I saw a mother with a baby in one of those slings that holds a baby on the chest of the carrier and she had a little child who looked about two years old. Mother tried to look for her products on the shelves, keep an eye on the one walking beside her, and quieting the baby.
It reminded me of those…Continue
Added by Joan Denoo on October 21, 2014 at 1:03am — No Comments
My three children were 10 years old in 1974 when we arrived in Spokane and started a new life. We lived in a camper tent and enjoyed the summer, but when winter came upon us, the camper was very cold. My grandmother had just closed down her home and moved to my parent's home. She had no need for all the blankets she made over the years of raising her own five children and another family of five children whom she raised after their parents died in the flue pandemic of 1918.
I am an atheist. I do not see any compelling evidence that god exists. The evidence presented to me by preacher, teacher, friends and family refers me to expressions of personal feelings, of euphoria, or some tell of how elevated they feel.
Response to my questions about other evidence usually results in referral to miracles they heard about; the reports turn out to be second or third hand. Too many claim recovery of some bad thing in their life in answer to prayer. All too often,…Continue
Just some off-the-cuff thoughts here. I've particularly been noticing when people in my life are resisting win-win solutions. My reaction is that I want to scream "Why do you resist that? It is best for everyone and particularly great for you! Are you insane? What is your malfunction?"
But this flits through my mind in a quarter second and then I return to normal. I remember the long process that I went through in learning how to think.
There is a latent but ever present fear…Continue
This Sunday's blog post is about atheism and Christianity in Denmark. Very different from here in the States.
"This picture was taken looking north on Cedar and Fourth near downtown Spokane, when runoff water was still choking catch basins and storm sewers from a flash flood in May 1957. In June of that same year, President Eisenhower declared Washington’s Grant and Lincoln counties and Idaho’s…Continue
Most of my family and friends live away from ocean coast lines and will not be affected by rising sea levels. The processes of ice sheets forming and melting have been occurring throughout history. My home in Spokane, WA was shaped by the flash…Continue
Added by Joan Denoo on October 18, 2014 at 5:44pm — No Comments
Every snippet of growing things, except diseased or pest ridden or with seeds or with plants that have runners that spread, go into my compost. The result is priceless mulch better than money can buy.
Several years ago I bought Encapsulated Earthworm Cocoons™ and buried them in my compost bins and into my box raised beds. I have an abundance of worms working my soil…Continue
Added by Joan Denoo on October 18, 2014 at 2:31pm — No Comments
~ "Senator James Inhofe, Republican of Oklahoma, openly denouncing the findings of climate scientists as a hoax."
~ "The Texas State Board of Education, which is dominated by religious…Continue
I am a strong advocate of knowing one's historical, cultural and genetic background. History matters in spite of all the efforts to leave traditions behind. For me, understanding my ancestor's Irish background helps me understand our familial hatred of anything government. Our family descended from Irish immigrants who left Ireland in the 1840s because of the Irish famine. It was a political famine, caused by British landowners not allowing the Irish farmers access to the grains they grew…Continue
We’ve all been there at some point. You log onto your favorite social media website like Facebook, and as you scroll through the many status updates in your news feed with highlights about your Aunt Martha’s cat, or your friend’s son that lost a tooth, you see this:Continue
When my three kids were 10 years old we started the tradition of sauerkraut making, outside, on a long table. We would pick the cabbages, put them in a large galvanized steel tub of water. One kiddo cut away the bad parts and weighed them. One started shredding on an antique shredder we found at a second hand store. Another child added the salt and several kids smashed it, working together in unison. The shredded and salted and smashed cabbage went into a big…Continue
When the Plague Hit Spokane, By Kenneth Knoll
September 5. The first case of the flu reported in Boston.
October 1, the Spokane City Health Department declared that some cases might be in Spokane but saw no need for alarm. The Department recommended covering the mouth and nose while sneezing and using antiseptic sprays and gargles to prevent infection.…Continue
Thanks to all who read my previous post. I found out today that Mom is in hospice and sinking fast, so I launched the letter (previous blog entry) to the Rabbi, slightly edited. Done and done, right? Not so fast. Here's the auto-reply:
Thank [sic] for your email.
I will not be reading my emails during the Jewish Holiday of Shemini Atzeret, Simchat Torah or the Sabbath following them.
I will look forward to reading and responding to my emails…Continue
Secular Societies Fare Better Than Religious Societies, If religion withers, does society rot? Clearly not.Continue
"The "Jesus mythicist" position is regarded by Christians as a fringe group. But after my research I tend to side with Remsburg—and Frank Zindler, John M. Allegro, Thomas Paine, Godfrey Higgins, Robert M. Price, Charles Bradlaugh, Gerald Massey, Joseph McCabe, Abner Kneeland, Alvin Boyd Kuhn, Harold Leidner, Peter Jensen, Salomon Reinach, Samuel Lublinski, Charles-François Dupuis, Rudolf Steck, Arthur Drews, Prosper Alfaric, Georges Ory, Tom Harpur, Michael Martin, John Mackinnon Robertson,…Continue
So as I title it "Four Decades Being Here" that it relates something that I have to tell you.
I have progressed four years here and all that I have learnt is 'Friendship'. Having this a site of Atheism and its views, I would postulate that it manifested me how to gather people by friendship. Not only I have fiddled my time away in discussions but also I spent a lot of time in chatting. Meet newbies sharing their thoughts realized the reality. There are lots of people I had hung out and…
I guess we are deciding that according to where it fits. If our boyfriend-girlfriend has broke up with us , ta-daa love becomes just an obsession to a man/woman . But if we are fallen in love with s.body or s.thing love becomes the most great thing of life.
Why we are acting like that ? And what we are really thinking while deciding about ?
It is not essential to believe in God or in the historical Jesus or in Christianity. What resonates for me is a deeper meaning than prayers or ritual or litanies can provide. It is an awareness and understanding of who I am, personally, and professionally. It is in being able to think and reason and pay attention to what is real and distinguish that which is superstition or tradition. It is being willing and able to think of others, including other…Continue