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H4 WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 14, 2009 THE ISSAQUAH PRESS Sammamish Baha'i invites all faiths to share in World Religion Day event BY ARI CETRON onsidering what's happen- ingin Gaza, the idea that different religions can exist in harmony might be a tough sell, but that's one of the main reasons that the Baha'i are sponsoring World Religion Day. "Religion should be the cause of love and agreement, said Nooshin Darvish, a Sammamish resident and follower of BahaT World Religion Day was started by the American branch of the Ba- ha'i faith in 1950. Since then, practitioners from around the world have adopted it, Darvish said. The original idea, and the one which continues today, is to bring together people of different faiths and allow them to explain their re- ligions to each other. This marks the second year that followers of Baha'i in Sam- mamish have sponsored such a gathering. Last year's event, Darvish said, was successful in that it gave peo- ple from different religions a chance to learn about each other's faith. "They learned things from each other they probably wouldn't have IFYOU GO World Religion Day 2-4 p.m. Jan. 18 Lodge at Beaver Lake 25101 S.E. 24th St., Sammamish at any other time," she said. The gathering starts with mem- bers of each religion -- the Baha'i have invited 16 to this year's event -- offering a prayer, reading or some sort of other representation of their faith. "Something that signifies the beauty of their religion," Darvish said. Afterward, participants will have a chance to enjoy refresh- ments and talk. The hope is that people of different faiths can talk about their religions with each other. Since that's the point of the gathering, they can do so without fear that they might be pushing their faith on other peo- ple. "It's just a time to get to know each other," Darvish said. The idea behind World Religion Day is in keeping with some of the basic tenets of the Baha'i faith, Darvish said. Baha'i believe "Religion should be the cause of love and agreement:' - Nooshin Darvish Sammamhh resident and follower of Baha'i there is actually only one reli- gion, and that prophets (such as Moses, Jesus, Mohammed, Bud- dha and others) appear in the time and place they are needed most. "They come at various eras to teach what the needs of that era are," Darvish said. In 1863, a man named Ba- ha'u'allah appeared and declared himself a manifestation of God. Baha'i believe he is simply the most recent in the line of prophets, and that there are oth- ers yet to come. This belief does not mean that the Baha'i intend to try converting others. They stress that individu- als have free choice in selecting their religious expression. "The idea is not sameness," Darvish said. "The idea is to har- monize." Reach Reporter Ari Cetron at 392-6434, ext. 233, or samrev@isspress.com. Comment on this story at xxx.issaaah- press, com. Gardens can be grown to withstand the worst Mother Nature has to offer BY JANE GARRISON hat was a white Christ- mas to remember. I can't remember a whiter one in this part of the country. Was it good or was it bad? I guess that depends on you. Our weather people keep saying it's the wo[st, winter in five or eight years. TO some, it seems like the worst since 1950. And to others/it was the best ever. Here,s my take on it from a gardening standpoint. The lowest temperature at my house on the plateau was about 14 degrees; but only on one night for a short duration. My evergreen hy- drangea and rockrose stilllook terrific. I think it was 1996 when we lost the rockroses at the Dog- wood Apartments, the English laurel (above the roots) on Front Street and the deodar cedars in the Tibbetts Creek valley. Maybe this cold snap was long but not as deep. In fact, I believe the snow blanket protected some of the plants. My oxalis !sorrel), epimedium, Lady s Mantle, Creeping Jenny, heuchera, and New Zealand flax look like sea- weed right now. But I am sure they will spring back. The snow protected the roots but smoth- MASTER GARDENERS' comer If you have gardening questions this winter, call the Master Gardeners' phone clinic at 206-296-3440. ered the foliage. We had been cruising through mild winter af- ter mild winter for years without top kill to these plants. If a plant is growing in ideal conditions, has no disease and the soil is moist but not soggy, it can survive lower temperatures than an unhealthy plant of the same species. If the plant is lo- cated on a hillside or on the top of a wall, rather than in a valley or a low spot, it is not as vulnera- ble. High areas will not hold cold for as long as low areas. If the plant is under overhanging branches or an Pave, it will have more protection than those in open areas. Many conditions will influence plant loss. You may lose your abelia, but your neighbor may not. If you think your plant is dead, don't trash it yet. See if new growth appears. If it comes out of the woody stems, you can just shear or prune the dead and damaged extremities. If the stems or leaves died, and new growth is coming from the ground or roots, just cut the whole plant to the ground. If nothing sprouts, well, sorry, then you have lost your plant. Snow. Either you love it or you hate it. In either case, there is not much you can do about it, so pre- tend it's pretty if you think it's not, wear treaded boots if you think you might fall, take the bus if you are afraid to drive, or just stay in and look out the window. If you just do that, it's quite spec- tacular. Jane Garrison is a local landscape archi- tect and master gardener who gardens in glacial till on the plateau. Meyers FROM PAGE B1 reconnaissance work during the Vietnam War, where he took part in the Battle of Khe Sanh, one of the major offenses staged by the North Vietnamese during the war. Meyers spent 68 days under the jungle canopy nearby and com- manded more than 6,000 troops during the engagement. Marines defending Khe Sanh base were supported by an Air Force aerial strike, and Meyers' company was tasked with retriev- ing remains that may be used as intelligence from bombed out tar- gets, putting themselves at risk to the bombings. Other times, threats came from the jungle itself. While camping in enemy territory, half the unit slept while the other half stood guard, often for threat of tigers, who were known to snag sleeping soldiers and drag them into the jungle. Of course, there was also the People's Army of Vietnam to worry about. "There were plenty of times when I thought I wouldn't have a wake up," Meyers said. "After awhile you figure, 'Well, they haven't gotten me yet,' but it's always in the back of your mind that you're going to get zapped one of these days doing the crazy things you're doing." Back home, Meyers had a wife and three children. Jo Meyers, who met her husband, now of 61 years, on a blind date at the Uni- versity of Washington, said she did her best to make the time pass while he was overseas in combat situations. She also had help from fellow military families experienc- ing the same situation. "A military community is a very close community, she said. "We look after each other, so we don't dwell on stuff like that." After retiring from the military in 1970, Meyers became an attorney and practiced law for the next 30 years. Being born in Seattle and raised in Bellevue, the Seattle area has always been Meyers' home when he hasn't been commissioned elsewhere for military service. He said he is most proud of the innovations he brought to the Marines, which included a new type of jungle boot for use in Viet- nam, a new way of ascending troops for reconnaissance from a submerged submarine and para- chuting the reconnaissance unit in rather than using rubber boats, leading to the first force recon- naissance unit. "We were trying to do the best job we could to develop the tactics and techniques to save major unit lives," Meyers said. In 2003, Meyers released his first book, "Fortune Favors the Brave," which details the beginnings of deep reconnaissance in the Marines. His second book, "Swift, Silent and Deadly: Marine Amphibi- ous Reconnaissance in the Pacific, 1942,1945," came out a year later. He said he wrote the books so the lessons learned in those early years of reconnaissance would not be lost on current and future gen- erations. Even with all of his accomplish- ments, Meyers keeps his military memorabilia tucked away in the office, save for an officer's saber with an ivory hilt kept hanging over the living room fireplace. "My wife won't let me have any of the 'I love me' stuff here," he said. Still, he maintains much of the modestyhimself, acknowledging his work as simply the result of 28 years of service in the U.S. military. Reach intern Jeff Richards at 392-6434, ext. 236, or isspress@isspress.com. Comment on this story at www.issaquah- press, com. When the power went out for days, Doris stayed at a hotel and leg her best Mend behind. The only place available did not accept pets and Doris had to leave her 10 year old dog Chase at home alone. Although Chase was fine, she decided not to let that happen again. 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