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Breaks the spell of Writers Block
Staring at a blank page is like staring into a snowfield. The snow, untouched by civilization and unmarked by living creatures, blinds you for a few minutes, it glistens reflecting subtle shades of pure white and rainbows at odd angles. If you stare at the snow too long, you get lost in the interplay of light and shadow.

As the day wears on, you become awestruck at the beauty of the snow's perfection. You marvel at the way an oak tree cast its ebony shadow across the pure white snow. You watch the tree's shadow change, grow and shrink, as Earth turns and the sun moves from morning to evening. If you stand out in the snow too long without moving, you risk snow bite or freezing.

If you are fortunate, a red fox will walk across your line of sight. The fox will leave his footprints written in the snowfield. As you watch the fox move, the spell holding you in one spot staring at the snow is broken. You are free to go inside out of the cold and out of danger.


I must say,
writing 500 words a day
isn't difficult,
unless I'm attempting to write
on a single subject.

On Monday, October 28, 2013, I began posting my weekly goals at "Weekly Goals. On Tuesday, October 29, 2013 I began keeping track of may accomplished goals in this journal.

"O SON OF BEING! Bring thyself to account each day ere thou art summoned to a reckoning;
for death, unheralded, shall come upon thee and thou shalt be called to give account for thy deeds."
Bah'u'll'h The Hidden Words of Bah'u'll'h, Part I.'From the Arabic, #31, page 11

'Heinlein's Rules for Writers

         Rule One: You Must Write
         Rule Two: Finish What Your Start
         Rule Three: You Must Refrain From Rewriting, Except to Editorial Order
         Rule Four: You Must Put Your Story on the Market
         Rule Five: You Must Keep it on the Market until it has Sold'

Robert A. Heinlein

It is enjoined upon every one of you to engage in some form of occupation, such as crafts, trades and the like. We have graciously exalted your engagement in such work to the rank of worship unto God, the True One. Ponder ye in your hearts the grace and the blessings of God and render thanks unto Him at eventide and at dawn. Waste not your time in idleness and sloth. Occupy yourselves with that which profiteth yourselves and others. Thus hath it been decreed in this Tablet from whose horizon the day-star of wisdom and utterance shineth resplendent.
Baha'u'llah, Tablets of Baha'u'llah Revealed After the Kitab-i-Aqdas, Pages 21-29: gr 32

I changed the way I did entries in this book several times. Beginning on March 21, 2018 the entries will cover the topics of spiritual, inspirational, and religions. However, the genres it will be under are Women's, Inspirational, and Spiritual with a tag of Religious.
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September 19, 2020 at 2:43pm
September 19, 2020 at 2:43pm
#993740
Jalal (Glory), 13 Izzat (Might) 177 B.E. - Saturday, September 19, 2020


Crusader for justice and gender equality,
strong woman,
lady,
and woman of faith.

Our duty now
is to continue her legacy,
continue seeking equality and justice,
and continue letting her words
inspire our actions.



September 17, 2020 at 7:55pm
September 17, 2020 at 7:55pm
#993600
Istijlal (Majesty), 11 Izzat (Might) 177 B.E. - Thursday, September 17, 2020

Today I am thankful...
*BulletV* ...for Facebook memories. This is from 2018
My name is Neva.

I am a Baha'i, and I love Baha'u'llah in addition to the other Messengers sent by God. I do my best to obey Baha'u'llah teachings; however, since I am only human I sometimes fail. I believe that Baha'u'llah fulfills the prophecies of the the Messengers that came before. I believe in the three Onenesses: The Oneness of God, the common foundation of all religions, and the oneness of humanity.

I wrote this in response to a challenge. If you want to copy and past it go ahead. If you want to write your own beliefs that is alright as well.

*BulletV* ...that my out patient surgery went well.
*BulletV* ...for the produce that Karen brought to us today.
*BulletV* ...that I finished my edition of the spiritual newsletter yesterday.
*BulletV* ...for the merit badge I received today.
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September 10, 2020 at 3:42pm
September 10, 2020 at 3:42pm
#992977
Istijlal (Majesty), 4 Izzat (Might) 177 B.E. - Thursday, September 10, 2020

On the second Thankful Thursday in September 2020, I am sharing a Thankful Thursday poem I wrote several years ago.


The fifth day of the Gregorian week
Holds a special place for praise an gratitude:
All praise to the Singularity that created the universe.
Name the Essence what y ou will, if that names helps you to worship:
King of kings, Allah, Jehovah, Lord of Host, Baha--
Faith in God does not affect the Essence--
Unbelief or belief shapes the individual soul,
Love the Creator with all your being.

Thank God in adversity!
Hallelulah!
Upon rising each morning shout your joy,
Raise your voice in praise, gratitude, and thanksgiving.
Sing or shout your blessings to the world;
Do not remain silent. Joy and gratitude attract blessings.
Alláh-u-Abhá!
Yá Bahá’u’l-Abhá!
September 3, 2020 at 12:41pm
September 3, 2020 at 12:41pm
#992265
Istijlal (Majesty), 16 Asma (Names) 177 B.E. - Thursday, September 3, 2020

"In prosperity, all praise is Thine, O Lord of the Worlds, and in its absence, all gratitude is Thine, O Desire of them that have recognized Thee!"
Bahá’u’lláh12

O Lord of the Universe,
I raise my voice in gratitude
for both prosperity
and its absence,
because both come to me in accordance
to Thy will.


On the first Thankful Thursday of September 2020,
I give thanks
for the beauty of a hot
late summer day,
for the cereal
I had for breakfast,
and for the coffee and cookies
I had
for my morning snack.

Footnotes
1  Additional Prayers Revealed by Bahá’u’lláh)
2  http://www.bahai.org/r/410470521

August 27, 2020 at 4:36pm
August 27, 2020 at 4:36pm
#991713
Istijlal (Majesty ), 9 Asma (Names) 177 B.E. - Thursday, August 27, 2020

Today I am thankful ..
         *BulletV* ...that I have $2.35 in my Survey Junkie account.,
         *BulletV* ...for the fresh brewed black coffee I had this morning.
         *BulletV* ...that my Bank of America checking account is not overdrawn.
         *BulletV* ...for the paratransit drivers that took me to my doctor's appointment this morning and brought me home.
         *BulletV* ...that several people responded to "Spiritual Newsletter (August 26, 2020)
         *BulletV* ...for the peaches I got at the Farmer's Market last week. They were sweet and good tasting: Heavenly!
         *BulletV* ...that I have 35,700 points in my YouGov account.

August 20, 2020 at 2:09pm
August 20, 2020 at 2:09pm
#991232
Istijlal (Majesty), 2 Asma (Names) 177 B.E. - Thursday, August 20, 2020

Today I am thankful ...
         *BulletV* ...that I was able to attend the Feast of Asma (Names) last night via a Zoom meeting.
         *BulletV* ...for the fresh vegetables and fruit I was able to purchase today at the Farmer's Market.
         *BulletV* ...that my poem "In Praise of Dawn in "Spiritual Newsletter (August 19, 2020).
         *BulletV* ...for fresh brewed black coffee.
         *BulletV* ...that my Bank of America checking account is not overdrawn.
         *BulletV* ...for the opportunity I had today to mention the Baha'i Faith to someone I was talking to on the phone.

August 18, 2020 at 4:57pm
August 18, 2020 at 4:57pm
#991113
Fidal (Grace), 19 Kamal (Perfection) 177 B.E. - Tuesday, August 18, 2020


I contemplate
the big tent of humanity--
one species--
attempting to unite
in its diversity.

Jalal (Glory), 4 Asma (Names) 177 B.E. - Saturday, August 22, 2020


He has answered all of my questions,
With the pen of His revelation.

Jamal (Beauty), 5 Asma (Names) 177 B.E. - Saturday, August 23, 2020


We are moving
toward God's
promise
of
world peace
and unity
every day.

Jalal (Glory), 11 Asma (Names) 177 B.E. - Saturday, August 29, 2020


Creativity
Attribute of Divinity
The universe created


July 23, 2020 at 8:45pm
July 23, 2020 at 8:45pm
#988984
Istijlal (Majesty), 12 Kalimat (Words) 177 B.E. - Thursday, July 23, 2020

On the fourth Thankful Thursday in July 2020,
         I am thankful...
                   *BulletV* ...for fresh brewed black coffee each morning;
                   *BulletV* ...that I was able to get a hair cut a few weeks ago;
                   *BulletV* ...for the peanut butter cookies I had with my coffee this morning;
                   *BulletV* ...that I was able to make an OTC order from Humana's OTC pharmacy today.
June 7, 2020 at 3:32pm
June 7, 2020 at 3:32pm
#985188
Poem: Editing a Novel
Posted https://poet999.blogspot.com/2020/06/poem-editing-novel.html
June 9, 2020

Sometimes,
when I go to rewrite,
I look at the plot
and wonder what
I--or perhaps my character--
was thinking.

At other times,
my plot is hidden
beneath a plate of spaghetti
without meatballs.

May 28, 2020 at 1:55pm
May 28, 2020 at 1:55pm
#984478
Istijlál (Majesty), 13 ʻAẓamat (Grandeur) 177 B.E. Thursday, May 28, 2020
Ascension of Baha'u'llah

Prayer For Inspiration

"Grant, O Thou Loving Lord, that all may stand firm and steadfast, shining with everlasting splendour, so that, at every breath, gentle breezes may blow from the bowers of Thy loving-kindness, that from the ocean of Thy grace a mist may rise, that the kindly showers of Thy love may bestow freshness, and the zephyr waft its perfume from the rose garden of divine unity."
Abdu’l-Baha3

I give thanks for inspiration,
for the promptings of my soul
that helps my use my sense perception
to find beauty in the world.

I give thanks for meditation,
which lets me use my reason
contemplate traditions
that helps me find for inspiration.

Footnotes
3  Selections from the Writings of Abdu’l-Baha, Page 312

May 21, 2020 at 5:21pm
May 21, 2020 at 5:21pm
#984067
Istijlál (Majesty), 6 ʻAẓamat (Grandeur) 177 B.E. Thursday, May 21, 2020

Another Thankful Thursday
and I have several things to be thankful for.

*BulletV* The mask I wear when I leave the house.
*BulletV* That the Paratransit ride are free for now.
*BulletV* $160.00 energy assistance paid to Nevada Power.
*BulletV* That my mail in ballet is completed and mailed.
*BulletV* The food I receive from the Senior Commodities program.
*BulletV* The hair cut I got last week.
*BulletV* The hair color I received this week.
*BulletV* My new vibrating recliner.
*BulletV* My blue stuffed kitty stress ball.

May 14, 2020 at 5:00pm
May 14, 2020 at 5:00pm
#983577
Istijlál (Majesty), 18 Jamál (Beauty) 177 B.E. Thursday, May 14, 2020

I am thankful
I started a new normal today
by having my haircut short.

Everyone is talking about a new normal. What is this new normal everyone is talking about? Is it making a appointment to have your haircut, while wearing a mask? Perhaps its letting go of the past, or starting the day with a new point of view. Maybe it's forgiving those who have put down and wronged you. What does a new normal mean to you?

May 10, 2020 at 1:45pm
May 10, 2020 at 1:45pm
#983233
Jamál (Beauty), 14 Jamál (Beauty) 177 B.E. Sunday, May 10, 2020
Mother's Day

Happy Mother's Day,
Mama,
I miss you so much more today
than I did when you passed away.

I remember the Mother's Day celebration,
and the Holy Day commemorations
that we attended together
before Alzheimer's stole your memories.

Now all I can do is say
prayers for the advancement
of your soul
and hope to meet you again
in the Abha Paradise.

May 9, 2020 at 8:17pm
May 9, 2020 at 8:17pm
#983185
Jalál (Glory), 13 Jamál (Beauty) 177 B.E. Saturday, May 9, 2020

It's Saturday!
It's the day before Mother's Day!
Mother's Day
is a day of joy and sadness,
of laughter and tears,
of memories that come unbidden
into a daughter's mind.

It's been 8 years,
since I celebrated Mother's Day
with my mother.

On Mom's last Mother's Day,
I remember her laughing,
but I can't remember why she laughed;
perhaps it was at a silly joke I told
or something we watched on television.

It doesn't matter why she was laughing,
because it was her laughter
that was important
and keeps echoing through my mind.


May 7, 2020 at 3:12pm
May 7, 2020 at 3:12pm
#983002
Istijlál (Majesty), 11 Jamál (Beauty) 177 B.E. Thursday, May 7, 2020

On Wednesday, May 6, I begin reading a series of articles titled Unearthing the Hidden Words   by David Langness. There are 33 parts to this series. The first part is Discovering the Hidden Words  . I wrote a little bit about this article in "Hope and The Hidden Words, I'm going the read this article again before going on God's First Counsel  .

I'm thankful for the internet,
because I can access
both the sacred scriptures
and articles about them.


May 2, 2020 at 1:49pm
May 2, 2020 at 1:49pm
#982576

May 2, 2020:
A Beautiful May Morning

It's a beautiful May morning,
with a gentle breeze blowing
through the city.

Inhale the fragrance of the morning
and give thanks to the All-Glorious Lord
for another day of life.

May 9, 2020
Prayer for My Mother

Oh Thou Lord of all religions,
Oh Thou All-Glorious Creator,
Thank you for my mother,
bless her
in her ascent
through the spiritual world
as she continues her journey
toward You.

April 30, 2020 at 4:40pm
April 30, 2020 at 4:40pm
#982423
Istijlál (Majesty), 4 Jamál (Beauty) 177 B.E. Thursday, April 30, 2020
The Eleventh Day of Ridvan

I'm thankful that I found several of my mother's poems. I added one to "My Mother's Poems "Mother's Day. I'm also thankful that I survived April.

April 23, 2020 at 2:06pm
April 23, 2020 at 2:06pm
#981832
Istijlál (Majesty), 16 Jalál (Glory) 177 B.E. Thursday, April 23, 2020
The Fourth Day of Ridvan

On the Fourth Day of Ridvan

I am thankful ...
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April 16, 2020 at 11:48am
April 16, 2020 at 11:48am
#981250
Istijlál (Majesty), 9 Jalál (Glory) 177 B.E. Thursday, April 16, 2020

"Let each morn be better than its eve and each morrow richer than its yesterday."
Bahá’u’lláh45

Gratitude
makes each morning better than last evening,
and each day better than yesterday.

In this time of adversity
and uncertainty--
when we don't know
if the senior citizen
who just delivered our lunch order
has COVID-19--
we give thanks for our food,
place everything in the hands of God,
and get on with our day.

Gratitude and thanksgiving
helps us deal with the uncertainties
of everyday life.


Footnotes
4  Tablets of Bahá’u’lláh,9. Lawḥ-i-Ḥikmat (Tablet of Wisdom)
5  http://www.bahai.org/r/091419613

April 9, 2020 at 11:28am
April 9, 2020 at 11:28am
#980610
Istijlál (Majesty), 2 Jalál (Glory) 177 B.E. Thursday, April 9, 2020

Gratitude List for 2 Jalál

Today I am thankful ...
*BulletV* ...for the birds I heard singing this morning.
*BulletV* ...that I have 352 points in my Survey Junkie account.
*BulletV* ...for the fresh brewed coffee I had this morning.
*BulletV* ...that I received my prescriptions for Lisinopril and Levothyroxine today.
*BulletV* ...for the doughnuts I had with my coffee this morning.
*BulletV* ...that my Bank of America checking account is not overdrawn today.
*BulletV* ...for the partly cloudy sky because the sun shines through once in a while.
*BulletV* ...that I have $3.56 in my Inbox Dollars account.
*BulletV* ...for the grapes I had as my afternoon snack.



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