This evening we saw a movie, The Monuments Men. I enjoyed the movie. This was the first time in quite a while the we went to the theater for a movie.
Saturday, February 22, 2014
Friday, February 21, 2014
The American to whom I refer is Abraham Lincoln. From humble beginnings, he rose to become the 16th president of the United States. He was also our commander in chief during that great trauma: the American Civil War. Because of his diligence in securing passage of the 13th Amendment to the U. S. Constitution, he is also known as the Great Emancipator.
Also born on February 12, in England, was Charles Darwin. It was Darwin who first gave us an understanding of our biological origins. For years people had speculated about the concept of evolution for it was not a new idea. But it was Darwin who amassed the data during his five-year long voyage on the Beagle to South America which provided the evidence for his thesis of biological evolution.
First published in 1859, The Origin of Species sold out on its first day. Regarded as a threat by the clergy of his day, the idea of evolution through natural selection has prevailed unto this day. It was an idea whose time had come, as the idea had been independently derived by a contemporary of Darwin’s, Alfred Russell Wallace. By giving us an understanding of how we came to be, Darwin can also be thought of as a Great Emancipator.
That evening I went to the Tulsa City Council chambers where I delivered the Humanist Invocation on behalf of the Humanist Association of Tulsa. I will post the text of my invocation later.
Wednesday, February 19, 2014
At the next forum the speaker will be the state climatologist Gary McManus. Dr. Bert Fisher will speak at the third forum. Former governor David Walters will speak at the final forum.
Saturday, February 15, 2014
Today was the day of the February HAT meeting. If you want to read about what happened there, go to www.tulsaha.blogspot.com.
We recently bought a new storm door to replace our older door. It was installed last Thursday.
Tomorrow is Sunday. I need to wrap this up and practice piano some.
Wednesday, February 05, 2014
Tuesday, February 04, 2014
Last Sunday was Humanist Sunday at Restoration. It was another bad weather day. The snow started coming down heavily around 9:20 that morning. Marilyn called to see if plans for church had been changed. I told her church was still on as far as I knew. I told her I was going to go since I was the speaker that morning. I said she should use her judgment regarding traffic conditions and the weather.
Next Gail called to see if anything had changed. I told her I was going to try to get to church, but I advised her to stay home.
It was slippery getting to church, but I made it there driving very slowly. Attendance was down, naturally. I was about ten minutes late getting there. Mary R. and Larry H. were already there. On Humanist Sunday, Larry leads the R.E. hour. We read and talked about recent columns from "The Ethicist."
Altogether that morning there were five at church: myself, Larry H., Mary R., Edna (the pianist), and Rev. Debra. I was the speaker that morning, and my talk was titled "Darwin's Gift." In liue of the duet, I played a solo: "Can't Help Falling In Love."
On Monday morning, Gail had to drive her husband to the optomitrist. He anticipated his eyes would be dialated. We postponed our practice to some future time.
Today I went to the fitness center. It was time to pay our dues for 2014. I did that and then walked three and a half miles around the basketball court.