Thursday, August 15, 2019

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Sunday, August 11, 2019

Office Cat Stops Production

Office cat stops production.

Thursday, August 8, 2019

Вика в аэропорту

This little traveler at the San Diego Airport has a backpack that her mother bought for her in Japan.

Thursday, August 1, 2019

Аполлон - Союз

Scientific investigation made a mockery of the Cold War.

Apollo-Soyuz by Kerry A. Faraone

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Monday, July 29, 2019

Sunday, July 28, 2019

Emma's Day Trip to Seattle


We left Bremerton on the Walla Walla around noon.

It was 15 year old Emma's first time on a boat.  She was excited as we disembarked.

Approaching Seattle

Mural on the stairway to Pike Place Market

Big Saturday afternoon crowd.

Emma and her Aunt Linda with Estrella, who told her fortune.

Standing on the glass floor atop the Space Needle.

Sailing from Seattle at the end of the day.

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Big Sur

McWay Falls at sunset after a storm. 1969  -John Gamble

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

The Seat of the Universal House of Justice and
the Baha'i World Center, Mt. Carmel, Israel

Sunday, July 21, 2019

Ocean Beach


Thursday, July 18, 2019

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Ocean of My Words

THE world’s equilibrium hath been upset through the vibrating influence of this most great, this new World Order. Mankind’s ordered life hath been revolutionized through the agency of this unique, this wondrous System—the like of which mortal eyes have never witnessed.

Immerse yourselves in the ocean of My words, that ye may unravel its secrets, and discover all the pearls of wisdom that lie hid in its depths. Take heed that ye do not vacillate in your determination to embrace the truth of this Cause—a Cause through which the potentialities of the might of God have been revealed, and His sovereignty established. With faces beaming with joy, hasten ye unto Him. This is the changeless Faith of God, eternal in the past, eternal in the future. Let him that seeketh, attain it; and as to him that hath refused to seek it—verily, God is Self-Sufficient, above any need of His creatures.

Say: This is the infallible Balance which the Hand of God is holding, in which all who are in the heavens and all who are on the earth are weighed, and their fate determined, if ye be of them that believe and recognize this truth. Say: Through it the poor have been enriched, the learned enlightened, and the seekers enabled to ascend unto the presence of God. Beware, lest ye make it a cause of dissension amongst you. Be ye as firmly settled as the immovable mountain in the Cause of your Lord, the Mighty, the Loving.

Sunday, July 7, 2019

Baha'i World Center, Mt. Carmel, Israel



Saturday, July 6, 2019

Consider the Pettiness of Men's Minds

"Consider the pettiness of men’s minds. They ask for that which injureth them, and cast away the thing that profiteth them. They are, indeed, of those that are far astray. We find some men desiring liberty, and priding themselves therein. Such men are in the depths of ignorance.

Liberty must, in the end, lead to sedition, whose flames none can quench. Thus warneth you He Who is the Reckoner, the All-Knowing. Know ye that the embodiment of liberty and its symbol is the animal. That which beseemeth man is submission unto such restraints as will protect him from his own ignorance, and guard him against the harm of the mischief-maker. Liberty causeth man to overstep the bounds of propriety, and to infringe on the dignity of his station. It debaseth him to the level of extreme depravity and wickedness."

Regard men as a flock of sheep that need a shepherd for their protection. This, verily, is the truth, the certain truth. We approve of liberty in certain circumstances, and refuse to sanction it in others. We, verily, are the All-Knowing.

Say: True liberty consisteth in man’s submission unto My commandments, little as ye know it. Were men to observe that which We have sent down unto them from the Heaven of Revelation, they would, of a certainty, attain unto perfect liberty. Happy is the man that hath apprehended the Purpose of God in whatever He hath revealed from the Heaven of His Will, that pervadeth all created things. Say: The liberty that profiteth you is to be found nowhere except in complete servitude unto God, the Eternal Truth. Whoso hath tasted of its sweetness will refuse to barter it for all the dominion of earth and heaven."

Baha'u'llah  Gleanings from the Writings of Baha'u'llah

Thursday, July 4, 2019

Saturday, June 29, 2019

Bird Feeders

Seed and suet for the birds

Sunday, June 23, 2019

Seaside, Oregon


This weekend marked the 15th year of vacationing in Seaside, Oregon, in a funky motel with a great view and kitchenette at the Prom.

The beach is right out the window.

I took this picture of the Prom and the Turnaround (the  spot that marks the end of the Lewis and Clark Expedition) at 3am.  Why?  Who knows?

Our view of Tillamook Head at dawn.

The Turnaround on a Saturday afternoon.

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Figure in Grief


Hugo Robus

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Mona Mahmudnizhad

Someday, everyone will know of and be inspired by the story of Mona Mahmudnizhad, who was sentenced to death and hanged in Shiraz, Iran, on June 18, 1983 for her unwavering belief in  Baha'u'llah. She was 16.

The official charges ranged from "misleading children and youth", to being a "Zionist".  The latter charge is based on the fact that the Baha'i World Center is located in Israel.  That Baha'u'llah was banished to the prison at Akka, Israel,  by the Ottoman Empire because of a perceived threat to the authority of the Islamic clergy is a reality completely lost on the accusers.

Monday, June 17, 2019

Peanut Pouch

I bought a pouch to carry peanuts for the squirrels and crows I meet.

Thursday, June 13, 2019



 Joe Paczkowski

Monday, June 10, 2019

Preparing for the Next World

6 July 1912

Talk at 309 West Seventy-eighth Street, New York

Notes by Emma C. Melick

In the world of existence man has traversed successive degrees until he has attained the human kingdom. In each degree of his progression he has developed capacity for advancement to the next station and condition. While in the kingdom of the mineral he was attaining the capacity for promotion into the degree of the vegetable. In the kingdom of the vegetable he underwent preparation for the world of the animal, and from thence he has come onward to the human degree, or kingdom. Throughout this journey of progression he has ever and always been potentially man.

In the beginning of his human life man was embryonic in the world of the matrix. There he received capacity and endowment for the reality of human existence. The forces and powers necessary for this world were bestowed upon him in that limited condition. In this world he needed eyes; he received them potentially in the other. He needed ears; he obtained them there in readiness and preparation for his new existence. The powers requisite in this world were conferred upon him in the world of the matrix so that when he entered this realm of real existence he not only possessed all necessary functions and powers but found provision for his material sustenance awaiting him.

Therefore, in this world he must prepare himself for the life beyond. That which he needs in the world of the Kingdom must be obtained here. Just as he prepared himself in the world of the matrix by acquiring forces necessary in this sphere of existence, so, likewise, the indispensable forces of the divine existence must be potentially attained in this world.  

 What is he in need of in the Kingdom which transcends the life and limitation of this mortal sphere? That world beyond is a world of sanctity and radiance; therefore it is necessary that in this world he should acquire these divine attributes. In that world there is need of spirituality, faith, assurance, the knowledge and love of God. These he must attain in this world so that after his ascension from the earthly to the heavenly Kingdom he shall find all that is needful in that life eternal ready for him.


That divine world is manifestly a world of lights; therefore man has need of illumination here. That is a world of love; the love of God is essential. It is a world of perfections; virtues or perfections must be acquired. That world is vivified by the breaths of the Holy Spirit; in this world we must seek them. That is the Kingdom of life everlasting; it must be attained during this vanishing existence.

By what means can man acquire these things? How shall he obtain these merciful gifts and powers? First, through the knowledge of God. Second, through the love of God. Third, through faith. Fourth, through philanthropic deeds. Fifth, through self-sacrifice. Sixth, through severance from this world. Seventh, through sanctity and holiness. Unless he acquires these forces and attains to these requirements he will surely be deprived of the life that is eternal. But if he possesses the knowledge of God, becomes ignited through the fire of the love of God, witnesses the great and mighty signs of the Kingdom, becomes the cause of love among mankind, and lives in the utmost state of sanctity and holiness, he shall surely attain to second birth, be baptized by the Holy Spirit and enjoy everlasting existence.

--Abdu'l-Baha, Promulgation of Universal Peace  Source