John Taylor's Column

John Taylor lives in Dunnville, Ontario, Canada and is an essayist

Strokes and Second Educators

Strokes and Second Educators

By John Taylor; 2006 May 05

 

Our third and newest local paper in Dunnville, The Sachem and Gazette, has a senior's column by one Joan Miller. In its 10 February edition she gives some interesting advice about strokes. It seems that the effects of an apoplexy can be reversed if the victim gets to the proper facilities within three hours. To do that the attack has to be correctly diagnosed by those in contact with the victim, who are not going to be qualified doctors in most cases. The authorities are therefore offering the following quick and simple three point test.

  1. Ask the individual to smile.
  2. Ask him or her to raise both arms.
  3. Ask the person to speak a simple sentence coherently.

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Equality of the Sexes Poster

Equality of the Sexes, This Month's Fireside Poster

By John Taylor; 2006 May 04

Over the past few months I have been busy and neglected my task of printing and distributing a poster for our Haldimand LSA's monthly proclamation meeting. So I made designing the poster my first priority this morning, even before writing the daily essay. So I figured, why not combine both jobs, poster and essay? Here is the final text of the poster. Maybe Badi' List readers in the area would like to attend.

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Creeping Credentialism

Creeping Credentialism

Oneness of God series, Science and Religion

By John Taylor; 2006 May 03

As part of our discussion of the principle of One God we are going through each of its derivatives, also known as the Baha'i principles, as illuminated by the "Great Being" statements in the Lawh-i-Maqsud. Our concern today will be with the principle of harmony between science and religion.

"The Great Being saith: The man of consummate learning and the sage endowed with penetrating wisdom are the two eyes to the body of mankind. God willing, the earth shall never be deprived of these two greatest gifts. That which hath been set forth and will be revealed in the future is but a token of this Servant's ardent desire to dedicate Himself to the service of all the kindreds of the earth." (Tablets, p. 170)

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Twelfth Ridvan

On the Twelfth Day of Ridvan
By John Taylor; 2006 May 02

Today is the twelfth and last day of this Ridvan festival. Our community will be viewing the new pilgrimage DVD. The meeting will take place at our home tonight.

The second prayer in Baha'u'llah's Prayers and Meditations talks about a special heaven, garden or paradise known as Ridvan.

"Suffer me not, O my Lord, to be deprived of the knowledge of Thee in Thy days, and divest me not of the robe of Thy guidance. Give me to drink of the river that is life indeed, whose waters have streamed forth from the Paradise (Ridvan) in which the throne of Thy Name, the All-Merciful, was established, that mine eyes may be opened, and my face be illumined, and my heart be assured, and my soul be enlightened, and my steps be made firm." (Prayers and Meditations, 4)

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Badi Blog Update

Badi’ Blog Notes; More on Guns, Germs and Steel

By John Taylor; 2006 May 01

The readership of the Badi' blog has probably expanded substantially with its placement last week on the "Baha'is on line" website. For new readers and old, let us go over the basics of this blog and mailing list. First of all, you can sign on and off the Badi' Blog and either read back issues there or have the daily essays sent to your mailbox every day by going onto the Blogspot website (Badiblog at blogspot dot com) and signing on or off from there. This you can do without my knowledge or supervision. In fact I have no idea how many readers I have on blogspot. The only disadvantage is that this blog site does not accept graphics, at least not for non-paying freeloaders like myself. Budgets being what they are, it will be a while before I get a full scale blog going. Since once in a while I cannot avoid enclosing graphics the only way to received them right now is to sign onto my Badi' Mailing List and have me send it all to you directly, every day. To do that send me a request at <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>.

Alternatively, from now on you can read the Badi' essays at bahaisonline; they start off in plain ASCII but I like how pretty the automatic formatting engine there makes them look on this site. On the other hand, I am not entirely comfortable with the company they keep, for as you can see for yourself the blogs featured on Bahaisonline include not only loyal Baha'is but grumpy critics and veiled opponents of the Faith as well. As always with the Internet, one hopes the good outweighs the bad.

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