art ~ spirit ~ transformation

e*lix*ir   #4
autumn / winter 2016



  • The Spiritual Lives of Children

  • Fiction

  • The Imperfect Pilgrim
    by Ron Tomanio
  • “Maggie’s Forever Friend”
    by Patti Rae Tomarelli
  • The Red Roan Stallion
    by Beverlee Patton

  • Poetry

  • Three Poems
    by Susan Engle
  • “Advice to a Daughter”
    by Sandra Lynn Hutchison

  • Picture Books

  • The Painting

  • Essays

  • Two Decades of Spirit of Children: A Retrospective
    by Allison Grover Khoury
  • Brilliant Star: Looking Back on 36 Years of an Award-Winning Children’s Magazine
    by Susan Engle

  • Interviews

  • Interview with Mary Victoria, author of Chronicles of the Tree

  • Looking Back on Books

  • Lilly and Peggy
    by Ronald Tomanio
  • Maggie Celebrates Ayyám-i-Há
    by Patti Rae Tomarelli
  • Kamal’s Day
    by Leona Hosack

  • Art

  • Paintings
    by Jeannie Hunt

  • Translations

  • “He is God! O God,I am an innocent child.”
    translated by Shahin Mowzoon

  • Voices of Iran

  • Children of Destiny
    by Basir Samimi

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    “O Lord God! Make us as waves of the sea, as flowers of the garden, united, agreed through the bounties of Thy love. O Lord! Dilate the breasts . . . and make all mankind as stars shining from the same height of glory. . . .” — ‘Abdu’l-Bahá

    “O servant of God! Through the power of God’s love the weak become mighty, the poor become rich, the little bird becomes a great eagle soaring on the ethereal wave, the tiny plant grows into a great palm tree.” — ‘Abdu’l-Bahá

    “Release yourselves, O nightingales of God, from the thorns and brambles of wretchedness and misery and wing your flight to the rose garden of unfading splendor.” — Bahá’u’lláh

    “O My brother! Sanctify thy heart, illumine thy soul, and sharpen thy sight, that thou mayest perceive the sweet accents of the Birds of Heaven and the melodies of the Doves of Holiness warbling in the Kingdom of eternity. . . .” — Bahá’u’lláh

    “Confine thy thoughts to whatever will lift up the human soul to the Paradise of heavenly grace, and make every bird of the Kingdom wing its way unto the Supreme Horizon, the central point of everlasting honor in this contingent world.” —‘Abdu’l-Bahá

    “He will send unto you sweet perfumes from the highest Paradise, and waft over you the pure breathings that blow from the rose gardens of the Company on High.” —‘Abdu’l-Bahá

    “O my brother! The fragrance of the mystic flower can be inhaled only in the ideal Garden, and the lilies of ancient wisdom can blossom nowhere except in the city of a stainless heart.” — Bahá’u’lláh

    “O my brother! A divine Mine only can yield the gems of divine knowledge, and the fragrance of the mystic Flower can be inhaled only in the ideal Garden, and the lilies of ancient wisdom can blossom nowhere except in the city of a stainless heart.” — Bahá’u’lláh

    “O God, guide me, protect me, make of me a shining lamp and a brilliant star. Thou art the Mighty and the Powerful.” —‘Abdu’l-Bahá

    “. . . .the fragrant breezes of the rose gardens of divine mercy will waft through the windows of your souls.” —‘Abdu’l-Bahá

    Jeannie Hunt
    Artist Statement:   I love to draw directly from nature, exploring the world around me through close observational drawing. I also use art to explore the spiritual worlds, connecting metaphors of the natural world from the Bahá’í writings with the contemplative process of creating structured, geometric designs. Each piece is a prayer and a meditation on words, color and symmetry. My work is inspired by folk art traditions and sacred art practices from around the globe, including illuminated manuscripts, textile designs and Islamic geometric patterns.

    Bio:   Jeannie Hunt has a B.A. in studio arts from Smith College. She is a freelance artist and a teaching specialist, facilitating “Creative Literacy” bookmaking workshops in libraries and schools across New England and professional development workshops for librarians and teachers. Her nature journal and prayer book workshops have also been widely enjoyed at Bahá’í Holy Days, summer schools, study circles, children’s classes and community service projects. She is board member of Spirit of Children and helps to coordinate their summer conference at Green Acre and offers an arts workshop each year. She currently lives in Northampton MA.