Gaylen Rose Dahlia A Beauty

This photo shows a beautiful Gaylen Rose dahlia photographed at The Dahlia Garden in Golden Gate Park in The City of San Francisco. The Dahlia is the official flower of The City of San Francisco. The garden is located just east of the San Francisco Conservatory of flowers.  

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Search Out Your Own Imperfections

“Man possesses two kinds of susceptibilities: the natural emotions, which are like dust upon the mirror, and spiritual susceptibilities, which are merciful and heavenly characteristics. “There is a power which purifies the mirror from dust and transforms its reflection into intense brilliancy and radiance so that spiritual susceptibilities may chasten the hearts and heavenly bestowals…

Táhirih’s Heroism Largely Unknown

In an age when women were little more than property in what was then called Persia, a female poet and mother challenged a highly patriarchal society and gave humanity a glimpse of little-seen faith and courage. Her story, then, should not be lost to history. She was born Fátimih Baraghání, later named Táhirih (Arabic, “The…

In the ocean he findeth a drop

In the ocean he findeth a drop, in a drop he beholdeth the secrets of the sea. ~ Bahá'u'lláh Source: The Seven Valleys and the Four Valleys. Bahá'í online Authoritative Texts Library. © Bahá'í International Community. Photo © Glenn Franco Simmons.  

GLENN FRANCO SIMMONS: The Opinionater

by Glenn Franco Simmons In 2007, I penned a column for which I was mocked by a blogger who titled an acid-tongued response: “Glenn Franco Simmons: The Opinionator.” The column I had written was about a tragic police shooting of an armed woman. Officers said they were forced to use lethal force, which I believed.…

My Heart Dances With Daffodils

I wandered lonely as a cloud That floats on high o'er vales and hills, When all at once I saw a crowd, A host, of golden daffodils; Beside the lake, beneath the trees, Fluttering and dancing in the breeze. Continuous as the stars that shine And twinkle on the milky way, They stretched in never-ending…