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Read and contribute questions and comments by email to our ongoing dialog (in chronological order) with visitors.

This page is dedicated to general questions and comments about Earthstar Works and Feedback regarding entries in Abiding Blog and Adding Insult appear (in chronological order) below the specific entries in those blogs.

Not all feedback necessarily appears in this page and the two blogs. Feedback may be edited for links, typos, multi-source redundancy, and relevancy. (That doesn't mean, though, that we consider negative feedback irrelevant or refuse to include it, as negative feedback can often help us learn to do more and better.)

* as voiced by Audrey II in the musical  Little Shop of Horrors (copyright may apply)


Wed, Dec 8, 2010 at 1:53 PM, Timothy wrote:
   I’m glad everything went well for you from the heart standpoint.
   Thanks for the scripture. If you have other scripture readings on healing, I would be very interested in reading them. I enjoyed your website.


Lucki responds to Timothy:
   I'm pleased you liked the website...And I want to thank you for the incentive. Since you said you were interested in other scripture on healing, I got off my duff (figuratively, anyway), did some more research, & whipped that topic's handout draft into shape. The Health and Healing link is now active. Click and enjoy.
    Mon, Dec 13, 2010 at 2:14 PM, Timothy wrote:
   Thanks for the update....I like the scripture "Bestow Thou in All Things Purity” and the sentence ”Grant that they be freed from all defilement, and released from all addictions. . .” If we could get everyone to stop smoking, watch their diet and exercise, there would be a lot less heart disease.
      Lucki responds to Timothy:
   Yeah. Better even than stopping: not starting. Once killers get a foot in the door, it's way harder to get them out. Trust me, been there, done that, got the T-shirt & the water bottle.
   12-Step programs say: "God removes our addictions in the order that they're killing us." Been true in my case, I think. And every time I've finally recognized and accepted my next addiction and shared with God what I feel I need to help me really get to work on it, He's come through.
Fri, Dec 17, 2010 at 9:36 AM, Larry wrote:
   When I go to your home page, it is very hard for me to figure out what it is all about. Where do you want my eye to go? ...
   If the site is about the arts…where are the arts? There are no graphics. ...
   Don’t try to design your own blog. Use WordPress. You download it for free and there are hundrweds of “Themes” which are formats with all the stuff you need. Trying to create your own from scratch, which this appears to be, is like trying to create your own word processing software…totally unnecessary.


Lucki responds to Larry:
   Good points, Larry. We've rearranged the home page, by moving the ADDED items to the right sidebar, so as to bring our philosophy and newly enhanced mission statement closer to the top of the page. We'll be adding graphics as they become available and we can blend them in. And thanx for the heads-up about WordPress; we're going to look into it ("we" being mostly our techie David, I expect).


  Fri, Dec 17, 2010 at 5:08 PM, Larry wrote:
   I guess what I like about it is the simple intent and spirit of it. It is intended to promote Baha’i related art and writing…so, I like the intention.


    Lucki responds to Larry:
   Thank you. We're trying. (Yeah, I know, sometimes we're very trying, right?) Not everything we offer or promote is going to be Baha'i-related, but we'll always keep the Baha'i principles in mind when choosing what to offer, striving to do the best we can in all things and praying that the result will be excellence.
Fri, Dec 17, 2010 at 10:41 PM, Kathi wrote:
   I like your [Abiding] blog. Both stories were very readable, good length, fulfilling, and helpful. I will go there again and so I bookmarked your page.
  Lucki responds to Kathi:
Ah, thanx for the motivation to keep that blog lively.
Sat, Dec 18, 2010 at 2:28 PM, Kim wrote:
   I poked around a bit at your site and it is clear and has eye appeal. I look forward to when "adding insult" is up
   All best wishes for a long and successful weblife.
  Lucki responds to Kim:
   Thanx for the encouragement.
Fri, Mar 23, 2012 at 9:10 PM, Tom wrote:
    I couldn't get your quotations to work. I imagine you pick them well.
  Lucki responds to Tom:
   Thanx for the heads-up. I assume you mean the quotes at the top of the leftbar on main pages (not the list of favorite Quotes of Note). They work okay when I go into the website via both Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox. Is it possible you're using some other browser that does strange things to our pages?
   In any case, for you and anyone who has this problem and wants to know what quotations we picked, here are the ones we used, which are all taken from Scripture:
  • Home:           Arts, crafts and sciences uplift the world of being....  -- Baha'u'llah, Epistle to the Son of the Wolf
  • Arts:              Art is worship.  -- 'Abdu'l-Baha, 'Abdu'l-Baha in London
  • Books:           When we speak let our speech be an outward evidence of the inner light...  -- 'Abdu'l-Baha, Divine Philosophy
  • Greetings:     Upon you be greetings and praise.  -- 'Abdu'l-Baha, Some Answered Questions
  • Portals:         It is incumbent upon every one of us to encourage each other....  -- 'Abdu'l-Baha, quoted in Bahiyyih Khanum
  • Lucki Stars:  As for the stars: They are types of guides....  -- 'Abdu'l-Baha, Tablets of 'Abdu'l-Baha
  • About Us:      Work done in the spirit of service is worship.  -- 'Abdu'l-Baha, Divine Philosophy
Fri, Apr 6, 2012 at 7:50 PM, Barbara wrote:
   Hey Lucki I found this website interesting. Thanks.
  Lucki responds to Barbara:
   You're quite welcome. We aim to please, and we think "interesting" is a pleasing thing to be.
Sat, Apr 7, 2012 at 9:44 AM, Jacqueline wrote:
   Thank you. I have enjoyed reading your blogs... I think I'll be using a couple of the quotes you list under "Quotes of Note ". Hope that's okay.
  Lucki responds to Jacqueline:
   Absolutely, as long as you, too, give proper credit to the people who actual said them. Especially if you use them in writing.
   I usually try to remember whom I'm quoting even when I'm just talking, but that's harder to do from memory. Maybe if I ever (fat chance) score a pair of those Google Glasses (article; video), I'll be able to look up the sources even as I speak. (And probably get hit by a bus 'cuz I'm not paying attention to real reality. Oh, wait, that sentence probably shoulda been in Adding Insult, huh?)
Tue, Jul 24, 2012 12:26 PM, Jane wrote:
Dear Lucki,
   Did you happen to attend a class with your husband that was led by Dan Jordan and Eileen Norman in the 70's? It was about learning to lead a series of deepenings called "Comprehensive Deepening" and later called "Personal Transformation Program"? I sat next to a Wilder couple and I have forgotten their first names. I became curious when a friend told me about your blog. My name is Jane…and I now live in Henderson County, NC.
  Lucki responds to Jane:
   No, that wouldn't have been me. I was Baha'i then and took the Personal Transformation course, but never studied to tutor in it…Do you remember it being a Chicago-area couple? 'Cuz maybe I could look back at the community's history and see if I can ID such a couple, of which I seem to have a vague recollection.
   Glad you're interested in my blog. I sure wish I could find the time to write in it more frequently; it's pretty haphazard. C'est la vie Baha'i.


  Wed, Aug 08, 2012 5:26 PM, Jane wrote:
Hi, Lucki,
   I think they were a Chicago Area couple. I lived in Glen Ellyn at the time. It's possible the man's name is Steve, but I'm not sure. I was in my 40's at the time and I thought they were a lot younger. My friend Ron told me about your blog. Thanks for replying.
      Lucki responds to Jane:
   You know, Jane, that name sounded familiar to me too, so I did some checking around but sorta came up drawing a blank. I'm the only Wilder in the Chgo community (well, unless you count my granddaughter who, as a pre-youth, gets listed in our directory sometimes and not others according to who's compiling the thing that year). There've been several Wilders in the collar suburbs, but none of them related to me.
   Hope you're enjoying the blogs. I don't get time to do as much as I'd like on the website. But today I got to sit down and whip into shape a new feature for people to purchase books and stuff we've mentioned from Amazon, plus some new blog entries. I'll be sure to include you in the announcement once I upload it, and then you can browse around and have fun.
        Fri, Aug 17, 2012 2:35 PM, Jane wrote:
   Thank you for all your searching. Maybe these Wilders went pioneering. In the 70's, when I declared, that was the goal of everyone who was free of family commitments enough to go. I'm afraid I'm not that interested in blogging. It's hard for me to add anything else to my life at my age. It takes all I've got to focus on the guidance of the Universal House of Justice to promote the Faith in my community. We have such a small Bahá'í community in our county.…
   I do wish you success in what you're doing and that you will meet many friends with your blog.
Jane in Henderson County, Western North Carolina
          Lucki responds to Jane:
Hi again, Jane,
   “Gone pioneering" is certainly a possibility. Also, I don't know about the suburbs, but the Chgo community is very volatile: people move in, people move out, people move around, elders ascend, babies are born, kids grow up and go to college, homes unfortunately get foreclosed on nowadays ... we tend to have about as many directory changes in a year as we have members in the community.
   Well, my blogs aren't the only things on my website. (Tho I do use them to invite attention and often to speak -- directly in Abiding Blog, indirectly in Adding Insult -- to Baha'i topics.) There are also, for example, some items in the Book Catalog that you might find interesting and even useful in your outreach and teaching efforts, like Infinite Blessings for devotional gatherings or World Religion Day gifts, or The Three Onenesses / Las Tres Unicidades for direct teaching. Also, on the Lucki Stars > Spiritual Substance page of freebies, there are handouts on various subjects, material for doing children classes, and the like. Please feel free to use any of the freebies that serve your or your community's needs, and to drop me an email or even give me a buzz (if that'd be easier for you) if you're interested in purchasing any of the books.
Enjoy your day!
Sat, Nov 3, 2012 at 1:28 AM, Karen wrote:
  Do you have rings?
  Much as I want my now-15yo to have a good quality Baha'i ring,...I'd rather not invest $100 till I know it will stay on his finger for a measurable length of time!
  Lucki responds to Karen:
   Hi, Karen. Thanks for inquiring. I've made sure Mead sees your message, so go ahead and get in touch with him directly. You're right, though; I don't think the construction of the bracelets (which is the only picture I had available) would be scalable down from wrist to finger size. However, I know that he does do finger rings, too; I just don't know whether he's able to do one with a Baha'i design on it. That's why it's best to phone or email him and see what you two can come up with together. He enjoys consulting with his customers to knit something unique for them. (Personally, I have a number of one-of-a-kind earrings that I thoroughly enjoy. And one of my fondest memoriest was watching him interact with a preteen friend of ours at an SF convention to create a special pair of earrings the boy wanted to give his mother.)
   Just to alleviate any confusion anyone might have, tho, the batches of colored rings you see on Mead's jewelry page are not finger-sized rings; they are the little rings he knits into chain mail, and we're only showing them so you can see all the colors available.
WED, Dec 5, 2012 at 11:00 PM, Tony wrote:
   I have seen your newsletter on the computer. You were always good at that calling.


Lucki responds to Tony:
    Thanx for the kind words. Yeah, writing has pretty much been my life, one way or t'other. Even programming was the act of my writing a set of instructions so clearly that something as monumentally stupid as a computer could follow them.
   Wish I could do more writing on my blogs. But priorities are priorities, and there are definitely commitments that take priority over blogging. But I get to it once in a while, and enjoy doing so.


  Fri, Dec 7, 2012 at 12:18 PM, Tony wrote:
   Your website is laid out very well. What I find pleasing is your relaxed and energetic way of writing. The fact that I can picture you doing your thing shows that you have a way of getting your idea across.
Take care,


    Lucki responds to Tony:
   Thanx for the "rave review". Don't think I've forgotten that you're who got me started in technical writing way back when, variations on which supported me for huge hunks of my working life thereafter.
And I can clearly picture, from memory, you doing your thing, too. For all that I learned to program elegantly, document clearly, and even debug compiled programs by going into the machine-language object code, and for all that 80% of the programs I wrote for you were still running over a quarter of a century later when it was time to do the Y2K fixes, I never pulled off, nor ever saw anyone else pull off, what you did when -- back in the '60s when business programming was all done in overnight batches on cards -- you would stand at the CPU's light panel and program tests and tweaks during processing by pushing the buttons to enter binary code off the top of your head in real time.
   Walt Disney once said: "Do what you do so well that those who see you do what you do are going to come look to see you do it again and tell others that they should see you do what you do." It was like that.


      Mon, Dec 17, 2012 at 1:24 PM, Tony wrote:
   Thanks for the compliment.
   You should pat yourself on the back for all the work you did.
Fri, Mar 1, 2013 at 10:50 AM, Robert wrote:
Dear Lucki,
   Thanks so much for your delightful Ayyam-i-Ha greeting and even more for your constant enthusiasm and optimism. You are such a treasure to have in our community and we are grateful for your love and service.
With warm regards,
Your brother,
  Lucki responds to Robert:
   Thank you, Bob, for both your kind words AND all the service you also give, nationally as well as locally. When each of us does what we can to enrich our communities -- both Bahá’í and civic -- the world becomes a little better place; and even when it’s unsung, that’s worth being enthusiastic and optimistic about.
Fri, Mar 1, 2013 at 11:05 AM, Roya wrote:
Thank you, Lucki,
    I will check them out tonight after Feast.
  Lucki responds to Roya:
Cool. Maybe I’ll see you there if someone calls and offers me a ride. I really do enjoy our joint Feasts. People might be leery about the extra time they’ll need to get around the construction zone, though.
Fri, Mar 1, 2013 at 11:15 AM, Lily wrote:
   Many thanks, Lucki joon, for sharing all those goodies. I will open each and enjoy them , I am sure. Meanwhile, happy end of Ayyam-i-Ha and beginning of the blessed month of fasting. Hope to see you tonight at the feast. Please call those who have ossibility to give you a ride, although you said that you don't like to do that anymore. Much love, Lily


Lucki responds to Lily:
Thank you. I still have a dwindling few years of undertaking the physical fast part of the Fast. The power of the Fast always strengthens me; and I believe it always will, even after I attain the age of no longer abstaining. I mean, think about it: the last time I had to �abstain from abstaining� was at my oncologist�s direction during chemo, and look how gloriously that turned out for me. May you, too, reap the blessings of the upcoming month.
   I'd enjoy seeing you at Feast, too. It's about relative scale, though.
   There are, what, about 100 people in my sector. That means I might have to make 100 calls and still not find anyone to give me a ride. (You'd be surprised how many people's car is on the fritz or they're leaving from work or they don't have time to detour or they're not going themselves. And if I lived in a closer-in sector; I might make calls to my own and farther-out sectors and still not find someone. I feel for people in those sectors who need to call around for rides.)
   While anyone who is going from around here and would be willing to provide a ride only has to call me once.
   You know, I still remember with great love and thankfulness the day that Heshmat and Ruth offered to drive me home from Feast -- 20 miles in the wrong direction from their way home -- when I put my bus money in the Fund bucket.


  Fri, Mar 1, 2013 at 3:34 PM, Lily wrote:
   People's lives change and at different times people change too. This does not mean that they have become less considerate. Anyhow, I hope that someone will call you and bring you to the feast tonight.


    Lucki responds to Lily:
   You're absolutely right. And as you know, someone did indeed call and offer me a ride. And early enough to give me plenty of time to get ready, too, which was very considerate. I enjoyed seeing and chatting with you; I thought it was a fun Feast and especially liked your daughter's presentation on the Fast ... including the little activity she had us do.


      Tue, Mar 5, 2013 at 3:43 PM, Lily wrote:
   I was happy to see you too. I only wish  we could have more of these kind of feasts. Now at least we can look forward to Naw-Ruz. See you then.
Fri, Mar 1, 2013 at 11:01 AM, Michael S. wrote:
  Always SO GOOD to hear from you at this time of the year!
All the best,
- Mike
  Lucki responds to Michael S.:
   And you never fail to respond, do you? Considering how long it’s been since we’ve even been in the same part of the country, never mind actually seen or worked with each other, I really appreciate it.g him interact with a preteen friend of ours at an SF convention to create a special pair of earrings the boy wanted to give his mother.)
   Just to alleviate any confusion anyone might have, tho, the batches of colored rings you see on Mead's jewelry page are not finger-sized rings; they are the little rings he knits into chain mail, and we're only showing them so you can see all the colors available.
Fri, Mar 1, 2013 at 12:45 PM, Chuck wrote:
   Thank you, Lucki, but please remove me from your [announcement] list.
Best regards to you,


Lucki responds to Chuck (and similarly to Alice, Michael T., and Pat, who gave feedback in the same vein):
   Consider it done. We’re always sad to “lose” someone, but we don’t want to be obnoxes, we appreciate that you stuck with us for nearly a year now and, besides, you can still visit whenever you want.
   Of course, if you’d be willing to take a moment and tell us how we lost your interest, it might help us improve things for other visitors. Up to you, of course.
    On Fri, Mar 1, 2013 at 1:28 PM, Chuck wrote:
    No problem, Lucki,
   I simply do not recall signing up (though I have no doubt that I did, heh) and I'm not interested in the content or website anymore, though I very much applaud the great tone of your messages :)
   One suggestion: nobody likes their email address shared with strangers, so I'd suggest you distribute your email using the BCC field instead of the CC field, this way recipients cannot see each others' email addresses.
   Cheers, best of luck and thanks for the nice parting note!
      Lucki responds to Chuck:
   Thanx for your feedback.
   Yes, I concur about using BCC, and I usually do whenever I send anything to people who don't know each other; it's common courtesy. I goofed with the small list you're in, & then kicked myself when I noticed it. Good thing the same announcement didn't go out to all our hundreds and thousands of visitors, don't you agree?
   Enjoy the time you've freed up for yourself, which I can certainly sympathize with. And if you ever find yourself interested again, lemme know.
Sun, Mar 10, 2013 at 4:49 AM, Joseph wrote:
Hi All
   Our elections went on smoothly and we have got a new in maasai land.


Lucki responds to Joseph:
   Hi, Joseph, how's my favorite Kenyan son (well, my only Kenyan son, actually LOL)?
   Yes, I did hear about your successful elections in the news. They got some play here, in part because our President's brother Malik was running for a governorship (tho he lost).
   And I hope you haven't had to be fighting off any more lions from attacking your cows; that was not fun to hear about your being sent to hospital.
    Mon, Mar 11, 2013 at 4:05 AM, Joseph wrote:
Greetings Mum,
  Say hi to all Baha'i brothers and sisters,
Your Son
      Lucki responds to Joseph:
Hi, Joseph. Thank you.
   By the way, did you know that last year the Universal House of Justice announced that we would start building LOCAL Houses of Worship around the world for the first time ever? And of the five they announced for all over the world, one will be in Matunda Soy. (The others will be in Cambodia, Colombia, India, and Vanuatu.)
Thu, Jun 13, 2013 at 11:35 AM, Lily wrote:
   Thanks, Lucki joon, for remembering me. But unfortunately as I am leaving very soon for my summer trip to Europe and may not have time to enjoy all those sites in time. If I will, I'll let you know.
Much love,
  Lucki responds to Lily:
   No problem. The new material will still be here whenever you get back ... or, for that matter, wherever you go. And if any link connections change in the meantime and you can't figure out how to find the material, drop me a line and I'll let you know what the new path is. Have a safe and enjoyable trip.
Wed, Jul 17, 2013 4:16 pm, Jim wrote:
   Still digging the blogs. Keep up the good works.
Jim F
  Lucki responds to Jim:
   Thanx. I'll take that "good works" both ways: that I should do the very best I can, and that I should make sure they serve a good purpose.
Tue, Oct 1, 2019 3:52 pm, Abigail wrote:
   Did you know that in High school, I taught myself to read for comprehension using aphorism.
Take care,
Janet D.


Lucki responds to Abigail:
   Really. Sounds interesting. Wanna do a guest blog entry on that?
    Wed, Oct 2, 2019 2:50 AM, Abigail wrote:
I guess I could do that.
Give me a little time.  It seems life is going a super-sonic speed lately.
Love you!
Tue, Oct 1, 2019 5:40 pm, Janet wrote:
   Hi Lucki, I hope all is well with you. All is well with me. I read and loved the messages included in this emai.
Take care,
Janet D.

  Lucki responds to Janet:
   Glad all is well with you. And glad you enjoyed the blogs.
Fri, Nov 1, 2019 8:40 pm, Pamela wrote:
Hi Lucki,
  Always enjoy missives from Earthstar Works! Thanks so much....

  Lucki responds to Pamela:
   Glad to hear from you, too.
Sat, Sep 24, 2022 at 11:49 AM, Tony G wrote:
    I check out your website. You do good. Your talent became obvious to me at COF.
  Lucki responds to Tony G:
   Thanx, Tony. Which is why I ended up doing everyone's documentation & keypunch training, yeah? And I still remember the time you called me about doing the Y2K upgrades there. I was amazed they were still running 80% of my original code after all those decades.
Sat, Dec 3, 2022 at 12:26 AM, Kim B wrote:
  Oh - p.s.  I don't deserve to be in the Portals Quilt anymore.  I stopped posting when my daughter-in-law got so sick - it's been more than a year now.  I thought to start it back up after the first anniversary of her death, but couldn't get her anniversary properly organized.   So also did not get the blog restarted.
  If I ever do restart either of them, I'll let you know.


Lucki responds to Kim B:
  Have you actually taken this blog down, or have you just stopped posting. 'Cuz if it's still available, people might want to read stuff you already posted, even if they have to wait to see new stuff. Two of my blogs are going on hiatus in 2023, to accommodate some more intensive writing I've neglected for too long. But I'm not taking them down,'cuz there's still >250 entries between them that newer readers might find it interesting to go back & peruse (or even that long-time readers might like to reread).
    Sat, Dec 3, 2022 at 3:05 AM, Kim B wrote:
  I have not taken the old site down.  In fact I'm thinking about starting it back up this year....
  Happy old world New Year.
      Lucki responds to Kim B:
  Well, if you're planning to start it THIS year, you don't have much time LOL. But if you mean in 2023 (Oh, wait, it's ALREADY tomorrow there, isn't it? Fiji's 18 hours ahead of here, right?), then I'm all for it. Happy Gregorian New Year to you, too.
Tue, Mar 19, 2024 at 9:09 PM. Darius L wrote:
   I always like reading your words; the way you write is warm and inviting.
   You've written a lot about Doctor Who in the past; what do you think of the newest Doctor? I saw it at a friend's house.
  Lucki responds to Darius L:
   Thank you, Darius. Responses like yours uplift the spirit. I know how musy you are, but hopefully you'll sometimes be able to comment on specific articles that touch you the most.
   Ncuti Gatwa? I dearly wish I could see his eps; it's about time there was a black Doctor (as star, not just guest star). Unfortunately, BBCA isn't airing his eps at all; they've gone to a streaming service (and no, I'm not buying any streaming services, no even for Doctor Who).
Mon, Apr 1, 2024 at 3:39 PM. Chris K wrote:
   All the best to you and your endeavors! – Chris


Lucki responds to Cris K:
   Thanx. Back atcha!
    Mon, Apr 1, 2024 at 4:53 PM. Chris K wrote:
Warm-Smile emoji
      Lucki responds to Chris K:
   Would you like to join our Portals Quilt? Send me a headshot, banner/logo if you have one, & short write-up.


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