling to, and wings to set me free; Roots for inner values, like rings within a tree, And wings of independence to seek my […]

The Prodigal Son’s Older Brother

posted by Cheryl Petersen

The parable of the prodigal son, found in Luke 15, provides nutrient for those of us who feel lost in the world. The story is about a man who has 2 sons. The younger son, full of ambition and ardor, […]

Ginger Oatmeal Cookies

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Three thousand miles away, our daughters are walking around outside amongst flowers and blooming trees, while we are bundling up in Carhart® winter clothes before walking outside into the falling snow. My hope for springtime is not dashed though. I […]

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 […]

Oat Grass for Cats in the Winter

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Our spiritual journeys can feel like one step forward and two steps back sometimes however quite often the one step forward is a magnanimous leap that adds to our spirituality. I’m pleasantly amazed to see how non-intrusive answers come to […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

Difference Between Sleep and Rest

posted by Cheryl Petersen

How is your day? Did you sleep okay last night? When I get a good night’s sleep, I ask myself, why? What did I do differently? I search the internet for clues. This morning, I came across an mnn webpage […]

Choosing the Better Emotional Cereal

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Emotions are as varied as cereals. Don’t buy into the sugary emotions that leave us hyper and tired, such as infatuation, greed, fear, and apathy. Buy into and eat the humdrum emotions that keep us going all day. Honesty, realism, […]

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. […]

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 […]

Looking Under the Car

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Last night, I got in the car and waited for Doug. Just before Doug got in the car, I asked, “Please check under the car for a cat.” Doug rolls his eyes and bends over, trying not to get dirty, […]

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 […]

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 […]

Chocolate Bread Pudding

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Last weekend turned out to be down time, holy time. Rather than being inspired to write something riveting, I was inspired to cook and clean. And, I found a great recipe: Chocolate Bread pudding 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips 4 […]

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 […]

Gotta Laugh

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Oh sure, my last blog post is about making marriage work and this morning my husband wakes up grumpy and not exactly nice. Doug does apologize before going to work, but I could feel my brain triggering anger. I stood […]

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 […]

Four Legged Grandchildren

posted by Cheryl Petersen

At first I crinkled my nose when I was introduced as “Grandma.” Not so much because I was WAY TOO YOUNG to be a grandma but because I was being referred to as a grandma to doggies and a kitty. […]

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 […]

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 […]

Breaking Traditions

posted by Cheryl Petersen

When my husband and I got married, I was introduced to the Petersen Christmas traditions. My sister-in-law brought tomato aspic to the Christmas dinner. No offense to those of you who like tomato aspic (cold molded tomato juice), but I […]

Serious or Curious about a Happy Marriage

posted by Cheryl Petersen

With the 50% divorce rate, it appears as though many people are only curious about marriage, not taking it too seriously. However, to tolerate a bad marriage, while believing that is the serious responsible thing to do, is not very […]

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. […]

Painful Thoughts Can’t Embed Themselves in our Memory

posted by Cheryl Petersen

A piece of broken glass had embedded itself in the bottom of our daughter’s foot. She didn’t notice the glass until after the skin had grown over it because it only stung when she walked going down a slope. Our […]

Listen Up!

posted by Cheryl Petersen

I was sound asleep. The bedrooms in our house were in the basement. I woke as if someone jiggled me awake with a calm urgency. It was freezing cold outside, but the expectation of leaving the warm bed and shivering […]

Going Greener

posted by Cheryl Petersen

I grew up on a farm in southeastern Washington State which is a desert in its natural state. The average rain fall is 8 inches per year. Farmers however use water from the Yakima, Columbia, and Snake Rivers to irrigate […]

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 5

posted by Cheryl Petersen

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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, […]

A Song About Trust

posted by Cheryl Petersen

My husband wrote a song in which he sings a verse that intrigues me. The verse says, “You become the expression of the power you trust.” I ask myself, “Who, or what, power do I trust?” Money, my job, my […]

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