TILTED CONE AT THE MUSEUM OF GLASS
Monday, May 29, 2017
Saturday, May 27, 2017
“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-Bahá, The Secret of Divine Civilization
Wednesday, May 24, 2017
Tuesday, May 16, 2017
These wrens have nested for the second consecutive year outside my kitchen window. I watch them look below the rhododendron for bugs, and then bring their catch back to the nest. I can hear the hungry chicks peeping for food.
They seem to enjoy trailer life.
Monday, May 15, 2017
I found a California Poppy on the sidewalk in front of my house today, and it made me think of when my grandfather introduced me to the California State Flower. I was eight or nine, and they grew in his San Francisco backyard,
Eschscholzia californica cover inland hills and benches along the coast.
I scattered seeds one year in my own backyard, and I had a nice show in the Spring.
I found the manner that they reseed themselves fascinating. A seed pod forms, it dries in the sun and then the pod splits, flinging a few dozen seeds around.
Saturday, May 13, 2017
Haifa and Mt Carmel (before 1899)
In the religion of Muhammad there is the promise of the Mihdi and the Messiah, and it is the same with the Zoroastrian and the other religions, but if we relate these matters in detail, it would take too long. The essential fact is that all are promised two Manifestations, Who will come, one following on the other. It has been prophesied that in the time of these two Manifestations the earth will be transformed, the world of existence will be renewed, and beings will be clothed in new garments. Justice and truth will encompass the world; enmity and hatred will disappear; all causes of division among peoples, races and nations will vanish; and the cause of union, harmony and concord will appear. The negligent will awake, the blind will see, the deaf will hear, the dumb will speak, the sick will be cured, the dead will arise. War will give place to peace, enmity will be conquered by love, the causes of dispute and wrangling will be entirely removed, and true felicity will be attained. The world will become the mirror of the Heavenly Kingdom; humanity will be the Throne of Divinity. All nations will become one; all religions will be unified; all individual men will become of one family and of one kindred. All the regions of the earth will become one; the superstitions caused by races, countries, individuals, languages and politics will disappear; and all men will attain to life eternal, under the shadow of the Lord of Hosts.
Abdu'l-Baha, Some Answered Questions