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North Texas Objectivist Society (NTOS) Message Board › The Objective Life: Newsletter of NTOS - Feb. 13, 2009

The Objective Life: Newsletter of NTOS - Feb. 13, 2009

Old T.
Group Organizer
Dallas, TX
Newsletter of The North Texas Objectivist Society­

“My philosophy, in essence, is the concept of man as a heroic being, with his own happiness as the moral purpose of his life, with productive achievement as his noblest activity, and reason as his only absolute.” —Ayn Rand


Organizational Updates
Sense of Life Member Profile
Member Announcements
Productive Works & Ventures
Objectivist Activism
Upcoming Events
Odds & Ends

Organizational Updates

Sherry Karr has been appointed an Assistant Organizer, and has taken the lead on the NTOS Newsletter.

We are pleased to announce that two new offshoots of NTOS have been formed:

East Texas Objectivist Society (ETOS)­
Mark, one of our members in East Texas, is the Assistant Organizer for this Meetup group, and will be handling events for ETOS. If you might be interested in meeting with people in that area, please visit the meetup group site for more information:­

Oklahoma Objectivist Society.­
Karen is the Assistant Organizer for this Meetup group, and will be handling events for OKOS
If you might be interested in meeting with people in that area, please visit the meetup group site for more information:­

Sense of Life Member Profile: Emily Connery
Emily Connery and her husband Scott have been regular attendees at NTOS events for over a year now. In discussing her profile for this newsletter, Emily stressed that her husband, her philosophy, and her work are what make her so deeply happy. Understanding Emily's background helps us to understand why that is.

Education has always been extremely important to Emily. Growing up she was always disappointed in the school systems she attended. She did not attend school in 8th grade, but gave it another shot in 9th. However, she realized that she would be better off teaching herself than relying on others, so the rest of high school she taught herself at home. Two life changing events occurred in her senior year of high school: she read Atlas Shrugged and met her future husband, Scott.

After finishing her studies at home, Emily enrolled in St. John's in Santa Fe. She studied all of the great thinkers throughout Western Civilization, from Plato to Einstein (although Ayn Rand was not offered there). Through her studies, she learned that if you actually study philosophy it's even more absurd than you think. It was through being thoroughly disgusted with every other philosopher and having Scott coach her through Objectivism that she truly became an Objectivist.

In 2006, Emily and Scott married, and moved back to Dallas. Scott found NTOS through, and they now consider the group their chosen family. Both are currently Montessori teachers at The Windsong Montessori School, and hope to have their own school one day, providing a rational foundation to generations of children in the future.

For those that have not had an opportunity to sit and chat with Emily, you will find that it is well worth the time and effort to do so.

Sense of Life Member Profile Update on John Davis's Africa Bike Trek:
Per our previous newsletter, John is currently on a bike tour through Africa. For updates on his progress, please take a few minutes to visit his site: http://www.crazyguyon...­
John provides vivid pictures and narratives on his trip in Egypt so far. We encourage you to check out the link, as the photos and details of his trip are truly amazing!

Member Personal Announcements

Birth Announcements:
Tom & Pam welcomed their son Tristan into the world on February 12th, 2009. Congratulations Tom and Pam! We look forward to meeting Tristan and welcoming him into the NTOS family.

Travis & Sherry Karr celebrate their 10th wedding anniversary on February 19th. Travis has graciously agreed to extend the marriage contract for at least a few more years, despite Sherry’s domestic engineering disabilities.

Birth Days:
Julia (Mrs. Old Toad) on February 25th
Scott Connery on March 4th
Old Toad on March 17th

Productive Works & Business Ventures by NTOS Members
(Please note: although run by current NTOS members, any group, business or website listed is independently run by those members, not NTOS. Please remember that the responsibility for organization and content is solely the responsibility of those members, and not NTOS. Please contact the owner directly with any questions regarding their groups or websites.)

Lisa Dolby has launched a new website http://www.capitalist...­. Lisa has been a trader for several years, and the site offers commentary on the market, as well as trading advice. She will be updating her sight soon to detail the specific consulting services she offers.

Anna Lively’s website­ showcases her experience as an actress and singer. Anna has appeared in numerous productions on TV, film, and theater, as well as two cds out, which are available at her site.

David Veskler posted recently regarding his new investment strategy on the Meetup message board here:­. This particular thread details what David is doing personally to protect his investments in this economic downturn.

Member Objectivist Activism

NTOS Organizers would like to thank all that raised the funds necessary to schedule the upcoming visit and lecture by Dr. John Lewis in April, 2009. The members that have helped make this event possible are:
Todd & Julia
Franco & JulieAnne
Jeff Meek
John & SueAnne
Sam & Carol
Doug & Pennie
Josh Zerin
Mike Rael
Several more NTOS members came forward to offer funds, but since the $1200 goal was reached, NTOS Organizers were able to schedule Dr. Lewis’ visit. (Please see Upcoming Events for more details on this event.) The rest of the expenses for this event are expected to be covered by attendance. We are continuing to think about ways to build attendance to help make our speaker events more self-supporting in the future.

Jeff Meek is would like a few more volunteers to work on a video project promoting Objectivism. Please contact him through Meetup if interested. More details can be found on the message board:­
If interested, please contact Jeff through Meetup’s message system:­

Upcoming Events

Please take note of the upcoming events scheduled on our Calendar, and please RSVP Yes, Maybe or NO.

Tutankhamun @ the DMA! Rescheduled to Sunday, FEBRUARY 15, 2009­

Located at the Dallas Museum of Art, this exhibit explores the Egyptian King Tutankhamun. A fun an educational event for all! After viewing the exhibit, please join us for dinner. It is suggested that anyone attending purchase tickets online if possible to avoid waiting in lines at the museum. http://dallasmuseumof...­

NTOS Engagement Party for David & Sarah @ the Ranch, Saturday, Feb 21, 2009­
Please join us in celebrating David & Sarah’s engagement! If you are new to NTOS, please feel free to come!

19th NTOS Meet After Work in Dallas - Thurs. Feb 26, 2009 - 6:30pm - 8:30 pm­
Come join other NTOS members for a relaxed visit at Café Express after work.

Symposium in Austin: "Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged--Celebrating the Best Within Us" MARCH 4, 2009­
This is our first out of town "field trip". The lecture is at UT Austin, with four respected speakers, including Dr. Onkar Ghate, Senior Fellow at the Ayn Rand Institute. The lectures are free to the public. There is a reception after the lectures, and those staying later may want to meet for dinner.

Scott's Birthday Dinner on Sat. March 7, 2009 @ La Madeleine­
Come celebrate Scott Connery’s birthday at La Madeleine!

NTOS Social @ Doug & Pennie's! Sat, Mar 14, 2009 @ 6:30 pm!­
Doug and Pennie have graciously offered to open their home for a Meetup in March. This is an adult only event, so please leave the little ones at home.

Dr. John Lewis Speaking to NTOS on Friday, April 17, 2009 @ 7:00PM!­
Dr. John Lewis will lecture on Ayn Rand on American Culture. This is a lecture exclusively for NTOS members and guest, so be sure to RSVP and follow instructions on signing up for this event.
SOCIAL w/ Dr. John Lewis @ the Ranch! Sat, April 18, 2009, 7:00pm!­
An opportunity to visit with Dr. John Lewis and a small group of NTOS members that attend his lecture scheduled the previous night.

Possible future events:

For the past few years, NTOS members have gone to the Scarborough Faire in Waxachie. It is a fun time for all. Sherry and Travis are checking into the possibility of getting discounted tickets for the Faire. An update will be provided in the coming weeks.

We would also like to put together future events, such as viewing a movie together, or dinner out on a Saturday or Sunday evening. If you have a suggestion for a movie, restaurant or another event, please contact Todd through Meetup.

Odds & Ends

On a February 15th from Atlas Shrugged:
"I am supposed to deliver to Taggart Transcontinental, on February fifteenth, sixty thousand tons of rail, which is to give you three hundred miles of track. You will receive—for the same sum of money—eighty thousand tons of rail, which will give you five hundred miles of track. You know what material is cheaper and lighter than steel. Your rail will not be steel, it will be Rearden Metal. Don't argue, object or agree. I am not asking for your consent. You are not supposed to consent or to know anything about it. I am doing this and I alone will be responsible. We will work it so that those on your staff who'll know that you've ordered steel, won't know that you've received Rearden Metal, and those who'll know that you've received Rearden Metal, won't know that you had no permit to buy it. We will tangle the bookkeeping in such a way that if the thing should ever blow up, nobody will be able to pin anything on anybody, except on me. They might suspect that I bribed someone on your staff, or they might suspect that you were in on it, but they won't be able to prove it. I want you to give me your word that you will never admit it, no matter what happens. It's my Metal, and if there are any chances to take, it's I who'll take them. I have been planning this from the day I received your order. I have ordered the copper for it, from a source which will not betray me. I did not intend to tell you about it till later, but I changed my mind. I want you to know it tonight—because I am going on trial tomorrow for the same kind of crime."
She had listened without moving. At his last sentence, he saw a faint contraction of her cheeks and lips; it was not quite a smile, but it gave him her whole answer: pain, admiration, understanding.
Then he saw her eyes becoming softer, more painfully, dangerously alive—he took her wrist, as if the tight grasp of his fingers and the severity of his glance were to give her the support she needed—and he said sternly, "Don't thank me—this is not a favor—I am doing it in order to be able to bear my work, or else I'll break like Ken Danagger."

Have questions, comments or suggestions for the NTOS newsletter?
Please contact the Organizer via Meetup or Sherry Karr at
Old T.
Group Organizer
Dallas, TX
Post #: 987
Sorry, a couple grammar errors in the Newsletter are my fault, not Sherry's.
-- OT
Plano, TX
Post #: 911
Just a reminder - PLEASE email me if you want an anniversary, birthday or another announcement included in the newsletter.
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