“I went out of my way to meet with them…”

I am speaking as someone who for fifteen years was closely associated with [people who wish to undermine our confidence and trust in the institutions]. When I finally began to see through what they were doing I cared enough about the Marshalls that I went out of my way to meet with them in Christchurch, New Zealand in hopes of helping them to understand the real issues. I found that the bottom line is that they wanted the Baha’i Faith to be a certain way, and they were determined to make it so despite what the Teachings say.
“Negativity” – Susan Maneck

My memory of the meeting was that Susan had flown to Christchurch for a job interview and was staying at a motel there. Alison and I drove from Dunedin to Christchurch and visited her at the motel. Susan is obviously speaking metaphorically when she says she went out of her way to meet us.

Maybe it’s just his lunch…

Queen Salote at the 1953 coronation of QEII

EVENTS: On this day in 1953, after being handed the four symbols of authority—the orb, the sceptre, the rod of mercy and the royal ring of sapphire and rubies—Queen Elizabeth II was crowned at a coronation ceremony in Westminster Abbey in London. Watching the Coronation parade, Noel Coward and David Niven wondered who the diminutive man sharing a carriage with the 400 lb Queen of Tonga might be. According to Niven, Coward suggested: “Her lunch”.

Times Online June 2, 2003

Douglas Martin urged scholars to pay attention to the process of learning being undertaken by Baha'is around the world.

52 years later, a new mystery has emerged and you, gentle readers, may be able to supply some creative answers. The new mystery concerns the object in Douglas Martin’s hand. There’s a high-resolution picture available to help you identify the mystery object. You have seven days to solve this conundrum, so get in quick and file your answers using the submission form at the bottom of the page.

Oh, and while you’re examining that high-resolution photograph, have a close look at what’s going on in the background. No, not Susan Maneck having a full and frank exchange of views with Ian Kluge in the buffet room. Look to the left—through the window of Douglas Martin’s guest-room—and check out the top secret plans for a Rainbow Arc pinned to the wall.