December 24, 2016, Prescott- I drove down to Phoenix, early this morning, for a day at Grand Canyon Baha’i Conference. It’s so -named because of being located in the Grand Canyon State, every year, around Christmas. As many of you know, we Baha’is do not observe Christmas, per se, so this event gives a festive air for those,especially Persian refugees, who have no Christmas traditions of their own. Nonetheless, we do wish Christians a Merry Christmas, and greatly appreciate the joy of this season.
A memorable presentation, this morning, dealt with the common patterns which are found throughout the Universe, and within living things. Swirls, circles, triangles, hearts and star shapes are among the more common patterns. It’s ever-fascinating to observe both these patterns and those which remind us of common daily features (Horsehead Nebula, for example), in many parts of our world, and in the Universe-at- large.
After a couple of other sessions, in the afternoon, and an evening of thoughtful musical presentations, about the need for finding common ground, while standing firm in our values, I realized that it would be essential for me to head back up here, as the snow, while not preventing my drive home, would be a nuisance for my neighbours in the complex, who are not physically able to shovel out.
I made it back up, in about 2 1/2 hours. There were no road delays, but when I got to my street, I found it hadn’t been plowed yet. It took some pushing from three kind men, a bit of maneuvering back and forth and a helpful policeman, standing watch for any oncoming traffic, but I got my car parked in a temporary spot on the street. My emergency permit lasts until 10 A.M., tomorrow, so I will need to get up early and shovel like crazy.
Here’s what we face, on our first white Christmas in years.
Merry Christmas, everyone!