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July 4, 2020 at 11:47am
July 4, 2020 at 11:47am
Jalál (Glory), 12 Raḥmat (Mercy) 177 B.E. Saturday, July 4, 2020
Independence Day

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#1972895 by Lyn

DAY 2177: July 4th! Here in the US, this is Independence Day. Tell us what independence means to you.

What does independence mean to me? One of the dictionary definition of independence is "freedom from the control, influence, support, aid, or the like, of others."3 The problem with this definition, and most dictionary definitions, is that it doesn't include responsibility. For me independence means taking responsibility for one's own actions. It means searching for truth--whether it scientific or spiritual truth--for yourself rather than taking someone else's word for an idea. It means the ability and willingness to change your opinion when facts prove otherwise.

In an independent nation, all citizens must take responsibility for their actions, thoughts, and opinions. They have to ask what they base their opinions on. Do they consider opposing opinions are being valid? Or do they dismiss opposing opinions because they are different from what they have been taught or read on specific blog, which agree with them? Are they open minded and have friends from different cultural, religious, political affiliations or of different colors? Do they look beyond what the history books tell them to fine the true history of their nation?

3  https://www.dictionary.com/browse/independence

July 3, 2020 at 11:51am
July 3, 2020 at 11:51am
Istiqlál (Independence), 11 Raḥmat (Mercy) 177 B.E. Friday, July 3, 2020

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The prompt for DAY 2786 is “Love doesn’t just sit there, like a stone, it has to be made, like bread; remade all the time, made new.” ― Ursula K. Le Guin ~ Your thoughts?

Love Remewed

"God is Love!"
In each age God's love for humanity
is renewed through
one of the Holy Manifestations.

"Love is only of the four kinds that I have explained. (a) The love of God towards the identity of God. Christ has said God is Love. (b) The love of God for His children—for His servants. (c) The love of man for God and (d) the love of man for man. These four kinds of love originate from God. These are rays from the Sun of Reality; these are the Breathings of the Holy Spirit; these are the Signs of the Reality."

"God is Love!"
In each age God is revealed
through one of the Holy Spirit flowing
through one of God's Sacred Manifestations.

Please Note: When man is used in the sacred scriptures it usually refers to humanity in general as opposed to a specific gender.

4  Paris Talks, Part Three: 58: The Four Kinds of Love
5  http://www.bahai.org/r/497975270

July 2, 2020 at 12:20pm
July 2, 2020 at 12:20pm
Istijlál (Majesty), 10 Raḥmat (Mercy) 177 B.E. Thursday, July 2, 2020

Today I am thankful...
         *BulletV* ...for the prayers revealed by the Bab and Baha'u'llah. Since they were revealed by two of God's Manifestations, they are the most powerful prayers any human being can say.
         *BulletV* ...that I was able to walk--with my walker--to the mail box without falling.
         *BulletV* ...for fresh brewed black coffee on this majestic Thursday morning.
         *BulletV* ...that there are five Thankful Thursday in July 2020.
         *BulletV* ...for the doughnut holes I had to go with my coffee this morning.
         *BulletV* ...that I am able to use my printer to print and copy important items.
         *BulletV* ...for the Lorna Doone Short Bread Cookie Crisp I have for my afternoon snack.
         *BulletV* ...that the power bill for July is only $38.36.
         *BulletV* ...for the 1,649,183 GPs in my Gift Points account.

June 30, 2020 at 11:47am
June 30, 2020 at 11:47am
Fiḍál (Grace), 8 Raḥmat (Mercy) 177 B.E. Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Day 30 entry for "The Bard's Hall Contest.

The "Blogging Circle of Friends prompt for Day 2783: "People are like stained - glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within." ~ Elisabeth Kubler-Ross ~ Let this quote inspire your blog entry.

This quote explains why stained glass windows inspire me. I've written several short poems about the stained glass windows I've seen in Las Vegas. The following poems were written sometime 149 B.E. (After March 21, 1993 before March 21, 1994) Stained Glass Curtains was inspired by meditating on God's ancient covenant, which each Manifestation renews. On the Day of Resurrection was inspired by walking past a Christian church during the day and seeing the darkness of the stained glass images. The others are descriptions of windows seen from the inside. I visited these Houses of Worship when I was attending Interfaith discussions. I think I may have had longer poem in mind, or intended using them in some other way.

On the Day of Resurrection

By day the dark collage of colored glass
Looks hopeless on a world illuminated by the sun
Those going past see only darkness in the panes
That shown so bright and colorful by night.

Stained Glass Dawn:
A Restaurant Window

Stained glass forest
glows with the morning light.

Brown limbs
with green and yellow leaves
stand out against a sky of red and brown.

Stained Glass Window
In a Latter Day Saint Chapel

Stained glass flower
with twenty yellow leaf-shaped petals:
the bottom of each petal is blue,
there are red buds between each petal,
and the sections of the red-yellow-blue flowers
are separated by black lines.

Stained Glass Window
In a Protestant church

The stained glass cross glows bright in the sunset,
and divides the sunlight into rainbow colors;
the cross' central orb shines yellow and white,
the four arms of colored glass glow yellow, orange, and purple.

Stained Glass Window
In a Jewish Temple

The twenty-seven sections--panes--on each side of the center
form a fan-like half circle;
the center portion, of the window, is wood
and resembles a book;
at the top center of the book two hands hold;
there are symbols--characters--on the book
and at the bottom of the "fan"
are more symbols or letter:
House of prayer,
House of study,
House of assembly,
Eternal light.

Stained Glass Curtains

Stained glass curtains
Separate into granite chambers
The Books of God

Stained glass curtains
Isolate in the own chapels
Faith's Children

Stain glass curtains
Shatter as the echoes of an unseen power
Reverberates through stone corridors

Stained glass curtains
Shatter uniting in a single covenant
The Books of God

Stained Glass Window
In a Catholic Church

The window is round,
with a women wearing a crown,
the women is Mary, the Blessed Mother,
behind and above her from left to right
is Jesus,
the Holy Spirit in the form of a dove,
and God the Father.

June 29, 2020 at 12:41pm
June 29, 2020 at 12:41pm
Kamál (Perfection), 7 Raḥmat (Mercy) 177 B.E. Monday, June 29, 2020

Day 29 entry for "The Bard's Hall Contest.

The "Blog City ~ Every Blogger's Paradise prompt for DAY 2172: For everything there is a season, and a time for every purpose under heaven-- Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 Since it is so, spiritually speaking, why do you think our planet now has this Covid 19 pandemic?

The pandemic is occurring to demonstrate that Earth is like a single nation, what occurs in one of its nation-states will move into another nation-state. Another reason for the pandemic is to show the oneness of humanity. The human race is a single multicolored species, in order for human kind to survive any crisis--no matter if the crisis is man-made or natural--we have to cooperate with each other. We have to help each other, it does not matter if the other person we are helping is of a different color, a different gender, a different cultural origin, a different religion, a different national origin, or a different sexual orientation. Humanity will not survive unless it starts to work together as a single species.

"The utterance of God is a lamp, whose light is these words: Ye are the fruits of one tree, and the leaves of one branch. Deal ye one with another with the utmost love and harmony, with friendliness and fellowship. He Who is the Daystar of Truth beareth Me witness! So powerful is the light of unity that it can illuminate the whole earth. The one true God, He Who knoweth all things, Himself testifieth to the truth of these words."

Humanity will survive this crisis, and any other crisis that is below our sight's horizon. It will not be easy because many people do not want to give up their learned prejudices and feelings of superiority. However, eventually most people will see the beauty in the flower garden of humanity. The road ahead is not smooth, indeed it is under construction without any detours around it. Humanity will survive this and every other crisis we encounter. In the end the human race will be united in its diversity.

6  Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh
7  {linkz:www.bahai.org/r/487380847}

June 28, 2020 at 11:21am
June 28, 2020 at 11:21am
Jamál (Beauty), 6 Raḥmat (Mercy) 177 B.E. Sunday, June 28, 2020

Day 28 entry for "The Bard's Hall Contest.

Facebook Status Update for June 27, 2020

Even though God--
the Creator--
is everywhere,
we are still expected
to wear masks
when we leave our houses
or apartments.

Show respect for the Creator
and humanity
by wearing a mask
when you go out.

Facebook Status Update June 28, 2020

We worship and unknown God,
Made known by the Mirrors of His Attributes:
Made known
by Abraham, The Father of the Faithful,
by Krishna, The Educator,
by Moses, The Law Giver;,
by Zoroaster, The Pure,
by Christ, The Son,
by Muhammad, The Seal of the Prophets,
by The Bab, The Gate,
and by Baha'u'llah, The Glory of God.
Neva Darbe © June 28, 2020

June 27, 2020 at 12:29pm
June 27, 2020 at 12:29pm
Jalál (Glory), 5 Raḥmat (Mercy) 177 B.E. Saturday, June 27, 2020

Day 27 entry for "The Bard's Hall Contest.

On the wings of prayer
I fly through this storm tossed life,
moving ever forward
praising the Glory of God.

On the wings of faith
I fly proclaiming Baha'u'llah
to humanity.

June 26, 2020 at 12:32pm
June 26, 2020 at 12:32pm
Istiqlál (Independence), 4 Raḥmat (Mercy) 177 B.E. Friday, June 26, 2020

Day 26 entry for "The Bard's Hall Contest.

On the last Friday in June 2020,
I want to cry
and don't know why;
therefore I write
and pray to see the light
penetrate the darkness
of my night.

Word for word I recite:
"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!"

The Báb8

The darkness--
like clouds in front of the sun--
passes into oblivion.

8  http://www.bahaiprayers.org/assist3.htm

June 25, 2020 at 1:10pm
June 25, 2020 at 1:10pm
Istijlál (Majesty), 3 Raḥmat (Mercy) 177 B.E. Thursday, June 25, 2020

Day 25 entry for "The Bard's Hall Contest.

I'm thankful for 2020! I know it sounds odd to be thankful for a year that "the four Horsemen of the Apocalypse are riding away from at breakneck speeds"9. Twenty-twenty is a watershed year! The year that is moving humanity and nations into a new reality. This is the year that international non-cooperation is showing the danger of unbridled nationalism. This is the year that the oneness of the human species is becoming more acceptable to the human consciousness. This is the year that prejudices--whether they are religious, national, or racial--are being shown for the demons they are. This is the year conscious individuals begin to look into their own thoughts and beliefs, in order to purge themselves of the superstitions of the past.

"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."

I'm thankful for the prayers revealed by Baha'u'llah, the Bab, and 'Abdu'l-Baha, because they give me strength and hope during this time of national and international uncertainty.

I'm thankful that Humana, my healthcare company, sent me two cloth masks and instructions on how to wash them.

9  Facebook quote
10  http://www.bahaiprayers.org/unity1.htm

June 24, 2020 at 3:22pm
June 24, 2020 at 3:22pm
ʻIdál (Justice), 2 Raḥmat (Mercy) 177 B.E. Wednesday, June 24, 2020

This is the year of change,
of transformation,
and of moving forward
into what?

Moving forward
into the reality of humanity
as one race!

Day 24 entry for "The Bard's Hall Contest.

June 23, 2020 at 11:02am
June 23, 2020 at 11:02am
Fiḍál (Grace), 1 Raḥmat (Mercy) 177 B.E. Tuesday, June 23, 2020
Feast Day of Raḥmat

Day 23 entry for "The Bard's Hall Contest.

The "Blogging Circle of Friends prompt for Day 2776: Use these words in your blog entry: Rose, Honeysuckle, pink, wisdom, peace.

Feast of Mercy

Roses and honeysuckles
decorate the Table of Divine Mercy
scattering the perfume of pink joy
across the soul's of those gathered
to celebrate the Supper of the Lord.

"O God! Dispel all those elements which are the cause of discord, and prepare for us all those things which are the cause of unity and accord! O God! Descend upon us Heavenly Fragrance and change this gathering into a gathering of Heaven! Grant to us every benefit and every food. Prepare for us the Food of Love! Give us the Food of Knowledge! Bestow on us the Food of Heavenly Illumination!"

Word by word we consume the bread of wisdom,
the fruit of peace,
and sip the elixir of life
from the scriptures revealed
by The Bab,
and 'Abdu'l-Baha.

11  http://www.bahaiprayers.org/meetings8.htm

June 22, 2020 at 12:20pm
June 22, 2020 at 12:20pm
Kamál (Perfection), 19 Núr (Light) 177 B.E. Monday, June 22, 2020

Sometimes I wonder
what's so motivational about Monday,
or any other day of the week.

Motivation has to come from withing
or from something inspiring
and on this Monday I feel like crying.

Sooner or later,
this depressed feeling will pass
I hope its sooner.

I'm going to post this
and try to do something
to beat this depression.

Day 22 entry for "The Bard's Hall Contest.

June 21, 2020 at 11:16am
June 21, 2020 at 11:16am
Jamál (Beauty), 18 Núr (Light) 177 B.E. Sunday, June 21, 2020
Father's Day

Day 21 entry for "The Bard's Hall Contest.

"O Lord! In this Most Great Dispensation Thou dost accept the intercession of children in behalf of their parents. This is one of the special infinite bestowals of this Dispensation. Therefore, O Thou kind Lord, accept the request of this Thy servant at the threshold of Thy singleness and submerge his father in the ocean of Thy grace, because this son hath arisen to render Thee service and is exerting effort at all times in the pathway of Thy love. Verily, Thou art the Giver, the Forgiver and the Kind!"

Father's Day 2020,
what few--
memories I have of my Father
flow through my mind.

was a tall man,
carried me on his shoulder,
sometimes wore a hat,
and worked a blue collar job.

liked apple jelly
on his hot cakes,
and drink his coffee
with cream.

Father's Day 2020
is a day of letting the tears go,
and holding onto the memories.

12  http://www.bahaiprayers.org/families3.htm

June 20, 2020 at 11:18am
June 20, 2020 at 11:18am
Jalál (Glory), 17 Núr (Light) 177 B.E. Saturday, June 20, 2020

The "Blogging Circle of Friends prompt for DAY 2773: June 20, 2020, is "What is your favorite summer treat?"

On the longest day of the year,
when triple digit temperatures we fear,
a cool treat is what we all cheer.

On midsummer day
some people scream for ice cream,
while other people yell for snow cones;
I will scream for chocolate ice cream
or yell for a grape snow cone.

Summer solstice
is the best time to consume
an ice cream cone,
a snow cones,
or a tall cold cup of cafe mocha.

Day 20 entry for "The Bard's Hall Contest.

June 19, 2020 at 10:59am
June 19, 2020 at 10:59am
Istiqlál (Independence), 16 Núr (Light) 177 B.E. Friday, June 19, 2020

Day 19 entry for "The Bard's Hall Contest.

On June 19, 1865, federal troops enter Galveston, Texas, to make sure that all the slaves in America were freed. This was two and a half years after the Emancipation Proclamation13 was signed. It was on Juneteenth (June 19, 1865) that U.S. General Gordon Granger read General Order No. 3: “The people of Texas are informed that, in accordance with a proclamation from the Executive of the United States, all slaves are free.”14 This day should be a national holiday, that is celebrated with parades, fireworks, picnics, and education about the effects of slaver, which America is still dealing with today.

13  https://www.history.com/topics/american-civil-war/emancipation-proclamation
14  https://www.history.com/news/what-is-juneteenth

June 18, 2020 at 11:07am
June 18, 2020 at 11:07am
Istijlál (Majesty), 15 Núr (Light) 177 B.E. Thursday, June 18, 2020

There are a couple of pieces of good news on this Thankful Thursday, June 18, 2020. The first piece of good newx concerns two Baha'i Temples in Africa: In Africa: As one temple rises, anticipation builds for another  . Second, Supreme Court blocks Trump’s bid to end DACA, a win for undocumented ‘Dreamers’   by Robert Barnes. Good news is always welcome because it reveals that the world is making progress, moving toward a new normal of unity, justice, and world peace.

Get rid of negativity
by finding good news that
creates positive thoughts and feelings.

Day 18 entry for "The Bard's Hall Contest.

June 17, 2020 at 12:50pm
June 17, 2020 at 12:50pm
ʻIdál (Justice), 14 Núr (Light) 177 B.E. Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Day 17 entry for "The Bard's Hall Contest.

Four days to Father's Day and counting down. Every where you look on the internet or in the stores (if you go out of the house to go shopping) you find ads for the perfect Father's Day gift. When I was growing up the perfect Father's Day gift was a tie or a fishing rod, depending on what Dad did for a living or liked to do on the weekends. I don't remember any of my school friends asking me what are you getting your grandfather for Father's Day. Most of my friends knew that my parents were divorced, that my mother was the breadwinner in the family, and that the only Father figure I had was Grandpa Frank.

I wasn't the only child in my school who's parents were divorced. I had one friend without a Father in the house and whose mother worked as a waitress. Most of my other friends lived in two parent households with fathers going off to work five days a week, and mothers who remain home as housewives. I don't know if they were any happier than we were. I do know they had fewer financial problems, or at least they appeared to hove fewer. The older I get the more I suspect they had just as many financial problems, and their parents probably argued over money and other stuff. At least there were no arguments between adults in my one parent household. I did have a stepfather, but that is an entirely different story, which I'm not going to go into here.

June 16, 2020 at 12:22pm
June 16, 2020 at 12:22pm
Fiḍál (Grace), 13 Núr (Light) 177 B.E. Tuesday, June 16, 2020

The "WDC Mental Health Support Forum discussion topic for the week of June 14, 2020 is "Let's start with something easy! How are you coping with 2020? Are you watching a lot of news? Distracting yourself with other things? Hiding under the blankets? How are you feeling about everything? Aside from everything going on in the world, how are YOU doing? What's going on in your personal bubble? How many years long has 2020 felt so far? *Rolling*"

How am I coping with 2020? Not easily. The first part of the year was alright. I had only a couple of issues with the lock-down: (1) The inability to get a hair cur, and (2) I couldn't pick up senior commodities for a while. Now that most places are starting to open up, I'm beginning to have difficulties that I didn't before. I think or hope that will clear up soon.

Sometimes it feels like I'm in a well,
about 30 ft. from the center of hell.

I was able to pickup senior commodities and get my haircut in May. Social distancing is still in effect, but that is slowly being lifted. I catch the news, I want to catch, online. I listen to music online. I read articles online, I talk to my sister on the phone at least once a month. This month she dropped by my house to get me to print something off the DMV website. It was nice seeing her.

I've had difficulty focusing for a couple of three weeks, that's slowing going away. I'm back to doing survey. I purchased a new recliner with the stimulus funds. I think my life is slowly working towards a new normal.

Day 16 entry for "The Bard's Hall Contest.

June 15, 2020 at 12:13pm
June 15, 2020 at 12:13pm
Kamál (Perfection), 12 Núr (Light) 177 B.E. Monday, June 15, 2020

Day 15 entry for "The Bard's Hall Contest.

It's Motivational Monday, June 15, the day a new blog group begins. The name of the group is "Space Blog, the forum is located at "Space Blog, and the first prompt is "Name ten things you would put on your bucket." It should be easy to write a bucket list because I wrote (or think I wrote) one before. I can't find the bucket list I wrote. The only thing I can find is a poem I wrote in 2013, "Bucket Lists: Two Related Poems, a few months after my mother died in 2012. The name of the new blog is "Snow's Space Blog, and the first entry is "Ten Things on My Bucket List.

My Computer Desk

I look at my computer desk,
I contemplate the task
of cleaning it off--
knowing this is something
I can no longer put off.

Where do I begin?
Do I begin on the right
or the left side?
Do I begin with the top of the printer
or in front of the printer?

June 14, 2020 at 12:50pm
June 14, 2020 at 12:50pm
Jamál (Beauty), 11 Núr (Light) 177 B.E. Sunday, June 14, 2020
Race Amity Day

It's time for America
to reset its destiny to
E pluribus unum:
Out of Many, One!

America's strength
is in its diversity
and not its conformity.

as a white woman,
have to weed the garden of my soul.
I have to remove the thorns and thistles
that White Privilege15
has planted there
since the day of my birth.

I look at the history
of my country
and realize that,
since the inception of America,
the only lives that mattered
were white male lives;
that black,
and female lives
didn't matter.

Day 14 entry for "The Bard's Hall Contest.

15  https://www.bustle.com/articles/149452-what-is-white-privilege-here-are-9-everyd...

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