Mental Health Books

Mental Health Month

Because the Baha’i Faith recognizes that the mind is part of the soul, not just an expression of the brain, we have a unique perspective on mental health. That’s why I have written eight books offering my own understanding of how the spiritual perspective of the Baha’i Faith can aid the process of emotional healing. They are both powerful self-help books and wonderful teaching tools. I started with Falling Into Grace – a book about the unique “mental tests” that come with joining a new and very diverse religious community. It was the best-selling Baha’i book the year it was published, selling over 3,000 copies due to word-of-mouth […]

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teacher appreciation wallet cards

Teacher Appreciation

It’s Teacher Appreciation Week – and it is also the end of a very difficult school year. It is also the week before Mother’s Day. Now is a great time to honor teachers, mothers and students. Whether your kids were being taught in-person or virtually, everyone (including parents) worked twice as hard this year as any other year. Let them know how much you appreciate their super-human effort. In addition to our Teacher Appreciation Note Cards and Mini-Teaching Cards, for teachers, we have a wide range of low-cost gifts that would be perfect for both teachers and students. For example, there are  products like

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Teaching Materials

The Ridvan Message reminded us that the last 25 years were designed to prepare us for entry by troops. Well? Are you ready? If you are, you will need teaching materials, including pamphlets, booklets, and all those special items that only Special Ideas carries. We have pamphlets of every shape and size for every occasion and for almost any topic, including The Promise of Peace and a survey of Baha’i Teachings not pictured here. All of our pamphlets are written in an inviting style that focuses on points of unity. Check them out, and let us know if there is a topic you would like to see us address. Not sure what to

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We are closed today and NEXT Thursday. What a lovely day to spend in the garden. I hope you all have a wonderful Holy Day. We will be closed today, and Thursday April 28th, but you can always order online. Every day is a Glorious Day at our farm. Flowers, geese, sheep, a dog and five cats keep us busy when we aren’t packing orders. If we fail to answer the phone… this is where we are. Can you blame us?

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Ridvan starts next week. I know, right? And in the middle of it is Earth Day. With Spring finally here, and more and more people vaccinated, many communities are going to be having outdoor holiday celebrations. What better way to make waves than with an eight-foot long banner hanging from a park shelter? I only have two dozen of these  28″x94″ Ridvan banners left. They were designed for community gatherings and can be used all twelve days of Ridvan. At only $24.95, that’s only $2 a day! And the Rose theme is appropriate for any Ridvan celebration you can come up with. Speaking of roses,

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While the end is finally in sight, a year of pandemic worries has gotten most of us a bit stressed. Imagine, then, what our kids and grandkids are feeling. They don’t have the maturity and coping skills that we’ve spent a lifetime developing. To help more kids deal with their fears and anxieties, we’ve expanded the concept of CuddleBunnies with three new CuddleBuddies that will appeal to a wider range of kids. More than just a group of fuzzy toys, Cuddlebuddies teach kids how to regulate their own emotions when they are worried, stressed or upset. CuddleBuddies are soft plush toy animals that come with four wooden “comfort

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Be the Sunshine on Forest


Maybe you’ve noticed that more and more of the materials we are producing are designed, not just to teach the Baha’i Faith, but to make being a Baha’i a joyful, inspiring, wonderful experience. Why is that? When Abdu’l-Baha was at Green Acre he said: “May everyone point to you and ask, ‘Why are these people so happy?’ I want you to be happy in Green Acre, to laugh, smile and rejoice in order that others may be made happy by you.”  So watch for more products like our “You’re Wonderful” pens, our “You’re Loved” medallions, and our “Be infinitely kind” thank-you cards, and our new “Be the Sunshine” pens. And feel free to send in

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Help Hospitals Senior Care

A year ago, we got a call from a hospital administrator who was desperate for copies of  The Interfaith Book of Comfort and Healing to share with her patients who were now cut off from family due to the pandemic. Inspired by her situation, we wrote an e-mail similar to this one, encouraging local Baha’i communities to make these booklets available as a service project. Today, I received news of a community who had done just that. Their project is one of the most well-organized, multi-faceted, and yet simple to implement service projects I’ve seen in my 46 years as a Baha’i. I will

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The ground is thawing, the breeze is blowing, you don’t have to wait for flowers to add color to your yard. Let’s just say that spring is making me feel generous. I decided to put ALL of our garden, door, yard and flag pole flags on sale for 10% off between now and Naw Ruz. All 20 of the fabric items on our Flag and Poster page are on sale when you use the coupon code 10FLAGS.  Click here to see them all. Note: the supply on some of these is limited. Start with our 4-season We Are One Family flag to add some spring colors

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Naw Ruz

Days of Remembrance is a compilation of Writings about various Holy Days. I thought some of you might want to read it during the Fast. It was new a few years ago, and I bought a bunch of them. Now I have too many left so I’ve put them on sale for 20% off – while supplies last. Our Happy Ayyam-i-Ha ribbon sells like hotcakes, but we have more Joyous Naw-Ruz ribbon than I would like, so I’m also putting it on sale for 20% less than our Ayyam-i-Ha ribbon. It comes in purple and red. Click on the link to see both

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All Prayer Beads come with velvet pouch, prayer book and instructions.

Prayer Beads

It is a bit late to order for Ayyam-i-Ha, though we will do our best to get orders out ASAP. (Choose “Priority Mail” as your shipping option for your best chance.) It is perfect timing, however, to order for the Fast or for Naw-Ruz. During the Fast, many people rededicate themselves to saying Allah-u-Abha 95 times every day. That’s why every year or two, we put our prayer beads on sale at this time. Use coupon code 95BEADS at checkout to receive a 15% discount on prayer beads between now and Naw-Ruz. Two years ago, Karen expanded our line of prayer beads with several

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Flash of Inspiration Baha'i Flash Card Game


The Christmas USPS backlog may be over, but that doesn’t mean that mail is being delivered reliably. On top of that, half the country is under a blanket of snow, which may slow everything down even more. So, to be blunt, order NOW. I can never guarantee when packages will be delivered, but your best chances are if you order now. When I take orders to the PO tomorrow morning, they will have a week to deliver it before the first day of Ayyam-i-Ha. That should be plenty, but you never know. Since I am the only one packing orders,

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