Joan Denoo's Blog (113)

From ignorance to Enlightenment

I, as so many others of my generation, grew up in tightly knit christian farming communities with little exposure to "other" races and religions. We were taught that Roman Catholics and Jews were of the devil and the only way to heaven was through the christ.

WW II changed all that. Strong, young men were swept out of the farming communities to go to war or to building wartime facilities. My father and uncles went away for the duration of the war, with the exception of one uncle who…

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Added by Joan Denoo on January 23, 2015 at 12:49pm — 7 Comments

I have seen the Earth change

Added by Joan Denoo on January 10, 2015 at 12:03am — No Comments

Debunkers

There are some special members of Atheist Nexus who work at debunking the bunk that exists in this world. Superstition controls many lives, and many suffer unnecessarily because of it. 

One such person is BIPLAB DAS, a 34 year old male from West Bengal, India. His photos reveal the gross nature of practices common in his community. His worthy story deserves attention. We can supply him moral support and perhaps some can…

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Added by Joan Denoo on January 6, 2015 at 4:20pm — 2 Comments

Religion puts society out of balance because of attitudes, beliefs, customs, traditions and values

In this 21st century, society reflects misery and discontentment. The cause may spring from attitudes, beliefs, customs, traditions and values founded on desires and expectations of family, education, and culture. Society may be systemically out of balance.

I experience  many men and women in our dangerous era who appear to adhere to a culture of violence, punishment, retribution, threats of damnation and hate-mongering.…

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Added by Joan Denoo on January 5, 2015 at 10:40pm — No Comments

Religion puts society out of balance because of attitudes, beliefs, customs, traditions and values

In this 21st century, society reflects misery and discontentment. The cause may spring from attitudes, beliefs, customs, traditions and values founded on desires and expectations of family, education, and culture. Society may be systemically out of balance.

I experience  many men and women in our dangerous era who appear to adhere to a culture of violence, punishment, retribution, threats of damnation and hate-mongering.…

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Added by Joan Denoo on January 5, 2015 at 10:40pm — No Comments

The atheist does not say that there is no God ...

“Atheism is without God. It does not assert no God. The atheist does not say that there is no God, but he says 'I know not what you mean by God. I am without the idea of God. The word God to me is a sound conveying no clear or distinct affirmation. I do not deny God, because I cannot deny that of which I have no conception, and the conception of which by its affirmer is so imperfect that he is unable to define it for me.”…

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Added by Joan Denoo on January 3, 2015 at 5:56pm — 2 Comments

The Winter Solstice provides such a beautiful theme for the dark of winter.

The Winter Solstice provides such a beautiful theme for the dark of winter. The event happens at a specific time with the Earth tilting its north pole away from the sun in the north. Having Facebook friends in Australia, New Zealand and India, it is fun to share their summer solstice with them. Our family has a Yule log based on the Nordic tradition. Yule is the name of the old Winter Solstice festivals in Scandinavia. Winer Solstice provided a time of celebration around the …

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Added by Joan Denoo on January 2, 2015 at 3:47am — 2 Comments

China’s crop of outrageous new hotel designs

I was in Chin in the 1980s. I saw spotlessly clean streets with women out early each morning sweeping. I saw butchers slaughtering animals in open-air markets, blood streaming into the streets. There were no flies. I saw small rooms open to the street where people constructed electric irons for the world trade, even U.S. trademarks. I talked to people taking care of babies while their parents worked in factories. Mothers were allowed to take time to nurse their babies and it was not time…

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Added by Joan Denoo on December 14, 2014 at 6:01pm — 1 Comment

Green Roofs: Saving the Planet One Building at a Time

Advantages of green roof gardens: 

Aesthetic Improvement

Waste Diversion

Landfill Diversion

Stormwater Management

Moderation of Urban Heat Island Effect

New Amenity Spaces…

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Added by Joan Denoo on December 14, 2014 at 3:59pm — 5 Comments

Fractal History

Do you ever wonder, as I wondered, why a broccoli or cauliflower looks as it does? Why do animals have two legs or four legs, two eyes, or two nostrils? Why are rivers formed into dendritic patterns? Why do some crystals have dendrite patterns in them? What causes a snowflake to form into patterns? Why is every fingerprint different from every other one?

One day I heard a lecture and the speaker used a word I did not recognize. I discussed the word with the speaker afterwards and she…

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Added by Joan Denoo on December 6, 2014 at 10:05pm — 5 Comments

Capstone video: Rich ideas of substance: Chris Martenson, "Crash Course", economics.

Over the years, I ran across people and ideas that have important messages that we need to know about and understand. These are individuals and concept who look at the reality of our current situation and have ideas for solving problems and conflicts. The subjects range from economics, education, health care, permaculture, politics, religion, spirituality, and beyond. 

The first one I call attention to is Chris Martenson and his "Crash Course" in which he defines the state of the…

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Added by Joan Denoo on December 5, 2014 at 1:41pm — No Comments

I am an atheist bearing witness to atrocity of hate-mongering by people of the bible

People tell me that god is the god of love and justice. I read in the bible that truth will set me free. I also read a list of lies, distortions, delusions that rival any of Brothers Grimm's fairy tales. I read and see murders, genocides, obscenities to match any pornography of modern authors and wonder if anyone who believes in god has ever read this sacred book. I watch as people who claim to be full of love and compassion carry signs declaring hate for women's right to control their own…

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Added by Joan Denoo on November 24, 2014 at 11:24pm — 3 Comments

We need a new Social Contract, by D R (Donnie) Hosie

If there is no heaven or hell after we die, if there is only nothing, the same kind of nothing that existed before we were born, then we return to nothing when we die. Therefore, it seems to me we have to make full use of what little time we have. 

Realizing this is IT, that we have no second chance, no reincarnation,…

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Added by Joan Denoo on November 1, 2014 at 9:55pm — 6 Comments

How Jesus became God on Humanist Hour

Have you ever walked across the ice on a frozen lake and begin to see small cracks form under your feet? The cracks become bigger, making a pretty sound ... until you realize that the ice is not going to hold you and you have to change direction, and really fast or tragedy will occur?

That is what it was like for me when I believed in god and Jesus. I taught and was superintendent of Sunday schools, belonged to and held leadership roles in the women's bible study groups and outreach…

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Added by Joan Denoo on October 31, 2014 at 11:49am — 1 Comment

Samhain, pronounced "saw win" by some

"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.…

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Added by Joan Denoo on October 30, 2014 at 5:00pm — 1 Comment

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…

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Added by Joan Denoo on October 29, 2014 at 10:28pm — 5 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…

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

Feminism

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,…

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Added by Joan Denoo on October 28, 2014 at 11:01pm — 25 Comments

Fear masquerading as politics

"I Know What Boys Like

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

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