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Naysan Naraqi

Baha'i Blog Editor and Master Project Manager

Naysan is the editor of Baha'i Blog and he has worked in various avenues of media for more than a decade and he’s passionate about using the arts and media to support and explore the teachings of the Baha’i Faith. He has produced and collaborated on popular music projects like the DawnBreaker Collective and the successful Ruhi-inspired sequence of MANA albums. His experience as a producer for CNN was invaluable working on a number of special projects for the Baha’i World Centre, including the Building Momentum and Pilgrimage: A Sacred Experience videos. If there’s a media-related Baha’i project out there, chances are that Naysan was involved with it somehow!

422 Articles
Sonjel Vreeland

Sonjel Vreeland

Assistant Editor

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.

165 Articles
Laura Mostmand

Laura Mostmand

Associate Producer

Through 15 years of experience, Laura has honed a growing repertoire as a producer and media artist. Her media skills include film production, video editing and photography and as a producer she has led numerous creative projects, as well as managed and organized small and large scale events. Laura also helps deliver content to audiences through compelling and effective digital strategies including marketing approaches through design and web products. She currently lives in Toronto, Canada with her husband and two children.

104 Articles

Collis Ta'eed

Pixel Pushing Web Designer

Collis is a designer, entrepreneur, writer and Baha’i. He is the CEO of Australian tech company Envato, and cofounder of Baha’i Blog / Half Light Media.

65 Articles
Preethi

Preethi

In her professional life, Preethi has dabbled in various combinations of education, community development and law. At heart, though, she's an overgrown child who thinks the world is one giant playground. She's currently on a quest to make learning come alive for young people and to bring the world's stories and cultures to them, with educational resources from One Story Classroom. She was part of Baha'i Blog's founding team and served as Editor for a few years before having to relinquish the role. She still pokes her nose in to work on Baha'i Blog from time to time, proving she's unable to stay away for too long!

52 Articles

Michael Day

Michael Day is a journalist who has worked for daily newspapers in Australia and New Zealand. From 2003-2006 he was the editor of the Baha’i World News Service at the Baha’i World Centre. Now based in Brisbane, he is the national media officer of the Australian Baha’i Community. His contributions to Baha’i Blog are in his personal capacity. His interests are Baha’i history, literature, the arts, rugby union, surfing, and scuba diving.

21 Articles

Ziba Pezeshkzad

Ziba Pezeshkzad is a Baha'i Blog contributor.

18 Articles

Dellaram

Dellaram is a Baha'i, mother, and wife who works as a journalist in her hometown of Ballarat, Australia. She is passionate about all-things community and loves the thrill that comes with op-shopping.

14 Articles

Matt Giani

Matt Giani is a research scientist at the University of Texas at Austin. His research focuses on stratification and social mobility in education, with an emphasis on helping underprivileged students make successful transitions to college after high school. Matt draws his inspiration from his exuberant daughter Clara, his incredible wife Shadi, and the Baha'i teachings.

12 Articles

Avrel

Avrel Seale lives in Austin, Texas, U.S.A., where he writes and speaks frequently on the Baha'i Faith. He's the author of seven books and the blog The Trailhead.

9 Articles
Sam Karvonen

Sam Karvonen

Sam Karvonen is a globe-trotter, a truth-seeker and an aid worker turned into a defence analyst. A ridiculously fortunate husband and a thoroughly entertained father. Oh, and a Baha'i of course.

8 Articles

Susan Gammage

Susan Gammage, MES, Certified Life Coach, author, educator and researcher, maintains an active Baha'i-inspired life coaching practice, which focuses on applying Baha'i principles to day-to-day situations. She is the author of "Violence and Abuse: Reasons and Remedies", a compilation of quotes from the Baha'i Writings and is currently working on several other books including a Baha'i Perspective on "Overcoming Anxiety and Depression"; "The Courage to be Chaste in a Sexual World"; the "Baha'i Marriage Manual" and "The Spiritual Roots of Disease". Visit her Bookstore; get your Free E-Books ; sign up for her Newsletter; and follow her on Facebook, Twitter and Linkedin.

7 Articles

Melanie Lotfali

Melanie Lotfali is a Baha'i Blog contributor.

7 Articles

Zayda

Zayda is a Baha'i living and serving in Australia's capital, Canberra.

7 Articles
Kamelia

Kamelia

Kamelia is a Baha'i and a mother of two. She studied Law, Accounting and Children's Services, but spends most of her days now trying to navigate her way through motherhood. She is particularly interested in early childhood education and Baha'i scholarship.

6 Articles
Peter Gyulay

Peter Gyulay

Peter Gyulay loves to write, play music, travel, reflect, remember, be with family, be in nature and commune with his/our Maker. He studied Philosophy and (but/so) works as an English Language teacher.

6 Articles

Roya

When she isn't pretending to be Dr. Karl Kennedy (her hero) she enjoys chasing after the sun, cooking, eating and telling everyone she’s going to start being healthy by playing tennis. Roya loves to know what’s going on in all parts of the globe (to aid in her hobby of chasing the sun), so she's really excited to manage Baha'i Blog's Events Calendar.

6 Articles

Muji

Muji is a 5th year medical student studying at the University of Melbourne. He enjoys gaming and sports.

6 Articles
Yas

Yas

Yas is happiest when the sun is shining. After country-hopping across the globe for the last ten years, she lives (for now) in the most beautiful (and windiest) city in the world. She loves the power of the creative word and teaches literature and creative writing to teenagers. She also loves strawberries.

6 Articles
Iko Congo

Iko Congo

Born and raised in the Azores (small Portuguese islands in the Atlantic), Iko had the opportunity to serve at the Baha'i World Centre for 20 months and is now studying Business Management in the UK, where he is also learning about the dynamics of community building. He cannot say 'no' to challenges and new opportunities. He is a staunch supporter of Sport Lisboa e Benfica's football team and a sunny beach is his only acceptable standard for a vacation.

5 Articles
Janna Denton-Howes

Janna Denton-Howes

Janna is a Marriage Coach whose passion is to help Baha’i couples create awesome relationships. She is determined to talk about the real issues in marriage so others don’t feel abnormal or alone in their struggle. Marriage is tough- we ALL need education and support to strengthen our “fortress for well-being”! Visit her website to learn more: www.yourfortressforwellbeing.com

5 Articles
Pharan Akhtarkhavari

Pharan Akhtarkhavari

Pharan is in his late 20s. He loves embracing the beauty of life. He does this by praying, thinking, cycling, reading, writing, hiking, diving, conversing, and dancing and of course teaching. He eats yummy food whenever possible. He loves to travel and embrace the beauty and diversity of the world.

5 Articles

Neysan Mehrabkhani

Neysan has a mission to help bring ingenious design to the Baha'i community. In his free time, he studies urban planning in the German capital.

4 Articles

Leva

Leva is a Baha'i Blog contributor.

3 Articles
Delaram Erfanian

Delaram Erfanian

Delaram is an environmental scientist with a love for chocolate, her nieces and nephews, and above all, laughter. Her parents and two older siblings pioneered from Iran to Ecuador, where she was born and raised. She has since been blessed to live in four different continents and now lives with her husband in Toronto, Canada. Delaram holds a Bachelors degree in Geography and Environmental Studies and a Masters degree in Environmental Science. Her work and research is focused in developing greater understanding of complex environmental issues.

3 Articles
Melanie King Dollie

Melanie King Dollie

Melanie is a Californian Baha’i and creative at heart with a background in printmaking and cultural anthropology. She has lived in Latin America, Israel, and Southern China, and is currently living in Sydney, Australia, where she stays productive by working on painting, illustration, and web design projects.

3 Articles

Robert Atkinson

Robert Atkinson, Ph.D., is an internationally known author of eight books, a professor of human development and religious studies, and director of Life Story Commons, at the University of Southern Maine. This blog post is adapted from his most recent book, Mystic Journey: Getting to the Heart of Your Soul’s Story (Cosimo, 2012). To learn more about the book and how to order it, go to his website www.RobertAtkinson.net.

3 Articles

Amelia Ishikawa

Amelia Ishikawa is a Baha'i Blog contributor.

3 Articles
Alan and Lorraine Manifold

Alan and Lorraine Manifold

Alan and Lorraine Manifold are loving life in Australia. They have a Baha'i choir in Melbourne, 'Perfect Chord', and are actively involved in their local Baha'i community. They're planning their second Australian Baha'i Choral Festival in Sydney, hopefully to become an annual event. But they're also finding that women's issues are quite similar here to those in other Western countries and want to do what they can to improve things. Lorraine has suffered acutely from oppression and objectification growing up in Belgium, Canada and the US. Alan has been deeply involved for many years providing diversity education and training.

3 Articles

Nava

Nava is a Baha'i Blog contributor.

3 Articles

Anis Taeed

Anis is a medical doctor working at a metropolitan hospital in Victoria, Australia. He is currently training as a General Physician with the Royal Australian Collage of Physicians. He has a particular interest in nutrition, video games and all things relating to soccer (especially Liverpool FC).

3 Articles

Sandy Williams

Sandy is the pen-name of a Baha'i who likes to dabble in science, religion and philosophy.

2 Articles

James Howden

The author's website at www.JamesHowden.com is subtitled "Sport, Culture and Other Obsessions". It touches on many things: books, personal growth, sustainable societies and the art in athletics. James is a litwit, coach and writer, and lives in Dalian, China with his wife and youngest son.

2 Articles
Esther Maloney

Esther Maloney

Esther loves stories. Over the last decade, she has worked in both theatre and film as an actor, director, writer and producer. She currently serves as coordinator of Illumine Media Project, a grassroots youth media initiative closely linked with community building activities in Toronto, Canada. Esther is pursuing her MEd at the University of Toronto. She lives in a very tall building that faces the sunset with her tea-loving husband and wide-eyed baby boy.

2 Articles

Adib Masumian

Adib is a student, Kindle enthusiast, and avid reader of anything with words. In 2009, he put together a brief book entitled 'Debunking the Myths', which deals with conspiracy theories leveled against the Baha'i Faith. He is keen on the latest news from the tech industry and enjoys honing his translation skills (Persian to English) during his free time.

2 Articles

Corinne

Corinne is a Baha'i Blog contributor.

2 Articles
Shahed

Shahed

Shahed is a physician specializing in radiation oncology from the United States currently residing in Switzerland. His interests are the interplay between spirituality and health, Baha'i history, traveling, and sports.

2 Articles
Soheila Mikkonen

Soheila Mikkonen

Soheila works as a director and scriptwriter, and in the production side of TV and film projects in Finland. She is inspired by meaningful, creative and empowering content.

2 Articles
Sharon Karvonen

Sharon Karvonen

Sharon Karvonen is living her dream job as a housewife. She is inspired by kindness. And laughter. She lives in Helsinki, Finland with her son and husband.

2 Articles

Morris

Morris is a Baha'i Blog contributor.

2 Articles
Greg Hodges

Greg Hodges

Greg Hodges and his wife Mae live in Alfred, Maine, USA and work in organic agriculture. He has been a Baha'i for nine years and an enthusiast for philosophy and social theory for ten.

2 Articles
Kyle Schmalenberg

Kyle Schmalenberg

Kyle Schmalenberg is a kinesiology grad who's life-long passion for film led him to pursue filmmaking full time. Now working in the industry as a free-lance filmmaker, his goal is to participate in producing content that is uplifting and can contribute to the betterment of society. He grew up in Tianjin, China and now lives in Toronto, Canada.

2 Articles

Lynette Thomas

Lynette Thomas is a Baha'i Blog contributor.

2 Articles

Shamim Bina

Shamim Bina is a Baha'i Blog contributor.

2 Articles

Melanie D

Melanie D is a Baha'i Blog contributor.

2 Articles

Natalie Peach

Natalie Peach is a Baha'i Blog contributor.

2 Articles

Kate

Kate is a psychologist and couples therapist, specialized in the field of marriage preparation. Her personal experiences in this field are 14 years of marriage and three children. She has studied marriages and their dynamics for many years, both from a Baha'i perspective and from a scientific point of view and is fascinated by this most unique human relationship and its potential to transform people, families and society.

2 Articles

Neysan S

Neysan S is a Baha'i Blog contributor.

1 Article

Steph G

Steph is (trying to be) a Baha'i, a wife, and a scientist exploring the mysteries of the distant universe, living in the heart of England. When not looking at galaxies, she loves learning about and reflecting on the spiritual side of the world. One of her favourite memories of being a Baha'i is sitting outside the Shrine of the Bab for dawn prayers during her pilgrimage, feeling the tranquility of the sacred place, and the warmth of the rising sun.

1 Article
Brian D. Lepard

Brian D. Lepard

Brian is a professor of law at the University of Nebraska College of Law, where he teaches courses on international human rights law, comparative law, and international tax law, among other subjects. He worked for three years as a human rights specialist at the United Nations Office of the Bahá’í International Community. Brian has written numerous books and articles on international law, comparative law, human rights, world religions, ethics, and tax law. Brian’s books include “Hope for a Global Ethic: Shared Principles in Religious Scriptures,” published by Bahá’í Publishing in 2005. Additional information about Brian can be found at http://law.unl.edu/brian-d-lepard/.

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Derek Bland

Derek Bland

Derek and his wife, Linda, live and work in Brisbane, Australia. Both joined the Baha'i Faith over 40 years ago and are very pleased that their children have made that decision too. Derek has been involved in education at various levels, teaching art and, more recently, teaching and advocating inclusive education at tertiary level. Derek is now entering an exciting new phase of life centred on painting, writing, and applying a whole lot of imagination.

1 Article

Sara Mazloum Ferdowsi

Sara Mazloum Ferdowsi is a Baha'i Blog contributor.

1 Article

Sayena

Sayena is a Baha'i Blog contributor.

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Hami

Hami enjoys reading books about science, business and psychology, and finding their correlations with the teachings of the Baha'i Faith. He is fascinated by Baha'u'llah's teaching that science and religion go hand-in-hand, and that faith must accord with reason. He and his wife currently reside in Spain.

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Mae Badiyan

Mae Badiyan

Mae is a lawyer and entrepreneur living in the U.S. She's inspired by the community-building process, world travel and beautifully organized spaces. Her interests include working with children, developing new business models, and social media. Mae can be found all over the Internet @maebad.

1 Article
Jessica Lea

Jessica Lea

An artist and aspiring teacher from Sydney, Australia. I am a dreamer and a believer and I spend way too much time with my head in a book.

1 Article

Kathryn

Kathryn is a Baha'i Blog contributor.

1 Article

Mona V

Mona V is a Baha'i Blog contributor.

1 Article

Pedro

Pedro is a Baha'i Blog contributor.

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Chelsea Lee Smith

Chelsea is passionate about the advancement of women and promoting the nobility of motherhood, and believes supporting mothers practically and emotionally is crucial for community development. She lives in Australia with her husband and two young sons, and authors the website: www.enablemetogrow.com.

1 Article
Todd Steinberg

Todd Steinberg

Todd Steinberg and his family live in Dallas, United States. He owns a small toy business, writes children's books and is always looking for ways to be creative and to serve others.

1 Article

Nima Ferdowsi

Nima Ferdowsi is a Baha'i Blog contributor.

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Haylee Navidi

Haylee Navidi

Haylee currently lives in Rarotonga, Cook Islands with her husband. Alongside snorkelling, enjoying nature and studying nursing, she loves to teach children and accompany junior youth through the educational process that Baha'is are learning to foster across the globe. She also loves to talk and share ideas with others about how this world can become a much better place - and that is why Baha'i Blog is so great!

1 Article

Noemi Robiati

Noemi Robiati is a Baha'i Blog contributor.

1 Article

Matt Giani & Halim Beere

Matt Giani is a professor of educational policy at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His research focuses on inequality and social mobility in higher education. Matt draws his inspiration from his exuberant daughter Clara, his incredible wife Shadi, and the Baha'i teachings. Halim Beere helped form the startup Illiac Software, where he is Chief Technical Officer and programmer for the music software Harmonia. He is also a composer, earning his doctorate from the University of Illinois and drawing musical inspiration from the Baha'i Writings, his beautiful family, and computer code. He still lives in the Urbana-Champaign area with his wife Renee, daughter Roya, son Darius, two cats, and one dog.

1 Article
Della L. Marcus

Della L. Marcus

Della is of American descent, raised in Luxembourg, for many years a resident in the Holy Land, for a quarter of a decade a member of Romania's rapidly emerging Baha'í community, and currently living in Scottsdale, Arizona. She is the author of Her Eternal Crown: Queen Marie and the Baha'i Faith, and an avid photographer.

1 Article

Steven Maaelopa

Steven Maaelopa is a Baha'i Blog contributor.

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Romane

My father was a clergyman during the formative years of my life. Came across the Baha'i Faith and declared as a follower of Baha'u'llah when I was 20 years old in 1971 (no counting allowed, hear?). Over the intervening years, have done all the "normal" Baha'i things - served on various Local Assemblies, the odd committee, travelled, enjoyed the Fireside thing (still do), became a tutor for the Ruhi Program, and for a time served as Cluster Statistics Officer. Now retired (due to health, not age), leaving me plenty of time to develop my personal teaching goals and begin to work toward them. Married to the most beautiful person on this planet (though others may have a different viewpoint (grinning)), and a wonderful daughter between us. Live on some acreage, enjoy the company of the wildlife (many of whom seem to have adopted us).

1 Article

Farida

Farida is a Baha'i Blog contributor.

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Anisa Naraqi

Anisa is a Baha'i that lives in Australia and grew up in the Pacific. She works in development and is passionate about people, coffee and seeing new places. She has a half packed suitcase in her closet and a job that let's her travel, which she's immensely grateful for. Blogging is something new to Anisa but she enjoys the opportunity to share views on things that are important to her and welcomes your views in return.

1 Article
Munevver Ta'eed

Munevver Ta'eed

Munevver Ta'eed is a Baha'i who lives down-under with her three children and husband. They homeschool and as a family they do everything they can to reduce their environmental footprint as much as possible.

1 Article

Bonnie Smith

Bonnie Smith is a Baha'i Blog contributor.

1 Article

Sabour

Sabour is a Baha'i Blog contributor.

1 Article

Shastri

Shastri currently lives in the United States, he previously lived in Israel, Australia and Singapore. He is passionate about increasing public awareness of the Baha'i Faith through the media and writes columns about the Faith for the Huffington Post.

1 Article
Mariette Leong

Mariette Leong

I am the fourth daughter of the Featherstone family and grew up in Adelaide, South Australia. My wonderful husband Ho-San and I met in Malaysia in 1968, married and pioneered to Papua New Guinea in 1974. We have four children and one adopted Papua New Guinean. We currently live with our eldest daughter and family in Wollongong, outside of Sydney, Australia.

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Barney Leith

Barney Leith is a Baha'i Blog contributor.

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Monty Engs

Monty Engs is a Baha'i Blog contributor.

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Falen D'Cruz

Falen D'Cruz is a Baha'i Blog contributor.

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Kim Naqvi

Kim Naqvi is a human geographer, who specialises in teaching and researching the nature of social and economic development and cultural change. She has a special interest in the meaning of place in identity and culture, and in the relationship between social justice and work. She teaches and researches at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada.

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Reed Curry

Reed Curry

Reed spends his days in a small town in New Hampshire developing patented ultraviolet signature management systems based on ceramic oxide nanoparticles. Quite a mouthful. Dry as it sounds, Reed finds the research enthralling.

1 Article

Erin Mauger

Erin is an American living Down Under. Her interests include reading on public transportation, volunteering, and sketching.

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Andrea Hope

Andrea Hope

Andrea Hope is an internationally-recognized performance poet, featured by The American Baha’i (U.S.A.), The Shanghai Tunnels Project (China), and The Catholic Association for Racial Justice (U.K.). In 2012, she published her first spoken word album, Wellsprings. For more information on where you can find her teaching workshops, saying prayers, and hugging trees, check out her website: andreahope.org

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Amy Finch

Amy Finch

Amy Finch - a stay at home mum from the age of 21 - is passionate about contributing to a culture in which motherhood, especially for those mothers who stay at home, is no longer synonymous with disempowerment and disenfranchisement.

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Babak

Babak Bahador is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand.

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Shadi Toloui-Wallace

Shadi Toloui-Wallace

Shadi is widely recognized for her musical contributions to the Baha’i community and involvement in arts based initiatives and discourse relating to the Community Building Process. Shadi now resides in Vancouver, BC, where she continues to work, serve, travel, perform and record her music (for more info, visit www.shaditolouiwallace.com).

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Amy

Amy

Joburg Lover. Sushi Muncher. Art Appreciator. Legal Practitioner. Blogger. Big Sister. Amateur Etymologist. Foodie. Junior Youth Animator. Fashionista. Sunshine Aficionado. Big Sister. 'Stick' Driver. Baha'i. Well, trying anyways.

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Jodie

Jodie is a Baha'i Blog contributor.

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Emad Talisman

Emad Talisman

Emad Talisman is a policy advisor for the Corrections branch at Public Safety Canada. He holds a Master’s degree in Experimental Forensic Psychology from Carleton University, and has spent the last two years studying solitary confinement and community corrections. He spends his free time cooking, gardening, doing photography, and diverting his two children away from criminal trajectories.

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Justin Johnson

Justin Johnson is a Baha'i, actor, director, trainer, vegan, amateur videographer, world traveler and world citizen living in the Rocky Mountains.

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Zoran Theena

Zoran Theena is a Baha'i Blog contributor.

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Talieh Monajjem

A public interest lawyer by training, Talieh has concentrated on women's rights and socio-economic development. She worked with immigrant communities in the US in the area of child health and while still in law school advocated for women's reproductive health rights under international law before the UN Human Rights Committee in Geneva. For the past five years, Talieh has worked full-time as a mother, and teaches classes for the spiritual education of young children in her community. She lives in the Washington DC area.

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Greg S

Greg S is a Baha'i Blog contributor.

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Pegah Seisan

Pegah Seisan

Pegah is studying education in Victoria, Canada and enjoys working with junior youth and youth in the community and learning from them.

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Maria Jimena Vargas

Maria Jimena Vargas

Maria Jimena is an explorer of the world. She has lived in Mexico and India and currently resides in Sunrise, South Florida where she met a Baha’i community. She described it as the best kept secret of the world. She loves writing poetry and interacting with different cultures and is passionate about nature and outdoor activities, especially running, hiking and kayaking. Her enthusiasm to be a global citizen permits her to be always ready to embark on the next adventure.

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Stephanie Range

Stephanie Range is a Baha'i Blog contributor.

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Justin Watts

Justin Watts

Justin lives in Melbourne, Australia where he belies his country origins by embracing the hipster lifestyle. You might see him and his tight jeans riding a fixie in search of café latte. Justin works for a software company and is passionate about technology bringing people closer together.

1 Article

Leila G.T.

Leila G.T. is a Baha'i Blog contributor.

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Badi Shams

Badi Shams

Badi is a mystic at heart. His education is in economics and he made the compilation "Economics of the Future". He is retired from helping troubled youth in the school system and lives with his wife on Vancouver Island. He is a gardener and a traveller and loves classical music and his workouts. He has lived in many countries. He loves writing and is excited to start his new project called "The Mystic Economist".

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