Such a great archive of stories being built here, would be so great to see more blogs like this across the world.
Blogger active in aftermath of Cyclone Yasi
Witnessing the spiritual capacity of the local community has been the “the most amazing experience” in the past year for a Bahá’í blogger contributing to ABC Open’s Aftermath project.
June Perkins was at home in Tully with her husband, three children and a multitude of pets when Cyclone Yasi struck North Queensland with devastating force on 3 February 2011, one year ago today.
A huge mango tree fell through the roof of their house, splintering the ceiling. Terrifying winds struck the house from all directions.
Then, in the calm of the eye of the storm, the family fled their damaged house for a safer, low-to-ground brick home of one of their neighbours.
The next day they returned to find their home was wrecked. They have recently moved to Murray Upper.
After a local told the ABC about postings by Dr Perkins on Pearlz Dreaming, her long-running blog on life, poetry and virtues, she was invited to be a guest blogger representing North Queensland for ABC Open’s Aftermath project.
The project follows the stories of people trying to rebuild their lives and their communities and to recover from recent natural disasters.
Dr Perkins was asked to write a blog at least once a fortnight on her experiences following the cyclone. Her posts can be viewed here.
“So far I have contributed thirteen written blogs, one video and 24 photographs to the project,” she says.
“The most amazing thing about everything our family has been through in the last few months has been witnessing the spiritual capacity of our community.
“In terms of spiritual and faith themes I focus on themes to do with virtues people are displaying in the recovery process, such as resilience, caring and helpfulness.”
In one posting, she writes about “Ute Angels”, people who “walk the spiritual path with practical feet”.
“How do you picture angels?” she writes.
“For me they are dressed in shorts and t-shirts with big smiles on their faces as they help load a ute of more sodden belongings to sort. These angels are the ones who are there for you — unasked and rarely publicised.
“Some of the best days during the recovery process in the Cassowary Coast have been the unexpected and unasked for assistance from many people we never knew cared about us and also from complete strangers.
“The day we arrived at our new home there were fresh new sheets, towels and pillow cases waiting on the doorstep. It felt like some angels put them there. We made so many trips back and forth between our old and new home that we needed more angels, specifically ute angels, and as if our prayers were answered, they appeared!”
Dr Perkins’ postings cover a range of themes, including helpful visits by people from outside the district.
“I have covered the role of the arts in the healing process at some length – with visits from musicians, songwriters, and writing mentors playing an important role in assisting people to be inspired to get back on their feet.
“I plan to do about six more written blogs and am collaborating on a video documentary of our family’s experience of the cyclone, recovery and aftermath. I am producing several small video documentaries of local stories and am sharing these on Pearlz Dreaming and ABC Open.”
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Avrel shares his story of what led him to find out about the Baha’i Faith.
A little more than 10 years ago, I decided to become a Baha’i. It was a momentous event in my life, yet one I did not see coming. I was not friends with any Baha’is at the time, and had only met two in my life.
For having no personal tie to this religion, it was a decision that seemed to come suddenly, as if it were an inescapable fate. But when I search my past for early signs that I might have landed in this theological place, I wind up with a startling realization. More than anyone else, my decision to become a Baha’i might be attributable to … C.S. Lewis. Yes, I’m referring to the most celebrated Christian theologian of modern history.
I say this primarily for one reason, which is that when I was about 27, I read his masterwork of popular theology Mere Christianity, in which…
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A review of the moving poetry of Mavash Sabet.
‘We shout as loudly as we can but our voices too are caged/and day after day death is denied as well as aid./No one listens, no one hears this wingless bird.’ (Mavash Sabet – ‘The Friends’)
Mavash Sabet’s Prison Poems (George Ronald Press, 2013) have been brought to the English speaking world in delicate and skilful adaptations by Bahiyyih Nakhjavani; she was assisted in this work by both her father and her mother.
Nakhjavani prefers to call them adaptations rather than translations due to the immense difficulty of translating poetry from other languages with absolute accuracy especially with the extra elements of metre and rhyme to combine with meaning and the cultural and spiritual dimensions of language.
It is challenging in the parameters of what should be a short a blog/article to convey the full power and complexity of the spiritual and emotional journey Sabet’s poems will take the reader…
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I am sharing the journey of writing a memoirs on my blog. Anyone else sharing their writing processes and journey would love to read your blog.
Searching for a title for my memoirs I want it to:
1. Convey my cultural and spiritual heritage
2. Be original
3. Be memorable
4. Be creative
5. Perhaps come from some key phrase in the memoirs itself
6. Honour family, friends and places
7. Have a poetic feel to it
8. Make you want to read the book
9. Convey some of the themes of the memoir
10.Reflect the structure of the memoir
Key ideas/words that could be there are: world citizen, Paisa, Australian, Mekeo, Baha’i, soul, frangipani, basket,flower, writer, gumbootspearlz, pearlz dreaming, peace, unity, nature, environment, trees.
If you have any ideas you’d like to suggest based on reading my blogs do let me know. I am going to play around with some ideas and try and make a list of possible titles.
Some titles from memoirs currently…
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This was a guest poet on my blog. Her brother is also a performance poet and she comes from a very creative family.
My heart cries for them by night.
My soul speaks to them by day and
my loving arms can never quite reach far and wide enough
to hold them all within my love.
They say – your time is precious and
your heart too weak to carry their burdens.
They say – take time for yourself,
don’t get in too deep;
but deep are the cuts they inflict on their frail and shaking wrists
deep, is the hole our society has dug for them and
deep is how far I will go in order to pull up the hands of those who need me.
They say you will burn out
but the only burning I feel is the fire of love in my heart.
The only burning I see are the tears
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Another Book Review
I strongly recommend this book to everyone, but especially to those who may be feeling down about the condition of the world, or their own lives/families, or whatever. You do not need to know anything at all about ‘Abdu’l-Baha or the Baha’i Faith to find this book of use.
A few weeks ago, the author was visiting family in the town where my mother lives. She met him, bought the book and raved about it. Last week, while I was visiting her, I started reading and I finished this today.
I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE THIS BOOK!!!
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