• 28 June 2022

    Fidál, 05 Rahmat (Mercy), 179 B.E

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    When we were gone the orange daylilies (Hemerocallis fulva) began to bloom. I was able to catch a few of them still in their glory as evidenced by this one:

    Difficult to top that!

    Done

    After being gone for a couple of weeks, much of today was dedicated to catching-up on outdoor chores left undone like cutting up downed limbs into yard waste and mowing the yard. I did start experimenting with different workflows in support of projects I defined during my time in Detroit. These included saving / tagging bookmarks in Zotero; organizing notes, notebooks and tags with Evernote that correspond to writing projects; reformatting the “Frameworks for Understanding the World” menu to accommodate big-ticket initiatives (like describing the organization models I developed with Ron Leonard so that others can access and apply them and migrating posts originally made to Micro.blog to the archives on “Frameworks”); adapting Greener Acres Value Network News to include a “community innovation portfolio” that emphasizes those “service to humanity” endeavors which rely on organizing principles of unity, love, and justice; and, outlining correspondence with folks who might be interested in what I’m doing. I’m targeting having these workflows reasonably operational early next month. I guess I’d better stick with it!

    Noted

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    Quoted

    When Jesus Christ appeared, it was the poor who first accepted Him, not the rich. Therefore, you are the disciples of Jesus Christ; you are His comrades, for He outwardly was poor, not rich. Even this earth’s happiness does not depend upon wealth. You will find many of the wealthy exposed to dangers and troubled by difficulties, and in their last moments upon the bed of death there remains the regret that they must be separated from that to which their hearts are so attached. They come into this world naked, and they must go from it naked. All they possess they must leave behind and pass away solitary, alone. Often at the time of death their souls are filled with remorse; and worst of all, their hope in the mercy of God is less than ours. Praise be to God! Our hope is in the mercy of God, and there is no doubt that the divine compassion is bestowed upon the poor. Jesus Christ said so; Bahá’u’lláh said so. While Bahá’u’lláh was in Baghdád, still in possession of great wealth, He left all He had and went alone from the city, living two years among the poor. They were His comrades. He ate with them, slept with them and gloried in being one of them. He chose for one of His names the title of The Poor One and often in His Writings refers to Himself as Darvísh , which in Persian means poor; and of this title He was very proud. He admonished all that we must be the servants of the poor, helpers of the poor, remember the sorrows of the poor, associate with them; for thereby we may inherit the Kingdom of heaven. God has not said that there are mansions prepared for us if we pass our time associating with the rich, but He has said there are many mansions prepared for the servants of the poor, for the poor are very dear to God. The mercies and bounties of God are with them. The rich are mostly negligent, inattentive, steeped in worldliness, depending upon their means, whereas the poor are dependent upon God, and their reliance is upon Him, not upon themselves. Therefore, the poor are nearer the threshold of God and His throne. 1


    1. ʻAbduʼl-Bahá. The Promulgation of Universal Peace: Talks Delivered by ʻAbduʼl-Bahá during His Visit to the United States and Canada in 1912. Edited by Howard MacNutt. 2nd ed. Wilmette, Ill: Baháʼí Publishing Trust, 1982, 11.https://www.bahai.org/library/authoritative-texts/abdul-baha/promulgation-universal-peace/2#141496815 [return]
  • 27 June 2022

    Kamál, 04 Rahmat (Mercy), 179 B.E

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    Our Saturday visit with friends yielded yet another beautifully blooming plant — the Asian virginsbower (Clematis florida), a variety of oriental virginsbower (Clematis orientalis). Upon further reading, the oriental virginsbower appears to be another imported ornamental that “escaped cultivation” only to be classified as a noxious week in some areas as a result. How could something that gorgeous get such a bad rap?

    Done

    Detroit: Day Sixeen. Our last day in Detroit. This morning, my partner and I took her brother to his first post-stroke appointment with a new-to-him primary care physician (PCP) close to where he lives. He received the same counsel from her as he did from every PCP, neurologist, and physical / occupational therapist he met with previously: how fortunate he was to not have more fallout from his stroke than he did; how to care for his condition so that he can significantly increase his odds of living longer while enjoying a higher quality of life; how no one else can change his lifestyle or change his attitude for him—only he can do that. He committed to do his best and see if he can positively impact the critical measures of his health by the time of his next appointment. Quite literally, his future is in his hands. I have more to say about my experiences over the past two weeks away, but given the events of the day and drive back home this afternoon, I’ll quit for now.

    Noted

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    Quoted

    During my visit to London and Paris last year I had many talks with the materialistic philosophers of Europe. The basis of all their conclusions is that the acquisition of knowledge of phenomena is according to a fixed, invariable law—a law mathematically exact in its operation through the senses. For instance, the eye sees a chair; therefore, there is no doubt of the chair’s existence. The eye looks up into the heavens and beholds the sun; I see flowers upon this table; I smell their fragrance; I hear sounds outside, etc. This, they say, is a fixed mathematical law of perception and deduction, the operation of which admits of no doubt whatever; for inasmuch as the universe is subject to our sensing, the proof is self-evident that our knowledge of it must be gained through the avenues of the senses. That is to say, the materialists announce that the criterion and standard of human knowledge is sense perception. Among the Greeks and Romans the criterion of knowledge was reason—that whatever is provable and acceptable by reason must necessarily be admitted as true. A third standard or criterion is the opinion held by theologians that traditions or prophetic statement and interpretations constitute the basis of human knowing. There is still another, a fourth criterion, upheld by religionists and metaphysicians who say that the source and channel of all human penetration into the unknown is through inspiration. Briefly then, these four criteria according to the declarations of men are: first, sense perception; second, reason; third, traditions; fourth, inspiration. 1

    Briefly, the point is that in the human material world of phenomena these four are the only existing criteria or avenues of knowledge, and all of them are faulty and unreliable. What then remains? How shall we attain the reality of knowledge? By the breaths and promptings of the Holy Spirit, which is light and knowledge itself. Through it the human mind is quickened and fortified into true conclusions and perfect knowledge. This is conclusive argument showing that all available human criteria are erroneous and defective, but the divine standard of knowledge is infallible. Therefore, man is not justified in saying, “I know because I perceive through my senses,” or “I know because it is proved through my faculty of reason,” or “I know because it is according to tradition and interpretation of the Holy Book,” or “I know because I am inspired.” All human standards of judgment are faulty, finite. 2

  • 26 June 2022

    Jamál, 03 Rahmat (Mercy), 179 B.E

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    Another “plant find” during our visit yesterday with good friends: common houseleek or hens and chicks (Sempervivum tectorum) in a colorful pot along a walkway.

    Done

    Detroit: Day Fifteen. We’re planning on returning to our Ohio home tomorrow following Linda’s brother’s doctor appointment in the morning. We’ve been away for a long time, but well worth it since he has made remarkable improvement—particularly, his attitude. Hopefully, he continues on course. The doctor may give us a more realistic prognosis.

    Today, I completed a week-long first sort of my Evernote notes. I started with those I had been placing in “trash” since 2012, but had not permanently deleted because I convinced myself that I might want to restore them later on. I got past that silliness this week and eliminated approximately 1500 notes—YAY! Now, only a mere 16.086 more to go ;-)

    I took the opportunity this morning to join in an email exchange among several of the “How’s The Weather?” group about how to accelerate and deepen change within social systems. In it I set the stage for a more detailed later look at what I call a “community innovation (or investment) portfolio” (CIP), a process for change that, like everything human, begins with conversations:

    This exchange we’re having highlights a number of activities we are already doing or can easily engage in that “make a difference” in addressing the slowing, reversal, and consequences of climate change.

    In my experience developing and implementing strategies to change social systems, they always begin with conversations. After all, one of the distinguishing characteristics of being human is our inherent ability to communicate among ourselves and mount collective, cooperative efforts that enable us to not only survive, but thrive. Hopefully, our e-communication efforts seed conversations among people wherever they may be to work together, locally, in finding ways within their means to sustain themselves and their environment given the vagaries of climate change.

    While this certainly means that individuals adjust their behavior to live more sustainably, it suggests that we have a broader mandate as members of society to participate in community experiments that seek the same sustainability goals. That, to me, was the main point of Mr. Chapman’s speech: care for one another as members of the same human family; care for the environment that nurtures all of us; care for our community spirit and mindedness because THAT’S what’s going to help us through this mess we’re in.

    In her comments, Laurie stated the following:

    I’ve been thinking of ways to address climate change as we need to take drastic action. I’m sure you are aware of the seriousness of our situation and that humanity (and all species) are at stake. I’ve especially been motivated recently as I live about 7 miles as the crow flies from where the Marshall Fire occurred in Boulder County. One thousand homes burned and thousands of people lost everything. Climate change is HERE and NOW and we need to be doing every thing we can to improving the situation and start focusing on solution.

    What an opportunity for folks throughout Boulder County — particularly those whose lives were upended by the Marshall Fire — to consider a powerful, motivating set of questions centered on HOW do we respond to the CAUSES and CONSEQUENCES of climate change as we rebuild this community!

    I see Laurie’s networks, such as “Environmental and Sustainable Development Business and Professional Women Colorado,” as well as our “How’s The Weather?” connections providing support through information, skill sets, and encouragement in such an effort. Here’s an example of a community in the state of my birth (and close to CO!) that did this as recounted in the following October 23, 2020 Washington Post article:

    The town that built back greenAfter a tornado demolished Greensburg, Kan., it rebuilt without carbon emissions. Can its lessons help communities and economies rebound from fires, hurricanes and covid-19?

    How can WE be “part of the solution?”

    What can WE do to further such conversations?

    Lastly, I offer in response to Beedy’s observation:

    But in the meantime, we can do modest acceptable things as suggested… and get used to thinking about doing much, much more

    What Is Sustainability?” by Alicia Kennedy as the continuance of a “conversation” about sustainability, local foods, and tough choices that get made within our “consumptive culture:”

    And that’s my view of the world on a warm, humid Sunday morning!

    Noted

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    Quoted

    Today the nations of the world are self-engaged, occupied with mortal and transitory accomplishments, consumed by the fires of passion and self. Self is dominant; enmity and animosity prevail. Nations and peoples are thinking only of their worldly interests and outcomes. The clash of war and din of strife are heard among them. But the friends of the Blessed Perfection have no thoughts save the thoughts of heaven and the love of God. Therefore, you must without delay employ your powers in spreading the effulgent glow of the love of God and so order your lives that you may be known and seen as examples of its radiance. You must deal with all in loving-kindness in order that this precious seed entrusted to your planting may continue to grow and bring forth its perfect fruit. The love and mercy of God will accomplish this through you if you have love in your own heart. 1


    1. ʻAbduʼl-Bahá. The Promulgation of Universal Peace: Talks Delivered by ʻAbduʼl-Bahá during His Visit to the United States and Canada in 1912. Edited by Howard MacNutt. 2nd ed. Wilmette, Ill: Baháʼí Publishing Trust, 1982, 8-9. https://www.bahai.org/library/authoritative-texts/abdul-baha/promulgation-universal-peace/2#294721855 [return]
  • 25 June 2022

    Jalál, 02 Rahmat (Mercy), 179 B.E

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    Visited a forever family friend this afternoon and toured her flower gardens. Colorful blooms of harlequin flowers (Sparaxis tricolor) with white common yarrow (Achillea millefolium) above and purple garden petunia (Petunia atkinsiana) below.

    So beautiful!

    Done

    Detroit: Day Fourteen. We decided to start taste testing Detroit-style pizzas (with antipasto salad on the side) actually made in the Detroit metro area. We started with those restaurants with which we are most familiar as a family: Shield’s, Buddy’s, Loui’s, and Jet’s. Unlike other family members, I had not had Shield’s before, so that was tonight’s selection:

    Despite how great Shield’s looks and tastes, Loui’s is the pizza to beat followed by Buddy’s, then Jet’s and Shields tied for third. But we have others we want to try before the final ranking is made.

    Bear in mind, though, it’s purely subjective. Don’t take my word for it, try them all for yourselves — if you like pizza, you can’t possibly go wrong!

    Noted

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    Tab’s Galaxy on YouTube

    Quoted

    The body of the human world is sick. Its remedy and healing will be the oneness of the kingdom of humanity. Its life is the Most Great Peace. Its illumination and quickening is love. Its happiness is the attainment of spiritual perfections. It is my wish and hope that in the bounties and favors of the Blessed Perfection we may find a new life, acquire a new power and attain to a wonderful and supreme source of energy so that the Most Great Peace of divine intention shall be established upon the foundations of the unity of the world of men with God. May the love of God be spread from this city, from this meeting to all the surrounding countries. Nay, may America become the distributing center of spiritual enlightenment, and all the world receive this heavenly blessing! For America has developed powers and capacities greater and more wonderful than other nations. While it is true that its people have attained a marvelous material civilization, I hope that spiritual forces may animate this great body and a corresponding spiritual civilization be established. May the inhabitants of this country become like angels of heaven with faces turned continually toward God. May all of them become the servants of the Omnipotent One. May they rise from present material attainments to such a height that heavenly illumination may stream from this center to all the peoples of the world. 1


    1. ʻAbduʼl-Bahá. The Promulgation of Universal Peace: Talks Delivered by ʻAbduʼl-Bahá during His Visit to the United States and Canada in 1912. Edited by Howard MacNutt. 2nd ed. Wilmette, Ill: Baháʼí Publishing Trust, 1982, 19-20. https://www.bahai.org/library/authoritative-texts/abdul-baha/promulgation-universal-peace/2#578408883 [return]
  • 24 June 2022

    Istiqlál, 01 Rahmat (Mercy), 179 B.E

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    In a patch of greenness between the parking lot of an office complex and a housing development, are wildflowers like this clumps of prairie fleabane (Erigeron strigosus) — yes, yet another variety of fleabane — amid common reed (Phragmites australis).

    Done

    Detroit: Day Thirteen. Continued to organize my Evernote notes. All my digital files can be distributed into four categories:

    • What someone else wrote (THOUSANDS of bookmarked webpages and saved / downloaded files);
    • Correspondence (THOUSANDS of email exchanges and text messages);
    • What I wrote (THOUSANDS of social media posts, blog entries, articles, contributions to books and notes); and
    • Models I developed (HUNDREDS of presentations and graphics describing organizational / institutional dynamics and change

    The models are at the apex in terms of lasting importance / relevance. My writing relates to the models. My correspondence captures the dynamics that underlie the development of the models. What others write is like having one-sided conversations about what may or may contribute to the models.

    At a minimum, I should post the models so that anyone who might want to use them has easy access. 🧐 A plan is taking shape!

    Noted

    Astral Prospecting on Instagram and Astral Prospecting on Facebook

    Marc Bosserman on Instagram Marc Bosserman on Facebook, and Marc Bosserman Music and Musings on YouTube

    Tab’s Galaxy on YouTube

    Quoted

    The most important thing is to polish the mirrors of hearts in order that they may become illumined and receptive of the divine light. One heart may possess the capacity of the polished mirror; another, be covered and obscured by the dust and dross of this world. Although the same Sun is shining upon both, in the mirror which is polished, pure and sanctified you may behold the Sun in all its fullness, glory and power, revealing its majesty and effulgence; but in the mirror which is rusted and obscured there is no capacity for reflection, although so far as the Sun itself is concerned it is shining thereon and is neither lessened nor deprived. Therefore, our duty lies in seeking to polish the mirrors of our hearts in order that we shall become reflectors of that light and recipients of the divine bounties which may be fully revealed through them.

    This means the oneness of the world of humanity. That is to say, when this human body politic reaches a state of absolute unity, the effulgence of the eternal Sun will make its fullest light and heat manifest. Therefore, we must not make distinctions between individual members of the human family. We must not consider any soul as barren or deprived. Our duty lies in educating souls so that the Sun of the bestowals of God shall become resplendent in them, and this is possible through the power of the oneness of humanity. The more love is expressed among mankind and the stronger the power of unity, the greater will be this reflection and revelation, for the greatest bestowal of God is love. Love is the source of all the bestowals of God. Until love takes possession of the heart, no other divine bounty can be revealed in it. 1


    1. ʻAbduʼl-Bahá. The Promulgation of Universal Peace: Talks Delivered by ʻAbduʼl-Bahá during His Visit to the United States and Canada in 1912. Edited by Howard MacNutt. 2nd ed. Wilmette, Ill: Baháʼí Publishing Trust, 1982, 14-15. https://www.bahai.org/library/authoritative-texts/abdul-baha/promulgation-universal-peace/2#397153357 [return]
  • 23 June 2022

    Istijlál, 19 ‘Núr (Light), 179 B.E

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    Partial panel of a Japanese room divider:

    Done

    Detroit: Day Twelve. All the cleaning and organizing being done by my partner and her brother in their family home inspired me to start applying a framework I developed to guide me through the sorting process of my digital “stuff.”

    For example, over the years I have bookmarked quite literally THOUSANDS of webpages and files on multiple platforms like Evernote, Diigo, Pocket, Notes, Zotero, and Keep along with several browsers such as Firefox, Safari, and Brave. Most of the time I was haphazard with tags and folders — many times not adding or filing them at all or being in consistent with the naming convention.

    To get me going, I tackled the pile of over 17,000 Evernote “notes” moving still “live” bookmarks for articles to Zotero so I can take advantage of its bibliographic features and reserving Evernote for outlining writing projects and setting up tasks and calendar events that support them. Today, I eliminated nearly 1,000 “notes.” It may not be much when compared to what’s in the pile, but it’s definitely better than continuing to procrastinate!

    Noted

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    Marc Bosserman on Instagram Marc Bosserman on Facebook, and Marc Bosserman Music and Musings on YouTube

    Tab’s Galaxy on YouTube

    Quoted

    In brief, the nations of the world are becoming united under the sovereignty of the divine Kingdom. The East and the West are embracing here in love and affection today. This is not a commercial or political unity, but unity through the love of God. We have crossed the sea to spread that love in America, to announce the call of the Kingdom, to establish the spiritual foundations of international peace. Although men may arise against the Kingdom, the dominion and sovereignty of God will be set up. It is an eternal Kingdom, a divine sovereignty. In His day Christ was called Satan, Beelzebub, but hear the bells now ringing for Him! He was the Word of God and not Satan. They mocked Him, led Him through the city upon a donkey, crowned Him with thorns, spat upon His blessed face and crucified Him, but He is now with God and in God because He was the Word and not Satan. Fifty years ago no one would touch the Christian Bible in Persia. Bahá’u’lláh came and asked, “Why?” They said, “It is not the Word of God.” He said, “You must read it with understanding of its meanings, not as those who merely recite its words.” Now Bahá’ís all over the East read the Bible and understand its spiritual teaching. Bahá’u’lláh spread the Cause of Christ and opened the book of the Christians and Jews. He removed the barriers of names. He proved that all the divine Prophets taught the same reality and that to deny One is to deny the Others, for all are in perfect oneness with God. 1


    1. ʻAbduʼl-Bahá. The Promulgation of Universal Peace: Talks Delivered by ʻAbduʼl-Bahá during His Visit to the United States and Canada in 1912. Edited by Howard MacNutt. 2nd ed. Wilmette, Ill: Baháʼí Publishing Trust, 1982, 212. https://www.bahai.org/library/authoritative-texts/abdul-baha/promulgation-universal-peace/15#557843750 [return]
  • 22 June 2022

    ’Idál, 18 ‘Núr (Light), 179 B.E

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    Some of the neighbor’s white clover (Trifolium repens) crept through the fence:

    Done

    Detroit: Day Eleven. Not as hot today, but still uncomfortable. My brother-in-law and I picked up 15 bags of topsoil and filled the trench left behind from pulling up the railroad tie border of his former vegetable garden. That was enough outside work for today ;-)

    Michael Greenman distributed the third issue of the “How’s The Weather?” newsletter today. I reformatted his email version of the newsletter using Apple Pages on the iPad and saved it as a PDF. It gave me practice using the app.

    Noted

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    Tab’s Galaxy on YouTube

    Quoted

    The great mass of humanity does not exercise real love and fellowship. The elect of humanity are those who live together in love and unity. They are preferable before God because the divine attributes are already manifest in them. The supreme love and unity is witnessed in the divine Manifestations. Among Them unity is indissoluble, changeless, eternal and everlasting. Each One is expressive and representative of all. If we deny One of the Manifestations of God, we deny all. To inflict persecution upon One is to persecute the Others. In all degrees of existence each One praises and sanctifies the Others. Each of Them holds to the solidarity of mankind and promotes the unity of human hearts. Next to the divine Manifestations come the believers whose characteristics are agreement, fellowship and love. The Bahá’í friends in Persia attained such a brotherhood and love that it really became a hindrance in the conduct of material affairs. Each one into whatever house of the friends he went considered himself the owner of the house, so to speak. There was no duality but complete mutuality of interests and love. The visiting friend would have no hesitation in opening the provision box and taking out enough food for his needs. They wore each other’s clothes as their own when necessary. If in need of a hat or cloak, they would take and use it. The owner of the clothing would be thankful and grateful that the garment had gone. When he returned home, he would perhaps be told, “So and so was here and took away your coat.” He would reply, “Praise be to God! I am so grateful to him. Praise be to God! I am so thankful I have been given this opportunity of showing my love for him.” To such an extreme degree this love and fellowship expressed itself that Bahá’u’lláh commanded that no one should take possession of another’s belongings unless presented with them. The intention is to show to what an extent unity and love prevailed among the Bahá’í friends in the East.

    I hope that this same degree and intensity of love may become manifest and apparent here; that the spirit of God shall so penetrate your hearts that each one of the beloved of God shall be considered as all; that each one may become a cause of unity and center of accord and all mankind be bound together in real fellowship and love. 1


    1. ʻAbduʼl-Bahá. The Promulgation of Universal Peace: Talks Delivered by ʻAbduʼl-Bahá during His Visit to the United States and Canada in 1912. Edited by Howard MacNutt. 2nd ed. Wilmette, Ill: Baháʼí Publishing Trust, 1982, 208-209. https://www.bahai.org/library/authoritative-texts/abdul-baha/promulgation-universal-peace/14#941667385 [return]
  • 21 June 2022

    Fidál, 17 ‘Núr (Light), 179 B.E

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    Vera Neumann table cloth and Grand Ledge chair

    Done

    Detroit: Day Ten. The heat index pushed close to the triple digits today, so we laid low and experimented with different configurations of fans, shades, and open and closed windows to manage air flow through four levels from basement to the top floor and keep the inside temps in the low 80s—without air conditioning—old school. It’s amazing how effective it can be. Reminded me of how my mother kept our home bearable in 100+ degree heat during Kansas summers.

    The convenience of air conditioning is certainly wonderful. But when so few have it who truly need it coupled with the energy it consumes and the environmental consequences that ensue when so many who could get by without it indulge in it simply because they can—maybe the day is drawing nigh when we rethink our approach…

    John Greenman sent the Global Rebirth team the text of a speech given on June 11, 2022 by Ralph Chapman, a retired legislator in Maine, titled, “I Am Concerned.” In my opinion, it opened up avenues for the “How’s The Weather?” initiative to engage a wider audience. Here’s how I worded that possibility in my response to the group:

    In the spirit of interconnectedness in communication, listening, learning, building relationships, seeking solutions, and finding joy perhaps the upcoming “How’s The Weather?” newsletter could announce a developing “Global Rebirth” collaboration with Ralph Chapman. It would provide a powerful example of the kind of local actions people can take wherever they are that move the dial? And I agree with John that the way Ralph frames the situation and the path forward is “very accessible to a wider group,” — far more than suggesting people change their banks when many are literally “unbanked” and among the most vulnerable to the vagaries of climate change.

    Noted

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    Tab’s Galaxy on YouTube

    Quoted

    We should all visit the sick. When they are in sorrow and suffering, it is a real help and benefit to have a friend come. Happiness is a great healer to those who are ill. In the East it is the custom to call upon the patient often and meet him individually. The people in the East show the utmost kindness and compassion to the sick and suffering. This has greater effect than the remedy itself. You must always have this thought of love and affection when you visit the ailing and afflicted. 1


    1. ʻAbduʼl-Bahá. The Promulgation of Universal Peace: Talks Delivered by ʻAbduʼl-Bahá during His Visit to the United States and Canada in 1912. Edited by Howard MacNutt. 2nd ed. Wilmette, Ill: Baháʼí Publishing Trust, 1982, 204. https://www.bahai.org/library/authoritative-texts/abdul-baha/promulgation-universal-peace/14#428037065 [return]
  • 20 June 2022

    Kamál, 16 ‘Núr (Light), 179 B.E

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    Another ground cover plant, common periwinkle / creeping myrtle (Vinca minor), is in the flower bed next to the Spanish stonecrop. It’s not in bloom, now, but the contrasting shades of green makes it pleasant addition to the garden overall!

    Done

    Detroit: Day Nine. We took advantage of the relatively cool weather and finished cleaning the main rooms in my brother-in-law’s home. Of particular note was the kitchen which features a vintage 1960’s Hotpoint built-in range with a stainless steel top and cross-shaped burner configuration instead of the usual two-by-two arrangement. It cooks and bakes great—even the clock works, albeit difficult to set. With hot weather ahead, we plan to kick back and simply enjoy one another’s company for next couple of days.

    Michael Greenman, fearless editor of the Global Rebirth newsletter, is getting ready to release the third issue. In response to his request for input to his latest draft, I wrote the following:

    Your draft sends a message that is consistent in format and content with previous updates and the declared purpose of the initiative. That’s a good thing as people like to know that what they’re part of stays the course in the direction they thought it would go when they joined, or that what they’re considering signing up for has a clear momentum behind it pushing toward what they believe in. The number of subscribers should go up!

    One point for future consideration is whether the group would like to engage those who are already pressed against the wall of life due to the consequences of climate change. The current audience consists of those who have the luxury of age, location, and means to escape or mitigate existential threats. In other words, I submit that of the 130 subscribers, none of them are currently without shelter and adequate clothing, without food security and safe water, without access to medical care though sick or injured, without communications connections via phone or Internet. I submit further, though, that there is a growing number of such folks who would be active agents on behalf of “How’s The Weather?” if the initiative spoke to their immediate and imminent needs—and galvanized efforts to address them forthwith rather than having to endure a timeline of indeterminate length waiting for governments and corporations to assist.

    If this is an audience that the group would like go after, I suggest a couple of steps:

    1. Identify those organizations on the “Resource Connections” list that offer direct support to those dealing with existential threats due to climate change; and
    2. Reference them in future update messages accompanied by heartfelt encouragement to readers that their involvement in such efforts can save lives immediately.

    In my opinion doing so would position “How’s The Weather?” as a much more balanced initiative that addresses climate change along a continuum of need from the physical NOW to the more abstract future that will come as a result of legislation and markets.

    Again, this is just an idea for consideration…

    Noted

    Astral Prospecting on Instagram and Astral Prospecting on Facebook

    Marc Bosserman on Instagram Marc Bosserman on Facebook, and Marc Bosserman Music and Musings on YouTube

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    Quoted

    Whatsoever is conducive to unity is merciful and from the divine bounty itself. Every universal affair is divine. Everything which conduces to separation and estrangement is satanic because it emanates from the purposes of self. Consider how clearly it is shown in creation that the cause of existence is unity and cohesion and the cause of nonexistence is separation and dissension. By a divine power of creation the elements assemble together in affinity, and the result is a composite being. Certain of these elements have united, and man has come into existence. Certain other combinations produce plants and animals. Therefore, this affinity of the inanimate elements is the cause of life and being. Through their commingling, therefore, human affinity, love and fellowship are made possible. If the elements were not assembled together in affinity to produce the body of man, the higher intelligent forces could not be manifest in the body. But when these elements separate, when their affinity and cohesion are overcome, death and dissolution of the body they have built inevitably follow. Therefore, affinity and unity among even these material elements mean life in the body of man, and their discord and disagreement mean death. Throughout all creation, in all the kingdoms, this law is written: that love and affinity are the cause of life, and discord and separation are the cause of death. 1


    1. ʻAbduʼl-Bahá. The Promulgation of Universal Peace: Talks Delivered by ʻAbduʼl-Bahá during His Visit to the United States and Canada in 1912. Edited by Howard MacNutt. 2nd ed. Wilmette, Ill: Baháʼí Publishing Trust, 1982, 207. https://www.bahai.org/library/authoritative-texts/abdul-baha/promulgation-universal-peace/14#639345813 [return]
  • 19 June 2022

    Jamál, 15 ‘Núr (Light), 179 B.E

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    The steps to a rarely used outside entrance are covered in Spanish stonecrop (Sedem hispanicum)

    Despite its name, it is not native to Spain. However, it is a succulent that requires minimal care and grows in places with little soil—like stone, hence its name. I may take some home and try it out!

    Done

    Detroit: Day Eight. My partner and I cleaned several rooms in her brother’s home and helped him do some landscaping in the yard. I became acutely aware of the adage “a place for everything and everything in its place,” and how it’s not for me to levy my opinion about another person’s stuff or how they choose to display it. So, it was move this box from here to there, clean where it was, put it back. Repeat until it’s all been covered. Anyway, that job is done and all’s well that ends well.

    Several years ago, Eric Dynamic (see my “Daily Log” post for 18 June 2022) wrote an article detailing his experience with UFOs. You can read it here. The email in which he referenced the article offered insightful commentary and thoughtful questions along with it. Here’s my response:

    The rationale you present in your writing to confirm or challenge the various accounts of UFO existence, origin, and purpose is only valid from your perspective. This phenomenon speaks to a grander argument that yours is only one of 8 billion explanations, each being totally plausible in the mind of the one holding it. Here’s a recent article in Salon, Bill Barr’s parting gift to Donald Trump: A possible “get out of jail free” card, that explores just how convoluted it can get.

    What the article opens up is the possibility that we tend to see differences of perspective as a matter of one view (mine) being “correct” while all others are “flawed.” As a result, we need to convincingly argue one’s rightness and others’ wrongness (determine who wins in a zero-sum game) before taking next steps. History shows this doesn’t always really help us solve problems without creating worse ones in their wake.

    An alternative is to consider how we can entertain multiple points of view as “OK” then work within that complex domain to chart paths forward. In my opinion, we don’t know how to set aside our egos sufficiently to make it about the collective “We” rather than the individual “I.” And that precludes us from doing things like “share it as a profound step forward for humanity” — a step humanity sorely needs at this point, I might add!

    Much of my career in organization change focused on how to get folks to find multiple ways that work and apply them as they have the means and will to do so rather than burn up energy winnowing the options down to a single approach that everyone had to adopt. What I learned foremost is that we humans are SO MUCH smarter and capable than our behavior suggests. That we are so out of sync in this regard lends credence to what a wise man I know said: “If we’re proud of that: maybe we didn’t deserve to exist after all.”

    We can do better!

    Noted

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    Quoted

    What is real unity? When we observe the human world, we find various collective expressions of unity therein. For instance, man is distinguished from the animal by his degree, or kingdom. This comprehensive distinction includes all the posterity of Adam and constitutes one great household or human family, which may be considered the fundamental or physical unity of mankind. Furthermore, a distinction exists between various groups of humankind according to lineage, each group forming a racial unity separate from the others. There is also the unity of tongue among those who use the same language as a means of communication; national unity where various peoples live under one form of government such as French, German, British, etc.; and political unity, which conserves the civil rights of parties or factions of the same government. All these unities are imaginary and without real foundation, for no real result proceeds from them. The purpose of true unity is real and divine outcomes. From these limited unities mentioned only limited outcomes proceed, whereas unlimited unity produces unlimited result. For instance, from the limited unity of race or nationality the results at most are limited. It is like a family living alone and solitary; there are no unlimited or universal outcomes from it. 1


    1. ʻAbduʼl-Bahá. The Promulgation of Universal Peace: Talks Delivered by ʻAbduʼl-Bahá during His Visit to the United States and Canada in 1912. Edited by Howard MacNutt. 2nd ed. Wilmette, Ill: Baháʼí Publishing Trust, 1982, 190-191. https://www.bahai.org/library/authoritative-texts/abdul-baha/promulgation-universal-peace/14#045318399. [return]
  • 18 June 2022

    Jalál, 14 ‘Núr (Light), 179 B.E

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    Even though we like to take advantage of our favorite restaurants when we’re away from home, sometimes we would just as soon stay in and put together a quick, one-skillet meal of healthy fresh veggies with a little bacon, minced onion, and feta cheese:

    It goes great served over rice. But this time we stopped by Olga’s Kitchen and picked up a basket of Olga bread. You may not have an Olga’s near you, so here’s a recipe that shows you how to make the bread yourself. It’s SO GOOD!

    Done

    Detroit: Day Seven. My partner’s innate sensitivity to her brother’s post-stroke position and her extraordinary ability to present him with potentially successful futures he can pursue within his sphere of influence have saved his life. No one can say how it will ultimately unfold, but in the moment — YAY!

    Responded to an email from Eric Dynamic (I introduced him in a “Daily Log” post on 02 March 2022):

    1. Your current thinking and writing are absolutely brilliant. Don’t stop!
    2. Yes, the world needs to follow rules for argument and debate such as those you propose in an effort to reach sufficient understanding about the needs of one another; develop and commit to plans germane to specific areas that address those needs, advance the species, and protect the planet; experiment with alternatives (because in complex systems there’s NEVER one size fits all, anywhere), and bring those that work into the knowledge commons whereby we learn from what others experience and allow that learning to inform subsequent levels of consultation, planning and experimentation.
    3. Yes, all too many of those active on Twitter are doing so to increase their stock in the “attention economy.” Twitter is basically a playground for Elon Musk and those like him to strut their stuff. He wants to win the attention of others and he can’t do that if he prevents them from participating. That’s why you’re safe.
    4. You’re asking for a quality of exchange that at this point finds little value among those on Twitter (and Facebook and WT.Social and, and, and). But I applaud you for continuing to extend the invitation. That’s what Caitlin Johnstone does on Twitter—extend the invitation to engage with her more deeply on platforms like Medium and Substack.

    Noted

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    Quoted

    No matter how much the world of humanity advances in material civilization, it is nevertheless in need of the spiritual development mentioned in the Gospel. The virtues of the material world are limited, whereas divine virtues are unlimited. Inasmuch as material virtues are limited, man’s need of the perfections of the divine world is unlimited.

    Throughout human history we find that although the very apex of human virtues has been reached at various times, yet they were limited, whereas divine attainments have ever been unbounded and infinite. The limited is ever in need of the unlimited. The material must be correlated with the spiritual. The material may be likened to the body, but divine virtues are the breathings of the Holy Spirit itself. The body without spirit is not capable of real accomplishment. Although it may be in the utmost condition of beauty and excellence, it is, nevertheless, in need of the spirit. The chimney of the lamp, no matter how polished and perfect it be, is in need of the light. Without the light, the lamp or candle is not illuminating. Without the spirit, the body is not productive. The teacher of material principles is limited. The philosophers who claimed to be the educators of mankind were at most only able to train themselves. If they educated others, it was within a restricted circle; they failed to bestow general education and development. This has been conferred upon humanity by the power of the Holy Spirit. 1


    1. ʻAbduʼl-Bahá. The Promulgation of Universal Peace: Talks Delivered by ʻAbduʼl-Bahá during His Visit to the United States and Canada in 1912. Edited by Howard MacNutt. 2nd ed. Wilmette, Ill: Baháʼí Publishing Trust, 1982, 205-206. https://www.bahai.org/library/authoritative-texts/abdul-baha/promulgation-universal-peace/14#975580776 [return]
  • 17 Jun 2022

    Istiqlál, 13 ‘Núr (Light), 179 B.E

    Seen

    Common comfrey (Symphytum officinale): follow-up to 13 June 2022

    Blooms against a cobalt blue sky

    Done

    Detroit: Day Six. Today, my brother-in-law ate a full meal and hydrated sufficiently for the first time in 12 days. Maybe, just maybe he’s overcome a significant psychological hurdle we did not see coming and is back on track for what is hopefully a sustained recovery.

    Regardless the eventual outcome, our experiences thus far have given us insights into the complexities of mental health and human behavior challenges due to neurological disorders brought by strokes and other form of physical damage to the brain. Once again Barry Commoner’s dictum that “everything is connected to everything else” as I noted in “Daily Log” for 10 June 2022 comes into play: such a traumatic event not only affects the one directly afflicted, but resonates throughout the constellation of that person’s family, friends, colleagues, neighbors, acquaintances, caregivers, etc.

    The way my mind works, there MUST be multiple “frameworks of understanding” that people who find themselves in similar situations could apply to more handily sort out options and alternatives rather than reinvent the wheel over and over again. I plan to dive more deeply into this possibility.

    Noted

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    Quoted

    In this present age the world of humanity is afflicted with severe sicknesses and grave disorders which threaten death. Therefore, Bahá’u’lláh has appeared. He is the real Physician, bringing divine remedy and healing to the world of man. He has brought teachings for all ailments—the Hidden Words, Ishráqát, Ṭarázát, Tajallíyát, Words of Paradise, Glad Tidings, etc. These Holy Words and teachings are the remedy for the body politic, the divine prescription and real cure for the disorders which afflict the world. Therefore, we must accept and partake of this healing remedy in order that complete recovery may be assured. Every soul who lives according to the teachings of Bahá’u’lláh is free from the ailments and indispositions which prevail throughout the world of humanity; otherwise, selfish disorders, intellectual maladies, spiritual sicknesses, imperfections and vices will surround him, and he will not receive the life-giving bounties of God.

    Bahá’u’lláh is the real Physician. He has diagnosed human conditions and indicated the necessary treatment. The essential principles of His healing remedies are the knowledge and love of God, severance from all else save God, turning our faces in sincerity toward the Kingdom of God, implicit faith, firmness and fidelity, loving-kindness toward all creatures and the acquisition of the divine virtues indicated for the human world. These are the fundamental principles of progress, civilization, international peace and the unity of mankind. These are the essentials of Bahá’u’lláh’s teachings, the secret of everlasting health, the remedy and healing for man. 1


    1. ʻAbduʼl-Bahá. The Promulgation of Universal Peace: Talks Delivered by ʻAbduʼl-Bahá during His Visit to the United States and Canada in 1912. Edited by Howard MacNutt. 2nd ed. Wilmette, Ill: Baháʼí Publishing Trust, 1982, 204-205. https://www.bahai.org/library/authoritative-texts/abdul-baha/promulgation-universal-peace/14#873157010 [return]
  • 16 June 2022

    Istijlál, 12 ‘Núr (Light), 179 B.E

    Seen

    English ivy (Hedera helix) climbing up the front of the house

    Makes for a fun study in shapes and contrasts…

    Done

    Detroit: Day Five. My partner’s youngest brother left today on a trip that had been in the works months in advance. That leaves the three of us. We are emphasizing that if my brother-in-law wants to be by himself once more, he’ll need to establish a routine of daily hydration, eating, and taking prescribed medications. So far, that’s proven to be a formidable challenge. The problem may be that he just likes having us around ;-)

    Noted

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    Quoted

    This is a goodly temple and congregation, for—praise be to God!—this is a house of worship wherein conscientious opinion has free sway. Every religion and every religious aspiration may be freely voiced and expressed here. Just as in the world of politics there is need for free thought, likewise in the world of religion there should be the right of unrestricted individual belief. Consider what a vast difference exists between modern democracy and the old forms of despotism. Under an autocratic government the opinions of men are not free, and development is stifled, whereas in democracy, because thought and speech are not restricted, the greatest progress is witnessed. It is likewise true in the world of religion. When freedom of conscience, liberty of thought and right of speech prevail—that is to say, when every man according to his own idealization may give expression to his beliefs—development and growth are inevitable. Therefore, this is a blessed church because its pulpit is open to every religion, the ideals of which may be set forth with openness and freedom. For this reason I am most grateful to the reverend doctor; I find him indeed a servant of the oneness of humanity. 1


    1. ʻAbduʼl-Bahá. The Promulgation of Universal Peace: Talks Delivered by ʻAbduʼl-Bahá during His Visit to the United States and Canada in 1912. Edited by Howard MacNutt. 2nd ed. Wilmette, Ill: Baháʼí Publishing Trust, 1982, 197. https://www.bahai.org/library/authoritative-texts/abdul-baha/promulgation-universal-peace/14#204929876 [return]
  • 15 June 2022

    ’Idál, 11 ‘Núr (Light), 179 B.E

    Seen

    The neighbor has a small patch of Philadelphia fleabane (Erigeron philadelphicus) in full bloom.

    Compare that with the eastern daisy fleabane growing in our yard which I posted about in my “Daily Log” on 08 June 2022

    Done

    Detroit: Day Four. Speaking of the yard back home, my partner’s youngest brother and I made a quick, 10-hour road trip to Ohio and back to Detroit today. We removed the downed apple tree from the neighbor’s yard, watered houseplants, and picked up a few more items my partner (his sister) wanted. We also wanted her to have time alone with her brother dealing with stroke recovery on the off-chance that her conversations with him might encourage him to get back on track and stay the course. Time will tell if this effort is successful. But one thing for sure, I’m tired 🥱

    Noted

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    Quoted

    I desire distinction for you. The Bahá’ís must be distinguished from others of humanity. But this distinction must not depend upon wealth—that they should become more affluent than other people. I do not desire for you financial distinction. It is not an ordinary distinction I desire; not scientific, commercial, industrial distinction. For you I desire spiritual distinction—that is, you must become eminent and distinguished in morals. In the love of God you must become distinguished from all else. You must become distinguished for loving humanity, for unity and accord, for love and justice. In brief, you must become distinguished in all the virtues of the human world—for faithfulness and sincerity, for justice and fidelity, for firmness and steadfastness, for philanthropic deeds and service to the human world, for love toward every human being, for unity and accord with all people, for removing prejudices and promoting international peace. Finally, you must become distinguished for heavenly illumination and for acquiring the bestowals of God. I desire this distinction for you. This must be the point of distinction among you. 1


    1. ʻAbduʼl-Bahá. The Promulgation of Universal Peace: Talks Delivered by ʻAbduʼl-Bahá during His Visit to the United States and Canada in 1912. Edited by Howard MacNutt. 2nd ed. Wilmette, Ill: Baháʼí Publishing Trust, 1982, 190. https://www.bahai.org/library/authoritative-texts/abdul-baha/promulgation-universal-peace/14#331882631. [return]
  • 14 June 2022

    Fidál, 10 ‘Núr (Light), 179 B.E

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    My partner snapped this photo of a female common whitetail dragonfly (Plathemis lydia) on the neighbor’s fence

    A welcome distraction from an otherwise challenging day…

    Done

    Detroit: Day Three. Big storms here (no damage, just rain) and back home (downed tree limbs, took out most of our apple tree which landed in the neighbor’s yard just missing his house 🙏 , and made a general mess all around). Our daughter let the neighbor know what’s going on and got his OK to let us take care of it when we’re back later this week.

    Meanwhile, we continue to navigate through the rapids of recovery, hope, and reality which can be quite different from what one wants :-(

    Noted

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    Quoted

    Man must be lofty in endeavor. He must seek to become heavenly and spiritual, to find the pathway to the threshold of God and become acceptable in the sight of God. This is eternal glory—to be near to God. This is eternal sovereignty—to be imbued with the virtues of the human world. This is boundless blessing—to be entirely sanctified and holy above every stain and dross.

    Consider the human world. See how nations have come and gone. They have been of all minds and purposes. Some were mere captives of self and desire, engulfed in the passions of the lower nature. They attained to wealth, to the comforts of life, to fame. And what was the final outcome? Utter evanescence and oblivion. Reflect upon this. Look upon it with the eye of admonition. No trace of them remains, no fruit, no result, no benefit; they have gone utterly—complete effacement.

    Souls have appeared in the world who were pure and undefiled, who have directed their attention toward God, seeking the reward of God, attaining nearness to the threshold of God, acceptable in the good pleasure of God. They have been the lights of guidance and stars of the Supreme Concourse. Consider these souls, shining like stars in the horizon of sanctity forevermore.

    It must not be implied that one should give up avocation and attainment to livelihood. On the contrary, in the Cause of Bahá’u’lláh monasticism and asceticism are not sanctioned. In this great Cause the light of guidance is shining and radiant. Bahá’u’lláh has even said that occupation and labor are devotion. All humanity must obtain a livelihood by sweat of the brow and bodily exertion, at the same time seeking to lift the burden of others, striving to be the source of comfort to souls and facilitating the means of living. This in itself is devotion to God. Bahá’u’lláh has thereby encouraged action and stimulated service. But the energies of the heart must not be attached to these things; the soul must not be completely occupied with them. Though the mind is busy, the heart must be attracted toward the Kingdom of God in order that the virtues of humanity may be attained from every direction and source.

    We have forsaken the path of God; we have given up attention to the divine Kingdom; we have not severed the heart from worldly attractions; we have become defiled with qualities which are not praiseworthy in the sight of God; we are so completely steeped in material issues and tendencies that we are not partakers of the virtues of humanity.

    Little reflection, little admonition is necessary for us to realize the purpose of our creation. What a heavenly potentiality God has deposited within us! What a power God has given our spirits! He has endowed us with a power to penetrate the realities of things; but we must be self-abnegating, we must have pure spirits, pure intentions, and strive with heart and soul while in the human world to attain everlasting glory.

    I have come for the purpose of admonition and voicing the teachings of Bahá’u’lláh. It is my hope that His will and guidance may influence your spirits, souls and hearts, causing them to become pure, holy, sanctified and illumined and making you lamps of heavenly illumination to the world. This is my desire; this is my hope through the assistance of God. 1


    1. ʻAbduʼl-Bahá. The Promulgation of Universal Peace: Talks Delivered by ʻAbduʼl-Bahá during His Visit to the United States and Canada in 1912. Edited by Howard MacNutt. 2nd ed. Wilmette, Ill: Baháʼí Publishing Trust, 1982, 186-187. https://www.bahai.org/library/authoritative-texts/abdul-baha/promulgation-universal-peace/14#808708168. [return]
  • 13 June 2022

    Kamál, 09 ‘Núr (Light), 179 B.E

    Seen

    There’s a small bed of common comfrey (Symphytum officinale) alongside the house that are starting to bud—blossoms will soon follow!

    Done

    Detroit: Day Two. Everyday is a new adventure with my brother-in-law as he sorts through tough, post-stroke recovery questions: Why am I still here? How can I persevere? What do I want to do? Where do I want to be? Who do I want to be with? And no matter how much we would like to answer those questions for him, he has to do it for himself. And we have to accept whatever comes from it from a standpoint of unconditional love and without judgement. Kind of a tall order. He certainly does provide with untold opportunities to learn about others and ourselves—even though the lessons are not easy to swallow!

    Noted

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    Quoted

    But the life of man is not so restricted; it is divine, eternal, not mortal and sensual. For him a spiritual existence and livelihood is prepared and ordained in the divine creative plan. His life is intended to be a life of spiritual enjoyment to which the animal can never attain. This enjoyment depends upon the acquisition of heavenly virtues. The sublimity of man is his attainment of the knowledge of God. The bliss of man is the acquiring of heavenly bestowals, which descend upon him in the outflow of the bounty of God. The happiness of man is in the fragrance of the love of God. This is the highest pinnacle of attainment in the human world. How preferable to the animal and its hopeless kingdom!

    Therefore, consider how base a nature it reveals in man that, notwithstanding the favors showered upon him by God, he should lower himself into the animal sphere, be wholly occupied with material needs, attached to this mortal realm, imagining that the greatest happiness is to attain wealth in this world. How purposeless! How debased is such a nature! God has created man in order that he may be a dove of the Kingdom, a heavenly candle, a recipient of eternal life. God has created man in order that he may be resuscitated through the breaths of the Holy Spirit and become the light of the world. How debased the soul which can find enjoyment in this darkness, occupied with itself, the captive of self and passion, wallowing in the mire of the material world! How degraded is such a nature! What an ignorance this is! What a blindness! How glorious the station of man who has partaken of the heavenly food and built the temple of his everlasting residence in the world of heaven!

    The Manifestations of God have come into the world to free man from these bonds and chains of the world of nature. Although They walked upon the earth, They lived in heaven. They were not concerned about material sustenance and prosperity of this world. Their bodies were subjected to inconceivable distress, but Their spirits ever soared in the highest realms of ecstasy. The purpose of Their coming, Their teaching and suffering was the freedom of man from himself. Shall we, therefore, follow in Their footsteps, escape from this cage of the body or continue subject to its tyranny? Shall we pursue the phantom of a mortal happiness which does not exist or turn toward the tree of life and the joys of its eternal fruits? 1


    1. ʻAbduʼl-Bahá. The Promulgation of Universal Peace: Talks Delivered by ʻAbduʼl-Bahá during His Visit to the United States and Canada in 1912. Edited by Howard MacNutt. 2nd ed. Wilmette, Ill: Baháʼí Publishing Trust, 1982, 185-186. https://www.bahai.org/library/authoritative-texts/abdul-baha/promulgation-universal-peace/14#080928132. [return]
  • 12 June 2022

    Jamál, 08 ‘Núr (Light), 179 B.E

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    Back to Detroit

    Yep, you got it—just like last year: Loui’s Pizza in Hazel Park, MI

    Done

    Detroit: Day One. Long day with an unexpected drive to Detroit to help my brother-in-law get settled back in his home. Hopefully, this will further his stroke recovery journey! One step at a time …

    Noted

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    Quoted

    He has supplied all the necessities of life although we did not ask for any of these great gifts. With pure mercy and bounty He has prepared this great table. It is a mercy which precedes asking. There is another kind of mercy, which is realized after questioning and supplication. He has bestowed both upon us—without asking and with supplication. He has created us in this radiant century, a century longed for and expected by all the sanctified souls in past periods. It is a blessed century; it is a blessed day. The philosophers of history have agreed that this century is equal to one hundred past centuries. This is true from every standpoint. This is the century of science, inventions, discoveries and universal laws. This is the century of the revelation of the mysteries of God. This is the century of the effulgence of the rays of the Sun of Truth. Therefore, you must render thanks and glorification to God that you were born in this age. Furthermore, you have listened to the call of Bahá’u’lláh. Your nostrils are perfumed with the breezes of the paradise of Abhá. You have caught glimpses of the light from the horizon of the Orient. You were asleep; you are awakened. Your ears are attentive; your hearts are informed. You have acquired the love of God. You have attained to the knowledge of God. This is the most great bestowal of God. This is the breath of the Holy Spirit, and this consists of faith and assurance. This eternal life is the second birth; this is the baptism of the Holy Spirit. God has destined this station for you all. He has prepared this for you. You must appreciate the value of this bounty and engage your time in mentioning and thanking the True One. You must live in the utmost happiness. If any trouble or vicissitude comes into your lives, if your heart is depressed on account of health, livelihood or vocation, let not these things affect you. They should not cause unhappiness, for Bahá’u’lláh has brought you divine happiness. He has prepared heavenly food for you; He has destined eternal bounty for you; He has bestowed everlasting glory upon you. Therefore, these glad tidings should cause you to soar in the atmosphere of joy forever and ever. Render continual thanks unto God so that the confirmations of God may encircle you all. 1


    1. ʻAbduʼl-Bahá. The Promulgation of Universal Peace: Talks Delivered by ʻAbduʼl-Bahá during His Visit to the United States and Canada in 1912. Edited by Howard MacNutt. 2nd ed. Wilmette, Ill: Baháʼí Publishing Trust, 1982, 188-189. https://www.bahai.org/library/authoritative-texts/abdul-baha/promulgation-universal-peace/14#483017037. [return]
  • 11 June 2022

    Jalál, 07 ‘Núr (Light), 179 B.E

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    Several years ago we received a dwarf umbrella tree (Schefflera arboricola) from long time family friends who were moving into new digs and had no room for their houseplants.

    We did no pruning and it grew a bit out of control. So, I took the shears to it and placed the cuttings in a jar of water to see if they take root. According to the care literature, they can form aerial roots from which to start new plants or just let them take root. And as that photo suggests, they are good candidates for bonsai. Too bad we didn’t know of these possibilities when we first got the plant, it would have been much easier from the get-go. Ah, well. Better late than never!

    Done

    We have a relatively large Amur honeysuckle (Lonicera maackii) bush in the front garden that requires significant pruning to keep it tastefully “in bounds.” It’s tall enough that I need a stepladder to reach the topmost branches. It’s not my favorite task by far, but once done it’s easy to have a sense of accomplishment. That was the project of note this afternoon along with continuing to attack the thistle — a couple of activities that took my mind off the drama unfolding with my brother-in-law.

    Noted

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    Quoted

    It is my hope that the meetings of the Bahá’í Assembly in New York shall become like meetings of the Supreme Concourse. When you assemble, you must reflect the lights of the heavenly Kingdom. Let your hearts be as mirrors in which the radiance of the Sun of Reality is visible. Each bosom must be a telegraph station—one terminus of the wire attached to the soul, the other fixed in the Supreme Concourse—so that inspiration may descend from the Kingdom of Abhá and questions of reality be discussed. Then opinions will coincide with truth; day by day there will be progression, and the meetings will become more radiant and spiritual. This attainment is conditioned upon unity and agreement. The more perfect the love and agreement, the more the divine confirmations and assistance of the Blessed Perfection will descend. May this prove to be a divine meeting, and may boundless bestowals come down upon you. Strive with all your hearts and with the very power of life that unity and love may continually increase. In discussions look toward the reality without being self-opinionated. Let no one assert and insist upon his own mere opinion; nay, rather, let each investigate reality with the greatest love and fellowship. Consult upon every matter, and when one presents the point of view of reality itself, that shall be acceptable to all. Then will spiritual unity increase among you, individual illumination will be greater, happiness will be more abundant, and you will draw nearer and nearer to the Kingdom of God. 1


    1. ʻAbduʼl-Bahá. The Promulgation of Universal Peace: Talks Delivered by ʻAbduʼl-Bahá during His Visit to the United States and Canada in 1912. Edited by Howard MacNutt. 2nd ed. Wilmette, Ill: Baháʼí Publishing Trust, 1982, 183. [https://www.bahai.org/library/authoritative-texts/abdul-baha/promulgation-universal-peace/12#110529474]. [return]
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  • 10 June 2022

    Istiqlál, 06 ‘Núr (Light), 179 B.E

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    In my “Daily Log” entry for 15 October 2021, I included a photo of some burdock leaves. One of the references about it stated that in its second year it could grow 3-6 feet tall with short, flowering side stems. So, here’s an update:

    Looks like everything in the burdock patch is right on schedule. Several stalks have already topped the three-foot mark. I’m still debating how long I leave the flowers before clipping them so they don’t get into their “velcro stage.”

    Done

    Today, my brother-in-law suspended his occupation and physical therapies up to 90-days to see if he misses them or sees the value of continuing. This caps a week that has seen him struggling with the darker side of recovery, most notably, “changes in behavior after a stroke.” In fact, his behavior changes are what triggered the recollection of what happened to my uncle as I noted in yesterday’s “Daily Log” post for 09 June 2022.

    Despite all we’ve learned over the past century about the structure, function, and performance of the brain and the personality it projects — be it in an anatomical, physiological, neurological, mental, and / or psychological sense — there’s still so much we don’t know. We’re left with more questions than answers when something goes awry.

    What really strikes me is how distant the knowledge base about the brain is from patients and their caregivers who deal directly with the consequences of its anomalies—at least in the area of stroke recovery. I consider this to be yet another indicator of design failure within our current healthcare system in the US. And when seen through the lens of social and economic justice, such failures to deliver these basic needs to the most vulnerable only exacerbates the harm done to all. No wonder people feel disenfranchised, discounted, and dismissed — and all too often reactions to those feelings contribute to another public health crisis: gun violence.

    Everything is connected to everything else!

    Noted

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    Quoted

    Bahá’u’lláh has risen from the eastern horizon. Like the glory of the sun He has come into the world. He has reflected the reality of divine religion, dispelled the darkness of imitations, laid the foundation of new teachings and resuscitated the world. 1


    1. ʻAbduʼl-Bahá. The Promulgation of Universal Peace: Talks Delivered by ʻAbduʼl-Bahá during His Visit to the United States and Canada in 1912. Edited by Howard MacNutt. 2nd ed. Wilmette, Ill: Baháʼí Publishing Trust, 1982, 180 https://www.bahai.org/library/authoritative-texts/abdul-baha/promulgation-universal-peace/13#157115028. [return]
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  • 09 June 2022

    Istjlál, 05 ‘Núr (Light), 179 B.E

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    The landscaping at the medical facility also includes Canadian serviceberry (Amelanchier canadensis).

    Wikipedia notes, “It is used as a medicinal plant, food, and ornamental plant. It is sometimes made into bonsai.” Seems like an ideal planting. Hmm. Maybe I’ll get one and set it out…

    Done

    My favorite uncle was a life-long farmer. He was witty, fun to be around, even-tempered, loved playing old fashioned games like dominoes, pitch, and checkers—I really liked being around him, and vice-versa. He cleverly blended teaching me new skills with playing practical jokes on me as part of the “lesson plan” so I wouldn’t forget. The outcomes were applicable throughout my life. It’s probably a good thing he was over half a century older than me otherwise had he been closer to me in age there’s no telling what shenanigans we would have gotten into.

    He “retired” from full-time farming when I was in my mid-teens and shortly afterward took a part-time job as a third-shift night watchman for the same company where his son was a truck driver. We received word that he had been taken to the hospital after a fellow worker found him unconscious by a pile of boxes under a window. No one knows what happened, but it appeared he had climbed onto the boxes to check that the window was secure, lost his balance, fell to floor, and got a bump on his head. When we visited him he seemed be recovering, but once home there were noticeable changes. Gone was the personality that made him so endearing only to be replaced by someone I didn’t know and didn’t particularly like—it was as though he had been invaded by a bodysnatcher. But when reading this, “Behavior Changes After Stroke: Causes & Treatment” some fifty years later, I wonder…

    Noted

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    Quoted

    At a time when warfare and strife prevailed among nations, when enmity and hatred separated sects and denominations and human differences were very great, Bahá’u’lláh appeared upon the horizon of the East, proclaiming the oneness of God and the unity of the world of humanity. He promulgated the teaching that all mankind are the servants of one God; that all have come into being through the bestowal of the one Creator; that God is kind to all, nurtures, rears and protects all, provides for all and extends His love and mercy to all races and people. Inasmuch as God is loving, why should we be unjust and unkind? As God manifests loyalty and mercy, why should we show forth enmity and hatred? Surely the divine policy is more perfect than human plan and theory; for no matter how wise and sagacious man may become, he can never attain a policy that is superior to the policy of God. Therefore, we must emulate the attitude of God, love all people, be just and kind to every human creature. We must consider all as the leaves, branches and fruit of one tree, children of one household; for all are the progeny of Adam. We are waves of one sea, grass of the same meadow, stars in the same heaven; and we find shelter in the universal divine Protector. If one be sick, he must be treated; the ignorant must be educated; the sleeping must be awakened; the dead must be quickened with life. These were principles of the teachings of Bahá’u’lláh. 1


    1. ʻAbduʼl-Bahá. The Promulgation of Universal Peace: Talks Delivered by ʻAbduʼl-Bahá during His Visit to the United States and Canada in 1912. Edited by Howard MacNutt. 2nd ed. Wilmette, Ill: Baháʼí Publishing Trust, 1982, 174. https://www.bahai.org/library/authoritative-texts/abdul-baha/promulgation-universal-peace/13#529704265. [return]
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  • 08 June 2022

    ’Idál, 04 ‘Núr (Light), 179 B.E

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    In my 24 May 2022 post to “Daily Log,” I posted a photo of eastern daisy fleabane (Erigeron annus) just starting to bud. Now, they’re in full bloom:

    Done

    It seemed like the time simply evaporated today leaving me with a feeling of having been busy, but not doing anything notable beyond the normal daily routine.

    Since my brother-in-law has been with us during his post-stroke recovery, I have had the chance to see firsthand what a challenging process that is. This article from the American Stroke Association — Post Stroke Mood Disorders — describes the situation quite well. Here’s an excerpt:

    It’s not uncommon for survivors to experience all three mood disorders. The good news is that treatment is available. For depression and anxiety, one of the best treatments is counseling or therapy with a licensed mental health practitioner. Caregivers should encourage their loved ones to get assessed. If they’re reluctant to see a mental health professional, they might be willing to see a pastor, priest or rabbi.

    We’re in the “encouraging” stage. Maybe that’s why I’m exhausted at the end of day. That said, if I wasn’t cut out for the job I wouldn’t have it, right?

    Noted

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    Quoted

    The body politic today is greatly in need of a physician. It is similar to a human body afflicted with severe ailments. A doctor diagnoses the case and prescribes treatment. He does not prescribe, however, until he has made the diagnosis. The disease which afflicts the body politic is lack of love and absence of altruism. In the hearts of men no real love is found, and the condition is such that, unless their susceptibilities are quickened by some power so that unity, love and accord may develop within them, there can be no healing, no agreement among mankind. Love and unity are the needs of the body politic today. Without these there can be no progress or prosperity attained. Therefore, the friends of God must adhere to the power which will create this love and unity in the hearts of the sons of men. Science cannot cure the illness of the body politic. Science cannot create amity and fellowship in human hearts. Neither can patriotism nor racial allegiance effect a remedy. It must be accomplished solely through the divine bounties and spiritual bestowals which have descended from God in this day for that purpose. This is an exigency of the times, and the divine remedy has been provided. The spiritual teachings of the religion of God can alone create this love, unity and accord in human hearts. 1


    1. ʻAbduʼl-Bahá. The Promulgation of Universal Peace: Talks Delivered by ʻAbduʼl-Bahá during His Visit to the United States and Canada in 1912. Edited by Howard MacNutt. 2nd ed. Wilmette, Ill: Baháʼí Publishing Trust, 1982, 170. https://www.bahai.org/library/authoritative-texts/abdul-baha/promulgation-universal-peace/12#110529474. [return]
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