Istiqlál, 12 Bahá (Splendor), 179 B.E


Nature’s April Fools’ Day greeting …

Snow on lesser burdock (Arctium minus). Literature claims that its roots, flower stalks, and leafstalks can be prepared and eaten, but it might be a prank!


First day home from the hospital for my partner’s brother. He’s staying with us so we can figure out what changes in lifestyle and diet need to be made that accommodate someone managing diabetes, hypertension, and high cholesterol. We’ve decided what’s good for him is probably good for us, too. So, what to eat; what not to eat; when to eat; how much to eat; when to get up; when to go to bed; when to monitor blood sugar levels; when to take insulin; when to take meds; when to call the doctor or go to the emergency room — nah, that’s hyperbole — it just feels like it sometimes!

I saw a bag of Keto Wheat Flour by King Arthur Baking Company for $8.88 at Walmart when I picked up some whole wheat flour for bread making. The label says it’s a 1-to-1 substitute for flour in baking applications. Since bread takes 3 ½ C, that’s close to one bag for one loaf of bread, i.e., $9 / loaf. Maybe a more practical and less costly solution would be to keep baking with regular flour and simply eat less bread altogether. I can’t imagine giving up bread entirely. As a matter of fact, I think there’s a law agin it ;-)


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The following are elements of a draft program to be adjusted by Regional Councils as they see fit. These notes are not meant to suggest the length of the conferences or the order of topics; they simply describe major elements that should be included:

  1. Welcome and introductory remarks. Sharing, in an open, outward-looking and inviting language, the context and purpose of the conferences taking place around the world.
  2. Devotions at appropriate intervals.
  3. Breakout sessions to study and discuss certain relevant materials (especially the Nine Year Plan guidance), and to consult and reach consensus on the current reality of the community-building efforts, with an appreciation of strengths and opportunities for growth.
  4. Artistic and creative components related to the conference themes that deepen understanding.
  5. Sharing of developments, stories, and encouraging examples from within the region, by those participating in these activities. 1

  1. “Suggested Draft Agenda for the Regional Conferences.” Bahá’ís of Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio, 12 Jan. 2022, [return]