I propose a show called “The Best of US” It is a show dedicated to showcasing humans at their best and promoting our advancement as human spiritual beings. The show’s goal is to help you and I move from a ME to a WE mentality, to help us see our oneness, and that we are one people, living on one planet, under one creator. 1. IMAGINE a show that focuses on the Human Race at It’s BEST! 2. Imagine a show that makes you feel good about being human. 3. Imagine a show that extols virtue and good character. 4. Imagine a show that expands your horizons by educating you about the oneness of the whole human race. A show that showcases models of unity, of groups working together, of people getting along. 5. Imagine a show with a hint of reality tv- showing the positive results of what can happen when diverse people choose to walk in each other’s shoes for a week. 6. Imagine a show that brings on the best human motivators to help you to see your nobility, and greatness!
Sunday, June 27, 2010
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Friday, June 25, 2010
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Even as Jesus Christ forfeited His life, may you, likewise, offer yourselves in the threshold of sacrifice for the betterment of the world; and just as Bahá’u’lláh suffered severe ordeals and calamities nearly fifty years for you, may you be willing to undergo difficulties and withstand catastrophes for humanity in general. May you bear these trials and tests most willingly and joyously, for every night is followed by a day, and every day has a night.
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Thursday, June 24, 2010
Hopefully, it will be easier to surround myself with people of my own faith. I can only hope. It took quite some time for me to find fellow Baha'i folks here, but I would assume back in the U.S. it would be easier. I sure hope that's the case, though adapting to a new set of people, and waiting for them to adapt to my outgoing, straight-forward, shoot-from-the-hip nature, well, that will be an adventure for sure. I'm a great person, but Lord made me a handful.
I have an ever-increasing network of Baha'is in my life- world-wide now- and I am thrilled at this. I have always loved people, but there's a different quality about the Baha'i community. We trust each other, depend on each other. Every time I speak to a new Baha'i it is much the same; we begin with the sizing up, ensuring that the other is not of the rare sort that preaches just a little too much or remembers their own humanity just a tad too rarely. Once we've established that neither of us are amongst that group, we hit it off quite well, and find that we have a great deal in common, and that we both have quite a bit of interesting things to say and discuss. At least by military standards, if not American or human standards, the sizing-up period tends to be quite brief, though I think it's a natural and much-needed part of human interaction.
Thank God I'm Baha'i, because I remember, right at this moment, why I struggled so much with trying to be the proverbial Good Christian. I cannot wrap my head around the thought that there are women out there who genuinely believe that their entire identity is based solely on the man they married. I feel like I should be saying Hail Marys for thinking about all of this.
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the concept of ... ... something we know when we see it ... and Marvin Gaye is in the background. Rahmat (mercy) is the sixth month of the the Baha'i calendar.
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Wednesday, June 23, 2010
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Tuesday, June 22, 2010
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Question: I am much intrigued by the "Desire" liner notes; they generated a couple of questions in my mind. First, when it comes to interpreting lyrics, how much "spiritual" depth can and/or should be read into them. For example, in “It’s Only a Paper Moon,” are the lines "It's a Barnum and Bailey world/Just as phony as it can be/But it wouldn't be make-believe/If you believed in me" a nearly Zen-flavored perspective on human life or are they just a well-turned love lyric?
Sutton: The beauty of a masterpiece like the song "Paper Moon" is that it is a masterpiece because it is both "a well-turned love lyric" and ALSO can be seen as something much, much deeper. I think all great art has more than one layer, more than one interpretation. The great lyricists seem to channel deeper things within the mundane.
Baha'i Tierney Sutton is performing her sets in Oakland, and, as usual, is letting her listeners in on the spiritual undertones in her music. -gw
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and these goals and strategies...
A new blog is launched dedicated to the experience of providing early childhood mental health consultation, from the perspective of providers on the Kitsap and Olympic Peninsulas of Washington State. Here is a photographic retrospective of some of the activities of the group and its members since the launching of the initiative. -gwd
Our Peninsulas ECMC Consultation Group
The Peninsulas' Early Childhood Mental Health Conference Photos
Naomi Perry on Parent Child Interacton Therapy
Charlie Huffine on Diagnostic Coding
Christy Kimpo on Infant Mental Health Classifications
Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy Conference
Cognitive Behavior Therapy Plus Conference
The Peninsulas' Early Childhood Mental Health Conference Presentatons
The view from my office
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... Immigrant is a person going Into a country, Emigrant is a person Exiting his or her previous country. So for example, if I moved from the US to ...
Among the most receptive populations to the message of Baha'u'llah are new immigrants. In Atlanta it has been among immigrants from Nepal that there has been rapid growth. These cellphone photos by toastforbrekkie that have just shown up on flickr I presume to be of mostly Nepalese children attending Baha'i children's classes there. -gwd
Photos uploaded on June 21, 2010 by toastforbrekkie on flickr
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Sunday, June 20, 2010
Mark 1: 16 Now as Jesus was walking by the Sea of Galilee, He saw two brothers, Simon who was called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea; for they were fishermen.
Mark 1: 17 "Come, follow me," Jesus said, "and I will make you fishers of men."
Passed on to me by my bro-in-law Frank.
Cast the nets or castanets ... Music is a powerful tool for teaching the Cause of God. -gwd
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Some writers are of opinion that it was not a literal ladder that is meant, as it is impossible to conceive any imagery stranger and more unnatural than that of a ladder, whose base was on earth, while its top reached heaven, without having any thing on which to rest its upper extremity.
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... the mingling, union and friendship of the peoples and communities—will reach to such a degree that the human race will be like one family and kindred.
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Saturday, June 19, 2010
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Friday, June 18, 2010
There seems to exist a natural inclination to see others as separate from ourselves and to make distinctions between what we perceive as "us" and "them". So ingrained is this tendency that it can come to form part of how human groups and organizations define themselves. "Who we are" is determined, at least to an extent, by that which they are not but which others are. The erroneous assumption is that the maintenance of unity and cohesion as a group requires excluding others.
From Ruhi Book 8 on the Covenant of Baha'u'llah
The Baha'i growth that is being experienced today, and the promise of even more growth tomorrow, is based on the fact that, as guided by the Universal House of Justice, long term planning plays out in short term plans. The Baha'i community is in a constant learning mode, and, as anyone who has been a Baha'i for a couple of decades knows, Baha'i community life feels different. Baha'is are unified for collective action and are unapologetically presenting the message. The doors are flung open. Core activities are open to everyone, Baha'i or not, so outwardly oriented is the focus. There is no "us and them." For those souls who recognize Baha'u'llah today, consolidation into the community may be said to have preceded their declaration and enrollment, and it continues systematically. We know that those who declare but do not become plugged into the Institute Process have greater difficulty progressing; those who are, have less. What a grand spiritual enterprise we are involved in! -gw
In the long-term process of capacity building, the Baha'i community has devoted nearly a decade and a half to systematizing its experience in the teaching field, learning to open certain activities to more and more people, and to sustain its expansion and consolidation. All are welcome to enter the community's warm embrace and receive sustenance from Baha'u'llah's life-giving message. No greater joy is there, to be sure, than for a soul, yearning for the Truth, to find shelter in the stronghold of the Cause and draw strength from the unifying power of the Covenant.
The Universal House of Justice, Ridvan 2010
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Thursday, June 17, 2010
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Our dear friend and partner in music, Caeli Lohr has had a very exciting year. Caeli has gone from being our single-guy next door neighbor who killed bugs for a living and made music in his bedroom to a married guy living in musician Imogen Heap's elliptical house in England with his wife, Kelly Snook, who runs Imogen's home studio and mixes her live show recordings. They just recently had a chance to perform on stage with Ms. Heap in New Orleans. Kelly arranged a cappella choir vocals for Imogen's song "Earth" and Caeli added his beatboxing.
It’s been a surreal 32 hours. Flying out to New Orleans at midnight from the middle of a tour, meeting a whole group of Kelly’s best friends and learning a choral arrangement with them right off the plane… soundchecking, playing the opening set, watching Imogen’s amazing show and singing the choral piece in the middle of it… getting to sleep at 2AM and getting up at 5:30 to fly back to the Northwest.
One of the strangest parts is how long I feel I’ve known all these people. It feels like we did a whole tour, not one gig… yet I barely learned everyone’s names. They all did a killer job onstage last night, especially MJ Cyr who opened up the show with me and knocked us all out with her song ‘Afterglow.’ What a song – beautiful. You are onto something there, MJ.
So within 72 hours, I decided to buy a ticket for New Orleans. I was presented with the opportunity to be part of a choir that would sing Imogen Heap's song "Earth" with her on stage, and also play a couple of songs to open the show. ooooohhhhh and I did. oooooohhhh and it was amazing! I got to reunite with amazing friends, meet new fabulous people, have a great chat with the fabulous ben Christophers (of Bat For Lashes), meet Imogen Heap, sing in front of a sold out crowd, and sing harmonies to Immi's song. that was pretty cool.. AND THEN I got a cold as soon as I got back to Canada, and worked a 12 hour serving shift the following day. oooohhhhh I'm such a rock star.
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On a Last Reminder: The inspired parody, Quiet Shoes, premieres at the Rialto, Saturday June 19, 7:00pm
- Contemporary crime writer Burl Barer, of course.
- Former Continental Board of Counselors member and crime and mystery writer Florence Mayberry.
- Isaac Olsen, filmmaker of the film noir Quiet Shoes.
Film noirs encompass a range of plots—the central figure may be a private eye (The Big Sleep), a plainclothes policeman (The Big Heat), an aging boxer (The Set-Up), a hapless grifter (Night and the City), a law-abiding citizen lured into a life of crime (Gun Crazy), or simply a victim of circumstance (D.O.A.). Though the noir mode was originally identified among American productions, films now customarily described as noir have been made around the world. From the 1960s onward, many pictures have come out that share attributes with film noirs of the classic period, often treating noir conventions in a self-reflexive manner. Such latter-day works in a noir mode are often referred to as neo-noirs. The tropes of film noir have inspired parody since the mid-1940s.
Let's make some noise about Quite Shoes, the film noir making its debut in Tacoma Saturday. This work is a reflection of the creative process of Baha'i Isaac Olsen. -gw
Posted via email from Baha'i ViewsThanks to everyone who got tickets inHey Family and Friends –
Just one last email before the BIG PREMIERE this
advance. We’ll look forward to seeing you on Saturday night! I think
we are all going to have quite a good time.
If you’re still planning to come but don’t have tickets, you can buy them
online until Friday at http://www.schnelluloid.com/ (will call pickup at the Rialto
box office), or through Saturday at the Grand Cinema, or at the door on the
evening of the show (cash or checks only).
There will be “merch” available in the lobby: Quiet Shoes t-shirts and CDs by
the musicians involved in the movie (also cash or checks only).
There will be more press in the next few days, so be on the look
Tiptoe into danger!
Deb & Tim
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Wednesday, June 16, 2010
I've greatly enjoyed the Shankar tunes on this album. -gw
Hindustan TimesWed, Jun 16 09:00 AM
Mumbai, June 16 -- This Friday, the city will be treated to some rare classical music - 10 Hindi songs composed by sitar maestro Pandit Ravi Shankar that have not been sung since 1986. Written especially for the inauguration of Delhi's Baha'i (Lotus) Temple 24 years ago, these songs are now being brought back to India by the Voices of Baha, an international choir that will perform at the National Centre for Performing Arts (NCPA) on Friday. "The songs are based on classical Indian ragas, but have been adapted for the choir by adding Western classical harmonisation," said Tom Price, renowned US-based composer and conductor of the choir, who had collaborated with Ravi Shankar for the fusion elements of the songs. "Ravi Shankar combined all the spiritual ragas for these songs, such as Bhairavi, Todi, Yaman and Kedar. We sang it at the Lotus Temple without any music, which was a challenge," said Indian composer Ashit Desai, who had conducted the Indian choir in 1986. On Friday, Desai, his wife Hema and 13 Indian singers will accompany the 120 members of Price's choir along with a blend of Indian and Western instruments. The Voices of Baha, which has toured over 35 countries globally since Price founded it in 1992, is primarily a Baha'i choir. Most of its members belong to the Baha'i community founded in Iran in the 19th century. There are over five million Baha'is in the world, though the community in Mumbai is only about 500. The songs of this choir are spiritual - drawing from the teachings of various faiths, but mostly translations of Baha'i scriptures in various languages and styles ranging from gospel to pop and now Indian classical. Coming from at least 20 countries around the world, choir members have decided to uphold the Bahai spirit of celebrating diversity by dressing in their various national dresses for the Mumbai concert.
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While Facebook strives for privacy, 4Chan features anonymity. Below is a question, what is the Baha'i Faith, posed on 4Chan, "The Anti-Facebook In The World Of The Open Graph," which has drawn some 25 responses at the time of my reading it. Some on the responders are sympathetic to the Faith, some are mocking, and some are vulgar. Some of the perceptions are right on and some are way off. The responses illustrate, nevertheless, how the Faith continues to penetrate the consciousness of mankind and are indicative of issues that people will bring up in their investigation of it. People, are you ready, there's a train a-coming. -gw
Anonymous 06/16/10(Wed)08:30 No.1369476http://boards.4chan.org/int/res/1369476
Hey /int/What can you guys tell me about the Baha'i faith? I've heard a bit about it, but it's not too prominent in my country. Think it's something I should look into?
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Tuesday, June 15, 2010
On Buddhists, Sikhs, and Baha'is: A June 12th multi-religious devotional remembering the Baha'is in Iran
June 12, 2010 - Tun Hussein Onn Eye Hospital, Petaling Jaya. Multi religious devotional programme entitled "Remembering the Prisoners of Conscience: The Persecution of the Baha'is in Iran."
Just posted to YouTube yesterday... -gw
In this video, members of the Baha'i community chanting in Tamil. Baha'i chants were also made in various languages, namely Mandarin, English, Bahasa Malaysia, Semai, and Iban.
In this video, the Sikh community leading the prayers/chants.
In this video, Buddhist monks leading Buddhist chants.
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On Two Key Metrics to Gauge Stability in Islamic Societies: How women and religious minorities are treated
Mrs. Mahvash Sabet, imprisioned Baha'i
In the Muslim world, few issues are as accurate a barometer of societal dynamism as the status of women. As recent scholarship convincingly shows, women have consistently been at the forefront of societal change in the region. Whatever their political orientation, countries that reward (or at least permit) this behavior, such as Tunisia and post-Saddam Iraq, tend to be vibrant and hopeful places. Those that do not, like Saudi Arabia, are stagnant and sclerotic. ...
Another key metric in gauging stability in Islamic societies is the disposition of religious minorities. In places where political Islam has crowded out alternative views, other faiths have found themselves under siege. The plight of Zoroastrians and Baha'i in today's Shi'ite Iran and of Shi'a Muslims in contemporary Sunni Saudi Arabia are sorry reminders of this truism.
May Iran become a vibrant and hopeful place again. -gw
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http://www.bahai.org/attaining/In urban centers and rural villages,in homes, schools, businesses, and community centers across the globe, Bahá’ís hailing from every walk of life are engaged, as members of growing, vibrant communities, in promoting at the grassroots the well-being of the entire human race. Through a series of activities involving children, junior youth, youth, and adults, these citizens of the world are rallying their friends and neighbors, their families and co-workers to participate in the transformation of society. The vital spirit of these efforts has been captured in a collection of images from every continent, which you are invited to view here.
You may already be familiar with the document from the Baha'i World Center on Attaining the Dynamics of Growth...Are you aware of this page on the bahai.org site?
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On the Tacoma Invaders vs the Nothwest Terminators: The other football giving meaning to the human experience, too
It was my friend Charles, who is a co-general manager of the team and a Baha'i, who got me into following the Invaders in the first place. Attending the games and taking n the crowd, msot of whom are family and friends of players on the field, provides a window into a fascinating cultural experience. Whereas at the moment of this writing the eyes of the people all around the globe are focused on another kind of football, the World Cup of soccer being played in South Africa, the American version of football is uniting souls and giving meaning to their lives. Sport has a unique place in the human experience.
The game was played on a brilliantly sunny evening starting after 6 p.m. It ended just before 10 p.m. under the lights. Here is my first installment on the game. -gw
Here are the links to previous Tacoma Invaders football pics I took...
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Monday, June 14, 2010
- The father of the family that lived in this home made a pilgrimage and met 'Abdu'l-Baha in 'Akka about 1902.
- The home was built in 1910.
- The family lived in another home in Tacoma for about five years before this one was built for them.
- Their first residence in Tacoma has yet to be located.Attached is a map showing where the home is located.Robert
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The draft text voices concern at "events including the violent suppression of dissent, detention and executions without due process of law, severe discrimination against women and minorities including people of the Baha'i faith and restrictions on freedom of expression and religion".
Tehran should allow freedoms of expression, of the media and of assembly, protect religious minorities, respect prisoners' rights and ensure equal treatment of women and girls, it reads, also calling for Iran to conduct "an independent investigation" into killings, arrests and detentions since the elections.
The text also urges Iran to make good on its promise to allow visits by U.N. human rights investigators.
"It is a strong political statement," said one activist.
The 47-member Human Rights Council, dominated by developing nations wary of interference in their own records, rarely "names and shames" states.
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Sometimes when I'm searching for inspiration I like to go to Soul Pancake. Usually, I'll find a thought or question that'll provoke a response that'll end up being the spark for something.
Today it's this question: Does there have to be a reason for everything?Is it necessary for everything within a belief system to fundamentally trace back to a creator or a genesis or even a big bang, a huge raison d'etre for everything? Or can we handle the idea that some things might exist independently of an owner and a cause?
Since its launch in the spring of 2009, SoulPancake.com has already had more than 2 million visitors, more than 6.4 million pageviews, more than 100,000 visitors per month, and more than 27,000 registered users. SoulPancake follows the site's bold, conversational tone and will feature 80% original material, as well as a series of artistic challenges that give the reader an outlet to express creativity. Rainn Wilson has nearly 2 million followers on Twitter, where he frequently mentions SoulPancake.
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From: Northwest BahaiLibrary Here is a photo taken in late April 2007 of the first Baha'i home in
Tacoma. It was one of the very first in the entire Northwest Region,
too.Before revealing the name of the family who lived there, when they
lived there, and exactly where it is, please make a guess.Robert
Northwest Baha'i Library
Well, dear readers, what's your guess? I'll post the answer in the comments section, when Robert clues us in. -gw
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We swore we'd travel darlin' side by side
We'd help each other stay in stride
But each lover's steps fall so differently
But I'll wait for you
And if I should fall behind
Wait for me
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Saturday, June 12, 2010
Assist, Uploaded on April 19, 2010 by mlfrank99 on flickr
Last night our Baha'i study circle completed Ruhi Book 8, Part 1. The quote incorporated into this photo by Michael Frank goes to the heart of the purpose of book.
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Friday, June 11, 2010
Not to be missed. -gw
SUNDAY, JUNE 13, 2010TIME: 2:00PM
PLACE: ROBERT AND LYNDA'S HOME
THEME: THE TORCH OF FAITH AND TARRY NO LONGER
FACILITATORS: ROBERT & LYNDA
MAIN SCRIPTURES: GOD PASSES BY, page 91, para.2-4
page 93, para.1-3
page 94 para. 1
REV. 9:12, 11:12, etc., etc.
GLEANINGS FROM THE WRITINGS OF BAHA'U'LLAH
SEC. XIV, para.1,3,5 ( ST.JOHN 3:3-8 )
SEC. XXVI, para. 1-4
GLEANINGS FROM THE WRITINGS OF BAHA'U'LLAH
SEC. XXXIV, para.5
SEC. LXXXV, para. 2
SEC. CXXVI, para. 1,2,3,4
SEC. CXXV, para. 5
SEC. CXXIV, para. 3, TIME AND PLACE
KITABI IQAN, pg.104 para. 3,4,5 on pg. 105, pg. 118 para. 1,2, pg. para. 1,2,3,4
ECCLES. 3:1,17; 8:6
BAYAN pg. 102, para.2
LOOKING FORWARD TO SEEING YOU AND PLEASE BRING YOUR BOOKS
ROBERT / LYNDA
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Dwight Schrute, aka Rainn Wilson, is “sick of spirituality having to be hippy-dippy, airy-fairy and uber-precious”.
Instead, he wants to take on life’s big questions, de-lamify talking about God & religion, and stop being idiots & judging each other.
Though what Soul Pancake is going to be all about is still mostly a mystery, and it’s still tough to tell how serious this site is going to be, you can at least start by uploading your “spatufist” to the site (the symbol of Soul Pancake), and see what others have done with their spatufist.
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