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.


Thursday, July 12, 2018

Religion is a Mighty Bulwark

Terrace,  Mt. Carmel

"And among the teachings of Baha'u'llah is that religion is a mighty bulwark. If the edifice of religion shakes and totters, commotion and chaos will ensue and the order of things will be utterly upset, for in the world of mankind there are two safeguards that protect man from wrongdoing. One is the law which punishes the criminal; but the law prevents only the manifest crime and not the concealed sin; whereas the ideal safeguard, namely, the religion of God, prevents both the manifest and the concealed crime, trains man, educates morals, compels the adoption of virtues and is the all-inclusive power which guarantees the felicity of the world of mankind. But by religion is meant that which is ascertained by investigation and not that which is based on mere imitation, the foundations of Divine Religions and not human imitations."

---Abdu'l-Baha, Selections from the Writings of Abdu'l-Baha

Saturday, July 7, 2018

Apollo-Soyuz by Kerry A Faraone

Apollo-Soyuz by Kerry A Faraone 

Thursday, July 5, 2018

USCG Air Station Sitka, Alaska

Personnel from USCG Air Station Sitka, Alaska, marching on the 4th of July.  The Command Master Chief  is marching a few paces behind on the left side of the banner.