It’s nice to hear your story. Your reading list looks really interesting. I’m in the middle of The Varieties of Scientific Experience : A Personal View of the Search for God after listening to back logs of POI and hearing Ann’s interview. I have never wanted to read as many books as I do right now. Also, I just purchased the movie Contact after it came up in a discussion with my brother. What a great movie, it has been a long time since I last watched it. I remember being frustrated the first time, that you never see what the aliens looked like, and now I realized how much more creative that encounter is compared to all the generick alien encounters in science fiction history. That intro is an excellent update to the powers of 10 video many of us know and I am sure your daughter will, some day, appreciate the father daughter relationship that is soo strong in that film.
I’m not sure that CFI is the proper place for this, but It would be great to have an accomidating schedule to discuss and explore, in more detail, the great books that many CFI readers enjoy.