Individuals and groups

Individuals and groups whose story doesn't fit into any other category.

Heroes of modernity: Rushdiyh

Mirza Hasan Rushdiyh – the father of modern Persian education

(contributed by Ahang Rabbani)

Mirza Hasan was born on 5 July 1851 in Tabriz, which one year earlier had seen the tumult associated with the execution of the Bab and which had emerged as a stronghold of Shaykhi faction of the Twelver Shiites. As a young seminarian, he studied the principles of Shiite religion and theology, and soon learned basic Persian and Arabic, though his main language continued to be his mother tongue, Azeri. His early plans to go to Najaf to study with religious masters did not seem so attractive after Mirza Hasan read about the hardships of education in the Persian language in the Akhtar newspaper and he soon abandoned those plans.

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William Henry Jackson (Honore Joseph Jaxon) 1861-1952

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The life story of Honoré Joseph Jaxon born William Henry Jackson (1861-1952) is inextricably linked to the history of Canada, to the story of missing archives, to the history of the early North American Baha’is, the history of early social justice movements. Fragments of the “missing” archives have been partially restored through the work of countless historians, artists, social scientists, cultural workers and journalists. Jaxon adopted the cause of the Metis and worked tirelessly to build an archives that literally weighed three tons when he was evicted from his New York apartment in 1951 at the age of 90. His archives was almost completely destroyed and he died with a broken spirit three weeks later.

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Seattle's own Rainn Wilson to speak at UW

Local actor and comedian Rainn Wilson, from "The Office," is set to speak to University of Washington students this week.

Wilson, who was born in Seattle and briefly studied theater at UW, will speak there Friday about his recent trip to Haiti for the Mona Foundation, a Kirkland-based non-profit organization that promotes education through service learning and volunteerism.

Wilson will also speak about his popular Web site, a blog that claims to help people "chew on life's big questions," like, "What are you most afraid of?," "When is a relationship really for real?," and "Am I a sexy nurse or just another sex object?"

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Iranian of the Day - Farid A. Khavari

Farid A. Khavari

Democratic candidate for governor of Florida

Farid A. Khavari is not a politician. He is an economist and author, a family man and business owner. To Farid, the Governor's office is not a stepping stone to the US senate or to the White House. The Governor's office is a solemn trust from the people of Florida, an opportunity to put plans into actions for the benefit of all Floridians, not to further the fame and fortune of an individual. Farid A. Khavari was born in 1943 in the city of Yazd, Iran. Two years later, he moved with his parents to India. His parents went there due to his father's work as a respected leader of the Baha'i faith. The family returned to Iran in 1954. Farid excelled in his studies, and served for two years in the education corps as a teacher in the village of Liavole Oliya in north Iran, where he initiated and completed the building of a school, sanitation and clean water for the villagers. At a time when Iran was America's strong ally, Farid helped Iran modernize. His advice was sought by various government agencies and even the Shah himself. He earned the support of a grateful country so he could study at the University of Hamburg and the University of Bremen (Germany), where he earned his doctorate in economics. Prior to takeover of Iran by Islamic fundamentalists, Farid and his late wife, Louise, came to the United States in 1977 to begin a new life. Settling in Miami in 1978, Farid got involved in the solar energy business. In December 1978, his wife was killed in a medical malpractice. A year later, his father was executed by the radical Islamic regime of Ayatollah Khomeini for the crime of not renouncing his Baha'i faith

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Eva LaRue: 'Allow Yourself The Guilt'

You’ll never catch Eva LaRue pretending that it’s easy to balance work and family. “Any mom who tells you that she does it effortlessly is not telling the truth,” the 42-year-old CSI: Miami star tells Babble. “You feel like you’re never quite doing enough or giving 100 percent to one or the other.”

The key to getting through the day unscathed, says the mom to 7 ½-year-old Kaya McKenna, is learning how to “pick your spots” to shine. “Something is always going to slide,” she notes,

“If it’s a really important episode, you give 100 percent of your attention to the episode and if it’s not, then you’re giving 110 percent to your kid and your life and the rest of your family.”

{josquote}She’s also been looking more and more to her Baha’i faith for her own spiritual growth, and for Kaya’s.{/josquote}

Learning to forgive yourself when your best efforts fail is an important step, too.  “If there’s one piece of valuable information I wish I had in the beginning, it’s this — allow yourself the guilt,” Eva says. “It’s okay, there’s no way around it.” Lastly, don’t compare yourself to others because looks can be deceiving! “There are people that look like they’re doing it brilliantly and maybe they are, but maybe they just look like that from the outside,” Eva points out. “Unfortunately if you measure yourself up against other people that look like they’re doing it well, you’re never going to feel like you’re doing okay.”

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