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Men who challenge men to stop violence

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Idaho Spud Jan 9. 19 Replies

Many men join in the effort to reduce violence against women and children and other men. He speaks of the need to place responsibility on men instead of focusing on women to stop violence. He offers a breath of fresh air, as do so many of the men on…Continue

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Comment by Idaho Spud on December 30, 2016 at 12:24pm

My first name is Francis.  My dad's middle name was Francis.  His dad's first name was Francis, and it went like that for a number of generations.  I don't know how many because, at present, I can't find the genealogical tree my mother made.

Francis is the 70th most popular male name in Idaho.  Frances is the 35th most popular female name.

I can remember some references to "Francis the Talking Mule" in grade school, because it was a show on TV or radio at the time.

I don't remember that reference bothering me much, but if I would have had children, I would not have given any that name because a lot of people don't seem to like calling me Francis.  Some have tried calling me Frank, but I tell them I don't like that name.  People also get it confused with the female name.

For a few months when I went to northern Idaho for some schooling, I decided to see how it would go if I went by my middle name, Lynn.  When I came back, I went back to Francis because I just found that Lynn didn't do anything for me.

When we were young, my siblings called me Francie.  We all called each other their name with ie added on the end.

Comment by Idaho Spud on December 30, 2016 at 12:08pm

I also hated my aunts kisses.  She was demonstrative, while my family was shy and introverted.  We never kissed or hugged, or said I love you.  We may have been better off if we had, but my parents showed us love in other ways.

They were very kind.  They never called us negative names, never raised their voice to us, and never paddled us.  My dad was the kindest man I've ever known.

Comment by Ian Mason on December 30, 2016 at 12:44am

Yes, Carl, auntie kisses are horrible when you're a child. Nice 'grumpy' too.

As far as anyone can trace it, my family has come from agricultural labourers. The best that the 1800s can present is one case of literacy. Like many others, we moved from country to town in the 1900s. I think I remember stories of some 'conshies' on my mother's side during WW1.

It's so easy for the elite to get away with their parasitic lives. As usual they blame anything that's 'other' .

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on December 29, 2016 at 8:46pm

Articles about the growing income disparity appear at Alternet and such, just not mainstream media which is owned by the wealthy elites sucking it all up.

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 29, 2016 at 8:04pm

Carl, you give a perfect description of how little old ladies act and how little young boys respond. Those damned hair stubbles don't seem to be capable of softness, either. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 29, 2016 at 8:01pm

Ian, The shirt is perfect! 

Daniel, I agree, curmudgeons unite!. Also, I love the Gandhi quote. 

Plinius, we need a status symbol for the number of people when each one of us ruffles someone's feathers. Maybe a name tag with one feather for each ruffle.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on December 29, 2016 at 7:53pm

I love all the meanings behind names.  Very interesting.  

We have a few names that keep getting recycled in our family generation after generation. Among them are Carl, James, and Ross.  Ross is actually a surname from my family tree but it has been used as a first and middle name in my family as well. 

I had a great-aunt Violet, which sounds sweet, but I always hated getting kissed by her when I was a kid.  Her kisses were hard, wet smacks, and I could feel the hair stubble on my cheek from her upper lip.  LOL  She was always good to me, though.

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 29, 2016 at 7:42pm

My name is Joan Melda Denoo. It was supposed to be Janet Melda Denoo, but my cousin was born 6 weeks before me and she carries the name, Janet. My middle name is after my paternal aunt Melda who was a registered nurse, She delivered me in my maternal grandparent's home. 

I like both names. I even like the name Denoo, although many people attempt to get me by writing Denod, Denog, Denot, and deNoo. The double "oo" seems strange to those not used to the lowlands of northern Europe.

My grandfather Denoo came to the US in the early 1900s from Belgium. Many of my family served King Leopold in the Congo and many African people have the name, Denoo. I make contact with many of them. One day, I hope we can find a common ancestor, but not yet. I encouraged the Denoo families in Belgium that I visited to read Heart of Darkness by Conrad and the review by Chinua Achebe. 

"Conrad projects the image of Africa as "the other world," the antithesis of Europe and therefore of civilization, a place where man's vaunted intelligence and refinement are finally mocked by triumphant beastiality. The book opens on the River Thames, tranquil, resting, peacefully 'at the decline of day after ages of good service done to the race that peopled its banks. 'But the actual story will take place on the River Congo, the very antithesis of the Thames. The River Congo is quite decidedly not a River Emeritus. It has rendered no service and enjoys no old-age pension. We are told that 'Going up that river was like traveling back to the earliest beginnings of the world.'"

Achebe, Chinua. "An Image of Africa: Racism in Conrad's 'Heart of Darkness'" Massachusetts Review. 18. 1977. Rpt.

I remain troubled that my family takes pride in the Belgian/Congo connection and the dreadful things done there by the Belgians under King Leopold II. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on December 29, 2016 at 7:32pm

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 29, 2016 at 6:52pm

OOPPSS, I should have put my comment in Politics ....

 

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