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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) Oct. 2, 2017 David Helgager dbhelgager@comcast.net
Science, Tech & Medicine Discussion 1st Wednesday April. 5 (1:15pm - ?) Mike Gruenfeld mikeg2h@hotmail.com
Non-Fict. Reading Review Discussion 2nd Wednesday Apr. 12 (1:30 - 3pm) Mike Gruenfeld mikeg2h@hotmail.com
Film Group 2nd Saturday (it varies) Apr. 8 (2:00pm -? Jacqui Kinnie kinniej1@comcast.nete
Free-Writers 3rd Wednesday Apr. 19 (1:45 - 3pm) Meigs Glidewell mg@glidewell.net
Current Affairs Dscussion Group 4th Wednesday Apr. 26 (1:30 - 3pm) Barry Zack barryzed@gmail.com

Less Frequently Occurring Events

End of Life Group Not Regularly Scheduled To be announced Jacqui Kinnie kinniej1@comcast.net
Darwin Day Once, Annually Feb. ?, 2018 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 Picnic* Once, Annually Sunday, March ?, 2018 Sue Tschesnok 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 Club

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

Our Next Meeting
Takes Place on Wednesday, March 8.

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 the 2nd Wednesday of each month, throughout the year.
They go from 1:30 to about 3PM.

Click here for information on our next session.

Where: New Dynasty Chinese Buffet Map Icon

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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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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Upcoming in 2017

Date Reviewer Book/Article Title Author(s) Synopsis
Apr 12, 2017 Reid Strieby The God Delusion Richard Dawkins

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.


















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

Where: New Dynasty Chinese Buffet Map Icon

Note: No August meeting
Next Session: March 15, 1:45pm (following lunch)

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Potter Park Spring Cleanup

When: Friday, February 24, 2017 (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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Religion Discussion Group

Where: New Dynasty Chinese Buffet Map Icon

When: Every 1st Wednesday - now on hiatus

Next session: To be announced

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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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