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This blog contains responses to blog prompts, & thoughts on spiritual or religious themes
"The gift of God to this enlightened age is the knowledge of the oneness of mankind and of the fundamental oneness of religion. War shall cease between nations, and by the will of God the Most Great Peace shall come; the world will be seen as a new world, and all men will live as brothers."
Abdu'l-Baha1

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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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1  Abdu'l-Baha in London
2  http://www.bahaiprayers.org/unity1.htm

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March 24, 2019 at 12:09pm
March 24, 2019 at 12:09pm
#954873
Jamál (Beauty), 4 Bahá (Splendor) 176 B.E. - Sunday, March 24, 2019

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#1786069 by Fivesixer

PROMPT March 24th - What is your first memory?

Earliest Memory

Darkness,
tree shadows cast by the moonlight,
riding in Grandpa's car,
going to my cousin's farm,
playing hide-and-seek,
hiding in an old Frigidaire,
and Grandpa finding me.

Grandpa
standing outside the refrigerator
and pulling me out:
my guardian angel.


March 23, 2019 at 11:21am
March 23, 2019 at 11:21am
#954813
Jalál (Glory), 3 Bahá (Splendor) 176 B.E. - Saturday, March 23, 2019

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PROMPT March 23rd - Where does your creative inspiration come from? Do you have a muse? Write your entry today in the form of an acrostic poem.

My Muse

Myriad ports of call scattered across
Year and parsecs: wherever my imagination wanders.

Multitudinous3 sources and sacred scriptures;
Ubiquitous4 in its universality;
Science and religion united by the Pen of Glory5;
Equality of humanity and gender, the common foundation of all religions.6

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#1901868 by CJ Reddick - 7?

Day 2316: Creation Saturday Prompt: The flower of March are daffodils and jonquils.
Write a story or a poem that includes these flowers.

Daffodils and Jonquils

In the Garden of Paradise
daffodils and jonquils bloom,
surrounding the Tree of Life.

GROUP
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Blog City - Every Blogger's Paradise.
#1972895 by Lyn

DAY 1922: A twinkling eye can mean many things. Write a poem about a twinkle in someone’s eye.

Twinkling Eye

Twinkle, twinkle little eye,
Can you tell me what you spy,
As you stare into the night:
Are you counting the starlight?

Footnotes
3  https://www.collinsdictionary.com/dictionary/english/multitudinous
4  https://dictionary.cambridge.org/us/dictionary/english/ubiquitous
5  One of the titles of Baha'u'llah.
6  Reference to the Three Onenesses.

March 22, 2019 at 11:22am
March 22, 2019 at 11:22am
#954744
Istiqlál (Independence), 2 Bahá (Splendor) 176 B.E. - Friday, March 22, 2019

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PROMPT: March 22nd - Yesterday in my state, a tropical plant called a corpse flower bloomed and attracted hundreds of visitors and countless more via live stream. This particular plant blooms for 24 hours once every 7-10 years and, as is clear by its name, possesses a very unique smell. Is there a rare plant, animal, place, or event you’d like to see before you die? What’s stopping you?


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#1901868 by CJ Reddick - 7?

DAY 2315: Use these random words in your entry today: coast, ego, brink, brown, finger, high, inside, representative.

Ego--
the Evil Whisperer--
murmurers doubt
to my mind,
pushing me
to the brink of hopelessness.

The brown study of depression
rises out of the darkness of fear,
as I walk along the coast of apprehension.

My fingers
move across the keyboard,
attempting to express
the reason for this sadness.

The change comes suddenly--
miraculously--
I look out at the clouds
floating high
in the beautiful blue sky,
and smile.

I intone a prayer,
and the representative
of darkness is silenced
no longer whispering inside
my mind.

GROUP
Blog City ~ Every Blogger's Paradise  (E)
Blog City - Every Blogger's Paradise.
#1972895 by Lyn

DAY 1921: 1921 was an interesting year in the United States. Discuss one of the topics in the link fro factual Friday. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1921_in_the_United_States

The most interesting thing that occurred in the United States in 1921 was the birth of my mother. Mom was born on a farm in Oklahoma on March 19, 1921. At the time the only person in the closest town, who had a car, was the doctor, who Grandpa called when Grandma went into labor. The doctor drove to the farm, where he delivered my mother. Mom was a premature baby, and was very small. The doctor told Grandpa that Mom probably wouldn't live very long. Grandpa was determined that she would, so he did everything he could to make sure she lived. Grandpa's prayers were answered, and Mom lived.

March 21, 2019 at 11:57am
March 21, 2019 at 11:57am
#954687
Istijlál (Majesty), 1 Bahá (Splendor) 176 B.E. - Thursday, March 21, 2019
Naw-Ruz

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PROMPT March 21st - Make a list of the top five things that distract you. How do you deal with them?

*BulletV* Cleaning out my e-mail inbox. The best way to clean out an inbox is to start at either the beginning or the end and start deleting unwanted or unneeded items. Give yourself ten, twenty, or thirty minutes before stopping for the day.

*BulletV* Worrying Obsessing over things I can't do anything about at the moment. I've did this all my life, and the only solution I've found is to immediately place the situation in God's hands. Sometimes I have to do this several times before I stop obsessing.

*BulletV* Become so focused on one activity or project that I let everything else go until it's finished. The solution is to set a time limit, and remember to stop when the time is up.

*BulletV* Negative self talk--something I've dealt with all my life--interrupting my thought process and telling me I can't do something, I don't know what I'm doing, or that what I'm about to do is a bad idea. I handle this by saying a prayer and forging ahead with what I'm working on.

*BulletV* Procrastination! Pick a time and do what I'm putting off.

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Blog City - Every Blogger's Paradise.
#1972895 by Lyn

Day 1920: "If everybody minded their own business, the world would go around a great deal faster then it does." Lewis Carroll, Alice In Wonderland What are your views on this quote?

The world wouldn't go around any faster if people minded their own business. The world doesn't go any slower because people don't mind their own business. There are situations when it's a good idea to mind your own business, and there are when it's not a good idea. Situation that involve injustice, abuse, and hate is the business of every conscientious human being.

Each individual must find a way to stop the injustice, abuse, or acts of hate. Either by interfering themselves or by joining a group that can collectively deal with these situations. One group that is helping to deal with injustice is the Tahirih Justice Center  . When we act collectively, we can help stop acts of injustice, no matter how many decades or centuries those acts of injustice have been going on or how deeply they are embedded in a culture. One example of this is in the video below.


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#1901868 by CJ Reddick - 7?

DAY 2314: “People Who Are Crazy Enough To Think They Can Change The World, Are The Ones Who Do.” – Rob Siltanen I believe this is one of the best quotes to live by because it reminds me to think without limits and never doubt my wildest thoughts.. Do you agree? Disagree? If so what change do you believe you can do to make a difference in the world?

People who think they can change the world aren't crazy, they are in touch with the spirit of the age. They know that even the smallest action of changing themselves or their opinion will change their part of their culture, which will eventually change the rest of society. Change is painful, but it is a necessary part of the maturity of the individual and humanity. We are living in a new day, a new age. The dogma, injustice, and superstitions of the past are passing away, giving way to a more just and balanced world wide society.

In this day,
those who think
they can change the world
are building a new world where
justice descends like rain.


March 20, 2019 at 12:54pm
March 20, 2019 at 12:54pm
#954647
‘Idál (Justice), 19 ‘Alá’ (Loftiness) 175 B.E. - Wednesday, March 20, 2019

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#1901868 by CJ Reddick - 7?

DAY 2313: What plans do you have for the spring, now that it's officially here. Gardening, traveling, getting in shape, or even writing more now that we have more natural sunlight. Happy Ostara aka the Vernal Equinox aka 1st day of Spring.

It is the last day of ‘Alá’ (Loftiness) 175 B.E., which occurs between sunset on March 19 and sunset on March 20. Naw-Ruz, the first day of Bahá (Splendor) 176 B.E., occurs between sunset on March 20 and sunset on March 21. This is the day the sun crosses the celestial equator, and when spring begins in the Northern Hemisphere. It is a joyful day for the Baha'is and many others who celebrate the first day of spring as a New Year. For the Baha'is across the world, Naw-Ruz is symbolizes a the advent of Baha'u'llah, a new revelation from God.


"The Revelation which, from time immemorial, hath been acclaimed as the Purpose and Promise of all the Prophets of God, and the most cherished Desire of His Messengers, hath now, by virtue of the pervasive Will of the Almighty and at His irresistible bidding, been revealed unto men. The advent of such a Revelation hath been heralded in all the sacred Scriptures."
Baha’u’llah7

This is a New Day8,
this is the promised in all the sacred scriptures,
this is the Day of God.

The appearance of the Bab and Baha'u'llah ushered in God's promised day. The tumult humanity is going through right now can be likened to the floods caused by snow melt when spring comes to the mountains. Right now we, the human race, is moving into maturity which is just as tumultuous as spring floods. Eventually this tumult will end and world peace will come because humanity will eventually accept the oneness of the species, the oneness of God, and the oneness of the foundation of all religions.

Footnotes
7  Gleanings from the Writings of Baha’u’llah, p. 5.
8  Naw-Ruz means new day.

March 20, 2019 at 12:00pm
March 20, 2019 at 12:00pm
#954642
‘Idál (Justice), 19 ‘Alá’ (Loftiness) 175 B.E. - Wednesday, March 20, 2019

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#1786069 by Fivesixer

PROMPT: March 20th - Another from the Challenge War Chest! *Cool*
What’s the farthest you’ve ever been from home? What were you doing there and how long did you stay?

Memories
misty tear stained memories
of my trip to New York.

In November of 1992, I spent four day in New York at the Second Baha'i World Congress. Between November 23-26, I was among the 30,000 Baha'is from across the Earth celebrating the 100th anniversary of the inauguration of Baha'u'llah's Covenant. Baha'is at the Second World Congress represented more than 180 different nations. The Baha'is that attended this World Congress came for numerous cultural, religious, indigenous, and national backgrounds. In many cases the only thing we had in common was our love of and belief in Baha'u'llah.

Celebrating unity
we came together in peace and harmony
to proclaim the oneness of humanity
and demonstrate the unifying effect
of the Covenant of Baha'u'llah.

March 19, 2019 at 11:51am
March 19, 2019 at 11:51am
#954590
Fiḍál (Grace), 18 ‘Alá’ (Loftiness) 175 B.E. - Tuesday, March 19, 2019

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PROMPT: March 19th - With bloggers coming and going all the time, and multiple blogging groups and challenges on this site, how do you feel about writing about the same prompt more than once? Can you take it in a new direction? Discover something new?

Blog Prompts and Other Misdemeanors

I don't mind writing about the same prompt a couple of times, if I can think of a new approach or have something more to say about the subject. Lately, I've found myself uninspired by some of the prompts. Sometimes I don't respond to the prompt, and sometimes I push myself to find a response. I've also asked myself if I can still write an entry without responding to a prompt. The solution to both issues is a timed free-write; when I do this type of exercise--without worrying thinking about my response--I usual find something I can use. If I can't find anything I can rewrite, I can make the free-write the response.


Another solutions, which just popped into my mind, is to begin with an odd, unusual, weird, or thought provoking title (this explains the title of this entry) and write from there. I came up with that title after I started this entry, so perhaps the solution is to write the entry's first paragraph or stanza and use the first title that pops into my brain. Once I start writing, I normally, don't have a problem finishing the entry. Sometime I have a problem remaining on the subject, which is why I think a timed or untimed free-write is a good idea. I seldom use untimed free-writes because nature or something else always interrupts, and my untimed free-write becomes a timed free-write.

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Blog City - Every Blogger's Paradise.
#1972895 by Lyn

DAY 1918: “Fame would strike someone, usually the kind that healthy-minded people would not wish upon themselves, such as being kidnapped and kept prisoner for years, suffering humiliation in a scandal, or surviving something typically fatal.” ~ Viet Thanh Nguyen from Black-Eyed Women What are your thoughts on fame? Do you believe it is as bad as Viet Thanh Nguyen says?

Fame and Happiness

Fame and happiness
are the mutually exclusive?

Fame isn't something that should be pursued like a run away pet. I don't think it should or can be entirely avoided. It is something that can come and go in life. Some people are world famous, while others are famous in a particular nation, culture, religion, etc. I don't believe fame makes a person a prisoner, unless the person allows it to do that. I also don't thing humiliation and scandal always results from fame. I think the humiliation and scandal part are cause by the individuals themselves.

Fame is a piece of candy;
consume it in moderate amounts.


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#1901868 by CJ Reddick - 7?

Day 3212: Write a good news entry. Find some good news in your areal of the world, on the internet, or in your life. Give us the highlights.

Good News

The good news is that spring, in the northern hemisphere is just a few days away. The good news is that, even in these times of disaster, hate, and death, you can always find good news if you do an internet search for "good news". There are more people in the world who follow Christ's injunctions to love your neighbors and pray for your enemies than those who break those injunctions. In order to find them you have to search for them and any other piece of good news there is. So, when the bad news focus of the media is causing you depression or getting you down search for the good news.

March 18, 2019 at 8:44pm
March 18, 2019 at 8:44pm
#954551
Kamál (Perfection), 17 ‘Alá’ (Loftiness) 175 B.E. - Monday, March 18, 2019

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#1901868 by CJ Reddick - 7?

Day 2311: "The search for an equilibrium is essential for the artist, to be as aware of inner space as he is of outer space." Mark Tobey - Artist - Lest this quote inspire your blog entry today.

Equilibrium

Equilibrium
Awareness of both
The inner and the outer being.

Equilibrium
Awareness of body and soul;
Of the physical and the spiritual.

Hydrostatic Equilibrium9

Balanced
between two opposing forces,
I exist

because
the intensity of my gravity
limits my expansion

and the heat of pressure
limits
my contractions.

Footnotes
9  https://en.mimi.hu/astronomy/hydrostatic_equilibrium.html

March 18, 2019 at 11:11am
March 18, 2019 at 11:11am
#954527
Kamál (Perfection), 17 ‘Alá’ (Loftiness) 175 B.E. - Monday, March 18, 2019

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PROMPT: March 18th - In my part of the world, it’s finally starting to feel like spring. I can't wait to see the sun again! *Sun* What is your favorite season? How does the weather affect your mood? Does the weather affect your motivation to write?

Spring,
joyful spring,
it's time for birds
to mate and sing.

What is my favorite season? Do I have a favorite season? Each season has its own special attributes, beauty, and irritations. When I was a child, I liked winter in Oklahoma because of the snow and the sparkling stars at night. In my senior years I like spring and autumn in Nevada because they are neither too hot nor too cold. My joints heart less in the heat, but the electric bill is cheaper in the spring and fall.

In addition to the weather, there are the Holy Days. In spring, Naw-Ruz--in March--and Ridvan--April 20 to May 2--. In the fall there are the Twin Holy Days, the celebrations of the Birth of the Bab and Baha'u'llah. Since Naw-Ruz 2015, the Twin Birthdays or Holy Days are celebrated on the first and second day following the eight new moon after Naw-Ruz, which in 2019 are October 29 and 30.

March 17, 2019 at 12:16pm
March 17, 2019 at 12:16pm
#954471
Jamál (Beauty), 16 ‘Alá’ (Loftiness) 175 B.E. - Sunday, March 17, 2019

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PROMPT: March 17th

Happy St. Patty’s Day!!

Today, we’ll do something a little different. In your entry today, choose at least TWO of following prompts and let your creativity glow! *Shamrock*

1. Share a story of a time you were especially lucky.
2. Have you ever had a “lucky break”?
3. Include ten green things in your entry (and color them with green font)
4. Finish the sentence: “I am lucky because...”
5. Write your entry inspired by the song “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” by Iz Kamakawiwo'ole.

I am lucky because I am alive!

I suspect this incident cay cover three of the items on the list: 1. Share a story of a time you were especially lucky. 2. Have you ever had a “lucky break”? and 4. Finish the sentence: “I am lucky because...” As the title suggests, I am lucky to be alive. When I was a child, I played a game of "Hide And Seek at my cousins farm. There was an old Frigidaire setting on the back porch. I crawled in and let the door shut behind me (if the door were open my cousins could have found me). I went to sleep, and sometime later my Grandpa Frank took me out of the refrigerator. He never old Mom about it; she learned about it several decades latter when I told her about it. I wrote the following poem about this incident a few years ago.



"One thousand...
Two thousand...
Three thousand..."
Charlett's voice followed me,
as I crept
up the wooden steps
and slipped
onto the faded gray porch.

Its back against the side of the house,
the white Frigidaire beckoned,
its silver handle reflecting
the light
from a hundred watt bulb.

Opening the Frigidaire,
I crawled in
and let the door close.

Curled u p,
like a child in its mother's womb,
I waited
for Charlett to find me.

Counting
the seconds with each breath I took,
one thousand...
two thousand...
three thousand...
I surrendered
to the scent of sealed metal
and the sound of my own heart.

Light
flooded the darkness
waking me up.

Framed
by the Frigidaire's open mow,
my Grandfather stood
his arms reaching out to me.

Somewhere over the Rainbow

Somewhere over the *rainbow**Rainbowr*
a green *Shamrock* flies
scattering emerald leprechaun magic
across fields of chartreuse clover and sage.

Somewhere over the *rainbow**Rainbowr*
unicorns live
grazing in grass
or sleeping beneath pine and olive trees.

Somewhere over the *rainbow**Rainbowr*
my muse wanders
looking for blue-green oceans
of inspiration,
hungry for wild spinach
and pea salad.

March 16, 2019 at 12:13am
March 16, 2019 at 12:13am
#954404
Jalál (Glory), 15 ‘Alá’ (Loftiness) 175 B.E. - Saturday, March 16, 2019

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#1786069 by Fivesixer

PROMPT: March 16th - For Creation Saturday, write a story or poem about a rainbow and something valuable. *Tophat* *Shamrock*

Rainbow

A rainbow spread across faith's firmament,
Proclaiming God's ancient covenant,
Uniting beneath it arc the children of the Book10
And all the other religions sent by God.

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Blog City - Every Blogger's Paradise.
#1972895 by Lyn

DAY 1915: Are you participating/ hosting/ or preparing something on March 17th aka St. Paddy's Day? If you are share your plans if not maybe discuss something you may not have known from the links.



Saint Patrick's Day Plans:
To Celebrate Women's History Month at the Baha'i Center

I don't celebrate Saint Patrick's Day, my plans for March 17 are to attend the devotional services at the Baha'i Center on West Oakey Blvd. in Las Vegas. The theme for the March service is Two Wings of a Bird - The Equality of Women and Men. The only other thing I plan to do on Sunday is to make coffee and log into writing.com for a little bit.

"War and its ravages have blighted the world; the education of woman will be a mighty step toward its abolition and ending, for she will use her whole influence against war."
'Abdu'l-Baha11

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#1901868 by CJ Reddick - 7?

DAY 2309: March 16 is Giant Panda Bear Day  .
Write a story, poem, or give us some information about the Giant Panda, which is an endangered species.

Giant Panda Day

Ailuropoda12 melanoleuca--
"black and white cat-foot"13--
or Pinyin14.

Beauty in black and white
send the poet's muse into flight
watching it in zoos or on documentaries.




Footnotes
10  In this line Children of the Book refers to anyone following the Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Babi, or Bah'i faiths, because of the sacred books revealed by the divine prophets/manifestations who brought those religions.
11  The Promulgation of Universal Peace, Talk in Pittsburg, May 7, 1912, 44: Hotel Schenley.
12  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ailuropoda
13  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Giant_panda
14  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pinyin

March 15, 2019 at 11:21am
March 15, 2019 at 11:21am
#954377
Istiqlál (Independence), 14 ‘Alá’ (Loftiness) 175 B.E. - Friday, March 15, 2019

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PROMPT: March 15th - What is your favorite color? Seems like a pretty boring question, right? Well, they say a person's favorite color says a lot about their personality. See here   and here  . What are your thoughts? Does your favorite color represent you?

My Favorite Color

In the periwinkle dawn
a poet inhales
the orchid passion of morning,
ignoring
both her horoscope
and what lavender reveals
about her personality.

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Blog City - Every Blogger's Paradise.
#1972895 by Lyn

DAY 1914: Discuss one of the quotes about the Ides of March
https://www.ibtimes.com/ides-march-12-quotes-about-loyalty-celebrate-march-15-18...

Loyalty and Self-Sacrifice

"Loyalty means nothing unless it has at its heart the absolute principle of self-sacrifice."
Woodrow T. Wilson

I contemplate corporeity15
and self-sacrifice.

The first person who comes to mind
is Mulla Husayn--
first person to accept The Bab16--
who sacrificed his all
in the path of The Gate of God17,
thus demonstrating
both loyalty and self-sacrifice.

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#1901868 by CJ Reddick - 7?

DAY 2308: Discuss something from the link about what happened in history on March 15th that appealed to you.
https://www.onthisday.com/events/march/15

The Ides of March:
This Day in History

On this day in history
someone died
and someone was born
neither of this events
caused the world to come to an end.

On this day in history
Julius Caesar died
a violent death.

He was neither the first person
nor the last person
to be murdered
on March 15,
but he was the most famous person;
at least according to the history
I remember being taught
in school.

Footnotes
15  Meaning "the quality of having a physical body or existence" https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/corporeity/?utm_source=wotd-english....
16  Meaning The Gate.
17  Reference to The Bab.

March 14, 2019 at 4:32pm
March 14, 2019 at 4:32pm
#954336
Istijlál (Majesty), 13 ‘Alá’ (Loftiness) 175 B.E. - Thursday, March 14, 2019

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#1901868 by CJ Reddick - 7?

DAY 2307: The idea of love is sometimes more engaging than the reality of it.
Use this thought to inspire a story or poem in your entry today.

The Reality of Love

"Love is a many-splintered thing."
Simpsons Episode

It is the idea of love
that inspires poets
to pen odes
dedicated to an ideal.

The reality of love
is a red rose,
with inch long thorns,
that perfumes the mind
with the savor
of chocolate covered
Carolina Reaper18 peppers.

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#1972895 by Lyn

Day 1913: "The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even felt with the heart." Helen Keller-Annie Sullivan Write anything you want about this quote.

This is an interesting and thought provoking quote, I'm not sure I understand it because beauty is something we can either see with our eyes or feel in our hearts, which is a symbol for both our emotions and our souls. Ms Keller was blind and deaf, so perhaps she is referring to a sense that was more developed in her situation. Maybe her senses of smell and touch were more developed that those of people who have both sight and hearing. If that was the case, her concept of beauty and emotion would probably be focused on those senses.

Footnotes
18  Their heat ranking is 1,641,000 Scoville Heat Units (SHU).

March 14, 2019 at 3:13pm
March 14, 2019 at 3:13pm
#954334
Istijlál (Majesty), 13 ‘Alá’ (Loftiness) 175 B.E. - Thursday, March 14, 2019

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PROMPT: March 14th - Are you good at saving money? What was the last thing you saved up for?

Am I good at saving money? No. I have a saving account, which is attached to my checking account. I have the keep the change thingy that transfers a certain amount of money when I use my debit card in a purchase. Once a month there is an automatic transfer from my checking to my savings account. I'm still not good at saving money.

What am I saving for? I am saving money so that I can transfer money from my savings account to my checking account when my checking account gets overdrawn. I believe a wrote a poem a few years ago about an overdrawn checking account.

"Complaint To My Overdrawn Bank Account
With Apology to Chaucer

To you, my bank account, and no other
I complain, because you are overdrawn!
I am sad because you were a lover
Who has now betrayed me and let me down,
You were true to my every desire;
But you have ignited debts undying fire:
You must be full again or my plight is dire!

Today is the day for you to fill up,
So that I again have money to spend,
Don't set there like an empty coffee cup,
I want you to again become my friend.
You who were my love and my one desire,
You have gotten me stuck in debt's deep mire:
You must be full again or my plight is dire!

Now bank account, you were my life's one light,
And my salvation, keeping me without fears,
Please fill up and assist me with your might,
Since you're overdrawn I have been in tears.
Without you to fulfill my heart's desire;
I am poor and deep in debt's swampy mire:
You must be full again or my plight is dire!

O conqueror of my soul's seduction,
Please hear and answer my expectation;
My lover-king, I speak this prayer to you
That you my request will not refuse,
But rather answer my supplication!

March 13, 2019 at 5:12pm
March 13, 2019 at 5:12pm
#954282
‘Idál (Justice), 12 ‘Alá’ (Loftiness) 175 B.E. - Wednesday, March 13, 2019

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#1901868 by CJ Reddick - 7?

DAY 2306: Luc Sante said, " It is fascinating and often fruitful to try on another skin, but it is ultimately meaningless if one hasn't acknowledged one's own.." What do you think? Do you agree with him?

I strongly suspect there are a lot of people out there who aren't comfortable in their own skins, but are afraid to admit it. I have determined this from personal experience, and a few years of being uncomfortable in my own skin. Part of my problem came from being a woman and buying into the idea that women were only good for one thing and had to look beautiful or like a supermodel all the time. I have managed to overcome--at least partially--both of those false beliefs.


"As long as women are prevented from attaining their highest possibilities, so long will men be unable to achieve the greatness which might be theirs."
Baha’i Scripture

Several years ago--sometime in the last century--I realized that my beliefs about myself were preventing me from achieving my highest potential. In the process, I had to admit that I did not know what my highest potential was because I was backing off from pushing the limits of the instructions I picked up as a child from the way other people acted and talked. I know my mother and grandparent encouraged me to achieve my highest potential to the best of their abilities. Part of my beliefs concerned dogma I had picked up from other people in my life--such as the children I associated with and their parents.

Sometimes, I suspect, the biggest thing holding people back from achieving their highest potential is the inability (if that is the right word) to question the expectations of society and the example-instructions from the people around them. I know that, for a while, I was reluctant to do that.

March 13, 2019 at 12:20pm
March 13, 2019 at 12:20pm
#954270
‘Idál (Justice), 12 ‘Alá’ (Loftiness) 175 B.E. - Wednesday, March 13, 2019

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#1786069 by Fivesixer

PROMPT: March 13th - What is your absolute favorite meal? Include as much sensory detail as possible in your entry. Make us taste it!

When I was growing up, my favorite food was Southern Fried Chicken. My grandmother would take a cut up roll it in a mixture of flour and spices, put it in a hot iron skilled--which had cooking oil in it--and let it cook until the chicken was done and the coating on the chicken was brown. While the chicken was cooking, she would take cooked potatoes and mash them. After the chicken was done, Grandma would make the gravy by mixing flower and milk into the hot cooking oil she had just cooked the chicken in.

I can remember being able to smell the cooking chicken throughout the house. The chicken was crisp, with the taste of rosemary and other spices. The gravy was hot, with a peppery taste because when Grandma made it she added both salt and pepper to the gravy, so we didn't have to add anything to it. My siblings and I could just set down and eat it. In addition to the chicken Grandma always made either rolls or biscuits. I miss Grandma's southern fried chicken, I will order the chicken in a restaurant (if it's on the menu), but it never tastes the same as that Grandma made.
March 12, 2019 at 5:40pm
March 12, 2019 at 5:40pm
#954226
Fiḍál (Grace), 11 ‘Alá’ (Loftiness) 175 B.E. - Tuesday, March 12, 2019

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#1901868 by CJ Reddick - 7?

DAY 2305: Write something about March.

My mother's 98th birthday is Tuesday, March 19. Mom's soul ascended into the Abha paradise a little over six years ago. I'm not sure how I'll commemorate Mom's birthday. I'll probably say prayers for the departed to help her souls move through the spiritual realm. I could write a poem, I'll have to find one of her favorite scripture verses to see if that gives me any idea. The following is one of Mom's favorite prayers, she said it everyday before leaving for work.

"O God, my God! I have set out from my home, holding fast unto the cord of Thy love, and I have committed myself wholly to Thy care and Thy protection. I entreat Thee by Thy power through which Thou didst protect Thy loved ones from the wayward and the perverse, and from every contumacious oppressor, and every wicked doer who hath strayed far from Thee, to keep me safe by Thy bounty and Thy grace. Enable me, then, to return to my home by Thy power and Thy might. Thou art, truly, the Almighty, the Help in Peril, the Self-Subsisting."
Bahá’u’lláh19

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#1972895 by Lyn

Day 1911 Can colors be attached to memories and emotions, and do colors bring back memories for you? What kind of memories or emotions come rushing back when you see a certain color?

Mom's favorite color was red, so red always has pleasant memories for me. Mom's favorite flowers were roses, especially red roses. Her favorite sweet was chocolate.

Red roses
and dark chocolate
always make me smile,
and bring back memories of Mama.

Footnotes
19  http://www.bahaiprayers.org/protection4.htm

March 12, 2019 at 10:38am
March 12, 2019 at 10:38am
#954201
Fiḍál (Grace), 11 ‘Alá’ (Loftiness) 175 B.E. - Tuesday, March 12, 2019

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PROMPT: March 12th - What is your opinion on modern fashion trends? Has your style of dress changed through your life? How do you imagine clothing might change in the future?

I have no problems with modern fashion trends. I think, as long as one covers the important areas of the body while keeping warm, a person should be allowed to wear whatever they want. I will compliment a woman's or man's sense of fashion if they were a piece of clothing or color that enhances their appearance; however, I will not criticize another individual's fashion sense no matter what they wear or don't wear.

As for my fashion sense, I wear what is comfortable and warm or cool depending on the weather. When I go shopping for clothes, I go to a second hand store and purchase gently used items. With certain exceptions, I don't spend money on new pieces of clothing. Gently uses items work well for me, without making me look like I'm homeless. I have one black formal dress I wear once or twice a year, otherwise I wear either skirts or slacks.

I don't attempt to imagine how fashion will look in the future. It doesn't matter to me how it will look in the future. Clothes are necessary to cover the body and keep it warm or cool depending on the season, and to prevent sun damage to the skin.

March 11, 2019 at 11:15am
March 11, 2019 at 11:15am
#954138
Kamál (Perfection), 10 ‘Alá’ (Loftiness) 175 B.E. - Monday, March 11, 2019

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PROMPT: March 11th - To live a fulfilled life, the most important virtue is ______. Fill in the blank and defend your answer.

Trustworthiness

The most important virtue is trustworthiness. Trustworthiness is the chief of virtues, because without it nothing can be accomplished. Trustworthiness takes courage to practice because it is more than simply being trustworthy with other people and with God, it also encourages individuals to be trustworthy with themselves and their goals. It encourages individuals to bring themselves to account each day to determine how trustworthy they are. Trustworthiness motivates individuals to do do their best and pursue their passions.

"The fourth Ṭaráz concerneth trustworthiness. Verily it is the door of security for all that dwell on earth and a token of glory on the part of the All-Merciful. He who partaketh thereof hath indeed partaken of the treasures of wealth and prosperity. Trustworthiness is the greatest portal leading unto the tranquility and security of the people. In truth the stability of every affair hath depended and doth depend upon it. All the domains of power, of grandeur and of wealth are illumined by its light."
Bahá’u’lláh, 20

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#1901868 by CJ Reddick - 7?

DAY 2304: Use these words in your entry: Mars, life, mercy, independence, forgiveness, grace.

Life on Mars

Lately I've encountered several news stories about life on Mars. One of them ask the question "Is/was there life on Mars?" and another was about Mars being humanity's plan 2. To answer the first question, I think there could be life on Mars if there really is underground water or even water in Mars' polar caps. To find actually evidence of life on Mars we need a little more investigation by both robot rovers and human scientist on Mars.

As for Mars being humanity's plan 2, I don't think we need a plan 2. What we need is more people to practice their independence from dogma--both scientific and religious--by practicing the virtues of mercy, grace, and forgiveness toward their fellow human beings and themselves. It would also help if individuals began to investigate both scientific and religious truth for themselves.

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#1972895 by Lyn

Day 1910: Suppose there is a new venture in communications area such as telepathic communications, which some already claim it exists. What do you think about it? Is it possible and can you live with it if it were widely used?

Telepathic Communications

I think telepathic communications is possible. I, also, believe that humanity--at this point in time--is too immature to deal with this type of communications. I suspect (and this is my personal opinion) that telepathy is or maybe a spiritual form of communications. This means that, until the human race is a little more mature, it will not be a common form of communications on the material/physical plane.

Footnotes
20  Tablets of Bahá’u’lláh, 4. Ṭarázát (Ornaments).

March 10, 2019 at 11:20am
March 10, 2019 at 11:20am
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Jamál (Beauty), 9 ‘Alá’ (Loftiness) 175 B.E. - Sunday, March 10, 2019

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#1786069 by Fivesixer

PROMPT for March 10th: What news stories are you currently following? If you’re not following any particular stories, share one national story and one international story that interest you.

I am not currently following any specific news story. When I log on my computer the welcome screen shows five headlines from different news sources. If I am interested in one of the stories, I click it on and read it. Otherwise, I bring up my web favorites. I have bookmarked the local newspaper and three of the local television stations. For some national and international news I have bookmarked BBC News   and The Guardian  . I have, also, bookmarked the Baha'i World News Service  , because these are the only news stories I actively follow on a weekly basis.


One o my brothers shares news and magazine articles he finds interesting on Facebook. Sometime I click the articles on and read them. The only articles I share (on a regular basis) on Facebook are those found on BahaiTeachings.Org  . If I share other news articles it is randomly through out the year.


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