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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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March 26, 2019 at 10:14pm
March 26, 2019 at 10:14pm
#955090
‘Idál (Justice), 7 Bahá (Splendor) 176 B.E. - Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Evening Breeze in March1

March wind whispers
sweet nothings
to palm fronds
and olive leaves.

March blows
into the arm of April
composes love odes
to April showers.

Gratitude List for 7 Bahá

Today I am thankful ...
         *Butterfly* ...that the $10.10 I transferred from PayPal hit my checking account this morning.
         *Butterfly2B* ...for fresh brewed black coffee on the cloudy March morning.
         *ButterflyV* ...that my Bank of America checking account is not overdrawn today.
         *Butterfly2G* ...for the chicken soup I had with my sandwich for lunch
         *ButterflyB* ...that I have $44.31 in my Vindale Research account.
         *Butterfly2O* ...for the salad I had for my evening meal.
         *ButterflyG* ...that I have 55 points in my Survey Junkie account.
         *Butterfly2P* ...that my Transunion credit score is up 61 point to 652 which is Fair.
         *ButterflyO* ...that my Equifax credit score is up 72 points to 663 which is Fair.


Footnotes
1  I posted this on Poet 999 - A Butterfly Emerges from Her Cocoon https://poet999.blogspot.com/2019/03/evening-breeze-in-march.html.

March 25, 2019 at 12:11am
March 25, 2019 at 12:11am
#954919
Kamál (Perfection), 5 Bahá (Splendor) 176 B.E. - Monday, March 25, 2019

Spirit of the Age2

From time immemorial,
God's promised humanity
peace and unity.

In this age,
peace is inevitable
and unity unstoppable.

Gratitude List for 5 Bahá

Today I am thankful ...
         *Butterfly2B* ...that my Bank of America checking account is not overdrawn today.
         *Butterfly* ...for fresh brewed black coffee on this beautiful spring day.
         *Butterfly2G* ...that I have 821 points in my Survey Junkie account.
         *ButterflyB* ...that I have $43.81 in my Vindale Research account.
         *Butterfly2O* ...for the soft chicken tacos I had for lunch today.

Fiḍál (Grace), 6 Bahá (Splendor) 176 B.E. - Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Facebook Status Update

Don't ask:
"What's wrong?"
If you don't want
an honest answer.

Don't accuse me
of being angry with you
when my emotions are express
in my voice;
I'm a passionate person
and sometimes my emotions
express themselves
in my vocal tones.

Gratitude List for 6 Bahá

Today I am thankful ...
         *ButterflyG* ...that I have 921 points in my Survey Junkie account.
         *Butterfly2P* ...for fresh brewed coffee on this beautiful March morning.
         *ButterflyO* ...that my Bank of America checking account is not overdrawn today.
         *Butterfly2R* ...for the lentil soup I had for lunch.
         *ButterflyV* ...that I have $44.31 in my Vindale research account.
         *Butterfly2T* ...that I have 1,010 points in my Survey Spot account, because I was able to transfer $10.10 to my PayPal account.
         *ButterflyR* ...that I could keep the front door open all day.
         *Butterfly2V* ...that I have 566,708 GPs in my Gift Points account.
         *Butterfly2W* ...for the cranberry juice I had with my evening meal.
         *Butterfly2Y* ...that I could transfer $10.10 from my PayPal account to my checking account.

My Notepad App3

Midnight
time to write
phrases and lines,
I don't have to turn on the light
I can compose poetry
using my smartphone's notepad app.

Footnotes
2  I posted this in Poet 999 - A Butterfly Emerges From Her Cocoon https://poet999.blogspot.com/2019/03/spirit-of-age.html.
3  I posted this on Poet 999 - A Butterfly Emerges From Her Cocoon https://poet999.blogspot.com/2019/03/my-notepad-app.html.

March 24, 2019 at 12:03am
March 24, 2019 at 12:03am
#954849
Jamál (Beauty), 4 Bahá (Splendor) 176 B.E. - Sunday, March 24, 2019

Sunday Afternoon Poem4

Beautiful Sunday
Sun shines in all its splendor
Casting dark shadows

Gratitude List for 4 Bahá

Today I am thankful ...
         *Butterfly2B* ...that my Bank of America checking account is not overdrawn today.
         *Butterfly2G* ...for fresh brewed coffee on this beautiful March morning.
         *Butterfly2O* ...that I have 548,783 GPs in my Gift Points account.
         *Butterfly2P* ...for double chocolate doughnuts to go with my coffee this morning.
         *Butterfly2R* ...that I have $43.31 in my Vindale Research account.
         *Butterfly* ...for the chicken enchiladas I had for lunch today.
         *Butterfly2T* ...that I have 632 points in my Survey Junkie account.
         *Butterfly2V* ...that National Poetry Month   is coming up in April.
         *Butterfly2W* ...that I have five Editors' Picks for my April Edition of the Spiritual newsletter.
         *Butterfly2Y* ...that I finished "Who is The Bab? in "Bicentenary Poems and Prose.
         *ButterflyG* ....that I have a notepad app on my phone because I can write down lines for poems in the middle of the night.
         *ButterflyB* ...that I have 1,263 points in my Opinion Square account.
         *ButterflyO* ...that I have $4.60 in my Inbox Dollars account.
         *ButterflyR* ...that I have $17.01 in my Send Earning account.
         *ButterflyV* ...that I could keep the front door open all day.

Facebook Status Update

Sometimes I wonder why
these are called the golden years
when there is no gold
only fears,
and a lot of tears.

Then I intone a prayer
revealed by Baha'u'llah,
and both the tears
and the fears
are transformed
when I realize
these tests are polishing
the mirror of my soul.

Footnotes
4  I posted this in Poet 999 - A Butterfly Emerges From Her Cocoon https://poet999.blogspot.com/2019/03/sunday-afternoon-pome.html.

March 23, 2019 at 11:11am
March 23, 2019 at 11:11am
#954812
Jalál (Glory), 3 Bahá (Splendor) 176 B.E. - Saturday, March 23, 2019

Feast of Splendor5

The glorious wine
of the Holy Spirit sipped
from the chalice of God's love.

The radiant bread
of the Word of God consumed
at the table of the Lord.

Gratitude List for 3 Bahá

         *Butterfly2V* ...that the day was nice enough to keep the front door open.
         *Butterfly2B* ...for the fresh brewed coffee I had this morning.
         *Butterfly2R* ...that my Bank of America checking isn't overdrawn today.
         *Butterfly2G* ...for the double chocolate doughnut I had to go with my coffee.
         *Butterfly2W* ...that I was able to finish Can Science Save Our Souls?   by Maya Bohnhoff. This is the second installment of the series Questions from an Atheist about the Nature of God  .
         *Butterfly2O* ...for the lintel soup I had for lunch.
         *Butterfly2Y* ...that I have 500 points in my Survey Junkie account.
         *Butterfly2P* ...for the chocolate chip cookie and cornbread muffin I had for my afternoon snack.
         *Butterfly2T* ...that I have $16.95 in my Send Earnings account.


Footnotes
5  I posted this in Poet 999 - A Butterfly Emerges From Her Cocoon https://poet999.blogspot.com/2019/03/feast-of-splendor.html.

March 22, 2019 at 10:49am
March 22, 2019 at 10:49am
#954740
Istiqlál (Independence), 2 Bahá (Splendor) 176 B.E. - Friday, March 22, 2019

The Nineteen-Day Feast6

At the Lord's Supper
we sip the crystal waters
of God's Word
from the chalice of divine love,
and verse by verse consume
the fruit of the Tree of Life.

Gratitude List For 2 Bahá

Today I am thankful...
         *Butterfly2B* ...that my Bank of American checking account is not overdrawn today.
         *Butterfly2G* ...that I have $42.56 in my Vindale Research account.
         *Butterfly2O* ...that I have 489 points in my Survey Junkie account.
         *Butterfly2P* ...for fresh brewed hot black coffee on this beautiful spring morning.
         *Butterfly2R* ...that the sun is shining today and it is nice enough to keep the front door open.
         *Butterfly2T* ...that my prescriptions came through the mail today.
         *Butterfly2V* ...for the Arizona sweet ice tea I had for lunch.
         *Butterfly2W* ...that we still have a case of water left this month.
         *Butterfly2Y* ...that I have 545,133 GPs in my Gift Points account.


Footnotes
6  I posted this on Poet 999 - A Butterfly Emerges From Her Cocoon https://poet999.blogspot.com/2019/03/the-nineteen-day-feast.html.

March 21, 2019 at 12:06am
March 21, 2019 at 12:06am
#954672
Istijlál (Majesty), 1 Bahá (Splendor) 176 B.E. - Thursday, March 21, 2019
Naw-Ruz

Naw-Ruz: A New Year7

March 21, 2019--
Naw-Ruz 176--
the beginning of a New Year
full of hope and joy.

The morning was cloudy,
clearing a little by afternoon
and the sun cam shining through:
the joy of a new and glorious day.

Gratitude List For 1 Bahá

Today I am thankful...
         *Butterfly2B* ...that my Bank of America checking account is not overdrawn today.
         *Butterfly2G* ...for fresh brewed black coffee on this beautiful spring morning.
         *Butterfly2O* ...that I was able to pay the March electric bill today.
         *Butterfly2P* ...for the double chocolate doughnuts I have to go with my coffee.
         *Butterfly2R* ...that I read this thought provoking article Atheism Is Inconsistent with the Scientific Method, Prizewinning Physicist Says   by Lee Billings.
         *Butterfly2T* ...for the sunshine we received this afternoon, because it is always nice to see sunshine and shadows on a cloudy day.
         *Butterfly2V* ...that I finished the article Spiritual Exploration for Atheists   by Maya Bohnhoff, which is the first in a series of articles about Questions from an Atheist about the Nature of God  .
         *Butterfly2W* ...for the Arizona sweet ice tea I had with my supper.
         *Butterfly2Y* ...that I finished the article 5 Steps to Increase the Quality of Prayer   by Makeena Rivers, which is the first installment of the series Creating a Prayerful Life  .

Article Series To Read in 176 B.E.

*Bullet* Creating A Prayerful Life  
*BulletV* Questions from an Atheist about the Nature of God  
*BulletR* Refining the Chain of Being  

Footnotes
7  I posted this in Poet 999 - A Butterfly Emerges from Her Cocoon {item:https://poet999.blogspot.com/2019/03/naw-ruz-new-year.html}.

March 20, 2019 at 11:50am
March 20, 2019 at 11:50am
#954641
‘Idál (Justice), 19 ‘Alá’ (Loftiness) 175 B.E. - Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Facebook Status Update

Naw-Ruz 176 B.E. will soon be here (March 21). It is a New Year, with new hope, and big changes in my life (at least that is how it appears at the moment). 175 B.E. was a difficulty year, with a few changes, I don't see my finances getting much better. I have to make the changes, with the hope that my finances will improve. I doubt I will be moving again for a while.

Gratitude List For 19 ‘Alá’

Today I am thankful ...
         *BulletBr* ...that my Bank of America account is no longer overdrawn.
         *BulletGr* ...for the fresh brewed hot black coffee I had this morning.
         *BulletO* ...that I have 211 points in my Survey Junkie account.
         *BulletP* ...that I was able to finish reading Naw-Ruz: It’s a New Day, and a New Year!   From the Editors of BahaiTeachings.org.
         *BulletB* ...that I have 905 point in my Survey Spot account.
         *BulletG* ...that I have 508,533 GPs in my Gift Points account.
         *BulletR* ...that Naw-Ruz 176 B.E. is the beginning of the second bicentenary period, and the upcoming celebration of the 200th Anniversary of the Birth of The Bab.
         *BulletV* ...that at sunset the New Year of 176 B.E. begin, because I feel it will indicate a better period in my life.
         *Bullet* ...for the chocolate candy I have to eat before going to sleep.

March 19, 2019 at 11:40am
March 19, 2019 at 11:40am
#954589
Fiḍál (Grace), 18 ‘Alá’ (Loftiness) 175 B.E. - Tuesday, March 19, 2019

"O thou forgiving God! Forgive the sins of my loving mother, pardon her shortcomings, cast upon her the glance of Thy gracious providence and enable her to gain admittance into Thy Kingdom.

O God! From the earliest days of my life she educated and nurtured me, yet I did not recompense her for her toil and labors. Do Thou reward her by granting her eternal life and making her exalted in Thy Kingdom.

Verily, Thou art the Forgiver, the Bestower and the Kind."
Abdu'l-Baha

Facebook Status Update

Today March 19
is my mother's 98th birthday:
Happy Birthday Mama,
I miss you.

Gratitude List For 18 ‘Alá’

Today I am thankful ...
         *BulletBr* ...for fresh brewed hot coffee.
         *BulletGr* ...that it is a nice day and I can keep the front door open.
         *BulletO* ...for the Arizona sweet ice tea I had with my brunch.
         *BulletP* ...that I have 885 points in my Survey Spot account.
         *BulletB* ...that I have 167 points in my Survey Junkie account.
         *BulletR* ...that I have $16.37 in my Send Earnings account.
         *BulletG* ...that I have 501,783 GPs in my Gift Points account.

Naw-Ruz: A Time to Celebrate8

Spring is almost here
a time for joy and cheer,
a time to celebrate Naw-Ruz
and a brand new year.

Footnotes
8  I posted this in Poet 999 - A Butterfly Emerges From Her Cocoon https://poet999.blogspot.com/2019/03/naw-ruz-time-to-celebrate.html

March 18, 2019 at 11:02am
March 18, 2019 at 11:02am
#954526
Kamál (Perfection), 17 ‘Alá’ (Loftiness) 175 B.E. - Monday, March 18, 2019

Facebook Status Update

Beautiful Monday
Inhale the joy of morning
Intone a prayer of thanks

Gratitude List For 17 ‘Alá’

Today I am thankful ...
         *BulletP* ...that I was able to charge the battery in my smartphone by moving it to another charger last night.
         *BulletB* ...for fresh brewed hot coffee.
         *BulletG* ...that I was able to request $10.00 sent to my PayPal account from my Survey Junies account.
         *BulletR* ...that I have 6 points in my Survey Junkies account toward my next $10.00.
         *BulletV* ...that I could transfer $10.00 from my PayPal account to my checking account. The money should hit my checking account in 1 business day.
         *Bullet* ...that the replacement for my lost SNAP card came in the mail today.
         *BulletG* ...that I thought to add the Tahirih Justice Center   to my Web Favorites list toyat,
         *BulletBr* ...that I have $16.10 in my Send Earnings account today.
         *BulletGr* ...that the money I transferred from my PayPal account this morning hit my checking account this afternoon.
         *BulletO* ...for the Arizona Sweet Ice Tea I had for lunch.
         *BulletP* ...that I have 496,783 GPs in my Gift Points account this afternoon.
         *Bullet* ...that I received a merit badge today.
Merit Badge in Nonfiction
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Congratulations on completing 22 of February's  [Link To Item #mmhc]  tasks! You rocked it! *^*Heart*^*


March 15, 2019 at 10:52pm
March 15, 2019 at 10:52pm
#954396
Jalál (Glory), 15 ‘Alá’ (Loftiness) 175 B.E. - Saturday, March 16, 2019

Saturday Poem9

A cool wind blowing
Bright sun casing deep shadows
Bird flies past my door

Gratitude List For 15 ‘Alá’

Today I am thankful ...
         *BulletG* ...that the bank paid the $20.00 overdraft. I have to pay an overdraft fee, but that is just part of the course.
         *BulletR* ...for hot black coffee on this glorious Saturday morning.
         *BulletBr* ...that I received my mail in ballot today for the upcoming election.
         *BulletGr* ...that the check for Inbox Dollars for $30.02 arrived today.
         *BulletO* ...that I have 979 points in my Survey Junkies account.
         *BulletP* ...that it is a beautiful bright day because we can keep the front door open.
         *BulletB* ...that I have 48,100 points in my YouGov account.
         *BulletV* ...that I received a merit badge today.
Merit Badge in The Contest Challenge
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Thank you for your loyal participation in  [Link To Item #2109126] !  This challenge wouldn't be the same without you!

Jamál (Beauty), 16 ‘Alá’ (Loftiness) 175 B.E. - Sunday, March 17, 2019

Gratitude List For 16 ‘Alá’

Today I am thankful ...
         *BulletG* ...that I was able to finish and submit the March fantasy newsletter yesterday.
         *BulletR* ...for fresh brewed hot black coffee.
         *Bullet* .,..that I was able to attend Devotional Services at the Baha'i Center in Las Vegas.
         *BulletV* ...for the rice and chicken for breakfast today.
         *BulletBr* ...that I have 488,133 GPs in my Gift Points account.
         *BulletO* ...for the cherry pie I had for my evening snack.
         *BulletGr* ...that I have 987 points in my Survey Junkie account.


Footnotes
9  I posted this on Poet 999 - A Butterfly Emerges from Her Cocoon https://poet999.blogspot.com/2019/03/saturday-poem.html.

March 14, 2019 at 9:31pm
March 14, 2019 at 9:31pm
#954348
Istiqlál (Independence), 14 ‘Alá’ (Loftiness) 175 B.E. - Friday, March 15, 2019

Pray for Assistance10

When under stress,
intone a prayer for assistance
ask help from the Lord,
the All-Powerful Creator.

Gratitude List For 15 ‘Alá’

Today I am thankful ...
         *BulletBr* ...that I have 820 points in my Survey Junkie account.
         *BulletGr* ...for fresh brewed coffee on this beautiful March morning.
         *BulletO* ...that my prescriptions are being processed today.
         *BulletP* ...that I have 875 points in my Survey Spot account.
         *BulletB* ...that I was able to finish the article Why Mark Tobey Called the Baha’i Faith the ‘Living Core of Modernism’   by Shadi Toloui-Wallace.
         *Bullet* ...that I received a merit badge.
Merit Badge in Chocolate Emporium
[Click For More Info]

Dear Neva,

Here is the first of your merit badges from the Chocolate Truffles package which  [Link To User schnujo]  donated to you.

I hope you like it.

Rachel


Footnotes
10  I posted this in Poet 999 - A Butterfly Emerges Form Her Cocoon https://poet999.blogspot.com/2019/03/pray-for-assistance.html.

March 13, 2019 at 10:27pm
March 13, 2019 at 10:27pm
#954299
Istijlál (Majesty), 13 ‘Alá’ (Loftiness) 175 B.E. - Thursday, March 14, 2019

Facebook Status Update

The windchill factor
feels like its mid December
in Oklahoma.

Gratitude List For 13 ‘Alá’

Today I am thankful ...
         *BulletGr* ...that my Bank of America checking account is not overdrawn today.
         *BulletO* ...for the fresh brewed hot black coffee I had with my instant oatmeal this morning.
         *BulletP* ...that I have 491,333 GPs in my Gift Points account this morning.
         *BulletB* ...for the chocolate cup cake I had for my snack this morning.
         *BulletG* ...that I have 865 points in my Survey Spot account.
         *BulletR* ...for the fruit and cheese snack pack I had this afternoon.
         *BulletV* ...that I have 569 points in my Survey Junkie account.
         *Bullet* ...that the Leasing Office sent someone to change the batteries in the smoke alarms today.



March 12, 2019 at 10:48pm
March 12, 2019 at 10:48pm
#954242
‘Idál (Justice), 12 ‘Alá’ (Loftiness) 175 B.E. - Wednesday, March 13, 2019

The Birds of March11

A sparrow is singing,
nesting in the pine tree across the street,
the pigeons nesting above my door
are silent
listening to the sparrow's serenade.

Gratitude List For 12 ‘Alá’

Today I am thankful ...
         *BulletG* ...that my Bank of America checking account is not overdrawn today.
         *BulletR* ...for fresh brewed hot back coffee on this chilly morning.
         *BulletV* ...that I have 501 points in my Survey Junkie account.
         *Bullet* ...for the real hot chocolate (made with real cow's milk) I had before I went to sleep last night.
         *BulletBr* ...that I have 835 points in my Survey Spot account.


Footnotes
11  I posted this in Poet 999 - A Butterfly Emerges From Her Cocoon https://poet999.blogspot.com/2019/03/the-birds-of-march.html.

March 10, 2019 at 8:07pm
March 10, 2019 at 8:07pm
#954094
Kamál (Perfection), 10 ‘Alá’ (Loftiness) 175 B.E. - Monday, March 11, 2019

Roses and Chocolatess: Memories of My Mother12

Mama loved roses:
her favorite blossoms were red,
and she like rich dark chocolates.

Gratitude List For 10 ‘Alá’

Today I am thankful ...
         *BulletBr* ...that my Bank of America checking account is not overdrawn.
         *BulletGr* ...for fresh brewed hot black coffee on this nippy morning.
         *BulletO* ...that the writing.com travel mug from Schnujo arrived today.
         *BulletP* ...for the chili relleno I had for lunch.
         *BulletB* ...that I have 340 points in my Survey Junkie account.
         *BulletG* ...for the two writing.com pens that came with the travel mug today, because now I can keep one beside my bed and one at the computer.
         *BulletR* ...that I have 805 points in my Survey Spot account.
         *BulletV* ...for the Arizona sweet ice tea I have for my afternoon snack.
         *Bullet* ...that I have $41.62 in my Vindale Research account.


Footnotes
12  I posted this on Poet 999 - A Butterfly emerges from Her Cocoon https://poet999.blogspot.com/2019/03/roses-and-chocolates-memories-of-my.html.

March 9, 2019 at 8:44pm
March 9, 2019 at 8:44pm
#954038
Jamál (Beauty), 9 ‘Alá’ (Loftiness) 175 B.E. - Sunday, March 10, 2019

Sunday Poem13

Sunday afternoon
A beautiful cloudy day
For writing poems

Gratitude List For 9 ‘Alá’

Today I am thankful ...
         *BulletBr* ...that my Bank of America Checking account is not overdrawn today .
         *BulletGr* ...for fresh brewed black coffee on this late winter morning.
         *BulletO* ...that I finished reading the article How to Focus Our Energy on the Stuff That Matters   by Jaellayna Palmer.
         *BulletP* ...for the banana I had to go with my morning coffee.
         *BulletB* ...that I have 308 points in my Survey Junkies account.
         *BulletG* ...for the egg salad sandwich I had for brunch.
         *BulletR* ...that I was able to begin the sixth poem in the two-hundred I am writing to celebrate the Bicentenary of the Birth of the Bab today, the working title of the poem is "Invocation to the Bab".
         *BulletV* ...for the peanut butter cups I have for my evening snack.
         *Bullet* ...that I have 446,618 GPs in my Gift Points account.


Footnotes
13  I posted this on Poet 999 - A Butterfly Emerges From Her Cocoon https://poet999.blogspot.com/2019/03/sunday-poem.html.

March 8, 2019 at 9:19pm
March 8, 2019 at 9:19pm
#953978
Jalál (Glory), 8 ‘Alá’ (Loftiness) 175 B.E. - Saturday, March 9, 2019

"O Thou kind Lord! Thou hast created all humanity from the same stock. Thou hast decreed that all shall belong to the same household. In Thy Holy Presence they are all Thy servants, and all mankind are sheltered beneath Thy Tabernacle; all have gathered together at Thy Table of Bounty; all are illumined through the light of Thy Providence. O God! Thou art kind to all, Thou hast provided for all, dost shelter all, conferrest life upon all. Thou hast endowed each and all with talents and faculties, and all are submerged in the Ocean of Thy Mercy. O Thou kind Lord! Unite all. Let the religions agree and make the nations one, so that they may see each other as one family and the whole earth as one home. May they all live together in perfect harmony. O God! Raise aloft the banner of the oneness of mankind. O God! Establish the Most Great Peace. Cement Thou, O God, the hearts together. O Thou kind Father, God! Gladden our hearts through the fragrance of Thy love. Brighten our eyes through the Light of Thy Guidance. Delight our ears with the melody of Thy Word, and shelter us all in the Stronghold of Thy Providence. Thou art the Mighty and Powerful, Thou art the Forgiving and Thou art the One Who overlooketh the shortcomings of all mankind."
Abdu’l-Baha14

Prayer and Action15

Word by word I read
a prayer for unity,
afterwards
I contemplate
how my actions reflect
my desire for unity.

Gratitude List For 8 ‘Alá’

Today I am thankful ...
         *BulletR* ...that my Bank of America checking account is not overdrawn today.
         *BulletV* ...for fresh brewed hot black coffee on this chilly morning.
         *BulletBr* ...that I was able to complete the article A Small Town’s Simple Approach To Peace   by Badi Shams this morning.
         *BulletGr* ...for the Baha'i Prayer app I have on my smartphone because I can access the sacred writings and prayers anyplace I go with my phone.
         *BulletO* ...that I have $15.39 in my Send Earnings account.
         *BulletP* ...for the peppermint candy cane I have for my afternoon snack.
         *BulletB* ...that I have 306 points in my Survey Junkie account.
         *BulletG* ...for the tuna on rye sandwich I had for lunch.
         *BulletR* ...that I have 445,018 GPs in my Gift Points account.
         *BulletV* ...for writing.com and the wonderful people who are members.
         *Bullet* ...that time springs forward on March 10 at 2:00 am, and that both my computer and smartphone reset themselves.


Footnotes
14  The Promulgation of Universal Peace, p. 100.
15  I posted this poem on Poet 999 - A Butterfly Emerges From Her Cocoon https://poet999.blogspot.com/2019/03/prayer-and-action.html.

March 7, 2019 at 10:37pm
March 7, 2019 at 10:37pm
#953927
Istiqlál (Independence), 7 ‘Alá’ (Loftiness) 175 B.E. - Friday, March 8, 2019

Virtual Vacation16

I'm taking a virtual vacation
across the planet Earth
to see the Baha'i Holy Places and Temples
200 years after The Bab's birth:
My virtual vacation
will begin on March the twenty-first.

Gratitude List For 7 ‘Alá’

Today I am thankful ...
         *BulletV* ...that my Bank of America checking account is not overdrawn today.
         *Bullet* ...for a chocolate doughnut to go with my coffee this morning.
         *BulletO* ...that the money I requested from my Loan Company hit my checking account this morning.
         *BulletBr* ...for Gary who woke me up at 6:00 A.M. Pacific Time, knocking on my door, this morning. Because he woke me up I am able to start my day a couple of hours earlier then normal.
         *BulletGr* ...that I have 296 points in my Survey Junkie account.
         *BulletP* ...for the tuna on rye sandwich I had for lunch.
         *BulletB* ...that I have 775 points in my Survey Spot account.
         *Bullet* ...for the ginger ale I had with my evening meal.
         *BulletG* ...that I have my next edition of the Spiritual newsletter ready to submit.

Facebook Status Update

Happy International
Women's Day!

Footnotes
16  I posted this on Poet 999 - A Butterfly Emerges From Her Cocoon https://poet999.blogspot.com/2019/03/virtual-vacation.html.

March 6, 2019 at 8:43pm
March 6, 2019 at 8:43pm
#953841
Istijlál (Majesty), 6 ‘Alá’ (Loftiness) 175 B.E. - Thursday, March 7, 2019

Gratitude List For 6 ‘Alá’

Today I am thankful ...
         *BulletO* ...that I have $15.12 in my Send Earnings account.
         *BulletBr* ...for the chocolate doughnuts I had with my coffee this morning.
         *BulletGr* ...that my Bank of America checking account is not overdrawn today.
         *BulletR* ...for the chicken strips and fried rice I had for lunch.
         *BulletP* ...that I have $3.14 in my Inbox Dollars account.
         *BulletB* ...that I have 277 points in my Survey Junkie account.
         *BulletG* ...that it was a nice day and we could keep the front door open.


March 5, 2019 at 9:09pm
March 5, 2019 at 9:09pm
#953781
‘Idál (Justice), 5 ‘Alá’ (Loftiness) 175 B.E. - Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Facebook Status Update

Wet Wednesday morning
Raindrop hitting cement walks
The coffee is hot

Gratitude List For 5 ‘Alá’

Today I am thankful ...
         *BulletBr* ...that I was able to request a $30.02 check from Inbox Dollars. The check will be processed on March 13 and should arrive on or before June 13.
         *BulletGr* ...for fresh brewed hot coffee on this chilly late winter morning.
         *BulletO* ...that I had enough in my savings account to cover the overdraft in my checking account.
         *BulletB* ...for the rain we received here in Las Vegas today.
         *BulletG* ...that it took only an hour at Quest Diagnostics to get my blood drawn today.
         *BulletR* ...for the banana I had with my breakfast this morning.
         *BulletV* ...that I have $14.86 in my Send Earnings account.
         *Bullet* ...that "Witches Stew was featured in "Fantasy Newsletter (March 6, 2019).
         *BulletP* ...that "Love yourself; it will be okay was featured in "Spiritual Newsletter (March 6, 2019).
         *BulletBr* ...that I have $40.87 in my Vindale Research account.
         *BulletGr* ...that I have 253 points in my Survey Junkie account.

An Afternoon in March17

The rain has stopped
gray clouds cover the sky
promising more rain,
a chilly wind blows through
palm and olive trees
giving the feeling of winter,
but spring is on the way.

Footnotes
17  I posted this on Poet 999 - A Butterfly Emerges From Her Cocoon https://poet999.blogspot.com/2019/03/an-afternoon-in-march.html.

March 4, 2019 at 9:05pm
March 4, 2019 at 9:05pm
#953715
Fiḍál (Grace), 4 ‘Alá’ (Loftiness) 175 B.E. - Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Prayer to Increase Trust in God

O Lord! Unto Thee I repair for refuge, and toward all Thy signs I set my heart.

O Lord! Whether traveling or at home, and in my occupation or in my work, I place my whole trust in Thee.

Grant me then Thy sufficing help so as to make me independent of all things, O Thou Who art unsurpassed in Thy mercy!

Bestow upon me my portion, O Lord, as Thou pleasest, and cause me to be satisfied with whatsoever Thou hast ordained for me.

Thine is the absolute authority to command.

The Báb18

White Recliner: A Memory19

I always think of Grandpa Newland,
whenever I see a white recliner.
I remember him setting in one,
with the Siamese cat beside him and the dog in his lap,
watching TV.
Grandpa enjoyed setting there
with Jay beside him and Cindi or Popcorn in his lap,
watching The Grand Old Opera.

Gratitude List For 4 ‘Alá’

Today I am thankful ...
         *Bullet* ...that my Bank of America checking account is not overdrawn today.
         *BulletBr* ...for the two cases of bottled water we were able to purchase last week.
         *BulletGr* ...that I have $32.85 in my Inbox Dollars account.
         *BulletO* ...for fresh brewed hot coffee on this chilly morning.
         *BulletP* ...that I was able to transfer $5.00 from my PayPal account to my Checking account.
         *BulletB* ...for the cheese and broccoli soup I had for lunch today.
         *BulletG* ...that I have 438,755 GPs in my Gift Points account.
         *BulletR* ...for the popcorn I had for my afternoon snack today.
         *BulletV* ...that I can leave the door open on this beautiful March afternoon.
         *Bullet* ...that I have 165 points in my Survey Junkie account.

Facebook status Update

I rescheduled one of the doctors' appointments I had next week to April. The co-pay on that appointment was only $10.00, but since I suspect I may be overdrawn this month, I decided to wait until April to have my toe nail cut.

Other things I'm probably not going to be able to afford this month is get my hair cu t (unless I cut it myself) and go the Spiritual Services. Next month is the last payment on the security deposit, and after t hat there will be a little extra money ( Hopefully.).

Footnotes
18  The Divine Art of Living, p. 6-7
19  I posted this on Poet 999 - A Butterfly Emerges From Her Cocoon https://poet999.blogspot.com/2019/03/white-recliner-memory.htmlhttps://poet999.b....


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