• Is it time for Tiny Planet open mic?

    If I were a corporation (and I am not!), I would be in turn-around mode, and part of my strategy would be embracing the creative arts — not as a consumer but as a co-creator. My first experience at the open mic of Busboys and Poets in Shirlington Recently I attended my first open mic at […]

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  • Winter Day and Summer Night

    Hearing some open mic performers at Busboys & Poets bring pre-recorded soundtracks made me think that I too should probably do the same and premiere the new version of “Repeated Words” for which Eric Harper laid down the guitar track. But then I thought, what about an acoustic song, simple enough so I can play […]

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  • Multilingual Interfaith Prayer Station in Arlington at 7:30 pm on Sundays

    “O ye close and dear friends of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá! In the Orient scatter perfumes, And shed splendours on the West. Carry light unto the Bulgar, And the Slav with life invest.” ~ ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Baha’i Faith In the past few Sundays, I had a variety of friends whose languages use the Cyrillic alphabet come to the Prayer […]

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Multilingual Interfaith Prayer Station in Arlington at 7:30 pm on Sundays

July 18, 2014 | By | Add a Comment

“O ye close and dear friends of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá! In the Orient scatter perfumes, And shed splendours on the West. Carry light unto the Bulgar, And the Slav with life invest.” ~ ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Baha’i Faith In the past few Sundays, I had a variety of friends whose languages use the Cyrillic alphabet come to the Prayer […]

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Winter Day and Summer Night

July 18, 2014 | By | Add a Comment

Hearing some open mic performers at Busboys & Poets bring pre-recorded soundtracks made me think that I too should probably do the same and premiere the new version of “Repeated Words” for which Eric Harper laid down the guitar track. But then I thought, what about an acoustic song, simple enough so I can play […]

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Is it time for Tiny Planet open mic?

July 16, 2014 | By | Add a Comment

If I were a corporation (and I am not!), I would be in turn-around mode, and part of my strategy would be embracing the creative arts — not as a consumer but as a co-creator. My first experience at the open mic of Busboys and Poets in Shirlington Recently I attended my first open mic at […]

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Arlington Interfaith Prayer Station and Spiritual Conversation “Glorious in Spiritual Degrees” – Sunday, July 6, 2014

July 3, 2014 | By | Add a Comment

“O Thou kind Lord! This gathering is turning to Thee. These hearts are radiant with Thy love. These minds and spirits are exhilarated by the message of Thy glad-tidings. O God! Let this American democracy become glorious in spiritual degrees even as it has aspired to material degrees, and render this just government victorious. Confirm […]

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Back Home with Andy Grammer

July 1, 2014 | By | Add a Comment

“I’m always home, wherever I am!” told me almost a year ago, on July 21, 2013, my then nine year old Sofia as I dropped her and her sister off home after our trip to Bulgaria, my home country. The next day in a moment of mindful reflection I told myself “I’m always home whenever […]

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Arlington Interfaith Prayer Station and Spiritual Conversation “Strangers into Loving Friends” – Sunday, June 29, 2014, 7:30 pm

June 25, 2014 | By | Add a Comment

“… thou shalt not oppress a stranger: for ye know the heart of a stranger, seeing ye were strangers in the land of Egypt.” Judaism / Christianity, Holy Bible, Exodus, 23:9 “O Thou Provider! Thou hast breathed over the friends in the West the sweet fragrance of the Holy Spirit, and with the light of […]

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Rebooting the Musical Prayer Station with Afroditi Mitsopoulou on the piano and Mesbah Motamed on the violin – Sunday, June 22, 2014

May 9, 2014 | By | Add a Comment

I recently moved to a new home which will be the new site for the Befriended Stranger studios. I am excited to reboot the Musical Prayer Stations at its new location and I could not have asked for a better way to do so than with a house concert, exactly two years after their previous performance I was […]

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Lyft ride sharing with Ellen

May 8, 2014 | By | Add a Comment

My recent return from the motherland has put me very much in a reflective mode, turning every opportunity to interact with others into an inquiry of the messages they could possibly carry for me. What a delight, then, to take my first friendly ride sharing Lyft with the intelligent, multilingual, and beautiful Ellen. Lyft ride sharing with Ellen I needed a […]

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Arlington Interfaith Prayer Station and Spiritual Conversation “Path to Enlightenment” – Sunday, April 6, 2014

April 5, 2014 | By | Add a Comment

“It is the Noble Eightfold Path, the way that leads to the extinction of suffering, namely: Right view, Right intention, Right speech, Right action, Right livelihood, Right effort, Right mindfulness, Right concentration” (Hindu Prince Gautama Siddharta, the Enlightened Buddha, the Founder of Buddhism, 563-483 B.C.) “Let your eye be chaste, your hand faithful, your tongue […]

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Arlington Interfaith Prayer Station and Spiritual Conversation “Find God standing within thee” – Sunday, March 30th 2014

March 27, 2014 | By | Add a Comment

“O SON OF SPIRIT! I created thee rich, why dost thou bring thyself down to poverty? Noble I made thee, wherewith 7 dost thou abase thyself? Out of the essence of knowledge I gave thee being, why seekest thou enlightenment from anyone beside Me? Out of the clay of love I molded thee, how dost […]

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