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

The Objective Life: Newsletter of NTOS - April, 2009

Old T.
OldToad
Group Organizer
Dallas, TX
THE OBJECTIVE LIFE
Newsletter of The North Texas Objectivist Society
http://www.meetup.com...­

"Just as a proper society is ruled by laws, not by men, so a proper association is united by ideas, not by men, and its members are loyal to the ideas, not to the group. … When men are united by ideas, i.e., by explicit principles, there is no room for favors, whims, or arbitrary power: the principles serve as an objective criterion for determining actions and for judging men, whether leaders or members.”
—Ayn Rand

April 29, 2009 — VOLUME 1, NUMBER 4






Contents:
Sense of Life Member Profile
Member Personal Announcements
Productive Works & Ventures
Objectivist Activism
Message Board Highlights
Upcoming Events
Odds & Ends





Sense of Life Member Profile: Update on John Davis

Per our previous newsletter, John has been on a great bike tour through Africa. For updates on his progress, please take a few minutes to visit his site: http://www.crazyguyon...­

John completed his adventure in Malawi, and then moved on to Zambia with his group.

As usual, John does a great job of providing descriptions and pictures of the local scenery, wildlife and people in each town and city he travels through. He also provides some breathtaking pictures of Victoria Falls from the Zambia side:
http://www.crazyguyon...­

As well as from Zimbabwe:
http://www.crazyguyon...­

John suggests those following his trip online also check out the tour website: www.tourdafrique.com for more pictures (he is in a few of them as well).

Tip: if you don't have a lot of time to go through all the pictures, go to the website and click on Thumbnails, and that way you can just enlarge the pictures you are most interested in. The thumbnail link is:
http://www.crazyguyon...­





Member Personal Announcements
Santiago and Kelly were married this April. Santiago was a regular local member of NTOS while in TX, and he and Kelly visited NTOS a couple of times. They were married in Colorado, where they currently reside.





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.)


Rational Literature Discussion Group in Plano
Sherry and Travis are organizing a literature discussing group in Plano, to take place at least 2 Sunday afternoons per month. This book discussion group is designed to discuss works of various authors writing about (or influenced by) Ayn Rand or her philosophy Objectivism. This can include a complete book (fiction or non-fiction), or short stories, essays or articles found in compilations. Poetry and movie discussions are also a possibility for future meetings.

The first book that has been selected is “Objectivism In One Lesson” by Andrew Bernstein.

If interested, please join the group via FaceBook at the following link:
http://www.facebook.c...­





Message Board Highlights
Here are some links to various message board topics that you may find interesting to revisit, or read for the first time:

Dr. John Lewis' speech at the Charlotte Tea Party, and CapMag interview after
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Rational Love Quotes
Sarah is requesting rational love quotes – if you have any good quotes that embody love as a rational emotion, please post.
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Working on Wedding Vows
David & Sarah are working on wedding vows for their marriage ceremony this summer and they are looking for suggestions!
http://www.meetup.com...­

Please don’t be afraid to participate on the Meetup message board. A good discussion on the board can prompt good discussion in person, as well as give members an opportunity to clarify and continue conversations from events. Participating is not required, but has benefits: it can increase both anticipation of an event as well as participation in conversations with those that you may not have met before would have never have thought to seek out at an event.





Upcoming Events
Please take note of the upcoming events scheduled on our Meetup.com Calendar, and please RSVP! RSVP’ing to events all the organizers to ensure that there is enough food at The Ranch, or that an appropriate location/even has been selected to accommodate the size and interest of the group.

22nd NTOS Meet After Work in Dallas
- Thursday, April 30, 2009 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Café Express, Dallas
http://www.meetup.com...­

NTOS Presents 1st “Ladies Cocktail Therapy Night”
- Saturday, May 9th @ 7:00 pm - ???
Zen Restaurant Bar & Lounge
5064 Addison
Addison TX 75001
http://www.meetup.com...­

Possible future events:
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 Old Toad or Sherry through Meetup.





Odds & Ends
On a day in April, from Atlas Shrugged:
"Mr. Kinnan," said Dr. Ferris, "you must not make the old-fashioned mistake of drawing wide generalizations. Our policy has to be flexible. There are no absolute principles which—"
"Save it for Jim Taggart, Doc," said Fred Kinnan. "I know what I'm talking about. That's because I never went to college."


Have questions, comments or suggestions for the NTOS newsletter?
Please contact the Organizer via Meetup or Sherry Karr at sherrykarr@gmail.com to share any personal information you would like to have included in the newsletter. When requesting to have information in the newsletter published regarding your website, business, other groups, etc., it may be helpful to review the NTOS About Page to determine if based on the purpose and standards of NTOS if you are unsure if this is the proper place to broadcast your news.
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