"While it’s been suggested that Jack-o-Lantern is genuinely old, there are no written references to it until 1663 when it’s referred to as “Jack with the Lantern.” Old Jack with the Lantern was one of many fairy tale stories featuring the trickster figure “Jack.” According to his Lantern tale, God wouldn’t accept Jack into heaven, and Satan wouldn’t accept him into hell, but Lucifer was nice enough to throw a burning ember of coal Jack’s way, which Jack then kept in a hollowed out turnip.…Continue
Added by Joan Denoo on October 30, 2014 at 5:00pm — No Comments
From the video:
"100+ instances of verbal street harassment took place within 10 hours, involving people of all backgrounds. This doesn't include the countless winks, whistles, etc."
They absolutely caught loads of bad behavior on…Continue
Thought this video relating to the history of Halloween, was both informative, and fun to watch...
My favorite time of year -- Halloween. There have been many varying stories behind the origin of Halloween, and this video shares a bit of…Continue
Sometimes, I feel like more of a Christian than some of the "Christians" I know.
Added by Visvakarman Svetasvatara-Upanish on October 30, 2014 at 4:06pm — No Comments
From this article in The Atlantic:
After an automobile crash, a young woman suspected of drunk driving was getting checked out for injuries. A California Highway Patrol officer, five-year veteran Sean Harrington, had her cell phone. He found a photo of her in a bikini. So he allegedly sent the image to his own…
Added by Čenek Sekavec on October 30, 2014 at 1:58pm — No Comments
Mine is Isaiah 5:3-4. Lots of beautiful stuff in Isaiah.
"And now, O inhabitants of Jerusalem, and men of Judah, judge, I pray you, betwixt me and my vineyard.
What could have been done more to my vineyard, that I have not done in it? wherefore, when I looked that it should bring forth grapes, brought it forth wild grapes?"
This is god inviting us to judge him upon his performance. Why, thanks very much god! I adjudge you a terrible filthy…Continue
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…Continue
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…Continue
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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…Continue
At first as an atheist I was not opposed 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…
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…Continue
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,…Continue
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…Continue
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…Continue
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…Continue
Men talk over women too much. The atheist community would be better if we did that less. Let's do it less.
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…Continue