December 25, 2016, Phoenix- I had thought I might be getting out of snow-shoveling this year, but it didn’t turn out that way. No matter- I made do with four hours of sleep, before heading back down here for the final day of Grand Canyon Baha’i Conference.
There was a rather intense seminar on communication between us and those who have gone on. I have had plenty of messages from Penny, and from other relatives, over the past several years, and was visited by my maternal grandmother, not long after she passed away. Dabbling in the psychic, which is discouraged by Baha’u’llah, in His Writings, is quite another matter. This presentation was quite informative, however, with regard to the power of concentrated energy.
I also attended a presentation on children in community life, and was confirmed in my own position: People of all ages deserve to be included in the life of the community, and encouraged in their pro-social dreams and aspirations. Noting that traditional societies, most familiar to me being Native Americans, have long practiced the full involvement of children in community life, the group concluded this was key to rebuilding society.
I went to the west side of town, to visit some friends. A couple and their granddaughter were home, so I gave the girl a copy of Abby Wize: AWAKE”, by Lisa Bradley. She is very loving to animals, and the story is about a girl who loves horses, so I think it will go well with her. My other friend was still at a church service, so I rescheduled to see him next week. Dinner was at a customary place- Mandarin Super Buffet, in the heart of Phoenix. It was packed, as Chinese restaurants often are, on Christmas night. The food was fresh and hot, so I was again delighted by Mandarin’s varied and hearty fare.
I had intended to attend a concert, back at the Conference site. Concert time, however, found me in an intense and wide-ranging conversation with a much-admired mentor, of many years. As he remarked, when it was time for us to leave: “There will be other concerts.”
Lastly, it was much easier to get onto my street, and in the house, this evening. Hope you each had a joyous Christmas.