Showing posts from January, 2009

From Iran Press Watch: The Baha'is

I feel that this is an important story, with international implications for the US government and its people. All of this is for the Glory of God, even though it is extremely sad to read about how many people in Iran, Baha'is and non-Baha'is alike, continue to suffer mightily under the current regime. However, all of us can take an action. Please reprint these articles on your blogs. Silence keeps the status quo in place.

Iran: Using terror internally and abroad
January 29, 2009

Editor’s note: The following article was written by Wahied Wahdat-Hagh and is reposted here due to its importance for our readers’ information. A german translation can be found at

On 14 January Iranian secret service agents arbitrarily detained at least six members of the Baha’i religion in Tehran, including a former female colleague of Shirin Ebadi. At the same time terror propaganda agains…

I'm BACK!!!

Yep, I'm back online, FINALLY! One thing I have learned over and over again the past few months of being off line--everything is in God's Will, not mine. The problem is, I forget that a lot, which is why I work a 12 step program for food addiction. I won't go into much detail about that on this blog anymore because I'm going to create another blog to discuss my food and other addiction issues. More about that later, but let it suffice to say that the more I work my 12 step program, the more the words of Baha'u'llah resonate deeper within me:

Hold ye fast unto His statutes and commandments,
and be not of those who, following their idle
fancies and vain imaginings, have clung to the
standards fixed by their own selves, and cast behind
their backs the standards laid down by God.

(Baha'u'llah, The Kitab-i-Aqdas, p. 24)

Thou beholdest, O my God, how every bone in my body soundeth like a pipe with the music of Thine inspiration, revealing the signs of Thy onene…

Eulogy for my mother

Mom with my grandson Xavier, when he was a newborn.

Eulogy for Mary Ellen Shortt

(To an individual believer, March 27, 1938)

"'Evolution in the life of the individual starts with the formation of the human embryo and passes through various stages, and even continues after death in another form. The human spirit is capable of infinite development

"'Man's identity or rather his individuality is never lost. His reality as a person remains intact throughout the various states of his development. He does not pre-exist in any form before coming into this world.'

(Compilations, Lights of Guidance by Shoghi Effendi, p. 536)

How do you capture a lifetime of diverse moments in a few paragraphs? Mom used to tell all us kids that we could do anything if we really wanted to do it. But as life would reveal to me over the years, there are some things that are simply out of my control, if not downright impossible. Capturing a lifetime of experiences on paper is one of those th…

A Passing

My mother, Mary Ellen Shortt at the turntable during WBLE DJ days in Leesburg, FL.

My mother, Mary Ellen Graham Shortt, made her transition from this plane of existence to the next world on New Year's Eve at 4:50 pm. She went peacefully, after a very long struggle with very complicated health problems which I have discussed in previous blogs. None of what I feared and railed about came to pass, and the experience proved to me that God is truly in control of EVERYTHING. The problem was I was too self-centered at the time to see it. Considering what an selfish brat I have been, the Almighty, the Most Powerful in His Grace and Bounty, saw fit that I would spend most of what turned out to be my mother's last day at her bedside, holding her hand. I told her that I loved her, over and over again. And I told her that I was sorry that I haven't been a better daughter. And I meant every word of it. They say your life unfolds before you when you are in the process of dying. We…