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Running, Book 2 and 3 and Girls with Guitars!

So let’s do some catching up! Yesterday was a nice day and I was able to live work early since I went in early so I get my runnings shoes on and took off for only the third time this year. It was a good run and I guess it’s better if you thinkk you better slow down rather than need to slow down! Since it was still dark at the end of the run and I couldn’t find it I ran within the iPod so you don’t have to read through my playlist. Anyway I ran 3.2 miles and while the time was not great 9:46 mile pace it was the fastest so far this year!!

As far as reading goes, I have finished Books 2 and 3 for 2012. Book 2 was Attack of the Theocrats! How the Religious Right Harms Us All- —and What We Can Do About It by Sean Faircloth. Faircloth is currently the Director of Strategy and Policy for the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science and has been the Executive Director of the Secular Coalition for America. This book deals with reclaiming the secularism i.e. separation of church and state upon which the country was founded and Fairclotch makes his case about the ways the the Theocrats hurt all Americans and children in particular and provides his plan for restoring the country. Here’s what some folks have to say about the book:

 “What does the erosion of America’s noble separation of church and state the basis of the first secular government in the world have to do with your everyday life? In this lively and historically grounded survey of the way we live now, the author explains why the thirty-year-old assault on church-state separation affects all of us from children who are not getting a world-class education in science because of fundamentalist interference with the teaching of biology to soldiers subjected to evangelical proselytizing on military bases. Nothing could be more timely than this reminder that the founders left God out of the Constitution to provide citizens of every faith and no faith the freedom to act on their consciences. We ignore this historic liberty, the gift of America’s founding generation, at our peril.”

–Susan Jacoby, Author of Freethinkers: A History of American Secularism and The Age of American Unreason

Shocking! Will keep you on the edge of your seat! Sean Faircloth is doing such important work. There’s not a doubt in my mind that if he was (suddenly, inexplicably) zapped back in time to meet Thomas Jefferson, that the Founding Father would clap him on the shoulder and say ‘Thanks.’”
–Adam Savage, MythBusters co-host and executive producer.

Book 3 was Joshua Foer’s Moonwalking with Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything, which I’ll write about later.

But for now Let’s Go “Down in the Swamp” with those girls with guitars – Samantha Fish, Cassie Taylor and Dani Wilde