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Embody

posted by Cheryl Petersen

The human body is riveting, intricate, and sophisticated. It also is vulnerable and can be twisted, therefore I can’t help but ponder its origin. I think the origin of the physical body is the human mind, not God. In the […]

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Time warp

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Airplanes carry us around the world into yesterday or tomorrow. These experiences tweak my perceptions. I see my mind traveling to yesterday or tomorrow. Probably too often. I’d like to think I live in the now, but the infinite Mind […]

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Happiness

posted by Cheryl Petersen

The film, Happy, tells about the latest discoveries that happy people believe in something greater than themselves. I have to agree because believing that what I see and hear is reality only brings a happiness that comes and goes. Thirty […]

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Merry Christmas

posted by Cheryl Petersen

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 […]

VOTE with knowledge

posted by Cheryl Petersen

The power of the vote is seen when people become informed and vote according to justice, honesty, integrity, and energy, rather than according to a party or sect. We have the ability to discern the spiritual characteristics of candidates and […]

One chip is enough

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Marketing experts adapt people to the habit of eating not just one chip, but the whole bag. The problem with this doctrine is we get fat and confused. Many year ago, by sheer circumstance I was recuperating from an accident […]

Safe Assumption

posted by Cheryl Petersen

You can safely assume you’ve created God in your own image when it turns out that God hates all the same people you do.– Anne Lamott

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 […]

Clever ancestors

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Stonehenge, an important prehistoric monument in Britain, stimulates weighty conjecture in the circles of scientists, archeologists, and the impressed curious minded. Speculation says the large earthwork began 5,000 years ago and went through a series of uses, one being religious […]

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 […]

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 […]

A buzz in my ear from life

posted by Cheryl Petersen

The woods around us are teeming with black flies. During the muggy summer days those flies are doing what? Flying. This morning on my walk the flies were so thick I thought I might breathe one in. I felt annoyance […]

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?

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 […]

Don’t be distracted away from the power of Truth

posted by Cheryl Petersen

When aiming for a healing goal, the key clicks when the power of Truth is recognized as the source of healing. Too often, our human minds get tricked into thinking the source of healing is a thing, person, or time. […]

Reinventing the wheel

posted by Cheryl Petersen

The Student of the Year spoke at the college graduation I attended last Saturday. He told his peers that he had reinvented himself when he came to college. “I was unpopular and detached in High School,” he said. “I decided […]

Soul sense has the upper hand

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Spring comes late here in upstate New York. Buds on the trees are just now swelling, however daffodils are in full bloom. The bright yellow daffodils grab my attention from the drab brown surroundings of leafless trees and bushes. The […]

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 […]

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 […]

Timeless gender that makes us feel whole

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Growing up on the family farm, I worked right along with the guys, never thinking much about gender until I was in High School when someone said I was gay. Fairly clueless, I had to ask what gay meant. Getting […]

What about Colchicum flowers?

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Franklin Garden Club hosted a presentation on colchicum: the best kept autumn secret. Sometimes mistaken for corcus, the colchicum is their own species. They sprout leaves in the spring and after those leaves grow and die during the summer, they […]

Enjoying piano

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Mom insisted I take piano lessons when I was a kid. I’m glad now, although it was a struggle for me to practice back then. As an adult, it relaxes me to sit down and play. I teach myself harder […]

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 […]

Aim to be debt free

posted by Cheryl Petersen

I read online at Market Watch a list of 10 habits of debt free people. Number 10 is valuing experience over stuff. Good advice. The goals to experience gratitude, courage, and activity are better suited for economic and spiritual health. […]

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 […]

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 […]

Newness now

posted by Cheryl Petersen

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” (2 Corinthians 5:17 NIV)

Cold weather not so bad

posted by Cheryl Petersen

When it is zero degrees outside, my fingers and feet get cold walking to the mailbox. But, I see deer tracks, bunny tracks, and birds flying all around. Instead of focusing so much on how cold I am, I push […]

Zen Kitty and life

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole,–Roger Caras Cats are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole. Children are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole. Jobs are not […]

Christ forever near

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Christmas traditions have changed over the years in our family. We used to go to the Blue Mountains and cut down a tree to bring home and decorate inside the house. Then, for many years, we had a fake tree. […]

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, […]

Don’t bother impressing the turkey

posted by Cheryl Petersen

With Thanksgiving peeking around the corner, I happen to associate moral courage with the holiday. It all started when I was talking with Marie, who was asked to be a Bride’s maid in her friend’s wedding. Marie said yes. Marie […]

October is Bullying prevention month

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Although it happened 40 years ago, I remember as if it happened last month. Walking down the school bus isle, I stopped for a second to turn around and punch the guy behind me. He doubled over and gasped for […]

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 […]

Free copy of Science and Health book

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Join others in the United States and receive a free copy of 21st Century Science and Health. Email your name and address to: 21stCenturyScienceandHealth (at) gmail.com  

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Lesson From a Lone Lilac Tree

posted by Cheryl Petersen

I found this lilac tree out in the middle of a pasture, with no other lilac around. It is stunningly beautiful and majestic, reminding me of we read in 21st Century Science and Health, “Would life without friends be empty? […]

Mind and the Brain

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Mind is not an entity inside the brain with the power to go against Life, Truth, and Love, now or anytime.

What is the Science of Being?

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Click here to preview a digital booklet that resonates with spiritual thinkers. You can consider a view of science and religion that is compatible. This booklet discusses the query and quest of eternal Being. You can learn how to experience […]

Why the Shift?

posted by Cheryl Petersen

I ponder: At what point do human beings shift from a loyalty to principle, to a loyalty to a party, or an organization? At what point does religion stop becoming a pillar of stability, and in turn become a source […]

Affordable digital Science and Health, 4th edition

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Religion around the world, though once a pillar of stability, seems to now be a source of division. But, instead of focusing on religion’s bad reputation, we can make an about turn and  focus on God, love. We are not […]

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 […]

Movie Review: The Magic of Belle Isle

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Rated PG, The Magic of Belle Isle is watched with relief. A washed out celebrated author, Monte Wildhorn (played by Morgan Freeman) takes up summer residency in a house that neighbors a single mother and her three daughters. Directed by […]

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 […]

Constructing the Nativity XI

posted by Cheryl Petersen

33 And his father and his mother marveled at what was said about him. 34 And Simeon blessed them and said to Mary his mother, “Behold, this child is appointed for the fall and rising of many in Israel, and for a […]

Constructing the Nativity X

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Luke 2 22 And when the time came for their purification according to the Law of Moses, they brought him up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord 23 (as it is written in the Law of the Lord, “Every male […]

Constructing the Nativity IX

posted by Cheryl Petersen

15 When the angels went away from them into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us.” 16 And they went with […]

Constructing the Nativity VIII

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Luke 2 8 And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. 9 And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and […]

Constructing the Nativity VII

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Luke 2 In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. 2 This was the first registration when Quirinius was governor of Syria. 3 And all went to be registered, each to his own […]

Constructing the Natvity VI

posted by Cheryl Petersen

67 And his father Zechariah was filled with the Holy Spirit and prophesied, saying, 68 “Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, for he has visited and redeemed his people 69 and has raised up a horn of salvation for us in the […]

Constructing the Nativity V

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Luke 1 57 Now the time came for Elizabeth to give birth, and she bore a son. 58 And her neighbors and relatives heard that the Lord had shown great mercy to her, and they rejoiced with her. 59 And on the eighth […]

Constructing the Nativity IV

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Luke 1 46 And Mary said, “My soul magnifies the Lord, 47     and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, 48 for he has looked on the humble estate of his servant. For behold, from now on all generations will call me blessed; […]

Constructing the Nativity III

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Luke 1 39 In those days Mary arose and went with haste into the hill country, to a town in Judah, 40 and she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. 41 And when Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary, the baby […]

Constructing the Nativity II

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Luke 1 26 In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, 27 to a virgin betrothed[b] to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. And the virgin’s name […]

Constructing the Nativity I

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Luke 1 In the days of Herod, king of Judea, there was a priest named Zechariah, of the division of Abijah. And he had a wife from the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elizabeth. 6 And they were both […]

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, […]

Who am I not

posted by Cheryl Petersen

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 […]

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.                       […]

Fresh Sunflower Sprouts

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Our neighbor, Adam grew sunflower sprouts and gave us some. Sunflower sprouts are packed with vitamins A, D, E, and the B complex, besides having potassium and being high in calcium and protein. I am reminded of the Bible story […]

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 […]

Smell the Flowers

posted by Cheryl Petersen

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 […]

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

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 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 […]

Great Singing

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Truth Seekers

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Religion and science experts claim to know truth. Their truths often conflict therefore honest truth-seekers set out to fight the religion and science expertise attitude, not to denounce, but to retain the enormous possibilities to access a non-conflictive sensible knowing. […]

The Difference Between English and Math

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Math was always one of my favorite classes.  I’m not saying math is always easy, but to learn basic math rules and come up with correct answers after following those rules, is pretty cool. English on the other hand was […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Zen Kitty and Father’s Day

posted by Cheryl Petersen

I hear people talking about Father’s Day, especially sharing great advice received from their dads. I also get to see a dad in action here where I live. This dad loves his children. This dad is proud of his children […]

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 […]

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 […]

Truth Seekers Journey

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Like some of my 1980’s contemporaries, as a truth seeker I discovered Mary Baker Eddy’s book, Science and Health, written in the 19th century. Eddy a Transcendental Romantic-era thinker and healer was plucked from decades of obscurity in the late […]

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, […]

Listening to J.R. Martinez

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Veteran J. R. Martinez recently told his story at the local college here in upstate New York but only after asking everyone to listen, not just hear what he had to say. Jose Rene Martinez joined the United States Army […]

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 […]

New Successes

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Past successes are not the realities of today.  Reach for new successes.

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 […]

Jargon Disease

posted by Cheryl Petersen

I admit it. I do not understand the jargon of rappers, computer coders, or lawyers. Although jargon makes communication easier within a group, it comes across otherwise to outsiders, and can pose a problem. The jargon isn’t the problem or […]

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 […]

Funny Bible School Bloopers

posted by Cheryl Petersen

I love to have a good laugh. Here are some Vacation Bible School Bloopers uttered by innocent children, read from the Farm Show Magazine. – Noah’s wife was Joan of Ark. -Jesus was born because Mary had an immaculate contraption. […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

Head and Heart

posted by Cheryl Petersen

How do we know Cause and effect? How can we believe in God? Is it through the head or the heart? God has been defined as divine Mind, Love. Instead of answering, or bickering over, the above questions, I ask, […]

Zen Kitty Camouflage

posted by Cheryl Petersen

During the summer, when the grass is green, you can see me a mile away. Ah, but after a dusting of snow in the winter, I am incognito. Can you find me?         “Your life is now […]

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 […]

Zen Kitty Tip on Love

posted by Cheryl Petersen

    This is a bit embarrassing, since most I do all day is eat and poop, while Cheryl works, but I also leave hair all around the house for Cheryl to clean up. She never minds. In fact, she […]

Christian Science Video for the Classroom

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Panic

posted by Cheryl Petersen

I drove my car into the garage after attending church last Sunday. Hobbes bounced over to see me. As I pet him, I could tell something was amiss. Calvin was absent. While trying not to panic,  I walked around outside, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Creamy White Friday

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Wow, there is an official Black Friday website. But, then the word “official” is a relative term,  approved by a self-appointed few. I tend to follow the unofficial, whatever that means. And, look for the extraordinary. For example, I’ll skip […]

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 […]

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 […]

Investment with a Return

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Investors live with a certain amount of uncertainty. The results of their investments are dependent on factors that cannot be controlled or predicted, such as the direction of interest rates, the pace of the economic recovery and how the market […]

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. […]

Taking Spiritual Supplements

posted by Cheryl Petersen

A government study found that more than half of American adults take at least one dietary supplement, spending billions of dollars a year on herbs, vitamins, minerals, hormones, and other pills. Despite the popularity, skepticism remains as to the effect […]

Drummer’s Circle in Autumn Equinox Sunset

posted by Cheryl Petersen

The overused statement, “Spiritual, not religious,” is an attitude just as susceptible to lead to self-indulgence and a superiority complex as institutional religion. I figure, the conflict between the spiritual and the religious is similar to a married couple getting […]

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 […]

Multifaceted and Multidimensional Spirituality

posted by Cheryl Petersen

When I wake up in the morning, I get out of bed, go to the bathroom, change out of my pajamas into everyday clothes, pin my hair up, eat breakfast, brush my teeth, have prayer time, and go to work. […]

Healing Dry Skin

posted by Cheryl Petersen

My email:   4CherylWrites(at)gmail.com

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 […]

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 […]

Smell the Flowers Before Life Zooms By

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Continued Intro to Cheryl Petersen, 8

posted by Cheryl Petersen

An addendum to my introduction: A striking event occurred in 1998. I was operating a front end loader, scooping horse poop out of the horse stalls, and upon returning the loader to the shop, the engine blew up. The cab […]

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Because of hindsight, my human history has been oversimplified and underestimated, not taking into consideration the uncertainties I faced at the time. Basically, hindsight is biased and unable to be objective. My brief history relates to where I am today. […]

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The revision of Science and Health occurred when our daughters were in college. The research and study required on my part was never uninteresting and was always rewarding. There were times when I felt overwhelmed, but a healing would occur, […]

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The shock of the crop loss eventually quit gripping our minds and Doug and I catapulted into a new zone of mental courage. The decision was made to stick it out and come up with a realistic long term farm […]

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If I thought college was an eye-opener, being married was an eye-bugger outer. What on earth made me think I was ready to get married? Group think? TV fantasies about being married? Anyway, I was a married woman in 1983 […]

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Somehow, I managed to make it through elementary school without effort. After school, Dad would have us older children come home and work on the farm or in the garden. We lacked nothing. Mom even went away for a few […]

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Skipping to first grade, I only can tell you about a new girl, Carrie, who had just been introduced to our class. Curiosity and trepidation swept through the classroom when the teacher introduced Carrie to us, because half of her […]

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Everyday Spirituality is keyed up to get to know Beliefnet world. My blog will use everyday illustrations to shed light on Spirit and its manifestation of spirituality. Periodically, Everyday Spirituality will be joined by guest writer, Zen Kitty (a.k.a. Richard). […]

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The pill dress
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Selfie didn't get in the way
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