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Sonjel Vreeland

In her innermost heart, Sonjel is a mother, a wife and a bookworm but professionally she is a museologist and a library technician. She currently lives on Prince Edward Island, an isle in the shape of a smile on the eastern Canadian coast. Sonjel is a writer who loves to listen to jazz when she's driving at night.

“The Nightingale of Affection” by Roya Bennett [Audio Track]

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Baha’i Blog’s “Studio Sessions” is an initiative where we invite Baha’is from around the world to come into a studio and share the Baha’i Writings put to music.

In this Baha’i Blog Studio Session, we’re in Vancouver, Canada with Roya Bennett who sings “The Nightingale of Affection” from the Writings of Baha’u’llah.  Continue reading

“Truthfulness Is the Foundation” by Caity Bolton [Audio Track]

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Baha’i Blog’s “Studio Sessions” is an initiative where we invite Baha’is from around the world to come into a studio and share the Baha’i Writings put to music.

In this Baha’i Blog Studio Session, we’re in New York City, USA with Caity Bolton who sings “Truthfulness Is the Foundation” based on a prayer by Abdu’l-Baha. Continue reading

The Lovely Hand-Lettered Works of Elly Sabet Collins

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The art of hand-lettering and calligraphy is my favourite design medium and I love when I discover a new-to-me artist who beautifies the prayers and sacred Writings of the Baha’i Faith. I was completely captivated when I first saw the work of Elly Sabet Collins from Australia. Her meticulous and warm lettering and her dainty detailed illustrations or embellishments frame the texts she chooses beautifully. In this post, we get to ask Elly about her work and highlight a few of her amazing pieces. If you’re hungry for more, you can follow Elly’s artwork on InstagramContinue reading

‘Where I Stand’ by Tom Francis

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In this acoustic video recording, Tom Francis sings “Where I Stand”, a song inspired by the poetry of Mahvash Sabet, a member of the Yaran imprisoned for her beliefs since 2008. A book of her works, called Prison Poems, is made of poems that were smuggled out of Evin Prison and then translated into French and English. Tom’s homage to her poetry in this song is especially poignant. While the video is simple, the song is richly textured and deeply moving.  Continue reading

Shirin Sabri’s ‘Companions of the Crimson Ark’

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I’m very excited to tell you about Companions of the Crimson Ark by Shirin Sabri. It’s the first in a new series of books for youth and junior youth and it includes stories of early believers from the time of Baha’u’llah. This book is an excellent way to learn about Baha’u’llah, His station, and the spiritual transformation He inspired in those around Him.

I think this book is arriving at the perfect time as we prepare ourselves for the bicentenary of Baha’u’llah’s Birth to be celebrated in October. Shirin was happy to chat and share with us a little about her latest publication and I hope you enjoy our conversation!

Baha’i Blog: To begin, could you please tell us a little about yourself and your work as a Baha’i writer?  Continue reading