Sunday, March 18, 2018

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Pushy the Cat

A stray cat earned his name when he insisted on being  part of the family.  He quickly moved up the pecking order.

Friday, March 9, 2018

Garden Court, Palace Hotel

Palace Hotel, San Francisco

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Анна Демченкова

Анна Демченкова

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Our Promised Destiny

Queen Marie of Romania

Referring to mankind's spiritual destiny, Baha'u'llah spoke of the time when, "...should a woman who is unsurpassed in her beauty and adorned with the most exquisite and priceless jewels, travel unveiled and alone, from the east of the world to the west thereof, passing through every land and journeying in all countries, there would be such a standard of justice, trustworthiness and faith on the one hand, and lack of treachery and degradation on the other, that no one would be found who would wish to rob her of her possessions or to cast a treacherous and lustful eye upon her beauteous chastity!"

Friday, March 2, 2018

Strength and Courage

Silver Earings

Zuni believe that the Bear is invaluable if you are faced with change and transition. It can be your ally when you are attempting to resolve conflict, forgive yourself or others for errors of the past, or when you are faced with new challenges in your spiritual path. The Bear guides introspection and self-reflection.  From Here



Thursday, March 1, 2018

Mashriqu'l-Adhkar, Kampala, Uganda

Several years ago, a Christian missionary from Kampala, Uganda, came to my door. I told her I was a Baha'i, and asked if she knew of the Continental Baha'i House of Worship there. She said she walked past it every day!

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Marianne Brandt


Astrays and Teapots  1924

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Friday, February 16, 2018

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Dark-eyed Junco

Lot's of Dark-eyed Juncos visiting my backyard these days.  They're shy, but not too shy.  They'll eat from the feeder, but like to graze beneath it.  I throw seed out for them  from my kitchen window

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Cobbie's Second Birthday Party


Thursday, February 8, 2018

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

There is Nothing Sweeter..

There is nothing sweeter in the world of existence than prayer. --Abdu'l-Baha

Sunday, February 4, 2018

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Mahvash Sabet

Iranian Bahá'í Mahvash Sabet was released from Evin Prison recently after serving nearly 10 years in the Women's Ward. Her crime was her faith.

Mahvash with her husband, father, and family.

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Friday, January 26, 2018



Four people were driving in a car when it was hit by a truck, All four died and went to heaven.

The keeper of the gate said to the four people:
"Before I can let you in, you must answer one question".

The Jew immediately walks up to St. Peter and says he will would like to be first.

So St. Peter asks him: “Who is the most recent Prophet of God?"

The Jew says, “That’s easy, it is Moses.

St. Peter tells the Rabbi to return to earth to do some independent research.


A Christian preacher then walks up, and St. Peter asks him: Tell me, who is the most recent Prophet of God?”

The preacher proudly answers…"It is Jesus! He was the only begotten Son of God.”

St. Peter shakes his head and returns the preacher to earth…


The Muslim steps forward, and St. Peter asks him the same question.

”Muhammad, may peace be upon Him!” he shouts.

“No! You must go do some Independent research.”

Meanwhile, a Baha’i is thinking...”I can nail this!”

The Baha’i walks up…St. Peter smiles at him, the Bahá'í grins back…St. Peter Nods, the grinning Baha’i nods back…

Then St. Peter asks: “Can you spell Huququ'lláh?"

Monday, January 22, 2018

дружная птичка!

I walked up on an American Goldfinch at the suet feeder this afternoon. It was just an arms length away.

дружная птичка!

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Bay Bridge

San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Pilgrim's Shoes

Pilgrim's Shoes

“All prejudices, whether of religion, race, politics or nation, must be renounced, for these prejudices have caused the world’s sickness. It is a grave malady which, unless arrested, is capable of causing the destruction of the whole human race. Every ruinous war, with its terrible bloodshed and misery, has been caused by one or other of these prejudices.” – ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Paris Talks

Monday, January 15, 2018

Jupiter's Southern Hemisphere

This image was taken on Dec. 16, 2017 at 10:12 PST (1:12 p.m. EST), as Juno performed its tenth close flyby of Jupiter. At the time the image was taken, the spacecraft was about 8,453 miles (13,604 kilometers) from the tops of the clouds of the planet at a latitude of 27.9 degrees south.  LINK

Friday, January 12, 2018

Sunrise in Murmansk

First sunrise in 40 days celebrated by the people of Murmansk. The daylight lasted for a little over an hour.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Eagle Boy Totem

Eagle Boy

During the cool summer evenings, the chief's nephew would go down the narrow piece of land, jetting out into the ocean, to feed eagles. The other villagers called him lazy when he went off to gaze at the skies rather than help dry salmon for the approaching winter. Only his grandmother believed in her heart that he would prove himself one day.

When the village became short of food, the uncle decided to move everyone, except his nephew, to the Euchlegan Rivers further north.

The nephew, now lonely and without food, watched as an eagle flew out to the spit. As he watched, the eagle released his tight hold on a salmon. 

He stumbled on rocks as he quickened his pace to get to the food. The nephew burst with joy when more eagles came with offerings for him.

Meanwhile, the uncle did not fare well. There were no Euchlegan in the rivers.

As they returned to the nephew they all noticed his strength from being well fed. He offered food to them. In return they gladly offered their wealth to him. He became a much respected man in the village which filled his grandmother with much happiness.

Saturday, December 30, 2017

My Lagan Love


Where Lagan stream sings lullaby
There blows a lily fair
The twilight gleam is in her eye
The night is on her hair
And like a love-sick lennan-shee
She has my heart in thrall
Nor life I owe nor liberty
For love is lord of all.

And sometimes when the beetle's horn
Hath lulled the eve to sleep
I steal unto her shielding lorn
And through the dooring peep.
There on the cricket's singing stone,
She spares the bogwood fire,
And hums in sad sweet undertones
The song of heart's desire

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Monday, December 25, 2017

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Friday, December 22, 2017

Hill's Corners

I once moved into an apartment a few doors down from a retirement home.  Every morning at 10, I watched from my window an old man walking around the block. One day I introduced myself, and we began walking regularly together, and we became friends.

I hadn’t seen the old New England shipbuilder for a while, and when I finally ran into him on the sidewalk he was crying. He said that he couldn’t remember my name, and he didn’t want me to think badly of him. Dementia was obviously setting in.

I asked him to sit with me on the bench nearby, where I told him not to worry, as I was sure he knew my name, but just couldn’t recall it.  I also said that the day may come when he couldn’t remember me at all, and I would still consider him my friend because our real friendship was of spirit.

A broad smile appeared on his face, and his eyes twinkled through his tears, and he said to me: “Thanks, Joe.”

We had a great laugh.

Thursday, December 21, 2017