Andrée Seu Peterson

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

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Santa stops here

Christmas | The dangers of teaching children about a mythical omniscient gift-giver
by Andrée Seu Peterson
Posted 12/10/17, 07:27 pm

Planted on the grassy strip in front of a house two doors down is a sign announcing “Santa Stops Here. Date: December 19. Raindate: December 20.” The many little tykes on my street must be counting the days.

I remember when Santa Claus came to Walnut Hill Plaza in Woonsocket in 1960, and ahead of his visit my mother was at the stove making dinner and I stood at her elbow and looked up at her face and made her solemnly tell me the truth: “Is he really coming in a flying sleigh?” And she solemnly assured me he was.

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The new rules

Culture | We lose something when we look to legal fences for safety
by Andrée Seu Peterson
Posted 11/19/17, 12:09 am

There has been climate change in America.

I came close to changing a stinky diaper the other day. They caught me in time. On my next volunteer shift at a local Christian ministry, I was taken aside and told in hushed tones that someone had walked into the room and seen me and reported it. I am served notice never to change a diaper in that nursery unless another woman is watching me. That’s the new rule.

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The sunny side

Faith & Inspiration | Cultivate thanksgiving, and your outlook on the world will brighten
by Andrée Seu Peterson
Posted 11/09/17, 01:17 pm

I’ve always wanted to be an optimist because they are fun to be around. Instead I became a Christian. Which is an optimist but with good reasons. If I were not a Christian, I would be utterly unbearable.

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