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"O my God! O my God! Unite the hearts of Thy servants, and reveal to them Thy great purpose. May they follow Thy commandments and abide in Thy law. Help them, O God, in their endeavor, and grant them strength to serve Thee. O God! Leave them not to themselves, but guide their steps by the light of Thy knowledge, and cheer their hearts by Thy love. Verily, Thou art their Helper and their Lord."

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June 16, 2019 at 12:01pm
June 16, 2019 at 12:01pm
Jamál (Beauty), 12 Núr (Light) 176 B.E. - Sunday, June 16, 2019

This morning started off good. I read the second article in Steve McLean's series The Dawn of a New Faith  . The title of the second installment is The Dawn of a New Faith—and the Persecution that Followed  . I discovered the theme for poem 22 of the 200 I'm writing to celebrate the Bicentenary of the Birth of the Bab in quote from Selections from the Writings of the Bab.

"O Thou Remnant of God! I have sacrificed myself wholly for Thee; I have accepted curses for Thy sake, and have yearned for naught but martyrdom in the path of Thy love."
The Bab3

In the above quotation the statement, "O Thou Remnant of God!", refers to Baha'u'llah, who was "Him Whom God Will Make Manifest", in many of The Bab's writings. The Bab, an independent Prophet who revealed sacred scriptures and a religion, was also the forerunner of Baha'u'llah, the Glory of God, and the one promised in all the sacred scriptures of humanity. I have poem 22 almost finished, I have to decide on a titile.

3  Selections from the Writings of the Bab, page 59.

June 15, 2019 at 11:32am
June 15, 2019 at 11:32am
Jalál (Glory), 11 Núr (Light) 176 B.E. - Saturday, June 15, 2019

It's Saturday morning, the temperature is 93 degrees and sunny. I turned on the air conditioner, so that I could get a little bit of cool air. Fortunately, the air conditioner doesn't run all the time. It has a thermostat, so it reaches a specific temperature and shuts off until the thermostat activates it again. I'm attempting to get assistance with the power bill, but I won't know about that until after June 24. I need to call both the power company and my internet provider Monday or Tuesday to see if I can make arrangement to pay the bills that are due.

All in all it's been a good morning. I wrote "Kevin Locke and entered in in "Super Power Mini HOOP LA Challenge. Kevin Locke   is a Lakota Hoop Dancer, Flute Player, and Story Teller. When I saw the information about the contest in my inbox, I immediately thought about Mr. Locke. In addition to being a Hoop Dancer, Mr. Locke is one of the people that Christopher Buck interviews in the series of articles Indigenous Messengers of God   on BahaiTeachings.org  .

It's been an interesting, stressful, and oddly productive week. The reason I say "oddly productive" is that stress normally causes me to be unproductive. However, I managed to write a several gratitude lists, make some blog entries, deal with the rental management company, and finish poem 21 of the 200 I'm writing for the celebration of the Bicentenary of the Birth of The Bab. All of those poems are in "Bicentenary Poems and Prose.
June 14, 2019 at 12:33pm
June 14, 2019 at 12:33pm
Istiqlál (Independence), 10 Núr (Light) 176 B.E. - Friday, June 14, 2019

The Bard's Hall Contest  (13+)
JUNE: Annual Blog/Journal Month!
#981150 by StephB

It's Friday, June 14, I think I've made the ten required blog entries for the "The Bard's Hall Contest blog contest. However, just to make sure I'll do another entry. About the only thing I want to do right now is finish my cheese and biscuit from my breakfast, drink a little more coffee, and just relax without worrying about anything. Therefore, I'm going to read the two articles by David Langness in in the series The Existence of the Human Soul  , complete this entry, and move on from there.

"Know, verily, that the soul is a sign of God, a heavenly gem whose reality the most learned of men hath failed to grasp, and whose mystery no mind, however acute, can ever hope to unravel."

I've always believed in the existence of the human soul. I've often wondered where the souls lives, and is it a part of my consciousness. I've never received satisfactory answers to either of these inquiries. I finally decided to just accept the existence of the human soul, knowing that eventually God would answer my inquiries, if I just kept praying, asking, and searching.

After reading both f We Have a Soul, Where Does it Live?   and Epigenetics Proves that We’re Not Just Physical Creatures  , I'm satisfied with the idea that my consciousness is not just a part of my brain, but goes beyond the physical. I have also discovered epigenetics, which I need to investigate more thoroughly for a better understanding.

One of the things I like about the articles and article series on BahaiTeachings.org   is that many of the authors take both a spiritual and scientific approach when writing the articles. This type of approach reflects the Baha'i concept of the fundamental harmony of science and religion.

4  Gleanings from the Writings of Baha’u’llah, p. 159.
5  Quoted in https://bahaiteachings.org/if-we-have-soul-where-does-it-live} If We Have a Soul, Where Does it Live?} by David Langness.

June 13, 2019 at 12:37pm
June 13, 2019 at 12:37pm
Istijlál (Majesty), 9 Núr (Light) 176 B.E. - Thursday, June 13, 2019

The Bard's Hall Contest  (13+)
JUNE: Annual Blog/Journal Month!
#981150 by StephB

It's Thursday afternoon, I accomplished a great deal this morning. None of what I accomplished had anything to do with writing or reviewing. I did surveys on Survey Junkie, converted ove 1,100 points to cash, and transferred that to my checking account. According to the message, it will take about five days to hit my checking account. Which may or may not be too late to prevent an overdraft; however at this point I'm not sure whether I care or not. At this point I'm not sure if I care or not. I will have $10.00 hitting my checking account on Friday (I hope), and I have some in savings I might be able to transfer. I've placed the situation in God's hands, so now all I have to do is set back and accept the inevitable, whatever that is.

The Reason I Don't Set a Wake Up Alarm

The pain in my left shoulder
and my right knee
wakes me up at precisely
3:30 A.M.

My plans for the rest of the day are simple, if not easy. I plan to read, review, write, say some prayers, and do some survey for Vindale Research. I will also check my Facebook account, at least once. I don't plan on doing anything else, however, that may change as the day moves on.
June 12, 2019 at 12:22pm
June 12, 2019 at 12:22pm
‘Idál (Justice), 8 Núr (Light) 176 B.E. - Wednesday, June 12, 2019

The Bard's Hall Contest  (13+)
JUNE: Annual Blog/Journal Month!
#981150 by StephB

It's Wednesday, the writing.com weekly newsletters have arrived in our e-mail inboxes. So far, I have managed to read one of the newsletters. I read Kittiara 's newsletter "Spiritual Newsletter (June 12, 2019) about Spiritual Struggles, and submitted a comment. The theme of this week's newsletter is questions, which is one of my favorite subjects. I've always had a lot of questions about everything.

I suspect there is a good reason for me having a lot of questions. I was born, after sunset, on the evening of December 24. December 24 falls in the Baha'i month of Masá’il, Questions; true this may or may not having anything to do with why I ask questions. I could be asking questions because questions are considered an attribute of the human soul. Another reason could be that, as a child many of the spiritual questions I ask never received a satisfying or adequate answer. In fact, I never found answers to those questions until I learned about Baha'u'llah and began studying scripture He revealed.

"The first principle of Bahá’u’lláh is:

The Search for Truth

Man must cut himself free from all prejudice and from the result of his own imagination, so that he may be able to search for truth unhindered. Truth is one in all religions, and by means of it the unity of the world can be realized."


Asking questions is one of the most important parts of searching for truth, because without being able to ask, we cannot receive answers. Without being able to ask questions, we cannot put our prejudices behind us and move unfettered into the future.

6  Paris Talks, Part Two: 40. Theosophical Society, Paris

June 11, 2019 at 12:21pm
June 11, 2019 at 12:21pm
Fiḍál (Grace), 7 Núr (Light) 176 B.E. - Monday, June 11, 2019

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#981150 by StephB

A Lonely Pigeon

It is Tuesday,
and the pigeon nesting above my door
is moaning his sorrow,
his desire
for a mate and eggs.

He is alone,
he has no one to flock
or scavenge with
so he moans his loneliness
all spring and summer.

In fall and winter
he is silent
giving into the loneliness
of his chronic bachelor life
until the seasons turn
and the desire
in his loins rises again.

June 10, 2019 at 4:29pm
June 10, 2019 at 4:29pm
Kamál (Perfection), 6 Núr (Light) 176 B.E. - Monday, June 10, 2019

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#981150 by StephB

It's Motivational Monday and I'm not motivated to writing this afternoon. I was motivated this morning, unfortunately morning was filled with stuff that absolutely had to be accomplished today. Anymore, I prefer to write of a morning, but it wasn't always this way. At one time I wrote best at night, and at another in the afternoon. Now I prefer morning, although sometimes I write at night. At night, I make notes in my smartphone's note pad about poems I'm working on or planning to write.

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DAY 1999: What do you think clutters our lives, both in the physical and psychological senses?

Psychological Clutter

Overthinking and worry
clutter both mind and spirit:
and cause writer's block.

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DAY 2395: "I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be." ~ Douglas Adams (The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul) Let this quote inspire you blog entry today.

I'm where I'm needed.

I'm where I'm needed,
to work on God's plan for
my life.

I'm where I'm needed
to proclaim
Baha'u'llah's name.

June 9, 2019 at 12:23pm
June 9, 2019 at 12:23pm
Jamál (Beauty), 5 Núr (Light) 176 B.E. - Sunday, June 9, 2019

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#981150 by StephB

It's Sunday, and I've discovered another series of article on BahaiTeaching.org   to add to my article reading list. This series is The Dawn of a New Faith  , and the first article is The Bab: The Dawn and Herald of the Baha’i Era   by Steve McLean. This first article, discusses Siyyid Ali-Muhammad, The Bab, a descendant of Muhammad through His grandson Husayn Ali. The death of both Husayn Ali and The Bab are described. Mr. McLean also discusses the relationship between Baha'u'llah, founder of the Baha'i Faith, and The Bab, the forerunner of Baha'u'llah.

The Martyrdom of The Bab

The silence
in the market square way palatable,
the crowd listen
to the last words of Siyyid Ali-Muhammad--
descend of the Prophet Muhammad
through His grandson Husayn Ali.

The crowd waited,
inhaled as The Bab
and Anis
hung suspended
before the regiment
of rifles ready
to fire.

The regiment fired,
the bodies of the The Bab
and Anis were merged.

Their deaths did not prevent
the renewal of religion
through Baha'u'llah
the promised one of all religions.

Poet's Note:

I have finished 20 poems of the 200, with 180 left to complete in 142 days. I placed a copy of this poem in "Bicentenary Poems and Prose under "The Martyrdom of The Bab.

June 8, 2019 at 10:39am
June 8, 2019 at 10:39am
Jalál (Glory), 4 Núr (Light) 176 B.E. - Saturday, June 8, 2019

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JUNE: Annual Blog/Journal Month!
#981150 by StephB

In "Writing in Snow " Poem, Gratitude List, Aricle Series to Read, I listed four article series, on BahaiTeachings.crg  , that I started and want to finish. Last night, before going to sleep, I went to the beginning of the series Indigenous Messengers of God  , and read the first two articles. I read Native American Messengers of God   and Quetzalcoatl, the “Plumed Serpent”   both by Christopher Buck. Today I read article 41 Why Baha’is Respect Indigenous Sacred Traditions   by Christopher Buck and Kevin Locke. It's possible that I should have begun with the first article and read them in the order they were written. However, that isn't the way I beg reading them, so I will continue reading them in this way.

As a Baha'i I accept the common foundation of all religions, and that each religion was sent by God through a series of Divine Messengers or Manifestations. Some of the Manifestations of God that were known to me before beginning Indigenous Messengers of God   are Abraham, Moses, Buddha, Krishna, Zoroaster, Jesus, Muhammad, The Bab, and Baha'u'llah. Since starting to read this series I have discovered White Buffalo Calf Woman, Deganawida, Sweet Medicine, Lone Man, Breathmaker, Quetzalcoatl, and Viracocha. I'm looking forward to discovering other Indigenous Messengers of God.

"O God, Who art the Author of all Manifestations, the Source of all Sources, the Fountainhead of all Revelations, and the Wellspring of all Lights! I testify that by Thy Name the heaven of understanding hath been adorned, and the ocean of utterance hath surged, and the dispensations of Thy providence have been promulgated unto the followers of all religions."

In a passage from Gleanings From the Writings of Baha'u'llah (page 145), Baha'ullah tells us the God has sent Messengers to every nation and city on Earth. I take this includes the Indigenous Messengers of God. This is joyful news because it answers a question I ask when I was a child in a Southern Baptist Sunday School. I ask, "What about the people who were born before Christ? Will they go to heaven?" The teach never did give me a satisfying answer. I had to wait until I was an adult and discovered the scriptures revealed by Baha'u'llah to get the answer.

7  Prayers and Meditations, pp. 59–60.

June 7, 2019 at 11:29am
June 7, 2019 at 11:29am
Istiqlál (Independence), 3 Núr (Light) 176 B.E. - Friday, June 7, 2019

The Bard's Hall Contest  (13+)
JUNE: Annual Blog/Journal Month!
#981150 by StephB

It's Friday. It's a beautiful day in Las Vegas. It's my day off from doing surveys, so I decided to attempt to respond to the blog prompts for "Blog City ~ Every Blogger's Paradise and "Blogging Circle of Friends . I begin composing these responses last night before going to sleep. I was able to stay awake long enough to start one poem, and read the Long Healing Prayer. I put my eye drops in my eyes, turned out the light, and attempted to fall asleep. After I turned out the light, my mind decided that I didn't need any sleep. Eventually, when my mind figured out I wasn't going to play that game, it let me go to sleep.

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#1972895 by Lyn

DAY 1995: She studied her face in the mirror and it shattered in a million fragments.
Have fun with however you take this...

Creation in Progress

The mirror shattered
into a thousand pieces
scattering through the aeons of hyperspace,
and transported her spirit
across the light ages
into the yin and yang,
into the cause and effect
of creation.

Staring down
at the swilling nebula
of galaxies and universes
she watch--
as black holes
consumed matter and energy
in one universe
to create another
infinitely expanding universe.

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DAY 2392: Use these words in your writing today...involuntary, ironic, isolation, issue, irrevocable and peanut butter.

Internet Advertising

Nonrandom echoes reverberate
through the reaches of cyberspace,
arousing involuntary desires
for the products displayed
on the computer's monitor.

Irrevocable decisions
are made in isolation
and on the spur of the moment,
to issue orders
for unnecessary
or necessary items
to sate the appetite for
200,000,000 jars
of peanut butter.

It is ironic
that if the credit/debt card is accepted
a person could overdose
on smooth or chunky
butter of the peanut.

June 6, 2019 at 11:42am
June 6, 2019 at 11:42am
Istijlál (Majesty), 2 Núr (Light) 176 B.E. - Thursday, June 6, 2019

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#981150 by StephB

Today I am thankful for the article Walking a Spiritual Path on Social Media   by Moneshia zu Eltz, because it caused me to consider why I use social media. The only social media platforms I'm on are Facebook and YouTube. I'm on Facebook because most of my family and numerous Baha'is across the world use that platform. I attempt not to rant or share personal issues, unfortunately, sometime my depression overshadows my good sense. I will attempt to do better the rest of the year.

Waves of splendor flow
Illuminating the night
With divine scriptures

It's been a productive morning, I finished several survey on Survey Junie and brought my account balance up to 973, which means I need only about 100 more points to earn before transferring $10.00 to my PayPal account. I'm hoping and praying that I can keep the $10.00 and any more survey money I earn in my PayPal account. So that I can use my PayPal debit card to access the money in that account.

For the past few months (since December) I've had difficulty keep my checking account out of the red. I think the problem is the little extras we need, close to the middle of the month. If I can keep enough money in my PayPal account to use that debt card, I might be able to prevent overdrafting the checking account. For the past couple of months I've had to go to relative and/or friends for extra cash, and I've still managed to overdraft the checking account. It's the overdraft fees that are the biggest problem.

I still have to do some surveys for Vindale Research because once I get the money in that account up to $50.00 I can have it transferred to my PayPal account. Survey Junkie and Vindale Research are the only two survey groups I'm consistently active in, at the moment. The reason is simple, I know I can earn cash, rather than products, from those two. I have to be persistent, but it's worth the persistence. At least, I think it's worth the persistence at the moment. The only time I don't do surveys is on Friday or one of the Baha'i Holy Days.

June 5, 2019 at 11:48am
June 5, 2019 at 11:48am
‘Idál (Justice), 1 Núr (Light) 176 B.E. - Wednesday, June 5, 2019
Feast of Núr

The Bard's Hall Contest  (13+)
JUNE: Annual Blog/Journal Month!
#981150 by StephB

“O beloved ones, be firm and steadfast!

O imploring ones, trust in God and rely upon Him!

O humble ones, be attached to God and cling to Him! . . .

Let us encourage each other and set all in motion. Let us strive to diffuse the Fragrance of God and engage ourselves in exalting the Word of God! . . . The Feast and the enjoyment of the Kingdom are in complete harmony, and the Dawn of Favour is breaking with the Light of Guidance! It is the Melody of the Kingdom of Abhá which is descending from the Supreme Concourse . . ..”

‘Abdu'l-Bahá-Star of the West, Star of the West- 3

A bright sunny day
Perfect to consume love's light
From the scriptures God's Glory

The Nineteen-Day Feasts are unlike any spiritual service I have ever attended. Each Feast is divided into three portions: () the Spiritual Portion, (2) the Business Portion, and (3) the Social Portion. During the Spiritual Portion the scripture and prayer of Baha'u'llah, The Bab, and 'Abdu'l-Baha are read. The Business Portion consist of the discussion of community business. During this portion letters from the Universal House of Justice, the National Spiritual Assemble, and reports from the Local Spiritual Assembly are read. In the Social Portion food is served and the community members socialize.

The Baha'i year is divided into nineteen months of nineteen days each. The first day of each month is the Feast Day. Each month is named after an attribute of God, so the month of Nur is the month of Light. The first day, which is when the Feast of that month is normally held, is the Feast of Light. The Baha'i day begins and ends at sunset, so the first day of Nur begin at sunset on June 4 and ends at sunset on June 5.

I miss attending the community Feast, which I haven't attended in quite a while. However, this does not mean I can't celebrate the Feast by myself. I can read the prayer, the sacred scriptures, and any letters sent to my e-mail box from the Local or National Assemblies. Invariably one of these e-mails will contain a copy of a letter from the Universal House of Justice.

This year,
the Feast Day of Nur
falls on the Day of Justice.

June 4, 2019 at 10:46am
June 4, 2019 at 10:46am
Fiḍál (Grace), 19 ‘Aẓamat (Grandeur) 176 B.E. - Tuesday, June 4, 2019

This is the first of, at least, ten entries for "The Bard's Hall Contest. There's a good chance that I could make more then ten entries for this contest. I enjoy blogging (most of the time). Unfortunately, in May I did two or three rants, which is over my rant limit for a month. I like to hold my monthly rants to one. If I do more then one rant you know I'm under a lot of stress. Fortunately, I think the stress has passed, at least I hope so.

Rose petals reflect
The Alluring rays of dawn
Dazzling rainbows dance

I hate being under stress because it interferes with my writing. I can't think when I'm stressed, and I can't write anything. I usually write or plan a poem at night before I go to sleep. I keep the notes in my smartphone, so I don't have to turn on the light and let anyone outside know I'm awake. When someone knocks on the door at night my roommate answers it, if she's awake and hears the door. If it's anyone who wants to take to her, they will call her cellphone. I don't answer the door after dark, unless I'm expecting someone. I don't answer the door at all after I lay down in my recliner.

June burst into bloom
Reflecting summer's full moon
As it dances through the night

At the beginning of the year one of the goals I set was to write 200 poems celebrating the Bicentenary of the Birth of The Bab, which will be celebrated on October 29 (147 days away). I finished 16 poems and begun number 17 before the stress interfered with my muse. Yesterday, I wrote number 18, "Who is The Bab? - A Monchielle Stanza in response to the Week 1 "The Ultimate Poetry Challenge and posted my entry in "Snow's 2019 Writing. I also put a copy of the poem in "Bicentenary Poems and Prose, which is where I put the other poem dedicated to the Bicentenary celebrations of 2017 and 2019. I still have to finish poem number 17 tentatively titled Letters of the Living. I'll have to push myself to finish all 200 poem before October 29.

Particles of light
Waltz across cold hydrogen
Candles burning in deep space
June 3, 2019 at 1:27pm
June 3, 2019 at 1:27pm
Kamál (Perfection), 18 ‘Aẓamat (Grandeur) 176 B.E. - Monday, June 3, 2019

It's Monday, June 3, six months into 2019. When the year started out I set myself one main writing goal, which was to write 200 poems dedicated to The Bab before October 29. That is the Bicentenary Celebration of His birth. So far, I have finished 16 poems, and begun number 17. There are 148 days until we--the Baha'is across the world--celebrate His birth. I have 184 poems to finish, which means I have to finish number 17 and get going on the rest.

In addition to the poem, I'm reading two article series on BahaiTeachings.org  . The first is titled the Indigenous Messengers of God  , and it has about 40 articles (so far). The second is The Baha'i Model of Penology  , and the articles in this series discusses the Kitab-i-Aqdas: the Most Holy Book, which was revealed by Baha'u'llah. I read the first article in this series, Baha’i Behavior: No Mere Code of Laws   by John Hatcher, on Sunday, June 2. See "The First Sunday in June.

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DAY 2388 Prompt: Use these words in your blog entry: rose, dream, dazzling, gift, dominate, alluring, nuts, acquit.

"It is evident that every age in which a Manifestation of God hath lived is divinely ordained, and may, in a sense, be characterized as God’s appointed Day. This Day, however, is unique, and is to be distinguished from those that have preceded it. The designation “Seal of the Prophets” fully revealeth its high station. The Prophetic Cycle hath, verily, ended. The Eternal Truth is now come. He hath lifted up the Ensign of Power, and is now shedding upon the world the unclouded splendor of His Revelation."

The dazzling rays of a new day
spread the joy across the planet,
and awaken the children of God.

This is the cycle of fulfillment,
the rose of unity grows
in the garden of religion.

The dream of world peace
is coming true.

This is the day of God!
The gifts of the Creator are,
one by one,
being unwrapped:
the oneness of humanity,
the common foundation of all religions,
and names of God reflected
in the gem of Divine Unity.,

The alluring scent of unity
flows across the Earth.

The dominate emotion
of xenophobia
is giving way to xenophilia.

A new divine messenger,
reflecting the attributes of God
has appeared
renewing God's ancient covenant
and reemphasizing
love and compassion
as the nuts and bolts
of humanity's oneness.

Oh, people of the world,
acquit yourselves
of estrangement
and step into
God's new day.

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#1972895 by Lyn

DAY 1991 Prompt: Although envy is one of the deadly sins, do you believe it may somehow hide a redeeming quality inside?

I'm not all that sure that there is any such thing as a deadly sin. Humans have a choice between envy and friendliness, that's why we have free will. We can chose which negative or positive emotions we practice. Envy is a negative emotion, which is a part of humanity lower nature. Once a person realizes they have a choice between the emotions the practice and reflect they can ask forgiveness.

8  Gleanings from the Writings of Baha’u’llah, p. 60.

June 2, 2019 at 11:01am
June 2, 2019 at 11:01am
Jamál (Beauty), 17 ‘Aẓamat (Grandeur) 176 B.E. - Sunday, June 2, 2019

"Think not that We have revealed unto you a mere code of laws. Nay, rather, We have unsealed the choice Wine with the fingers of might and power. To this beareth witness that which the Pen of Revelation hath revealed. Meditate upon this, O men of insight!"

In December 2018, we (my roommate and I) moved into a one-bedroom apartment. I sleep in the living room in a recliner, because I'm no longer able to sleep in a bed (it doesn't matter how firm or soft the mattress), while she sleeps in the bedroom. Anyway, ever since moving into this apartment we've been confronted with one problem after another. It's gotten to the point where I'm falling or have fallen and tend to rant about my problems, which doesn't solve them.

I can't deal with the depression any more, so last night I decided to start sating the Tablet of Ahmad. I know that there is a solution the these problems we're facing, I just can't see it. Therefore, I will stop whatever I'm doing at periodic and random intervals to say the Tablet of Ahmad for guidance and a solution to the problems that have seemed to mount higher and higher since December.

I said the Tablet of Ahmad last night, and had a dream. In the dream I went to my bank and applied for a credit card. I haven't had a credit card in years, and I haven't applied for one in years. I haven't applied for one because the last time I did I was turned down. I know that shouldn't stop me, especially if applying for a credit card is an answer to a prayer. I might be able to get on this time, I took out a payday loan (maybe not the wisest thing I've ever did) and was accepted. I'm making payment on the loan, but that hasn't helped my finances. I'm not sure if a credit card would help; it might help with the money shortage at the end of the month. The thing is, I'm worried about making both the credit card payment and the loan payment in the same month.

This morning, when I checked the articles on BahaiTeachings.org  . There was a new series called The Baha'i Model of Penology   focusing on The Most Holy Book. The first article is Baha’i Behavior: No Mere Code of Laws   by John Hatcher. I read the first article today, and will focus on reading the rest of the articles when they are published.

9  The Most Holy Book, p. 21.
10  Quoted in https://bahaiteachings.org/bahai-behavior-no-mere-code-laws.

June 1, 2019 at 11:06am
June 1, 2019 at 11:06am
Jalál (Glory), 16 ‘Aẓamat (Grandeur) 176 B.E. - Saturday, June 1, 2019

On the first day of June,
I contemplate the fog
that conceals the next twenty-nine days
from my view.

On the first day of June,
I wonder what surprises,
what successes,
and what failures
await me this month.

On the first day of June,
I take a deep breath
and place the month
in God's hands.

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DAY 2386 Prompt: June is National Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Month. What is your favorite fresh fruit? What is your favorite fresh vegetable? Do you have a recipe or recipes you would like to share containing these foods?

I don't have a favorite fresh fruit or vegetable because I can't decide on which one I like best. When I was growing up Grandpa Frank planted a garden every year. We had all sorts of fresh vegetables from those gardens. but we usually purchased our fresh fruit from a supermarket, so at that time selection was limited. One of my favorite vegetable recipes is stew. I like vegetable, chicken, or beef stew.

Grandma Mary usually fixed chicken stew because she and Grandpa raised chickens. Grandpa would kill the chicken, Grandma would pluck the chicken, burn off its pinfeathers, dress it (cut the chicken up), and put it onto cook. After the chicken was done, she would remove the chicken parts, put the vegetable into the stew pot to begin cooking, and remove the chicken meat from the bones. After she removed the meat from the bones, she put the meat back in the stew pot with the vegetables.

I've never made chicken stew the way Grandma did. First, I don't kill my own chicken; not that I couldn't, I just don't. I purchase thigh or leg quarters, put those in a stew pot with water and seasoning. While the chicken is cooking, I add the vegetable. I usually add onions, potatoes, carrots, and squash or some other type of vegetable.

May 31, 2019 at 1:07pm
May 31, 2019 at 1:07pm
Istiqlál (Independence), 15 ‘Aẓamat (Grandeur) 176 B.E. - Friday, May 31, 2019

The Last Day of May 2019

On the last day of May
I'm tired of ranting and raving
my depression feels like caving
without companions or light:
it's like wandering in the midnight
darkness of caverns,
and I can't find an exit.

On the last day of May,
I contemplate June's approach,
and consider the things I plan to do:
         The Ultimate Poetry Challenge
         "I Write in 2019
         "~ The Poet's Place Cafe~
         "The Contest Challenge
         "I Blog Poetry and Prose
         Poet 999 - A Butterfly Emerges From Her Cocoon.

May 30, 2019 at 4:50pm
May 30, 2019 at 4:50pm
Istijlál (Majesty), 14 ‘Aẓamat (Grandeur) 176 B.E. - Thursday, May 30, 2019

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DAY 2384: June is upon us. What are your plans for the month of June? Goals? Trips?

"I Made It Through May, and I'm not looking forward to June; at least not today. An exterminator is finally coming in on Monday, June 3. about 1:00 p.m. to treat the carpet--which should be taken up--for bedbugs. While he is treating the place, we're planning on going to get a new (to me) recliner and mattress. After that, I'll pay the rent, or at least as much of it as I can afford. I will also send receipts for the items I purchase because the I can't afford to purchase furniture and pay the rent. The carpet should have been taken up long ago.

Since December 2018, we have encounter mice, bedbugs, and unfixed stuff (which hasn't been fixed yet). I'm stress. I want to cry. I'm tired of overdrafting my checking account. I'm tired of ranting. I would like to get through the rest of 2019 without overdrafting my checking account once a month. I would like to get through the rest of 2019 without bedbug bites. I would like to get through the rest of 2019 without either my roommate or myself falling (we've each fallen down once this year). I'm sure there are other thing I would like to get through 2019 without. I'm also sure there are a number of thing I would like to get through 2019 with.

My SNAP benefits will not hit my the debit card until June 6. That leaves six days we have to make sure we get up early enough to go to the Veterans Village food bank for something to eat. I purchase one $12.00 book of paratransit rides (that's 4 rides) this month. I need to purchase another next month, I was hoping to purchase a $30.00 book, but that may not be possible without overdrafting my checking account. At this point I'm not even sure I will be able to purchase a four-ride book without overdrafting the checking account.

What are my plans for June?
To Survive!

May 30, 2019 at 12:15pm
May 30, 2019 at 12:15pm
Istijlál (Majesty), 14 ‘Aẓamat (Grandeur) 176 B.E. - Thursday, May 30, 2019

30-Day Blogging Challenge  (13+)
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PROMPT: Congratulations on making it to the last day of the competition! What was your favorite prompt from the last month? What was the most rewarding aspect of participating in the competition?

What was my favorite prompt in May? I had two favorite prompt is May: (1) "Remember bringing something from home for “Show and Tell” at school when we were little? Today, I want you to do the same in your blog. Pick an object that means something to you and describe it. What does it remind you of? How did the object come into your life? Does it bring you comfort? What is the story behind the object?" and (2) "Tell us a fact about one of your ancestors. Where does your family come from? How far back can you trace your ancestry?"

What was the most rewarding aspects of participating in this competition? Writing and the memories that came back to me while I was writing.

May 29, 2019 at 10:56am
May 29, 2019 at 10:56am
‘Idál (Jusitce), 13 ‘Aẓamat (Grandeur) 176 B.E. - Wednesday, May 29, 2019
Ascension of Baha'u'llah

30-Day Blogging Challenge  (13+)
WDC's Longest Running Blog Competition - Join the Unofficial June Sprint into Summer!
#1786069 by Fivesixer

PROMPT: I need help building the stock of prompts in the Challenge War Chest! Write four prompts of your own and then choose one to write your entry on *Smile*


*PenV* Check out the WDC newsletters this week, read one, and write a story, poem, reflection, or monologue on the subject of the newsletter.
*PenV* Write a parody of either your favorite or least favorite popular song.
*PenV* What was your favorite children's show or cartoon as a child? Why?
*PenV* Discuss a quote from either your favorite author or your favorite book.

Prompt: Check out the WDC newsletters this week, read one, and write a story, poem, reflection, or monologue on the subject of the newsletter.

"Spiritual Newsletter (May 29, 2019)
Time Off/Away Can Nourish Your Soul
Edited by: Sophy

Last week, I took a day off doing survey because of the Declaration of the Bab, and wrote about it in "A Day Off From Survey Work and Gratitude List. Today, 13 ‘Aẓamat, I'm taking another day off from survey work because this is the Ascension of Baha'u'llah. Both of these days are Holy Day, on which work is suspended. I felt mentally and spiritually refreshed after 8 ‘Aẓamat because of the time off the survey work and the prayers I said. In fact, I felt so refreshed that I decided to take one day a week off from survey work. So beginning on Friday, June 7, I will be taking Friday's off--unless there is a Holy Day during the week--for relaxation and re-creation.

After reading this weeks spiritual newsletter, I realize what a good idea this is. I'VE always known a person should take, at least, one day a week off. I always ignored this and pushed myself until I was forced to take some time off. However, at 72, I don't think I can ignore it any more. I need to take off for relaxation. Most of the time, I will only take a day off the survey work and not my internet or WDC time. I plan to take one day off the internet, but I don't know exactly when.

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