Andrée Seu Peterson

Andrée is a senior writer for WORLD Magazine and the author of three books: Won't Let You Go Unless You Bless Me, Normal Kingdom Business, and We Shall Have Spring Again.

“Only joking!”

Society | Deceiving an unsuspecting person isn’t funny
by Andrée Seu Peterson
Posted 5/21/20, 04:23 pm

I was sheltering in place watching old reruns of Candid Camera and was struck by how immoral that prototype reality TV show was. It had escaped me 60 years ago. Oh some of the scenes are just funny and harmless. Like the spoon in the diner that patrons try to pick up and it keeps moving around on the table (a guy with a magnet is under the counter).

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The problem with scorpions

International | It wasn’t wise to become so dependent on China
by Andrée Seu Peterson
Posted 5/07/20, 03:04 pm

You have heard the one about the scorpion and frog, in which a wary amphibian is talked into ferrying a venomous arachnid across the pond by the latter’s reasonable explanation that if he were to sting the frog they both would die. Halfway over, the scorpion administers a fatal prick of poison, explaining to the horrified frog, “I am, after all, a scorpion.”

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All of a sudden

Society | Sometimes important events happen not with a whimper but a bang
by Andrée Seu Peterson
Posted 4/14/20, 03:45 pm

In 2007 I went to work as usual at the seminary café I’d been managing since after my husband died in 1999. I was prepping for the lunch crowd while listening to the radio when suddenly two men came through the door and said I had to leave—right away. The 1898 former gatehouse, former classroom building, former study lounge was not strong enough to support the weight of the bookstore above the kitchen, said the urgent building inspectors. So my meats and cheeses sliced, and my chili and kielbasa underway, I was unceremoniously out on the curb.

I never returned.

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