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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.

Melissa Charepoo’s Children’s Books for Ayyam-i-Ha, the Fast & Naw-Ruz

When Melissa Charepoo couldn’t find resources to explain Ayyam-i-Ha, the Fast and Naw-Ruz to her children, she went out and made them herself! I admire her gumption and devotion tremendously! She wrote and illustrated two books: Celebrating Ayyam-i-Ha Around the World and Observing the Fast and Celebrating Naw-Ruz Around the World. I am excited about Melissa’s accomplishments and wanted to hear more about the process of putting these books together.

Baha’i Blog: Hi Melissa! Thank you so much for joining us! To begin, could you please tell us a little about yourself and your work writing children’s books?

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“Make Them to Grow” by Sophie, Siria & Ashkan

Baha’i Blog’s “Studio Sessions” is an initiative where we invite Baha’is and their friends 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 Sophie Rutstein, Siria Rutstein and Ashkan Ziaie who sing “Make Them to Grow” based on a prayer by Abdu’l-Baha.  Continue reading

“Make Them to Grow” by Sophie, Siria & Ashkan [Audio Track]

Baha’i Blog’s “Studio Sessions” is an initiative where we invite Baha’is and their friends 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 Sophie Rutstein, Siria Rutstein and Ashkan Ziaie who sing “Make Them to Grow” based on a prayer by Abdu’l-Baha.  Continue reading

“The Nightingale of Affection” by Roya Bennett

Baha’i Blog’s “Studio Sessions” is an initiative where we invite Baha’is and their friends 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

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

Baha’i Blog’s “Studio Sessions” is an initiative where we invite Baha’is and their friends 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

Baha’i Blog’s “Studio Sessions” is an initiative where we invite Baha’is and their friends 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

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

Baha’i Blog’s “Studio Sessions” is an initiative where we invite Baha’is and their friends 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

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