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Baseball: Yawn

I tried, really tried, to watch most of the World Series. After all, it's supposedly the national pasttime, whatever that means. Hot dogs, apple pie, and all that jazz. But, my goodness, it's paint-drying boring. 

For evidence as to how much I cared, in a one run game, last night, I went to bed after 8 innings. Like the last 2 minutes of a football game, I figured it would take at least 45 minutes to finish the game. Besides, my team (K.C., in this case) usually loses (witness Chi…


Added by Randall Smith on October 30, 2014 at 7:28am — No Comments

Radical Humanists in the Hood: Moving Social Justice 2014

By Sikivu Hutchinson

It was fittin g that the recent "Moving Social Justice" conference in Los Angeles coincided with the Week of Resistance in Ferguson and a Week of Action against school push-out of black and brown youth.  In the midst of massive mobilizations around state violence and police terrorism much ink has been…


Added by Shutch on October 30, 2014 at 1:09am — No Comments

My Grandfather, Alphonse Fulgentino Jules Denoo

My Grandfather, Alphonse Fulgentino Jules Denoo, born in Ruddervoorde, West Vlaanderen, Belgium in 1877, told me he came to the United States in 1900, and travelled by train to Escanaba, Michigan. He lived there for a while in a Belgian community and decided he wanted to get away from his Belgian language. He went by train to Seattle. He reported to me that he rode a horse from Seattle, through Moses Coulee, to Spokane, and then to Emida, Idaho. He met and married my grandmother…


Added by Joan Denoo on October 29, 2014 at 10:28pm — 3 Comments

Why I am Apposed to Religion

At first as an atheist I was not apposed to religion. I didn't believe it, but I was perfectly fine with letting those who do alone. However over time I began seeing religion as more of a problem. I have a lot of friends who I respect that are religious, but their beliefs are very limiting. People with potential choose to limit themselves in order to comply with a deity that they have never seen in order to enjoy permanent bliss after they die.

A lot of my reason for thinking this… Continue

Added by Steve on October 29, 2014 at 10:21pm — 4 Comments

Permaculture 1

Forty years ago, on July 1, 1974 I bought an old house that was the most decrepit in the neighborhood. The plumbing and electrical system needed replacing, and the roof had a swag. Mice overran the house and property. Volunteer trees and weeds filled the garden with healthy growth.

The house sits on the edge of a swamp, created by fire, ice…


Added by Joan Denoo on October 29, 2014 at 3:06pm — No Comments


It is very nice being 78 years old and able to rest after a life of very hard work and great interest in people. Mountains, rivers and valleys interest me, too, and I wonder why they exist, what elements make them,…


Added by Joan Denoo on October 28, 2014 at 11:01pm — 6 Comments

A Change Is Gonna Come...

From Wikipedia:

A Change Is Gonna Come" is a song by American singer-songwriter Sam…


Added by Deidre on October 28, 2014 at 9:00pm — 8 Comments

Fear masquerading as politics

"I Know What Boys Like


Added by Joan Denoo on October 27, 2014 at 8:12pm — 10 Comments

Reply to Ian’s bar mitzva invitation (not sent)

I recently received an invitation to the bar mitzvah of the son of my first cousin; this ceremony is, as you may know, the induction of the youngster into Jewish adulthood.

Bar/bat mitzvah invitations have been getting cuter, trendier, and ever more adolescent in form and content, as if we needed to be reminded that it’s all in honor of a child whom we pretend has reached some sort of milestone.

I just got a chance to see my own invitation (1956), in a photo album I salvaged…


Added by Alan Perlman on October 27, 2014 at 3:42pm — 13 Comments


Underlying all our agricultural land is the bedrock of ancient granites, sandstones, or sedimentary rocks from the time when the continental N America was a sea bed. That land mass rose to form the continent. The glaciation coming from the North Pole reached into northern USA areas.

During the end of the Ice Age, huge piles of gravel and moraine remained, forming the Great Lakes and many of the lakes in my area of the Palouse. The ice pushed top soil off much of Canada and redeposited…


Added by Joan Denoo on October 27, 2014 at 3:11pm — 1 Comment

Managing feelings of anger, fear, grief, stress ...

it takes training, practice, even exercise to learn the skills that it takes to be calm in the face of chaos. Doctors have to learn it when they are in medical school. They have to learn how to focus on a case at hand even as the roof collapses around them. Hunters have to learn how to concentrate and not let a sound or movement detract them from their prey. People with temper problems can learn to manage the energy that is produced by the fight or flight part of the brain, the amygdala. The…


Added by Joan Denoo on October 26, 2014 at 10:33pm — 4 Comments

Talking Over Women

Men talk over women too much. The atheist community would be better if we did that less. Let's do it less.

Added by Jonathan Tweet on October 26, 2014 at 10:35am — 17 Comments

Damn Windows 8.x Spawn of Satan! Damn! Damn!

I am forced to use Windows, my program at work will only work with the damn vile awkward heinous Windows product.  When my old computer quit working - because I dropped it - the new ones only came with Windows 8.0.  I tolerated this downgrade because had no choice - stupid program, awkward, less user friendly, takes more clicks and more actions to do the  same stuff.  Over the past year or so, it asks me if I want 8.1 and I always say no.  Stop asking me, dammit!  Leave me…


Added by Daniel W (Sentient Biped) on October 26, 2014 at 10:30am — 27 Comments

Are you going to crutch today? by Michael Pennington

"Sometimes I just miss the crutch. How well said. Let's look at other crutches now. "That boy is going to grow up to be president" - and you feel good. "Sam is going to be a rocket scientist"-- and Sam feels good. We see then in daily life the benefits of the crutch.

Take it into religion then with a Sunday morning where one person asks the other "are you going to crutch today?" (I had to throw that in there because this is what it really is.)…


Added by Joan Denoo on October 26, 2014 at 12:05am — 2 Comments

Belle's funeral: epilogue

Thanks to all those who commented on my pre-funeral anxieties and other issues.  Things went quite smoothly in PA,  because the funeral was held in the social hall, where we also ate after the burial. So no religious problems.  I saw another funeral being held in the holy sanctuary but was told that they usually hold funerals in the social room, and the event in the sanctuary followed a sudden death.  So Belle is off to that Great Kosher(-Style) Deli in the sky, where every meal is brunch…


Added by Alan Perlman on October 25, 2014 at 4:22pm — 5 Comments

Scruffy, Gnarly, Sometimes Grouchy, Loyal, Beautiful, Beloved Old Dogs

Huffington Post  This Mesmerizing Photo Series Captures The Regal Beauty Of Aging Dogs

source, for more old dog photos


My own best friend, and his best friend.  …


Added by Daniel W (Sentient Biped) on October 25, 2014 at 12:41pm — 7 Comments

"sometimes, I just miss the crutches"

This is an answer I gave to a friend who wrote to me, "sometimes, I just miss the crutches". 

Of course you miss the experiences you had as a christian. There was community, music, probably some fun and games, Interesting stories, probably made interesting because they were myths. We all enjoy a good myth, especially if it involved murdering thy neighbor or bashing babies heads against the stone walls, or thrusting a sword through the bellies of babies or pregnant mothers. 



Added by Joan Denoo on October 25, 2014 at 12:09pm — 6 Comments

Sandra Fluke, raises her voice to defend and protect survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault.

'Silence Encourages the Tormentor, Never the Tormented'  ~ Elie Wiesel.

"Many take our freedom of speech for granted, especially in a noisy election season, or when the Supreme Court denigrates its importance through decisions like Citizens United. But for too many victims, the freedom to speak up about the nightmare of…


Added by Joan Denoo on October 24, 2014 at 10:24pm — 1 Comment

Laff and Happiness

All credit to Al Green for writing a song that could butcher in the name of humor. Two nights ago I strapped on my guitar, wearing it low and to the side like and old-time gun slinger. After setting up my gear, a few minutes passed before the director came in and counted it off.

From there we kicked up a Texas dust storm. Three hours later it was done and all the musicians were ready to call it a night. Until one of the audience members recognized and obviously thought it was a good… Continue

Added by Donald R Barbera on October 24, 2014 at 12:08pm — 7 Comments

allergies getting better

I had another dog allergy reaction yesterday. 

I had stopped on my bicycle by the side of the road to give someone directions, and I was chatting with them a bit, while wearing my allergy mask. 

Someone turned in near me with a large dog in their car ... and even though I was wearing the mask, it made me sick.

So I do still have to worry about dogs in cars :(

But, even though I'm still extremely sensitive to dogs, my allergic reactions are less severe.



Added by Luara on October 24, 2014 at 9:38am — 2 Comments

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