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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|

Quarantine

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|

Scarves and Masks

In these uncertain times, silk scarves with Baha’i-inspired designs can add an extra layer of protection and a bit of style at the same time! Silk has electrostatic properties that help it filter airborne particles, and it is hand-washable. Tuck the edge of the scarf into the top of your mask to hold it in place. Our 100% silk scarves come in a wide range of widths and weights, from sheer to satin and from 1o" wide and long to 36" square. They all have hand-rolled hems for a quality finish. Two of them are currently on sale, starting at $22.20. [...]

July 7th, 2020|

Social Norms

Whether we do it consciously or unconsciously, most of us try to abide by what we perceive to be the social norms of our group. The more localized or personal the group we identify with, the more strongly we are influenced by their norms. For hundreds of years, the social norm of white people was to consider themselves superior. Depending on where you lived, that norm might have been expressed subtly, or it might have been expressed overtly through blatantly racist statements and actions. Over the course of my lifetime, I've seen that social norm shift. Even when it [...]

June 30th, 2020|

A Gift of Prayers

25% Off of A Gift of Prayers ends July 9th Twenty-five years ago, Karen and I published our first edition of A Gift of Prayers. Since that time, it has sold well over 250,000 copies, and has been published in six different editions (including one in Italian).  To celebrate its Silver Anniversary, we reduced the price by 25% in March, but the sale ends July 9th. The world is in more need of prayers now than at any time since the last World War. Many people of different faiths and no faith at all are becoming open to ideas and [...]

June 23rd, 2020|

New Product Update

I was deeply gratified by the dozens of responses I received encouraging me to reprint this pamphlet. It is a non-threatening yet profound way to open hearts to the need for race unity and some ways to go about achieving it. If you've forgotten what it says, click on the picture or this link and click on the 2nd & 3rd picture at Baha'i Resource. You should be able to read the full text on a monitor. It is scheduled to arrive this afternoon, so go ahead and order. I'll get it out this week so you will have it ready [...]

June 16th, 2020|

Race Unity Pamphlets

The news these days is heartbreaking. Like you, I continually ask myself what more I could be doing to promote racial harmony and understanding. Last year, I sold out of all of my pamphlets on Race Unity, and I'm sorry to say, the interest in them had gotten so low that I couldn't justify reprinting any of them. I'm reconsidering that decision, but I need your help. After the picture below, which links to the few race unity materials I still have, I am posting the full text of two of my old pamphlets. If you have the time, [...]

June 9th, 2020|
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