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Wonder More Committee plans all the spoken word parts of Sunday Assembly's one-of-a-kind monthly secular service or show or event or lalapalooza. Please join us. We'll start with a run-through of the reading and trying-my-best segments for the upcoming Sunday. Next we'll talk over names of people that might be invited to be future speakers and plan themes, nominate hosts to emcee for us and do everything else that makes this amazing event fun and educational every month. Nicole D. is our committee chair. Message any host of this meetup if you have questions or concerns.
Our September book is Madness: a Bipolar life by Marya Hornbacher. Ms. Hornbacher is our speaker for Sept Assembly. About the book: An astonishing dispatch from inside the belly of bipolar disorder, reflecting major new insights When Marya Hornbacher published her first book, Wasted: A Memoir of Anorexia and Bulimia, she did not yet have the piece of shattering knowledge that would finally make sense of the chaos of her life. At age twenty-four, Hornbacher was diagnosed with Type I rapid-cycle bipolar, the most severe form of bipolar disorder. In Madness, in her trademark wry and utterly self-revealing voice, Hornbacher tells her new story. Through scenes of astonishing visceral and emotional power, she takes us inside her own desperate attempts to counteract violently careening mood swings by self-starvation, substance abuse, numbing sex, and self-mutilation. How Hornbacher fights her way up from a madness that all but destroys her, and what it is like to live in a difficult and sometimes beautiful life and marriage -- where bipolar always beckons -- is at the center of this brave and heart-stopping memoir. Madness delivers the revelation that Hornbacher is not alone: millions of people in America today are struggling with a variety of disorders that may disguise their bipolar disease. And Hornbacher's fiercely self-aware portrait of her own bipolar as early as age four will powerfully change, too, the current debate on whether bipolar in children actually exists. Ten years after Kay Redfield Jamison's An Unquiet Mind, this storm of a memoir will revolutionize our understanding of bipolar disorder. If you get through the book or not come and chat for a bit. Bring snacks if you so desire. I'm not really sure what I'll make just yet. Let us know if you have any allergies. I do have a dog.
Due to scheduling conflicts, we had to move September's meeting to October 2, which is great news because it gives you more time to read this month's book, Living with a Wild God: A Nonbeliever's Search for the Truth about Everything by Barbara Ehrenreich. A life-long atheist, Ehrenreich wrestles with what many would interpret as a mystical experience and what it means in the grand scheme of things. We'll be meeting at Andrea's house. Bring a snack or beverage to share if you like. Parking is available on the street.
Please join us for our annual bonfire! This year, it’s extra special because we will be joined by attendees from Reassembly, the international Sunday Assembly conference being held in Nashville. As usual, we are meeting at group camping site #1, which is through the gates just past the ranger station. Once you are through the gates, the group camp site is immediately on the left. SAN will provide hot dogs (both meat and vegan), s’mores makings, and bottles of water as well as plates, etc. If you can bring a side dish, it would be appreciated. :)