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Baha’i Blogging News: Baha’i Blog Announces Studio Sessions

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(C) June Perkins – Image Featured in the Month of Mercy Nineteen Months

It’s a small world.

Recently I was surprised to meet Naysan Naraqi who works on Baha’i Blog.  He was visiting Australia and came up and introduced himself at the wedding of some mutual friends.

It was great to meet someone who is just as passionate about the powers of blogging.

He asked me what I thought of Baha’i Blog, which I love.   He asked me if it was a useful and interesting site.  Well, it sure is.  I especially love the features on musicians and artists, but also there are many well written articles on topical issues.  He was then very encouraging of my own projects.

I love to interact with people of any background, cultural and religious, but also love catching up with my Baha’i blogging buddies (haha now that’s a lot of alliteration).

This year I joined the team at Nineteen Months, as a contributing photographer, as well as that I am helping administer a couple of on line Baha’i arts groups.

Slowly but surely I meet more of the people I know through their projects and blogs in real space.  I love this, because no matter how much I love blogging, connecting up with people in real space is brilliant.

Naysan recently let me know  you can now catch Baha’i Blog Studio Sessions: HERE

Another project that I adore is Baha’i Chronicles  which features inspiring Baha’i biographies, from the past, and more contemporary.   They are always looking for contributors.

Another project I love is  UK Baha’i Histories, who feature stories of Baha’is with any connection to the UK.  I regularly blog their stories here.  I hope more Baha’i communities around the world establish ongoing heritage projects like this to collect stories of some amazing people.

So every now and then I hope to feature a bit of a news wrap up of Baha’i blogging projects from around the world.

(c) June Perkins

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Recommended link: Seven Days in Remembrance of Seven Years

Everybody Means Something

Seven Years

On this, the sixth of the seven days of remembrance, I am posting a brief profile of Behrouz Tavakkoli. Profiles of all seven Bahá’í leaders can be found on the Bahá’í World New Service at this link

The seven Baha’i leaders who were initially sentenced to 20 years imprisonment have long served both Iranian society and the Baha’i community. Six of them were arrested on 14 May 2008 at their homes in Tehran. The seventh, Mahvash Sabet, was arrested on 5 March 2008 while on a trip to Mashhad. They were held incommunicado for weeks and were not allowed access to legal counsel for more than a year.

The seven formed the entire membership of the now-disbanded group known as the “Yaran” or “Friends in Iran,” tending to the spiritual and social needs of the 300,000-member Baha’i community of that country.

Mr. Behrouz Tavakkoli

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The Prison Poet is Heard

Stumbling Through the Past

Book cover for Prison Poems Mahvash Sabet, Adapted from the original Persian by Bahiyyih Nakhjavani, Prison Poems, (George Ronald, 2013).

I write if only to stir faint memories of flight
in these wing-bound birds,
to open the cage of the heart for a moment
trapped without words.
For how can one not faint for these women,
beaten so brutally?
How can one not fear for them, suffering
such tyrannical cruelty.

Mahvash Sabet, ‘The Perfume of Poetry’, Prison Poems, p. 32

A woman sits in her prison cell in Iran, poetry flows from her pen. Of all Iran’s prisoners of conscience she and six fellow prisoners are serving the longest sentences of all. A member of a persecuted minority, the charges against them were patently false and their trial transgressed basic standards of legal procedure. The jail door has been slammed shut for a long time.

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PiBoIdMo and all that jazz

Sorry may not be as many reblogs during November, but feel free to visit the sidelinks. This is because I wil be doing PiBoIdMo

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I’ve done Nanowrimo (that novel is stil waiting for a reboot as a young adult fantasy piece).  What an experience that was.

Those characters still call me and say,  ‘when are you going to do something about me?’

‘Sorry guys I will listen to you soon, promise, on my to do list, ‘  I reply with my fingers crossed behind my back and a pair of runners begging to be put on my feet.  Well seriously I did have a few friends reading it and they did want to know what was going to happen so one day I will get my act together.

This year I am going to participate in PiBoIdmo for the first time.  The idea of this challenge is to generate 30 ideas for picture books in 30 days.  Considering I have presently completed  only one(and it has been sent off to a publisher…

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This lengthy blog pause has been brought to you by…..

Helen is back blogging again, and lets us know how life has been treating her.

Knitting & whingeing in Abalama-ding-dong

….a whole bunch of things – let’s call it a life tsunami..perhaps tsunami is too big, the wrong scale for what’s been happening, but I’ve been really SWAMPED and overwhelmed.the-wave

I’ve been missing y’all though. So even though my darling readers (both of you) really deserve an extensive update, I’ve not got it in me.  Still, going with the idea that something is better than nothing here’s what I can give tonight: BULLETS.

  • My mobility from the end of February to early August was next to nothing – lots of pain & very hard to get around at all. That, coupled with increasing incontinence (I know – TMI!- but hey….), made gardening this season a joke – even with 2 beautiful keyhole gardens. That’s why no gardening speak on de blog. Sorry ’bout that. I hope to talk some about the garden in the next month, including the story of…

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Help us Grow this Site

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Reflections (c) June Perkins

To help us grow this blog compilation we would love to hear from Baha’is anywhere in the world who blog regularly and would be happy for us to reblog their work.

We reserve the right to choose what we reblog.

To participate in the site we would appreciate it if you visit some of the other blogs and if you enjoy them leave constructive comments and feedback for the blogger.

If you are thinking of starting a blog perhaps this space will encourage and equip you to do this.  Just take a look at some of the other compiled blogs, and read our handy tips!

We will keep adding some useful links for you to go and search, but the compiler doesn’t have time to mentor everyone individually so this compilation and links are your mentors!

We’d love it if you do your blogging in wordpress as it enables us to easily reblog work, whilst allowing readers to connect back to your blog.

Of course as a Baha’i we hope you always show respect for the Faith in the way you conduct yourself online. This site is moderated and we want it to be a safe and friendly space.  We reserve the right to remove anyone from the links who does not show respect for others.

We welcome visitors from all Faiths and walks of life and hope you will enjoy this compilation, which we hope over time will reflect the diversity of cultures and interests within the Baha’i community.

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‘Please note The blogs are not necessarily focused on Baha’i topics exclusively. These blogs should not be taken as official positions of the Baha’i community, although many writers actively imbue their work with the principles of the Baha’i teachings. For a more directly focused Bahai Blog visit Bahai Blog This is not an official Baha’i site, for that go to Baha’i.org