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Portals Quilt

Small as it may be, this quilt still manages to stay in a state of flux. Take a look at what’s already available, and check back periodically for additions. Note that each link you click will open in a new window.

Quilt Panels: #AlexanderMZoltai   #CandaceMooreHill   #DavidNajman   #KimBowdenKerby   #KlausLangkilde   #LauraRedish   #LisaBradley   #MeadSimon   #MichaelKohn   #MiltonLucy   #NilufarRezaiTofighi   #OrrinLewis   #PatriciaWilcox   #PhillipeCopeland   #RothwellBudPolk   #ShoghiMaximSimon   #TimothySanborn             #MichaelAndTheMichaels   #NativeLanguagesOfTheAmericas   #ODEServices   #SecondNatureJazzQuartet   #Wilmette Institute   

Blog: Flora and Fauna Weekly Report Kim Bowden-Kerby started Flora and Fauna Weekly Report (My corner of Fiji: observations from the wife of a naturalist) in 2013. She IDs the blog's driving force as her attempt to wake up to her immediate environment and not "sleepwalk through the weeds and bugs". American by birth, nurse (retired) by vocation, she lives in Fiji with her husband, award-winning coral reef biologist Austin, her children and grandchildren, and the spirit of her beloved mother-in-law. Kim Bowden-Kirby
Blog: FFWR - Celebrating the Baha'i Calendar Kim has also created a companion blog entitled FFWR - Celebrating the Baha'i Calendar in which she celebrates the Baha'i Calendar - or, as it is sometimes called, the Badi (meaning unique or wondrous) Calendar - with a photo of local beauty in nature and a quotation from the Baha'i Scriptures for each Baha'i month and Holy Day. She was inspired by the fact that the whole Baha'i world has now started using the Badi Calendar in unison. "
Book: Abby Wize: AWA
Lisa Bradley completed the first book in her series -- Abby Wize: AWA -- in 2010, has been working on a second edition, and is in the final stages of work on the sequel, Abby Wize: BE. You can learn about Abby Wize: AWA, read reviews and collaborator weigh-ins, get ordering info, and see a picture of Lisa on her horse Trace here. Her background includes journalism, photography, acting, quilting, and horse whispering. Her home base is a ranch in Arizona.  Lisa Bradley
Blog: Baha'i Thought Phillipe Copeland is the prolific author of Baha'i Thought, which ran from November 2005 through November 2012. Although he has spent his time in other pursuits since retiring this blog, the wealth of entries made the site well worth perusing to find a lot of food for thought about our physical and spiritual world. See examples at sites like State of Formation, find links to other publications in his CV, even use the Wayback Machine to sample blogs from 2006 to 2012. Phillipe Copeland
Book: Images of America:  Baha'i Temple Candace Moore Hill lives in Illinois, serves at the Wilmette Institute, has a Tumblr microblog, tweets from @CandaceMHill, but says, "I don't keep a website or FB page. The Wilmette Institute soaks up all my energy that way." She is the author of the Baha'i Temple volume of Arcadia Publishing's "Images of America" series, in which she offers 199 B&W images of the Baha'i House of Worship for North America and answers many questions she's been asked as a guide there. Candace Moore Hill
Michael Kohn travels the land as an entertainer in the bardic tradition, his itinerary rife with performances at Renaissance Faires and other fitting venues. The Michael And The Michaels website showcases the collective of musical and creative works of this lyricist, composer, writer, recording artist, and multi-instrumentalist and his fellow Michaels. There you can find samples, merchandize, an invitation to Camp Michael, and a free subscription to the monthly Bardic News. Michael Kohn
"Let your vision be world embracing" Klaus Langkilde puts his artistic talents to good use in mining the vast scope of rich and varied writings in the Baha'i Faith to present exquisite illustrated quotations on a variety of subjects ranging from kindness towards animals to the value of wisdom, from the golden rule to the meaning of marriage. As of Autumn, 2013 he has created 40 stunning renderings of scriptural exceprts, and is in the process of more than doubling that number. He hails from Georgia. Klaus Langkilde
Band: Second Nature Jazz Quintet Milton Lucy has lifelong roots in the South Side of Chicago. Learning the keyboard was a part-time hobby for him while he worked for the US Postal Service and took care of his family. Since his retirement, he has joined with saxophonist Tyrone Spencer, bass guitarist Harrison "Duffy" Davis, and drummer Danny Day to explore the polyrhythms, syncopation, and improvization of jazz, that quintessentially American art form, in the Second Nature Jazz Quartet. Milton Lucy

Matters of the Heart
David Najman, MD, has done many articles and interviews over three decades, stemming from his career in clinical cardiology. "Matters of the Heart: Setting a Heart-Healthy Example for Your Children" is a no-nonsense case in point. Now he's turned to free short videos on Lifestyle Mods like Calories In, Calories Out; Burning It Off; and Patient Q & A; and Cholesterol Controveries like Does Size 70 Really Fit All? At this rate, he'll soon graduate to his own Portals page here. David Najman
Huffington Post - Rothwell Polk Rothwell "Bud" Polk started writing an official blog on The Huffington Post in December of 2010, addressing such topics as "University of Denver Dedicates Holocaust Memorial Social Action Site", author Andsrew Bowen's year-long "Project Conversion: 12 Faiths in 12 Months", "Does Anything Trump God's Justice?", and "Baha'i World Religion Day: A Celebration of Oneness". A semi-retiree, he still works with children who have serious challenges and developmental delays. Rothwell "Bud" Polk
Native Languages of the Americas Laura Redish is director and Orrin Lewis is tribal coordinator of Native Languages of the Americas, a small NFP organization dedicated to the survival of Native American languages, particularly through the use of Internet tech. By its own admission, the website is not beautiful. But it has its own inner beauty because it is, or will be, a compendium of online materials about more than 800 indigenous languages of the Western Hemisphere and about the people who speak them. Native Languages of the Americas logo
Sanborn Editorial Timothy Sanborn, MD, has written upwards of ten medically related, non-fiction, short stories and submitted them to various literary journals. One was published as an editorial in a cardiology journal; another appeared in The American Baha'i and was included in Twigs of a Family Tree. He plans to do a collection of several stories on the theme of patients changing their lifestyle for the better, many of which transformations occur after a “wake-up call” such as a heart attack. Timothy Sanborn
Sanborn Chicago Tribune OpEd He's also turned to metro newspaper lettercols in his crusade to inspire people to make lifestyle changes to improve their health. One online letter even invoked the spirit of President Kennedy. (See the print clipping.) Timothy is a cardiac surgeon, certified in interventional cardiology, cardiovascular disease, and internal medicine. (Read about one of his surgical interventions in Illinois from a patient's point of view.) "
Blog: One Baha'i's approach... Mead Simon has been doing this blog since October of 2009. It's his personal approach "to teaching the Faith, and applying the Laws in my own life." He adds, "I know there are many other ways to do the same thing, but this is what works for me, and others have said that it is helpful to hear these ideas." Mead is a stay-at-home dad, a writer, and a chainmail artist in Quebec. (Trust us, he knits some really amazing one-of-a-kind jewelry and artwork.) Mead Simon
Shoghi Maxim Simon is a young Baha'i programmer and web developer. He has been into computers for as long as he can remember, loves helping others - especially his Dad (Mead) and Grams (Lucki) - with their IT needs, develops fun games, and enjoys working with legacy systems. He also has a passion for sustainable urbanism and human-centric development, especially public transportation systems. He has a personal website and plans to develop a "mostly techie" blog. Shoghi Maxim Simon
ODE Services logo Nilufar Rezai Tofighi is the founder of ODE Services, which provides space Organization, digital Design, and content Editing services to help people declutter and organize living or working spaces, to create promotional materials for events, and to copy edit documents. As a full-time school counselor for Chicago Public Schools, she is also passionate about the intellectual, emotional, social, and spiritual education of children, and enjoys yoga, online puzzles, and sitcoms. Nilufar Rezai Tofighi
Blog: Baha'i comment Patricia Wilcox, who hails from New Zealand, is a Bahai author (At the Threshold; Baha'i Families; Change Your Life) and newbie blogger with a background in counselling and teaching. She admits, "I'm passionate about change, both personal and global, and also care about women's issues and the challenge of racism. But I maintain a sense of humour about it all!" Her blog covers topics as diverse as "Some Family Secrets", "The Dancing Grannies", and "Final Tribute to a Bank Robber". Patricia Wilcox
Blog: Notes from An Alien Alexander M. Zoltai -- Ohio-born Scottish-Hungarian grandfather, rover (who's lived in 30 states so far), language-lover, and blogger -- is author "with roaring flames in my heart" of such books as Astrological Repair Manual - Benevolence in Dharmic Exploration, Is Your Soul in Here? - A Poet's Struggle with God, and Notes from an Alien: A Message for Earth. His "Notes from an Alien" blog converses on "Reading, Writing, and Publishing" and links to several info pages. Alexander M. Zoltai


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