August 2007 Archives

Missed Opportunity - Baha'i Connection to the Shi'a Mahdi

August 31, 2007

Its been weeks since I've updated this site, thanks to an over-abundance of work. At some point this month, the repeat visitor will have noticed, I finally finished my yearly overhaul of the site. I'm quite pleased with the new look; hope you enjoy it too.

Yesterday I was reading about For Iran’s Shiites, a Celebration of Faith and Waiting, thinking sadly that the author had missed a real opportunity to educate the world about the status of the Bahá'ís of Iran. He mentions the Faith, but goes no further.

Reflections on the Religious Concept of "Covenant"

August 11, 2007

I went out to lunch with a relatively new Bahá'í today. What a gorgeous day it is too, after a much needed downpour over night. Before going out, I sat down this morning to reflect on the Covenant and write down a few quotations to take with me (a concept any Indiana Jones fan can tell you about). In my thoughts, I was guided toward the notion of love as expressed in the Covenant, particularly after recently finishing Moojan Momen's new biography of Bahá'u'lláh, wherein Bahá'u'lláh's love for the believers — and all of humanity — came through strongly (full review forthcoming).

Conservation Reserve Program

August 7, 2007

Recently I came across an editorial analysis of the farm bills currently being legislated that began with a splenetic attack on its conservation reserve program and, in a non sequitur, ended with a relatively well-reasoned critique of the direct subsidies provided to growers of corn, wheat, soy, rice, and cotton. The arguments against these direct subsidies are plentiful, but this is the first time I've come across an argument against the conservation program.

No, I was not on the bridge

August 2, 2007

Many of you readers will know that I live in the Twin Cities of Minnesota and will have seen the news about the bridge collapse. The news all over the country is covering this horrific tragedy, as are many outlets outside the U.S. (leading headline on the BBC News website last night). Luckily the "first responders" reacted quickly, pulling many people from the strong river currents. It is sobering to think about how much trust and faith we put into colossal man-made infrastructure every day.

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