Thursday, August 17, 2017

"A Perfect Solar Eclipse"

"What if those things that make a planet habitable, that is, conducive to beings like us, also make that planet the best observer platform for making scientific discoveries?  

"The nature of our planet, the nature of its atmosphere, its location in the solar system, the type of solar system it's in, even the type of star that we're around and its location in the galaxy are optimal for making a wide range of scientific discoveries.  It turns out those are also the most important conditions for a habitable planet, without which we could not survive. 

"I think that's just the sort of pattern that ought to suggest to people conspiracy and not just mere coincidence." Jay Richards, Discovery Institute, from the 5-minute video "A Perfect Solar Eclipse," at

Saturday, July 1, 2017

MUM: The Conscience, Courage, and Compassion of Barbara Reynolds

MUM: The Conscience, Courage and Compassion of Barbara Reynolds: June 12, 1915 - February 11, 1990 by [Renshaw, Jessica Reynolds] 

Wikipedia describes her as an American author who became a Quaker, peace activist and educator.

Barbara Leonard Reynolds was best known for her 18 years in Hiroshima being a friend and advocate for survivors of the nuclear bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. During the 1960s, she escorted two groups of hibakusha (bomb survivors) around the world so they could plead with members of Congress, delegates to the United Nations, teachers, students, churches, and peace groups never to let nuclear war happen to anyone again.

For her humanitarian efforts on their behalf and for founding the World Friendship Center in Hiroshima (1965) the mayor of Hiroshima gave her the key to the city and made her an honorary citizen of Hiroshima. Barbara dined with the Prime Minister of Japan and was declared a "National Living Treasure." Posthumously (2011) a monument was erected to her in Hiroshima's Peace Memorial Park, their Ground Zero.

She spent the last 10 years of her life in Southern California helping Cambodian and Vietnamese refugees but she never stopped helping the hibakusha.

She wrote 8 books—including a murder mystery, four children's novels and her spiritual autobiography, The Phoenix and the Dove. She co-authored (with her husband) All in the Same Boat.

This look at both Barbara's public and private lives was written, with admiration and candor, by her daughter Jessica.

Monday, April 10, 2017


Just published on Amazon and Barnes&Noble websites...
During the Cold War (1958), an American family, a Japanese yachtsman--and a cat--sailed their 50-foot yacht, Phoenix of Hiroshima, into the Pacific Proving Ground to challenge American atmospheric nuclear testing.

Dr. Earle Reynolds designed and built the boat while doing a 3-year study for the Atomic Energy Commission on the effects of nuclear radiation on the growth and development of children who survived Hiroshima.
The family--Earle, Barbara, Ted (2) and Jessica (14), with Nick Mikami--had just completed 3-1/2 years of a world cruise. They returned to Honolulu, ready for the last leg of their journey back to Hiroshima.
But the same government agency which had commissioned Earle's research on radiation was now testing nuclear weapons in the Pacific and had declared 390,000 square miles of ocean off-limits to Americans. The route the Phoenix had to take was right through this forbidden zone.
Now the voyage of pleasure became one of protest... In 1961 the Reynolds family also sailed to Nakhodka, USSR, to protest Soviet nuclear testing... During the Vietnam war, other crews sailed her to Vietnam 3 times to take medical supplies to the Red Cross there.

Decades later, the Phoenix sank in the Sacramento River. A tax-exempt corporation has been formed as her new owner, to raise and restore Phoenix of Hiroshima. For more information:


Jessica grew up in Hiroshima soon after World War 2. Now a wife, mother, and grandmother, Jessica describes herself as "anti-nuke" and "pro-life."

Jessica had part of her journal of her family's travels around the world published at 14 (Jessica's Journal). Her book To Russia with Love was published when she was 17. (Available from the Peace Resource Center, Wilmington College in Wilmington, Ohio.)
Her recently released biography of her mother is MUM: The Conscience, Courage and Compassion of Barbara Reynolds.

She has written two pro-life books: a biography, Gianna: Aborted and Lived to Tell About It and a novel, Compelling Interests.
Her novel New Every Morning, about a father-daughter relationship after he develops dementia, is sub-titled, "He hurt her. Now he is at her mercy. A different kind of love story."