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Weekly Lunch Every Wednesday Noon to about 3pm    
Lunch Alternative (Chat & Chew) 1st & 3rd Tuesdays Noon to ? Sandie Zellick sandie34293@gmail.com
Lecture Series  1st Monday (Oct - March) Mar. 5, 2018 (last of season) David Helgager dbhelgager@comcast.net
Science, Tech & Medicine 1st Wednesday Mar. 7 (1:30pm - ?) Mike Gruenfeld mikeg2h@hotmail.com
Non-Fict. Reading Review 2nd Wednesday Mar. 14 (1:30 - ?) Mike Gruenfeld mikeg2h@hotmail.com
Film Group  4th Friday (it varies) Feb. 23 (2:00pm -? Jacqui Kinnie kinniej1@comcast.nete
Free-Writers 3rd Wednesday Feb. 21 (1:30 - ?) Meigs Glidewell mg@glidewell.net
Current Affairs Dscussion 4th Wednesday Feb. 28 (1:20 - 3pm) Barry Zack barryzed@gmail.com

Less Frequently Occurring Events

Annual Meeting Once, Annually Apr. 2, 2018 David Helgager dbhelgager@comcast.net
Darwin Day Once, Annually Feb. 3, 2018 (11:30am) To be announced  
Special Guest Appearance Not Regularly Scheduled   David Helgager dbhelgager@comcast.net
Potter Park Cleanup Several times a year To be announced Darwin Soder jdar1@comcast.net
Annual Carl Sagan Day Picnic Once, Annually Sunday, March 25, 2018   sue.marie1@earthlink.net

HUSBAY Meets For Lunch

New Dynasty Front View

New Dynasty Chinese Buffet, 6131 S Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34231
Click the photo above for a map to the location.

Every Wednesday from about noon to ?

All are welcome. Enjoy lunch at a very reasonable
price, and engage in intelligent conversation.

Try us. An opportunity to join a terrific group.

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Non-Fiction Book/Articles Review
Discussion Group

Where: New Dynasty Chinese Buffet Map Icon

Details: Non-fiction books and essays are reviewed and discussed.

The former leader of the Non-Fiction Book Review, HUSBAY founder, Noel Smith has passed the torch for this group, after many years of service. It is now in the capable hands of Michael Gruenfeld.

Meetings are always on the 2nd Wednesday of each month, throughout the year.
Following lunch, they go from 1:30 to about 3PM.

Our Next Meeting
Takes Place on Wednesday, March 14, 2018.

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Important: We need reviewers for future meetings. If you are reading something (book, article) now or have done so in the past that you found interesting, please consider telling us about it, and let Michael know at mikeg2h@hotmail.com.

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Our Previous Meeting (Jan. 10, 2018)

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Upcoming in the Next Several Months


Mar. 14: Donna Gannon's topic: “Satisfying People’s Spiritual and Religious Needs”


(Information about the discussion will appear soon.)

Apr. 11: David Helgager presents “Color Blindness Isn’t the Answer.” by Anthony Pinn

May. 9: Lou Altman discusses “The Long Haul- A Trucker’s Tales Of Life On the Road” by Finn Murphy

Jun. 13: Mike Gruenfeld discusses “Champlain’s Dream” by David Hackett Fischer

Jul. 11: Richard Kessler's topic: A Celebration Of American Exceptionalism”

Aug. 8: Alexander Sasvary discusses “Is There Hope For the American Healthcare System”

Sep. 12: John Buecheler discusses ”What Is a Virtual Cyber-Currency, a Cryptocurrency and a Digital Payment System - e.g., Bitcoin”

Oct. 10: Bob Magill's topic: China’s Astounding Economic Progress Domestically as Well as Internationally”

Nov. 14: Richard Kessler will discuus “The Self Destruction of the American Dream: A Casualty of the 21st Century?”

Dec. 12: Jim Wise will discuss the book, “The New Jim Crow” by Michelle Alexander

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Past Sessions

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our previous session (Jan. 19, 2017)


December 9, 2015

Jacqui Kinnie reviewed "Dreams of Earth and Sky," by Freeman Dyson. There are two books with this title. This one was writtren by a Max Planck Medal winning scientist. The other by Konstanti Tsiolkovsky.

To learn more, try this link.

January 13, 2016

Chuck Barrett reviewed "Children of the Stars," by Daniel R. Altschuler. Described as a book for the general reader dealing with the intimate and surprisin g connection between stars, our planet, and life. for the new children coming to Earth.

February 10, 2016

Mort Stith presented "Assassination in the History of ISIS" based on multiple sources, inspring an interesting discussion following his talk.

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March 9, 2016

Jack Wayne reviewed "Battling the Gods: Atheism in the Ancient World" by Tim Whitmarsh. The book  makes a very good case for the classical roots of atheism and argues that historians hafocused disproportionately on religious beliefs and values that may have been marginal to ancient culture.


April 13, 2016

Meigs Glidewell reivewed  "The Brain that Heals Itself" and "The Brain's Way of Healing," both by Norman Doidge, M.D. More on this author can be found here


May 11, 2016

Noel Smith presented: "Dawn Before the Dawn" by Geoffrey Ashe. The author provides a theory of the origins and evidence to support it of a cult of seven. We hear of the seven seas, the seven continents, the seven days of creation (and dozens more sevens in the Bible), the seven liberal arts, the seven deadly sins, seven times pilgrims walk around the Kaaba, seventh heaven, and many more but especially seven days of the week.

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June 8, 2016

David Coe presented the following this work to our Husbay Non-Fiction Books and Articles Discussion Group this Wednesday, June 8th, during 1:30-3:00: "GOING CLEAR" - Scientology, Hollywood & The Prison of Belief" by Lawrence Wright. Dave's talk will address this cult's masquerading as a religion.

July 13, 2016

Presenter: Eleanor Altman
Title: "Writing God's Obituary" by Anthony Pinn

A former minister reveals his unusual journey from faith to atheism.

Anthony Pinn preached his first sermon at age twelve. At eighteen he became one of the youngest ordained ministers in his denomination. He then quickly moved up the ministerial ranks. Eventually he graduated from Columbia University and then received a Master of Divinity in theology and a PhD in religion from Harvard University.

All the while, Pinn was wrestling with a growing skepticism. As his intellectual horizons expanded, he became less and less confident in the theism of his upbringing. At the same time, he became aware that his church could offer only anemic responses to the acute social needs of the community. In his mid-twenties, he finally decided to leave the ministry and committed the rest of his life to academia. He went on to become a distinguished scholar of African American humanism and religious history.

The once fully committed believer evolved into an equally committed nonbeliever convinced that a secular approach to life offers the best hope of solving humanity’s problems.

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August 10, 2016

Presenter: Ernie Kinnie
Title: "Amoral Science – Brainless Religion
Author(s): Ernie Kinnie (with reference to “On Liberty” by John Stuart Mill)
Synopsis: The quality of the ideas and beliefs held by an individual or organization can best be judged by their willingness to be exposed to alternative ideas and beliefs, competently and forcefully presented. This session was well-attended and Ernie's fine presentation was further enhanced by enthusiastic audience participation.

September 14, 2016

Presenter: Susan Juda
Subject: Truth and Reconciliation in the U.S.A.
Author: Drawn from the works of several experts in their field
Synopsis: After reading "Affluent and Black, And Still Trapped by Segregation" (article link), I realized that my discomfort about having moved to Sarasota, and experiencing a defacto segregated society and culture here, was based on the realities expressed in this article, and in the experiences in my life and family.

Lets explore this unfortunate and complex issue, and hopefully gain more insight, and maybe even suggestions for change.

To quote Ray Speekhardt, in his book Creating Change Through Humanism -But conclusions aren't enough. If we want to create change, we have to get active!"

Also part of the discussion: "What Colin Kaepernick’s Protest Looks Like to a Black 49ers Fan?" (Link to article)

Do we need a Truth and Reconciliation Forum in the USA? Can Husbay be a more integrated group?

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October 12, 2016

Presenter: Jim Chastain
Subject: Final Exit (1991).
Author: Derek Humphry
Synopsis: How Long Do You Want To Live? As long as possible? The 1991 book Final Exit and increasing numbers of books, films, articles, discussion groups, legal opinions and legislation since reflect changing attitudes to the answer. What are the causes and effects of the changing attitudes?

Jim played to a nearly packed house.

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November 9, 2016

Presenter: Emanuel (Bud) Klein
Subject: On My Way (My Journey to Secular Humanism)
Author: Emanuel Klein
Synopsis: Bud’s intention is to present from his book several situations in which he was involved, and that he has chosen for potential group interest and comment. He will choose two or three events to be presented sequentially, with an opportunity for group discussion and comment between each presentation. One topic that Bud may present, and that is based on an actual event, is how it can be beneficial to fellow men and women to gain recognition as a trustworthy individual.

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December 14, 2016

Presenter: Kathy Schoenhals
Subject: And then All Hell Broke Loose: My Two Decades in the Middle East
Author: Richard Engels
Synopsis: This book is clearly written in autobiographical style and is quite captivating. The author discusses Egypt, Iraq, Lebanon, Libya, and Syria and his experiences therein in the past two decades. His insights are very impressive. Kathy thoroughly enjoyed this book, and she feels that it has clarified the Middle East for her in a way that nothing else has.

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January 11, 2017

Presenter: John Buecheler
Subject: The Secret of the Lost Ark of the Covenant
Author: Graham Hancock
Synopsis: Graham Hancock, in an earlier bestseller “The Sign and the Seal” (A Touchtone Book, Simons & Schuster), attempts to follow the fate of the Lost Ark of the Covenant as one of the great historical mysteries.

To the Believers, the legendary Ark was holding the stone tablets of the Ten Commandments and exhibited (Yahweh’s) supernatural forces that lead the ancient Hebrews to numerous victories. Later on, as King Salomon had the famous Temple built, the Ark was placed in the Holy of Holiest, until at some time it mysteriously vanished. So much for the story that we are told by the Bible.

Now, Hancock, in his quest for the Lost Ark of the Covenant, tracked down the myths and legends to reveal where the Ark might have gone. But he also came up with a more revealing claim, namely that the Ark was indeed a real monstrous instrument, a “killing machine.”

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Although Hancock did not present any 'plausible' explanation on how the killing machine may have worked, I decided to find out myself by building a replica. Following directly the Bible’s description, I came up with a reduced-size model and by doing so the secret of the Ark suddenly dawned on me. This killing machine appeared indeed to be a novel invention of a nature entirely unknown till then. Furthermore, with the Ark having vanished and its secret having never been divulged, it took in fact nearly three thousand years for the basic process to be re-invented.

Meanwhile, by having succeeded to get ‘the genie out of the bottle’, I am now in a position to present a down-to-earth and humorous story revealing the lost secret of the Ark of the Covenant.

February 8, 2017

David Coe reviewed "The Call Up" by Tom Hickman. The book focuses on the English Draft (we're not talking about beer, sorry).

March 8, 2017

There will be a presentation by Julie Beberman. She will discuss her fascinating job as a US State Department Foreign Service Officer, and the kinds of duties and activities that our Foreign Service Officers perform. She will also describe some of her observations, experiences, and what she has learned at various stations and countries in Africa, to which she was assigned. Julie, who is a permanent resident of the US Virgin Islands, will also briefly describe life in this US territory.

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April 12, 2017

The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins, oresented by Reid Strieby

In this hard hitting, impassioned, but humorous rebuttal of religious belief, Dawkins eviscerates the argument for religion. He demonstrates the supreme improbability of the existence of a supreme being, while at the same time explaining how the work of Darwin changed the way we think about evolution.

Reid has also prepared copies of 3 reviews of Dawkins’ book, The God Delusion, and a copy of the table of contents for each member of the group.


May 10, 2017

Betty Comora presented a program regarding the observance of religious holidays in public schools. Her film, "A Mixed Blessing, An American Fairytale" can be seen by going to YOUTUBE and typing in BETTY COMORA, A MIXED BLESSING, AN AMERICAN FAIRY TALE.

Based on true life experiences, writing and producing this film was a cathartic adventure. Betty says, "I'm pleased with the feedback from college students and various discussion groups. Most importantly, it gives a voice to shy and sensitive people who are unable to express their emotions."

Today, the schools are filled with a plethora of religious and non religious students. It is logical that religious holidays should be celebrated outside of school -- at home, places of worship, etc. There can still be joy in celebrating the four seasons...which includes every child.

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June 14, 2017

David Coe reviewed "Classics of Film Noir."

The period 1940 - 1960 is considered by many cinephiles to be a "golden age" of Film Noir. In particular the post WW2 years when writers, directors and actors became acutely aware of the ways in which humanity could give in to it's darkest desires and act out of selfishness and greed.

On July 12, Robert Phillipoff reviewed "Basic Marxist Concepts and Their Relevance Today."

Bob discussed basic Marxist concepts and their relevance today with a focus on Marxism as understood by its founders epitomized in Socialism Utopian and Scientific by Engels and poignantly summarized by Lenin in his short essay “Three Sources and Three Component Parts of Marxism”.  Bob hope’s that Husbay members who plan to attend this session will read in this very short essay in advance. It is available at the following link: https://www.marxists.org/archive/lenin/works/1913/mar/x01.htm 

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August 9, 2017

Presenter: J.D. Lynn

Title: Presentation of Margaret Sanger's Autobiography, and her speech "A Moral Necessity For Birth Control".

Description: Margaret Sanger (1879-1966), who is one of the most important women who ever lived, was an American birth control activist, sex educator, writer, and nurse, who popularized the term "birth control". J.D. discussed her valuable contributions and accomplishments, as well as her autobiography, and her important speech "A Moral Necessity for Birth Control".

J.D., who is the Vice President of the local chapter of Americans United for Separation of Church and State, also discussed the implications of Sanger's work to current times, as well as the effect of the religious right's attack on women's right to birth control, and to abortion. A challenging idea that J.D. also addressed is whether freedom of sexual expression should be considered to be a religious freedom. But, considering the accelerating effects of global warming, is it too late for Margaret Sanger to save the human race?

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September 13, 2017

Presenter: Barbara Walker

Title: Barbara Walker’s book, "Belief and Unbelief," is a compendium of essays on superstitions, false beliefs, religious nonsense and cultural biases

Description: The book she referenced is her latest one, "Belief and Unbelief," a compendium of essays dealing with superstitions, false beliefs, religious nonsense and cultural biases. Shr offerred one entitled "Encountering the New Age."

Barbara Walker’s bio/introduction

She is researcher, lecturer, and author of 24 books and numerous articles on comparative religion, history, mythology, symbolism, mineral lore, theTarot, the I Ching, a collection of original Feminist Fairy Tales, an autobiography, a novel, and two essay collections: Man Made God and Belief and Unbelief. Her Woman's Encyclopedia of Myths and Secrets has been continuously in print since 1983 and was named Book of the Year by the London Times. She has received the Humanist Heroine of the Year award from the American Humanist Association, the Women Making Herstory award from New Jersey NOW, and the Olympia Brown award from the Unitarian Universalist Association. She is listed in that prestigious 1200-page compendium of notable freethinkers, Who's Who in Hell.

October 11, 2017

Presenter: Meigs Glidewell

Title: Stream of Consciousness

Description: What is the Steam of Consciousness? It is a phrase coined by William James in 1890, embraced by the literati such as James Joyce and Virgina Wololf in the 1900s, and currently a phenomena being recorded and charted by psychologists and neurologists via random-sample surveys and brain scans.

Meigs describes the changing history of the concept and what researchers have to tell us about the flow of thoughts.

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November 8, 2017

Presenters: Noel Smith & Ernie Kinnie

Title: The Myth of Mind

They discussed Noel's new book.  The ideas in it are challenging and go back at least to the battle between Plato and Aristotle, which has raged in psychology and philosophy through the ages. Noel believes that modern psychology has become much too Platonic, imposing constructs upon events, rather than always starting with observable events. Three methods of psychotherapy will be presented to illustrate the differences: psychoanalysis; behavior modification; and, Neuro Linguistic Programming.  

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Dec. 13, 2017

Susan Juda's topic “Citizens Response to Social and Political Concerns

Summary: Donald Trump becoming our nation’s President has deeply concerned and distressed many of our citizens. And, their constructive response to this event demonstrates how aroused citizens exercise Constitutional rights in their urgent struggle to affect change. Susan Juda will describe a successful activity whereby Sarasota residents banded together, as part of a national organized movement, to protect precious liberal and progressive accomplishments and values that are now at risk.

Feb. 14,2018

Reid Strieby will discuss The History of Consumerism Over Five Centuries, With Relevant Economics, Psychology, Sociology, Anthropology, Religion, and Geopolitics.

DESCRIPTION: This presentation is based on an 800 page book by Frank Trentmann, professor of history at the University of London. It will focus on the rise of consumerism over five centuries, combining an array of disciplines: history, economics, psychology, sociology, anthropology, religion and geopolitics. It begins in the fifteenth century, scans the globe and examines a wide range of regimes from liberal democracies to fascist dictatorships. It offers a global history of consumption and assesses the influence of shopping on the human experience. The talk will entertain while inform. Trentmann shows clearly that consumption is more than purchasing things.. It is about meaning and power.

What we consume has become the central feature of modern life. Our economies live or die by our spending behavior. In fact, we increasingly define ourselves by our possessions and the ever-richer lifestyle of the present age.

Dr. Strieby’s Bio: Prior to becoming a professor of Social Psychology at the City University of New York, CUNY, Dr. Strieby worked for a number of years as a market and media researcher for various large market research and advertising agencies in NYC. He also worked at the National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago.

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Jan. 10,2018

Dan Dana discussed, before a packed house,"A Low-tech Stock Trading Strategy for the Financial Layman.”

For more on Dan's presentation, click on this link.


Details: Members only (or special invitation). Bring your writing tools, your creativity, your imagination, and your sense of humor.

Join us. You won't be sorry.

Where: New Dynasty Chinese Buffet Map Icon

Next Session: Feb. 21, 2018.

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Potter Park Spring Cleanup

When: T.B.D. (10:30am)

Where: Potter Park Pavilion (8587 Potter Park Drive) next to the South Branch YMCA.Potter Park Map Icon

What to Bring: Your pick-up tongs, picnic Lunch, and drink (non-alcoholic). Darwin has trash bags and a few extra pick-up tools for newcomers.

Contact Darwin if you plan to join us. jdar1@comcast.net Note: Schedule is subject to change, so notify Darwin via email if you are planning to join in.

Potter Park Participants
Photo from the March 2015 cleanup

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HUSBAY Meets For Lunch

New Dynasty Front View

5471 Fruitville Road, Sarasota, FL 34232
Click the photo above for a map to the location.

1st & 3rd Tuesdays from noon to ?

All are welcome. Enjoy lunch at a very reasonable
price, and engage in intelligent conversation.

Try us. An opportunity to join a terrific group.

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End of Life Choices Discussion Group

Group meets at the Fruitville Library. Fruitville Library Map

Next Meeting: October 23, 2015, from 3 to 5 pm.

Once again HUSBAY is developing a Special Interest Group for those interested in End of Life issues. While many of you joined Compassion and Choices, the local chapter is focusing upon education and legislation. In contrast, some of HUSBAY group have more immediate concerns regarding the practicalities of ending one’s own life, regardless of legalities and official approval or special circumstances, Here’s a list of some topics we hope to cover: dealing with creeping dementia; the need for advanced directives; dealing with family members who do not approve or who have religious objections; practical methodology, legal issues for survivors; lingering ambivalence; utilizing Switzerland/Belgium clinics; getting rid of your “stuff;” obtaining tests of chemical purity; overseas procurement; and much more: We welcome your particular specific interests as well.

Please note that this group is intended for those members who are secularly oriented and may not be appropriate for those who have lingering religious beliefs. If you are still interested in this Special Interest Group there will be an informational gathering meeting on October 23rd at Fruitville Library Meeting Room from 3:00 to 5:00 PM. The group will be facilitated by Dan Dana, Bob Nagel and Jacqui Kinnie.

If you are still interested in such a Special Interest group, there will be an information gathering meeting for our Special Interest Group on October 23rd at Fruitville Library from 3:00 to 5:00 PM.

The group will be facilitated by Dan Dana, Bob Nagel and Jacqui Kinnie, and we invite any and all HUSBAY members who are interested, to come to this first meeting.

Please RSVP your interest and intentions asap to kinniej1@comcast.net for the October 23rd meeting.

For those who are attending, we may, if desired, go out to share a light supper following the meeting. We will need exact numbers for a possible supper reservation.

Thanks in advance for your interest.

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Fifth Wednesday Dicsussion Group

Next Session: Jan. 31, 2018

Details: Members only (or special invitation).

A discussion of American elementary and high school education was held following this Wednesday’s (1/31) Husbay lunch, from 1:30-3:00, The format was similar to that of the Current Events Discussion Group, and Mike Gruenfeld will facilitate.

Three issues/questions were discussed, which are listed below. Even though the date has passed, you can still view the 30 minute video that is referenced at the internet link below.

Our nation’s systems for educating our kids are challenged from all sides, mired in controversy, and producing poor outcomes. Pressure is mounting to allocate public school funds to parents’ educational savings accounts, with the intention of empowering parents with the decision of where and how their kids should be educated. Parents could tap these accounts to send their kids to private, charter, religious, or other kinds of schools.

These issues, as well as issues such as charter schools, vouchers, more stringent teacher certification tests, and social promotion of failing students, are discussed in a 30 minute presentation on educational reform by Jeb Bush. This presentation is to The Foundation for Excellence in Education, and can be seen by clicking this Link

Among the various issues that naturally flow from Jeb’s presentation include the following:

1. Are parents better able to plan their kids education than the current educational bureaucracies, and should public education funds be reallocated to them in the form of educational savings accounts?

2. Should strict standardized tests be introduced and enforced, whereby social promotion of failing students is eliminated, thereby preventing the graduation from high school of illiterate students who can not even complete applications for entry level jobs?

3. Regarding the question of educating students for 21st century jobs in high technology and artificial intelligence, what is the current understanding of the term EDUCATION; e.g., is education in the liberal arts still important?

Where: New Dynasty Chinese Buffet (6131 S. Tamiami Trail)Map Icon

Following Session: May 30, 2018

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