Jamál, 09 Asmá’ (Names), 179 B.E


My “baby queen” ready for delivery to her new keeper—who is a very good friend of the family—so the baby will be in good hands!

Now, the wait begins to see how long it takes before she decides to bloom in her digs.


Day two in Detroit: helped my brother-in-law remove two evergreen shrubs that had overwhelmed the sidewalk leading to the front porch. Typical of mid-century landscaping in suburban subdivisions, architects frequently relied on arborvitae varieties in their designs. Fast-growing, these shrubs were often not well-maintained, quickly losing their shapes and escaping their allotted spaces.

While there are strategies one can use to gradually reclaim them, it also works to simply take them out and replace them with another, less labor intensive species. And the hardest part of that is removing the stumps and roots sufficiently to accommodate whatever else is going in that space. We’re saving the hardest part for someone else who has the tools to make short work of it ;-)

Also helped setup a couple of mobile devices so my brother-in-law can use them with a phone hotspot wifi in case the router fails. As the aging process grinds on for all of us, redundancy and simplicity become increasingly important given the likelihood / consequences of an emergency loom ever larger on the horizon.

If all goes well, tomorrow, we return home…


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The realities of things have been revealed in this radiant century, and that which is true must come to the surface. Among these realities is the principle of the equality of man and woman—equal rights and prerogatives in all things appertaining to humanity. Bahá’u’lláh declared this reality over fifty years ago. But while this principle of equality is true, it is likewise true that woman must prove her capacity and aptitude, must show forth the evidences of equality. She must become proficient in the arts and sciences and prove by her accomplishments that her abilities and powers have merely been latent. Demonstrations of force, such as are now taking place in England, are neither becoming nor effective in the cause of womanhood and equality. Woman must especially devote her energies and abilities toward the industrial and agricultural sciences, seeking to assist mankind in that which is most needful. By this means she will demonstrate capability and ensure recognition of equality in the social and economic equation. Undoubtedly God will confirm her in her efforts and endeavors, for in this century of radiance Bahá’u’lláh has proclaimed the reality of the oneness of the world of humanity and announced that all nations, peoples and races are one. He has shown that although individuals may differ in development and capacity, they are essentially and intrinsically equal as human beings, just as the waves of the sea are innumerable and different, but the reality of the sea is one. The plurality of humanity may be likened to the waves, but the reality of humankind is like the sea itself. All the waves are of the same water; all are waves of one ocean.

Therefore, strive to show in the human world that women are most capable and efficient, that their hearts are more tender and susceptible than the hearts of men, that they are more philanthropic and responsive toward the needy and suffering, that they are inflexibly opposed to war and are lovers of peace. Strive that the ideal of international peace may become realized through the efforts of womankind, for man is more inclined to war than woman, and a real evidence of woman’s superiority will be her service and efficiency in the establishment of universal peace. 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, 283-284. https://www.bahai.org/library/authoritative-texts/abdul-baha/promulgation-universal-peace/20#050371704 [return]