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Two New Shirts

Close-up of Metallic Gold ink. This may be my favorite T-shirt design of all time. The metallic gold ink gives it an elegant feel, while the font feels both reverent and dynamic. The six religious symbols around the words are sure to start a lot of interesting conversations as you explain that EVERY religion teaches some form of The Golden Rule. Consider carrying some of our Golden Rule teaching cards or bookmarks with you when you wear it. Back design of Golden Rule T Two Sided! Symbols included are the Baha’i star, Christian Cross, Buddhist wheel, Hindu Ohm, Islamic Crescent & [...]

October 6th, 2020|

Can you help hospitals?

With over 60,000 copies in print, we knew that people loved our give-away Interfaith Book of Comfort and Healing. Baha'i Communities have given away thousands, and hospital chaplains have ordered thousands more. Comfort & Healing Booklet What we didn't expect was the popularity of our Deluxe Gift Edition. Both Baha'is and Chaplains were buying them in bulk to give to personal friends who were facing health issues. Unfortunately, because they were "Print on Demand," they were $9.95 each, so people saved them for special friends. This week we received our first batch of 1,500 offset printed editions. Not only [...]

September 29th, 2020|

Calendars are in

Our 2021/2022 American Baha'i Wall Calendars are more beautiful than ever.  American/Baha'i Wall calendar for 2021-2022 We’ve been making these two-year calendars for several years now. We’ve fine-tuned their design to give you the very best in beauty and utility. They are: More useful: Our calendars include popular American holidays alongside Bahá’í Feasts and Holy Days. You can tell, for example, when Thanksgiving falls in relation to the Day of the Covenant. National holidays, and other important days like Mother’s Day are marked with squares, while Bahá’í Feasts and Holy Days are marked in different colors of circles. More [...]

September 22nd, 2020|

Pandemic Virtues

Virtues are the path If you've read any of my books, then you know that the secret of happiness is falling in love with virtues, and practicing them every chance you get. Unfortunately, many virtues, such as kindness, courtesy, mercy, and many forms of service only make sense when we are interacting with other people. How do you practice virtues when you are alone, or with the same few people every single day? The last 6 months of quarantine have required us to increase our reliance on some virtues, such as hope, patience and resilience. These help [...]

September 15th, 2020|

Random Orphan Shirts

This week I'm cleaning out my closet. I started by finding a box of beautiful 100% cotton long-sleeve mock-turtleneck shirts and tested out my gold and silver interfaith design on them. It was a great combination, so I'm printing up the 20 I have and am offering them at a special $11.95 price. With fall around the corner, grab one while you can. You choose the size. I choose design & color Are you brave enough to order a random Baha'i T-shirt?  I also decided that it is time to clear out all of the random T-shirts that [...]

September 8th, 2020|

New Window Decals

Interfaith Window Decal / Sticker Interfaith Window Decals Promote a Positive Social Norm of Inclusion A few weeks ago I wrote about the value of creating a "social norm" that encouraged people to lean towards unity and inclusion. One of the tools I suggested was our popular "No Room in My Heart for Prejudice" window decals. So many people took me up on the idea of buying them in bulk and giving them out to friends that I decided to do the same thing with my Interfaith Window Decals. This design has attracted many people to the idea of [...]

August 25th, 2020|

Reflections from the Sacred Writings of the Bahai Faith

  Reflections booklet 50% off  Reflections from the Sacred Writings of the Baha'i Faith - through August Reflections is a lovely compilation of prayers and sacred writings that is appropriate for interested seekers as well as anyone attending a Study Circle.  It was originally developed as a place to find all of the memorization quotations from the first seven Ruhi books in one place. Over the years, however, the Ruhi books have been updated so some of the quotations are not necessarily the same. That means I can no longer call it "all the Ruhi Memorization Quotations" but I can call it "a compilation of some of [...]

August 4th, 2020|

New Greeting Cards

As many of us continue to hunker down in our homes, the need for social contact grows stronger. Even more than that, the need to feel needed - to DO SOMETHING USEFUL while we sit at home can be overwhelming. So let me share a secret: For the price of a card and a stamp, you, too, can commit a random act of kindness and senseless beauty that will cheer the heart of someone you care about. If you've ever received an unexpected card from a friend you miss, you know how it can transform your whole day, week, [...]

July 28th, 2020|

Two New T-shirts

This clever design by Marty Quinn lets the world know that you are striving to construct a prejudice-free world, starting with yourself. The Prejudice Free Zone design prints in yellow on the front of a colored shirt, so the lettering will be the same color as the shirt. As an added plug for all of humanity, there is a smaller Human at Work sign printed on the left sleeve of the ADULT shirts, but not on the youth sizes. Be the Sunshine on Forest When you can’t SEE the Sunshine, BE the Sunshine. This uplifting message will brighten the day of everyone [...]

July 21st, 2020|


When I sent this e-mail out in March, we were all hoping that the country would successfully lock down, wear masks, and be ready to open back up by June. Now that it is clear that this could go on for months, if not longer, you might want to take a second look at this list of games and activities to get you through another month (or 12) of quarantine.  I've put a couple of them on sale as an added incentive. If you are tired of TV and your eyes are blurry from reading, here are some games and activities you can [...]

July 14th, 2020|
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