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Born and raised in Oklahoma, in small towns until college. Married after 3 years of college; transferred from Oklahoma City University to Central State for our final year. Left Oklahoma for New Mexico with fresh BS degrees, mainly because of climate and racial climate there. Never regretted the choice. Masters degree from the University of New Mexico; 39 years of teaching in public and private schools. We've been in Albuquerque over 50 years now. Four kids, now all grown; 7 grandkids. Over time I realized I was a secular humanist, joined the Humanist Society of New Mexico in 1995, and was its president from 2000 to 2006. What do Humanists believe? Here's one statement: "Humanism is an ethical philosophy that derives its principles from science and reason rather than theology. It asserts the worth and dignity of every person, advocates personal liberty tempered by social and environmental responsibility, and promotes democracy, compassion, and justice. It sees human beings as natural organisms, whose values arise from culture and experience, and holds humanity responsible for its own affairs." Just hard work to deal with problems, not magical solutions. Politically progressive, a strong believer in using government to solve social and economic problems.