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more photos from my Hadar shopping day in Israel

A friend and I spent a day Christmas shopping in Haifa before flying home for the holidays. We walked around an area called the "Hadar" where many small but diverse shops are located. The Hadar has Israeli and Russian stores, while the Wadi is mainly Christian Arab shops. I really enjoy the diversity this city offers. These are random photos of our day.

I was so impressed with a wall of buttons!

Lots of bling here in Israel!!

The local subway to travel up or down Carmel Mountain.

A book I'm sure my grandson would like. But it's in Russian...

Display in a Russian bookstore.

Walking down Herzel toward the Wadi

Lunch break! Falafel time!

Building art in the Wadi

Eating lunch on the street

Preparing the lights at the top of this huge Christmas tree.

new peaceful beginnings

 One of my favorite peace ladies...

New Peaceful Beginnings


standing on a street corner in Haifa, Israel

I'm standing on a street corner in front of this art store, while waiting for a friend to finish inside, and passed the time by taking random point and shoot photos. We spent the afternoon in the Hadar shopping district of Haifa. That's it for the street corner stake-out. More photos of our afternoon coming soon.


watercolor love: color mixing chart

I sat down with a new artist friend for a casual fun visit to play with paint color mixing while discussing color theory. It has always been a dream of mine to paint with watercolors, creating one of those magnificent flower paintings where the colors just pop off the paper in all it's flowing gorgeous intense beauty. 

Well, I think that's going to be quite a stretch, but a girl can dream! I just love the thrill of seeing what the paint will do when it connects with water or another pigment. Seeing the colors I could create felt like magic.

My paint tubes are by Daniel Smith and I ordered them from Cheap Joe's in the US. I have no affiliation to Cheap Joe's. I am passing it along because I think these paints are fabulous and Cheap Joe's is a great company to deal with. Their customer service is outstanding!


Dona Nobis Pacem: lights of unity

My peace globe for blogblast4peace 4 November 2012

"The first candle is unity in the political realm, the early glimmerings of which can now be discerned. 

The second candle is unity of thought in world undertakings, the consummation of which will ere long be witnessed. 

The third candle is unity in freedom which will surely come to pass. 

The fourth candle is unity in religion which is the corner-stone of the foundation itself, and which, by the power of God, will be revealed in all its splendour. 

The fifth candle is the unity of nations -- a unity which in this century will be securely established, causing all the peoples of the world to regard themselves as citizens of one common fatherland. 

The sixth candle is unity of races, making of all that dwell on earth peoples and kindreds of one race. 

The seventh candle is unity of language, i.e., the choice of a universal tongue in which all peoples will be instructed and converse. 

Each and every one of these will inevitably come to pass, inasmuch as the power of the Kingdom of God will aid and assist in their realization."

 "The Seven Candles of Unity" from the Bahá'i Writings of 'Abdul-Bahá

See the full article at Baha'i Topics


Black Elk: words of peace

The first peace, which is the most important, is that which comes within the souls of men when they realize their relationship, their oneness, with the universe and all its powers, and when they realize that at the center of the universe dwells Wakan-Tanka, and that this center is really everywhere, it is within each of us. This is the real Peace, and the others are but reflections of this. 

The second peace is that which is made between two individuals, and the third is that which is made between two nations. But above all you should understand that there can never be peace between nations until there is first known that true peace which, as I have often said, is within the souls of men.

Black Elk (Oglala Sioux)
The Sacred Pipe, 1953


devotions: mountain of the Lord

It shall come to pass in the latter days that the mountain of the house of the Lord shall be established as the highest of the mountains, and shall be raised above the hills; and all the nations shall flow to it, and many peoples shall come, and say:  "Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob; that he may teach us his ways and that we may walk in his paths."

For out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem. He shall judge between the nations, and shall decide for many peoples, and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.

Jewish Scriptures
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devotions: James 1:6

Ocean Waves Impressionist painting by JC Strong of California, USA

He that wavereth 
is like a wave of the sea
driven with the wind
and tossed.

James 1:6
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a moment of peace - around the world for one minute

Remember Peace painting by Singleton of Florida, USA
I've taken the following information from a Face Book public event page titled "A Minute of Silence, A Moment of Peace" to share with you.

Individuals, organizations and countries are being asked to observe a Minute of Silence - Moment of Peace on Peace Day, Friday September 21 2012, at 12 noon local time. This simple yet profound and practical action demonstrates that personal and planetary Peace are one. 

 In 1983, in commemoration of the annual International Day of Peace and in solidarity with the United Nations, Pathways To Peace inaugurated a Minute of Silence of Peace at 12:00 Noon in each time zone that resulted in a Peace Wave around the world. This observation of a noon Minute of Silence - Moment of Peace has grown throughout the world, and has been celebrated on the International Day of Peace. The heart of International Day of Peace is the Minute of Silence - Moment of Peace, with the idea of a 24-hour Peace Wave at noon in each time zone. During Peace Day, all forms of media (both physical: TV, radio, short-wave radio, internet, and “meta” physical: prayer, meditation, silence, drums, etc.) are used to communicate a new message and to convey the thoughts, images, sounds and acts of Peace throughout the Peace Wave of 24 hours around the world. The International Day of Peace, and the Minute of Silence - Moment of Peace, is a shared and practical act of Peacebuilding in which all individuals, organizations and nations can participate.

This year Pathways To Peace through their new Culture of Peace Initiative website and platform, has created a unique tool to bring all these ceremonies as one: see:

Please watch, share, and/or participate, wherever you are in the world. 


in my studio: more beaded wrap prayer bracelets

These bracelets have new homes as far away as Uganda and Australia. I've made them with nineteen bead sets for Bahá'i's, who can use them in daily prayer, if they wish, by repeating "Allah-u-Abhá" (God is Most Glorious) ninety-five times. I first posted about these prayer bracelets earlier in the month.


devotions: art is a gift

"All art is a gift of the Holy spirit. When this light shines through the mind of a musician, it manifests itself in beautiful harmonies. Again, shining through the mind of a poet, it is seen in fine poetry and poetic prose. When the Light of the Sun of Truth inspires the mind of a painter, he produces marvelous pictures. These gifts are fulfilling their highest purpose, when showing forth the praise of God."

'Abdu'l-Baha quoted in The Chosen Highway


local natural food store in Haifa

There aren't many places in Haifa to buy organic, so when I learned about this health food store I was on it! I felt right at home among the dried herbs, Dr. Bonner's soaps, and the agave nectar I spotted on the shelf. The owner, a pleasant older man, has owned the store for 17 years and seems very knowledgeable about the products he carries. I chose so many items I wasn't sure I brought enough shekels to pay for them, but he assured me that I could pay the balance next time! Organic produce, meat and other products are quite pricey here, even more so than at home (the US). I plan to make the range-free no hormone chicken I purchased stretch pretty far!

The apples are so sweet!

Entire purchase.

NIS 358 shekels or US 88 dollars total.

Persian yogurt & cucumber dip

Another "borrowed" dish from my Persian friends here in Israel. Truly most refreshing right now during the heat of an August evening.

Very easy to make: Grate one small cucumber into a bowl. Add about 1 cup (or a little more) of Greek yogurt, 1 teaspoon of dry mint and salt and pepper to taste. Stir lightly. That's it!

I do like to add dry dill weed and garlic sometimes too. A great side with almost any meat and rice dish, or even on top of a green salad.

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