Friday, September 21, 2018

Business is Business

My father told me that he once produced a television commercial for a furniture chain, and the owner was so pleased with it that he said: "Sam, pick out a sofa and you can have your choice of colors."

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Monday, September 17, 2018

Saturday, September 15, 2018

The Greatest Honor of an Individual

Vali'u'llah Samadani

And the honour and distinction of the individual consist in this, that he among all the world's multitudes should become a source of social good. Is any larger bounty conceivable than this, that an individual, looking within himself, should find that by the confirming grace of God he has become the cause of peace and well-being, of happiness and advantage to his fellow men? No, by the one true God, there is no greater bliss, no more complete delight'.

--Abdu'l-Baha-- Secrets of Divine Civilization

Friday, September 14, 2018

The Bay of Akka and Monterey Bay

The Bay of Akka and Monterey Bay

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Mansion at Bahji, Near Akka, Israel

“Greetings and salutations rest upon this mansion which increaseth in splendour through the passage of time. Manifold wonders and marvels are found therein, and pens are baffled in attempting to describe them."

(The dedicatory statement of ‘Údí Khammár placed over the lintel upon completion of the mansion in 1870)

Saturday, September 1, 2018

Friday, August 24, 2018

Drafting Tools

Some old drafting tools: An electric eraser (I wore out three of them in twenty years) and a couple of horsehair brushes, one with years of graphite and one unused.

Drawing the foundation plan for a loading dock in Watsonville the old fashioned way.

All my old drafting tools, and some I've collected,  have found their way to the tool museum.

The computer and software have made it easy to produce clean, crisp and clear drawings. Curves are easy! No more graphite or erasure crumbs and debilitating back problems.

Here's a framing plan for a unit at the Post Ranch in Big Sur.

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Steller's Jay

A frequent visitor.

Saturday, August 18, 2018

Seat of the Universal House of Justice

Seat of the Universal House of Justice, Mt. Carmel, Haifa, Israel

"The Great Peace towards which people of good will throughout the centuries have inclined their hearts, of which seers and poets for countless generations have expressed their vision, and for which from age to age the sacred scriptures of mankind have constantly held the promise, is now at long last within the reach of the nations. For the first time in history it is possible for everyone to view the entire planet, with all its myriad diversified peoples, in one perspective. World peace is not only possible but inevitable. It is the next stage in the evolution of this planet...."

The Universal House of Justice
The Promise of World Peace

Friday, August 10, 2018

Santa Cruz--Bruce Owens

A photograph by Bruce Owens looking south across Monterey Bay towards the Salinas Valley from Santa Cruz.

Captian Juergen Raps Retirement Flight From SFO

 Good weather blessed Captain Juergen Raps' retirement flight from SFO to Frankfurt, Germany, with clear views of San Francisco and the Bay Area.  The video includes the crew pushback, taxi and take off, as well as a ride on a Harley Davidson across an active tarmac and a comment on the responsive characteristics of the Airbus A380.

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Sunday, August 5, 2018

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Friday, July 27, 2018

The Message

For a fair-minded look at the origin of Islam, I recommend the 1976 film "The Message". Interestingly, the British actor, Earl Cameron, who played the Christian Abyssinian king in this clip, is a Baha'i.

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Saturday, July 21, 2018

Sketching When Traveling

My first experience sketching when traveling was on a trip to Victoria, British Columbia, from Santa Cruz, California via San Jose and Port Angeles, Washington. Using a Tombow brush pen, I sketched with abandon. It was liberating.

At the San Jose airport.

In flight, I sketched some of the mountains in the Cascade Range.

At Sea-Tac.

A few sketches in Port Angeles, as I waited for the Coho ferry to Victoria.

From 'the top of the stairs'.

This is a group of teenage Inuit Alaskan boys on a field trip on the bow of the Coho about mid-way across the Straight of Juan de Fuca.

A crude map of Alaska showing the towns where they were from, and a freighter.

Victoria, British Columbia.

Approaching the harbor at Victoria. We were moving, so I drew these quickly.

Off the boat, I had more time to sketch the Empress Hotel.

Returning to Port Angeles.


 Port Angeles at the foot of the Olympic Range.