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Everyday Spirituality

After three-years of writing and re-writing, my memoir is now published.

A fast moving story of growing up in a big family,
working on the farm as cheap labor, and reclaiming our native happiness.

Wit and lessons learned are used to show there may be one Truth, but there’s no one human “right way” to discover and know truth, despite what the religious and scientific snobs will tell you.

Readers will relate to Cheryl’s ordinary life of plunging in and out of self-doubts and divine revelations, while finding the confidence to drive tractors and nurture family.

Cheryl gives voice to our abilities to deepen and enlarge relationships, to experience mental and physical health, and to know when to say “no.”

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Last weekend, I interviewed music students parading at the Pageant of Bands in Sherburne, NY.

More than 20 bands, from 20 different school districts came to perform at the event. Music brought them together.

“It’s interesting visiting new places and meeting new friends,” said a student from Mexico Central School, in Oswego County, NY.

He’d practiced and memorized the song, Ants Marching, along with his peers and they performed wonderfully. All the paraders were enjoyed.

It’s fun to see the harmony, unity, and joy embodied by youth. It was nice to see the gratitude and pleasure embodied by spectators. I saw it as God’s work.

Mexico Central School

Mexico Central School

Afton Central School

Afton Central School

At a local art show in Cooperstown, New York, last evening, I observed the displayed artwork. Everyone did. However, human nature also took time muse, to ponder.

Many of the windows were open due to welcomed and friendly weather. I couldn’t help but stop at the windows and be still. Be quiet. My hope is, that desire for stillness embraces me on Memorial Day.

I’ve been reading the book, Ashenden, by Elizabeth Wilhide. The fiction details the goings-on at a large, fabulous mansion, Ashenden Park, for more than a century. World War II comes into play as one of the young men, with a history connected to Ashenden, was written about as a soldier.

His family received notice that their son was a coward and was shot to death for punishment. His step-sister was invited to learn the truth. The young man was a hero and after many weeks in the heat of war, became disoriented. He was found off the path and assumed to have went AWOL by the superiors, who convicted him to death. The sister had evidence of her half-brothers courage and went on to correct his record.

This story probably has more truth to it than not. Courage always wins, even in those times when we are afraid. Therefore, we can’t make quick judgements based on what we see and think.

Divine Mind allows us to receive revelations that purify our thoughts and judgements. My gratitude for all who fight and die for freedom can only grow.

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In America, is a 2002 film.

Key script was when the wife told her husband, after enduring hard times that life seems like make believe, so believe you’re happy.

It was an interesting movie that presented a decent father/husband figure.