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"Treasures lie hidden beneath the throne of God;
the key to those treasures if the tongue of poets."
"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."
Istijlal (Majesty), 2 Masa’il (Questions) 175 B.E. - Thursday, December 13, 2018
"Humanity may be likened to a tree. This tree has branches, leaves, buds and fruit. Think of all men as being flowers, leaves or buds of this tree, and try to help each and all to realize and enjoy God’s blessings. God neglects none: He loves all."
Out of the soil of humanity,
Sprouts the Orchard of God,
From the hues of the rainbow,
Is derived the spectrum of love.
On A Chilly Thursday in Las Vegas
It is a chilly, bordering on cold Thursday morning here in Las Vegas. I've consumed one cup of coffee, one bowl of instant oatmeal, and one raisin-cinnamon breakfast roll. I've begun to warm up; therefore, I'm going to pause in this entry because I have to check the mailbox. We finally received the key yesterday evening, and it was too dark and cold to check the box at that time. I got the mail, and there was nothing important. I'll have to go back later to pick up today's mail.
Right now I'm on hold, waiting to speak to a customer service agent at the Social Security. I attempted to call the local office, but they won't let me through to a customer service agent. I had to call the other number, which means I'm on hold for, at least an hour. On the bright side, I can use the landline for the waiting time, and still get calls on my smartphone. Since the landline is next to the computer, I can work online while I'm waiting to talk to someone.
‘Idal (Justice), 1 Masa’il (Questions) 175 B.E. - Wednesday, December 12, 2018
Feast of Questions
On the Feast Day of Questions
I contemplate the beauty
Of mid December
The "Blogging Circle of Friends " prompt for DAY 2215
My favorite holiday scents are cedar, ginger, molasses, and cinnamon. What are yours? Do they bring back childhood memories, if so what are they?
Aromas of Childhood
Their tapered beauty burned bright
Every Christmas Eve
The perfume of bayberry candles create part of my childhood memories. I know that my grandmother and, at least, one of her sisters and/or sisters-in-law burned bayberry candles on Christmas Eve. As a child, I thought that was the only time of year you could purchase those wonderful scented candles. After I grew up, I found that they can be purchased all year long. After I discovered one could buy them all year long, I began to wonder why Grandma lit them only on Christmas Eve and sometimes on New Year's Eve.
I discovered one, possible, reason on Real Bayberry Candle and Bayberry Legend . Apparently lighting a bayberry candle on Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve is supposed to bring good luck. Since, I know that Grandma was superstitious, she lit the candle to bring good luck and to make the house smell nice for visitors who might come calling on those day. At that time, it was common for friends and family to drop in unannounced on certain holidays. I guess, because I never asked her, she wanted her already clean smelling house to smell better and more festive on Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve.
The "Blog City ~ Every Blogger's Paradise" prompt for Day 1822
What things are you sensitive about?
My sensitivities have changed as I have matured. I'm not as easily offended by other people's lack of respect or consideration. Most of my present, and every changing, sensitivities are my own business, simply because I've found it does very little good to let other people know. Most people wouldn't understand without me going into details that most people would prefer not to know because of their own sensitivities.
My main sensitivity, at present, concerns the way people treat each other. I am offended, when lack of respect is shown to others because they are of a different religion, nationality, color, opinion, etc. We are all human beings and deserve to be treated with kindness and respect. There is only one God, who created all human beings and revealed all religions. We are one species, the Creator is known by many names, and the foundation of all religions is one.
Fiḍál (Grace), 19 Qawl (Speech) 175 B.E. - Tuesday, December 11, 2018
In the garden of thy heart plant naught but the rose of love, and from the nightingale of affection and desire loosen not thy hold. Treasure the companionship of the righteous and eschew all fellowship with the ungodly."
The "Blogging Circle of Friends " prompt for DAY 2214: December 11, 2018
Faith, hope, joy, and love, write something about each of these in you blog entry today.
The Heart's Garden
Within the walls of self a garden grows
Planted with seeds we harvest from life's blows,
If we don't chose carefully the seeds,
In our heart's garden fear and hatred glows.
If we carefully chose the seeds,
We will grow flowers and fruits instead of weeds,
When we plant the seeds of faith, love, joy, and hope,
Our garden will grow exquisite deeds.
The "Blog City ~ Every Blogger's Paradise" prompt for DAY 1821
“Execution is something, but timing is everything.” Todd Stocker
What does “timing” mean to you? What happens when your timing is off?
Timing is a wonderful quality; however, in real life it isn't necessary under normal conditions. It could be necessary when one has an important appointment or under abnormal conditions. Those two circumstances are the only times timing is absolutely necessary. Otherwise its a crap shoot, with four possible outcome: (1) the right place at the wrong time, (2) the wrong place at the right time, (3) the wrong place at the wrong time, and (4) the right place at the right time. The last outcome is a very rare occurrence, and proof that God, the universe, or fate (you chose which one) has a sense of humor.
Kamal (Perfection), 18 Qawl (Speech) 175 B.E. - Monday, December 10, 2018
The "Blogging Circle of Friends " prompt for DAY 2213
December 10 is Human Rights Day. The United Nations General Assembly created this day on December 10, 1948 to prompt Human Rights around the world. Use this day to inspire your blog entry.
Seventy years ago, the United Nation released "The Universal Declaration of Human Rights", which emphasized that everyone on Earth has the right to dignity and equality. In the intervening years many governments across the planet (even those who are members of the United Nations) has ignored this declaration, either to their own citizens or to immigrants seeking asylum and a new home. There are probably several reasons for this; however, (in my opinion) the main reasons are lack of maturity and holding to old, and outdated, ways of thinking.
"All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood."
Since World War II, and the Nazi genocide, human rights have become a concern to the entire human race and every nation on the planet. We, humanity, cannot focus on the rights of one segment of the human species, as opposed to those of all the others. We are living in a new age, an age in which humanity (as a species) is moving toward justice and unity. This demands new ways of thinking, and a different approach to human rights than those taken in the past. The "Universal Declaration of Human Rights" proclaims the approach to human right that must be taken as humanity matures.
Jamal (Beaury), 17 Qawl (Speech) 175 B.E. - Sunday, December 9, 2018
I was offline for almost a week. I've been back online for about a week, and, in that week, I review only one item. I have to get back into the swing of reviewing and writing, while transferring poems to "Devotional Poetry" and "Poem Experiments" . This morning I set my goals for the coming week in "Goals for the Week of 12/10/18-12/14/18" . I'm not sure how much of it I will accomplish, I know I will accomplish some of it. I have to change my address to several places, which I will do either online or over the landline. My smartphone died a few days ago, and I'm waiting for a replacement to arrive.
Jalal (Glory), 16 Qawl (Speech) 175 B.E. - Saturday, December 8, 2018
is the Day of the Lord.
The "Blog City ~ Every Blogger's Paradise" prompt for DAY 1818
Creation Saturday, let your inspiration sweep you away, have fun free writing.
is the Lord's day
when you wake up and say:
Thank you for another day.
The "Blogging Circle of Friends " prompt for DAY 2211
Word Prompt:bucket, juggle, clammy, heaven, tease, delirious, rose, arrange. Use these words in your blog entry. Have fun.
The clammy echoes
of a promised storm descends
on the sweltering city.
Soon the blue heaven
will open and pour buckets
of water onto
thirsty rose gardens.
"Is this the end of the drought?"
Delirious gardeners ask,
as they juggle
arms full of fresh cut flowers.
the flowers into bouquets
both the passion and imagination
Istiqlal (Independence), 15 Qawl (Speech) 175 B.E. - Friday, December 7, 2018
The icy breast
Broken winged bird
The "Blog City ~ Every Blogger's Paradise" prompt for DAY 1817
Write a story or poem using this quote from Dylan as inspiration. Have fun!
“The crisp path through the field in this December snow, in the deep dark, where we trod the buried grass like ghosts on dry toast.” ― Dylan Thomas, Quite Early One Morning: Stories
Waling through the snow on a cold December night, while listening to the crunch of her footsteps. A Snow Angel contemplate the beauty of the stars, sparkling like candles on a Christmas tree. She inhales the frigid breath of winter, and laughs. Life is good. Winter is a cold, but pleasant time of year. She remembers the snows of early spring or of late autumn are different from December snow. To her, December Snow seems fresher, purer, and more resilient.
reflects the light of winter stars
in scintillating joy.
Istiqlal (Independence), 15 Qawl (Speech) 175 B.E. - Friday, December 7, 2018
Random words ignite
Into multicolored shower of light.
The "Blogging Circle of Friends " prompt for DAY 2210
Discuss this quote in your blog entry.....“December's wintery breath is already clouding the pond, frosting the pane, obscuring summer's memory...” ― John Geddes, A Familiar Rain
Nothing can obscure summer's memory, it is always there. Sometimes, like the brown grass of fall, it hides beneath a blanket of snow. It hides waiting for scent, sound, taste, touch, or sight to awaken it, like the warm sun of spring awakens the green grass. Summer memories are either blessing or curses depending on the emotions associated with them. Summer memories can take us back to our childhood, and bring either laughter or tears.
Evening Drive in Summer
A sphere of crystal radiance,
Across my field of vision.
His bright globe sways,
From left to right;
From right to left,
As my car consumes black asphalt.
Summer memories return in poems discovered written years ago and forgotten until the manuscript is discovered again. I wrote the above poem several years ago, when I was working at the Henderson Campus of the Community College of Southern Nevada. I rediscovered it while going through some items I moved with me. I had planned to put it in "Poem Experiments" , but this prompt brought back fond memories of driving back and forth to Henderson.
Istijlal (Majesty), 14 Qawl (Speech) 175 B.E. - Thursday, December 6, 2018
The Affect of the Manifestation of God Upon the Human Soul
A mirror reflects the sun
downward through a dark tunnel
to illumine another mirror
in the Earth's heart.
I wrote this in 145 B.E. The inspiration was a story about one of the telescopes watching the night sky. I realized, as I watched the documentary, that was the way Christ, Baha'u'llah, The Bab, Muhammad, and the other Manifestations, or Mirrors, of the Almighty impacted the souls of human beings, especially those who accepted their instructions and teachings.
Christmas is coming and, across the world, many people will be commemorating the birth of Christ or celebrating Christmas. I distinguish between the commemoration of the Birth of His Holiness Christ and the celebration of Christmas, because I suspect (this is my personal opinion) that the two have become separate festivals in the last two thousand years or so.
Idal (Justice), 13 Qawl (Speech) 175 B.E. - Wednesday, December 5, 2018
Red roses in a crystal vase echo
The music of love.
I'm Back! It's a cold autumn afternoon here in Las Vegas. It's been five days since I made a blog entry, and, I think, my fingers forgot how to type. The problem could just as easily be the cold, so I need to warm my fingers ups by typing. Therefore, this entry will be poem I wrote, several years ago. I'm going through transcripts of old poems and transferring them to my poetry journals here on writing.com.
Evening in The Cactus Garden
Evening's breeze blows
through Regent Schola Trees
scenting the Henderson air.
As the sun sets
behind Mount Charleston
spring's cool breeze sing lullabies
to Torch Cactus,
and Joshua Trees.
I wrote this poem on 4 Jamal 161 B.E. The inspiration was a visit, Mom and I took, to a cactus in located in Henderson.
Istijlál (Majesty), 7 Qawl (Speech) 175 B.E. - Thursday, November 29, 2018
On this last Wildcard Thursday of the month, make me a list of prompts to add to the Challenge War Chest for future rounds of the 30DBC. What has been your favorite day of the week, and why?
Say Thank You To A Soldier
The Five Steps To _____ The participants describe five steps to accomplishing something.
You are walking through an old growth forest, when you encounter something unusual. What do you encounter? How do you respond?
Holiday Superstitions: Are there certain clothes, actions, or things you should or shouldn't do on specific holidays, because doing or not doing them brings good or bad luck.
My Declaration of Independence: Write about something you are declaring or have declared your freedom from.
My Favorite Day of the Week
At this point, I don't think I have a favorite day of the week. I'm in the process of moving, I have to be out of this apartment on or before December 3, and I just called the NV Energy company to see if they would turn the electricity on in the new apartment tomorrow. They can't turn it on until I show them a valid lease and a photo ID. The reason for this is that the people who lived in that apartment before left a power bill, and I have to prove that I'm not that person.
The maintenance person just told us that there is electricity in that apartment. Hopefully, it will remain on while we get moved. I'm so frustrated with all this that I'm going to post this entry, and go get me some chocolate ice cream.
‘Idál (Justice), 6 Qawl (Speech) 175 B.E. - Wednesday, November 28, 2018.
Ascension of `Abdu'l-Bahá
Write about an experience that changed your opinion on something.
Changing My Opinion
When was the last time I changed my opinion? I'm in the process of changing my opinion now. I've always hated moving, because I thought it was disrupting and, in every move I've made, I had to leave something--sometime several somethings--that I was attached to. However, I realize, now, that moving is just a metaphor for death. When the body dies, the soul ascends into the spiritual world. The soul has to leave the body, which it has become attached to, behind. Each move I have made, has forced me to downsize. They have forced me to let go of things that I was attached to, but didn't need. Each move has been a blessing in disguise.
Fidal (Grace), 5 Qawl (Speech) - Tuesday, November 27, 2018
Do you have any "weird" tastes in food? Carrots and ketchup? Peanut butter and ice cream? Watermelon and salt? Can you convince us to try your odd food combo?
Weird or Odd Food Combos
I work on the primes that if I create the food combo, it isn't weird or odd if I like the combo. I will admit to creating both weird and odd combinations, which I didn't like. One of those, which seemed like a good idea at the time, was spaghetti pizza. It isn't a good idea to put leftover spaghetti on top of leftover pizza, and warm it up for breakfast (or possibly any meal). Thinking back, over the incident, the spaghetti pizza may have tasted better if I had adder a ton of spaghetti sauce and tons of cheese.
Some food combinations, which I have tried and liked are (1) coffee on cereal, (2) yogurt mixed with cereal, and (3) Spanish rice mixed with ground beef (I suspect ground chicken or turkey would be just as good). I'm always open to trying new and exotic food combinations.
Kamál (Perfection), 4 Qawl (Speech) 175 B.E. - Monday, November 26, 2018
Was there ever a time in your life when you didn’t want to do something, but motivated yourself to do it? What was the thing, and what did you do to motivate yourself?
Where do I find motivation? Sometimes it hits me in the face like a wet snowball. At other time, I have to shovel snow off the walk so that motivation can get up to the house and through the door. Right now the motivation I'm discovering concerns transcribing hard copies of poems into "Poem Experiments" , "Devotional Poetry" , "Memories of Snow" , and getting ready to move at the end of November or the beginning of December.
Looking for motivation
on a chilly autumn day,
I look up at the Mountain
to see is snow has come our way.
I dislike moving because it is disruptive. Most disruptions I don't mind. However, I dislike moving my residence; unfortunately, it's necessary. Therefore, I'm moving from the apartment I'm living in right now to one in the building to the east. Having to do something is good motivation! I will move without kicking and screaming and being dragged down the street. During all this I will recite one of two short prayers I've memorized.
"He who puts his trust in God, God will suffice him,
He who fears God, God will send him relief."
Reciting the prayers helps me focus my mind and stop worrying about anything that I may think I've left behind or had to dispose of, which I didn't want to do. I seem to have to move my residence every few years. I think it's just God's way of letting me know that I need to let go. Moving helps me let go, especially once I convince myself it is necessary.
"Is there any Remover of difficulties save God? Say: Praised be God! He is God! All are His servants, and all abide by His bidding!"
Jamál (Beauty), 3 Qawl (Speech) 175 B.E. - Sunday, November 25, 2018
As the challenge comes to a close, reflect on the Blogging Challenge so far. Have you learned anything about your blogging style or has it evolved over the course of the month? What was the most difficult part? If you do this challenge again, what would you change?
Blogging a Door to Both the Inside and the Outside
Blogging is a door
When the door to the inside opens,
thin blades of light
penetrate the darkness revealing
kernels of yesterday's fears
and tomorrow's hopes.
When the door to the outside opens,
the blogger inscribes words,
symbols for thoughts and ideas,
in black letters
onto the white pages
of the blog,
and the kernels shrivel or grow,
as thoughts are transformed
into sentences and paragraphs.
What have I learned about my blogging style? I have learned that when I compose a blog entry in my pen and paper journal. I rewrite the entry as I attempt to transcribe it into the blog document.
Has my blogging style evolved during November? I certainly hope so.
What was the most difficult part of this challenge? Sometimes I had difficulty composing a response to some of the prompt. I think it was because I had problems relating to some of the prompts on a personal level.
What would I change when I participate in this challenge again? I don't know. I have two methods of composing a response to a prompt. I either compose it at night, in my pen and paper journal, and rewrite it the next day when I'm transcribing it into the blog. Or I set down at the computer, open a blog entry, and begin writing.
Jalál (Glory), 2 Qawl (Speech) 175 B.E. - Saturday, November 24, 2018
The "Blogging Circle of Friends " prompt for DAY 2197
Have you read any good books or articles lately? While reading the book/article did you discover something you didn't know before? If possible, include a link to the item.
As everyone may, all ready, know I'm reading The Ultimate Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams, which is composed of five novels and a short story. The novels are (1) The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, (2) The Restaurant at the End of the Universe, (3) Life the Universe and Everything, (4) So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish, and (5) Mostly Harmless; and the short story is Young Zaphod Plays It Safe. I begin reading "Life, the Universe and Everything" last night. The Ultimate Hitchhiker's Guide can be found on https://www.amazon.com/.
Since The Ultimate Hitchhiker's Guide is so large, I can't carry it with me when I leave the house. I have a smaller book I take with me when I leave the house, because I have to wait for the Paratransit bus to pick me up from wherever I am. The book I take with me is Preparing for Christ's New Name by Alex Gottdank. Preparing for Christ's New Name can be found at http://www.naturegraph.com/general/bahai/bahai.html, which is the Naturegraph catalog of Baha'i related books. The Naturegraph homepage is http://www.naturegraph.com/.
What have I discovered from my reading? The Ultimate Hithhiker's Guide, and its a good book to read before going to sleep because its humor brightens my mood. Preparing for Christ's New Name has given me insight into the prophecies in both the Old and the New Testament of the Holy Bible.
The "Blog City ~ Every Blogger's Paradise" prompt for DAY 1804
What kind of Mom and Pop stores or restaurants still exist where you live? Do you frequent them as often or do you prefer the larger chains?
Mom and Pop Businesses
There are a couple of Mom and Pop businesses in my area of Las Vegas. One of them is an Oriental Restaurant and the other is ad care repair and tire shop. When it comes to restaurants, I have no preferences because I've found that most chain restaurants have the same quality food as the Mom and Pop restaurants. When it comes to car repair and tires, I found--when I had a car--that the Mom and Pop repair places do a better job, and they are normally just as expensive as the bigger places. I did find that the smaller repair shops are more inclined to work with Senior citizens when it comes to the cost of repairs.
Jalál (Glory), 2 Qawl (Speech) 175 B.E. - Saturday, November 24, 2018
It’s the last Creation Saturday of the month! Write a holiday related entry/story/poem using the words: festive, food, gifts, family, cheer, candy cane, and eggnog.
of candy canes and eggnog,
of birthday and Christmas celebrations.
On Black Friday,
Grandpa purchased the Christmas Tree,
Grandma began purchasing and wrapping gifts.
going on seventy two,
joyful memories family and food
return eliciting good cheer, smiles, and laughter.
Istiqlál (Independence), 1 Qawl (Speech) 175 B.E. - Friday, November 23, 2018
Feast of Qawl
Did you know that Americans eat 46 million turkeys each Thanksgiving? What is your guilty pleasure food?
Guilty Pleasure Foods
My mother ascended into the spiritual realm on Thursday, November 29, 2012, one week after Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving 2013, was my first Thanksgiving without Mom. I spent it alone eating all the Thanksgiving foods that Mama liked. I had a turkey drum stick, which I cooked in the Microwave. In addition, I had dressing, which I also fixed in the Microwave, a turkey gravy--out of a can--a can of cranberry sauce, an entire Marie Calender's pumpkin pie, with Cool Whip, and several carafes of coffee. All right, maybe I should have gone to one of the Casino Coffee Shops. In the coffee shop I could have purchased a well balanced Thanksgiving dinner (green salad usually comes with the meal).
One of the things I's grateful for is that Mom and I were able to share her last Thanksgiving together. Thanksgiving 2012 wasn't a big feast. We had turkey, dressing, turkey gravy, cranberry sauce, and pumpkin pie (Marie Calendar's of course). We watched the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade, which my mother loved. I haven't watched that parade since 2012. I don't watch the Thanksgiving Day parade because, without Mom, the parade isn't as much fun. Mom always loved to watch the floats. Another parade she like to watch was the Rose parade; I haven't watched it in a while either.
Coffee, chocolate, pumpkin pie,
Tacos, and cheese stuffed Jalapeños
These are my guilty pleasure foods.
Istijlál (Majesty), 19 Qudrat (Power) 175 B.E. - Thursday, November 22, 2018
Write a list of five things you are thankful for. That’s it! You are free to make your entry as long or short as you choose.
Each day I compose a Gratitude List of five things I am thankful for, because gratitude is an attitude that helps me face the dtests and difficulties that regularly confront me. Gratitude is an attitude that assists spirituality and help deal with material reality. A daily list helps to refocus both the mind and soul on the positive aspect of physical life on this mortal plan.
Gratitude List for Thanksgiving 2018
Today I am grateful ...
...for BahaiTeachings.org , because of the thought provoking and insightful articles by different authors about different aspects of chosen spiritual path.
...that when my Mother died in November of 2012, she did not pass on Thanksgiving Day. Mom and I got to spend her last Thanksgiving together. We watched the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade, ate pumpkin pie, and drink coffee, one last time.
...that my brother Frank and his first wife shared the Baha'i Faith with me. It is possible I would have heard about the Baha'i Faith from someone else, but Frank and his wife were the one who introduced me to it for the first time and encouraged me to go to firesides to learn more about it.
...that I can access the Baha'i scriptures online through the Bahá’í Reference Library and search for specific themes and subjects.
...that the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada has paratransit buses that will pick me up at my door, take me to wherever I want to go, and return me to my home.
‘Idál (Justice), 18 Qudrat (Power) 175 B.E. - Wednesday, November 21, 2018
Is there a TV show/movie/book from your childhood that you still enjoy today? Tell us why it resonates with you.
from my childhood.
Mr. Green Jeans
flow through my mind
merging into a musical collage.
M I C ... K E Y ... M O U S E
It's Howdy Doody Time