Cape Cod Television: Interview with Penelope Chatterton

The Life of Mary Baker Eddy

The Life of Mary Baker Eddy: Ingrid Peschke discusses the life of Mary Baker Eddy and how she changed religious history as a spiritual healer and the founder of Christian Science. WATCH Part 1 of my interview with host Penelope Chatterton at a local station on Cape Cod Television. Christian Science Today: Ingrid Peschke discusses what it means to be a student of Christian Science as well as a member of the worldwide Church. WATCH Part 2 of my interview with host Penelope Chatterton Continue Reading

What Happens When You Craft Your Life Into a Work of Art

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Guest Blog by Kim Shippey: Until I picked up Erwin Raphael McManus’s new book The Artisan Soul: Crafting Your Life into a Work of Art (HarperOne, 2014) it had never occurred to me how strongly good health relates to minds focused on spiritual creativity. It may happen through involvement in a school band, community theater, a ballet class, a flower garden, or a blog like this one. Wherever and whenever we are seeking to be imaginative, inspire others, bring joy to shut-ins, paint a poster, or Continue Reading

Declare Your Independence For One Day

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I just finished Arianna Huffington's new book, Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder. I got my autographed copy at a breakfast talk where Huffington addressed an audience of CEOs at the Fairmont Copley Hotel in Boston. Huffington didn't just share her formula for living life well, she wanted to know what made us thrive. And she invited the audience to write to her directly with our answers. I think it has a lot to do with Continue Reading

Is Prayer No More Than a Placebo?

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Debates abound on the power of the placebo. There’s one man who has made it his mission to try and settle that debate, or at least shed significant light on it. Described as wanting to “broaden the definition of healing” (The New Yorker), Ted Kaptchuk is considered the leading researcher on placebos as a professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and the director of the Harvard-wide program in Placebo Studies. Kaptchuk’s research points to a question often left unanswered in medical Continue Reading

News Anchor Dan Harris on Happiness and Faith

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By Guest-blogger Kim Shippey in recognition of Men's Health Week, June 9-15, which concludes with Father's Day on Sunday:  I have long been an admirer of ABC Television‘s news reporter and host Dan Harris -- a seemingly unflappable anchor, in the truest sense of that word. Then, in June, 2004, live on air, Harris suffered a panic attack in front of an audience of millions and we came face to face with a vulnerability we wouldn’t have believed possible in someone of his experience and Continue Reading

Grad Speech Reveals a Useful Equation: Doubt Removed = Health Improved

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June is the season of graduation ceremonies and speeches, and I’m no stranger to them, having just watched my high school senior walk the stage this past weekend. Indiana University student Parker Mantell recently delivered his commencement speech to over 17,000 people in attendance, and his inspiring words have since  traveled speedily across social media channels. Mantell shares how, despite a stutter, he landed internships in Washington, serving some of the most high-profile lawmakers Continue Reading

Loneliness Doesn’t Stand a Chance in a Community of Love

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A guest post written by Kim Shippey. In February the British newspaper The Guardian reported that a six-year study of lonely people aged 50 and older in the United Kingdom showed that such people had a 14 percent greater risk of dying than those who had company. Feelings of isolation can have twice the impact on health as does obesity on aging people. Previous studies had shown that loneliness in older people can lead to high blood pressure, a weakened immune system, depression, and heart Continue Reading

A Spiritual Antidote for Addiction to Heroin and Painkillers

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“My only concern is that I have something to get me off E--to get me off empty.” These are the words of a drug addict in a recent Boston Globe story that reported on the alarming rise in overdoses and deaths from Fentanyl-laced heroin. Fentanyl is a pain-killing drug used after surgery or in end-stage cancer, but recently it’s being mixed with heroin and sold on the streets. Rhode Island now considers this dangerous combination the number one health emergency in the state. My heart Continue Reading

The South Korean Ferry Tragedy: A Way Out of Grief

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There are no adequate words to describe the deep grief of the families who lost loved ones on the South Korean ferry that suddenly capsized on April 16. Sadly, most of the 476 passengers on board were high school students who were en route to a field trip on the holiday island of Jeju. More than 300 of those passengers perished. News reports reveal parents reacting with both anguish and anger. Many question the boat’s compliance with safety regulations, as well as emergency response Continue Reading