My husband and Howard and I have been NJHN members for several years, at least since it met at the People Center in Bridgewater, time flies when you’re having fun. We live in Watchung, on a mountain, in the woods, surrounded by nature. I have been a professor at Union County College for almost 30 years. I teach Computer Information Systems, which is using Microsoft Office Software and Internet. I try to teach about how computers affect our lives as well as the mechanics of using them. I tweet under the username sumware
, usually stuff about learning.
Speaking of time flying, Howard and I are empty nesters, our older son Adam lives in NYC with his wonderful wife Christine. Our younger son, Noah, is at Johns Hopkins University, a budding Biomedical/Electrical Engineer. You notice the two biblical names? Both Howard and I were brought up Jewish. Not super religious; though Howard’s mother kept a Kosher home, while he and his dad enjoyed cheeseburgers outside the home. We named Adam after the first bible dude because it is a Jewish custom to name your child after a dead relative (it is an Eastern European tradition, not all Jews, since if a child is named after someone living then the Angel of Death could come down to earth and take the wrong person!) We did not want our parents fighting over which dead grandpa we were naming our son after so we selected a relative from “both sides”. Then when Noah arrived 11 years later, we chose that name for the same reason. Besides we like the names, and they would be easy for the boys to learn to spell.
We attend NJHN meetings pretty regularly, enjoying the company and conversation at the Stage House meal afterwards. Last year we went to the Humanist convention in Boston, and I took the train down for the recent Reason Rally preceded by the Day of Lobbying training sponsored by the Secular Coalition for America. Every so often we join Enid at Madison Atheists.
I am an “out” Humanist. I tell folks that I am a Humanist and usually have to explain what that is. I try to do my share (more if possible) of helping people via volunteering. We give blood every couple of months. Howard is retired and volunteers of the Union County College Foundation. Each month Howard goes to the Whole Foods in Union and fills the car with the unsold bread and the next morning I deliver the loaves and loaves of bread to the Soup Kitchen run by Grace Church in Plainfield. A half a dozen times a years or so, Howard and I go to end booksale “bag day” where we purchase a dozen grocery bag full of children’s books. I store these in my garage and deliver a 100 or so every few weeks to fill a bookcase in the pediatric waiting room of the Plainfield Health Center
. When I do this stuff I make a point of telling those who thank me or say what a good person I am to tell them I am a Humanist. PS If you have a hoard of children’s books, or know where I can get them cheap, please contact me.
Enough (too much) said. Thanks Lisa and Tim for setting up this board (and ALL the other work you do for NJHN!) I am on the Internet several hours a day and will post the Humanist (atheist) stuff I find.