Joan Denoo


Spokane, WA; Newport, WA; Littleton, CO

United States

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Spokane, WA; Newport, WA; Littleton, CO.
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Washington, Colorado
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About Me:
I am an 82-year-old curmudgeon; I like the 1500s spelling best and definition:
"An ill-tempered (and frequently old) person full of stubborn ideas or opinions."
I evolved from faith in superstition to behavioral scientist. I am a mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, a survivor of breast cancer thanks to the fine diagnostic work and treatment at Spokane's Providence Health & Services and Cancer Care Northwest, which included surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation. Dreadful stuff, but a wake up to living each and every minute.
Life is meant to remember the past, live in the present and remember a preferred future. One can be good without god! My family demonstrates it.
I bring to my community a worldliness that challenges attitudes and norms of a parochial and insular power structure. I traveled to 32 nations in the Western, Eastern, Northern and Southern Hemispheres interviewing women about their family and work lives, their health care, education, social structure, child and elder care, depression, and anxiety, and family violence. I had to be subtle when seeking information about violence. People do not like to reveal their vulnerabilities.

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  • Jude Johnson

    Thanks a lot for the friend request!

    I love your quote above: "Living in the question is a whole lot more interesting than living in the answer." Is that an original?

    I agree: what would humans be like if they had no curiosity because they already knew everything? (I shudder to think of it.)

  • Jude Johnson

    Brilliant, Joan. Hopefully the message got through to most of them. It's like most things in life -- the thrill is in the hunt!

    Very cool pics, by the way!

  • Maruli Marulaki

    I am very glad, that you experience things improving for you.  

  • Steph S.

    Hi Joan!

    I hope you are having a relaxing weekend!


  • Ruth Anthony-Gardner

    Boy am I slow. I just noticed your great new picture for Politics, Economics & Religion. Been to busy to look at the group lately. :)

  • David Philip Norris


    Thanks for the note, darlin'. I'm terribly behind on reading as well. Been doing too much offline writing as of late (can you imagine!?) and haven't had time to devote to discussions here. However, I was rather put off by some of the hostile and negative responses to some of my comments that didn't need to be as hostile and negative as they were. Sometimes it just seemed that they enjoyed putting somebody down, and that somebody was me. Not very fun.


  • dr.n.ashokkumar

    thanks ,madam ,for your invitation

  • Loren Miller

    Hi, Joan.

    I won't claim to have an encyclopedic knowledge of classical music (though I have a friend whose record and CD collection comes close!), but what I know of classical I'd be glad to share with you if you're interested.

    Just a thought.

  • Loren Miller

    For an initial sampling, may I suggest my postings on the A|N group, Classical Masters?  I've put a few favorites up there, as have others and especially the choral work of one Eric Whitacre, whom I greatly admire.

    Have a look and let me know what you think.

  • Tammy S

    Thank you sweet lady for the friend request! I am most happy to call you 'friend'!

  • Loren Miller

    Regarding Job: A Comedy of Justice, you might be interested in this piece I posted here regarding Job and the phrase, "thy will be done."  I'm rather hoping it amounts to a further inducement to fully engage Job and (I hope) enjoy it as I have.

  • Loren Miller

    Wow, NOTHING by Heinlein at all?  Honestly, I am stunned, as he was one of the great innovators of science-fiction, along with the likes of Asimov and Clarke.  Indeed, as I understand it, he mentored Ray Bradbury, whom we just lost.

    Certainly, the book is still available from Amazon, likely both new and used.  I hope you find it, but if not, lemme know ... because I'm not certain I can let this slide.  RAH is, after all my favorite author!

  • Tony Carroll

    Hello, Joan. This is one of the local artists I know in East Texas. Kari Walters. I really like her stuff. She uses whatever she has/finds. This is her self portrait. I really like it.

  • Loren Miller

    Re: "How Absurd Is That:" please go ahead and post.  If you get any interesting reactions from it, I'd like to see them.

  • eliud ndewirwa ephraim

    so curiosity  madam

  • Loren Miller

    Hey, Joan.

    The link on your piece about Matt Taibbi's takedown of Mitt Romney is broken - one too many "http's" in there.  I was able to get to the article, though ... in a word, WHEW!!!

  • Loren Miller

    You may not believe this.  Hell, I barely believe it, but it's the truth:

    Holy Guacamole! I've Been Quoted!

  • Jaber Al Khayam

    WOW! You have a very nice garden. :)

  • Loren Miller

    Just put this down in bits and bytes and wondered if you'd seen it.

  • TNT666

    Duplicate comments on group walls are delete-able.

  • Loren Miller

    Molto grazie, bella!

  • Steph S.

    I am following you on Twitter.

  • Loren Miller

    Hi, Joan.  Got your note; oddly, I can't reply to it.  Wonder if the same thing happened to you.

    The hell of it is, I don't know as I'm particularly conscious of my "style" as a writer or my variability of style as regards how I approach a given subject or comment.  I suppose it depends on my mood at the time and my attitude toward the subject in question.  I'm also not horribly analytical about my style, which likely comes from the fact that I'm an engineer and not an English major.  I will admit to attempting to pattern myself after some great writers, such as Robert Heinlein.  I am a bit admirer of his work and greatly influenced by him.

    Still, I appreciate your input regarding my style very much.  Thank you.


  • Madhukar Kulkarni

    I am really sorry to intrude on your time in this un-invited manner but I need some help and I hope that you will be one that can help me.

    I have no contact in the west and I am not acquainted with the reading tastes of the western readership. I have recently written a book on atheist thought and would like to have a few reviews. I do not plan to use your review as a publicity material.   The title of the book is “The Death of an Idea” and it is published on I would be highly obliged if you can give me your opinion on this book. You may send your review on my following e mail address:

    Madhukar Kulkarni.

  • Steph S.

    Hello Joan!

    Thanks for being supportive of me and being a friend.

    Just wanted to stop by and tell you thanks!


  • Dyslexic's DOG

    My avatar was just a bit of very quick fooling around.  I have little patience with software packages, so I whipped up an old photo and a couple of brush strokes to disguise myself a little and the Jehovah Witnesses think I'm the incarnation of Satan, so I added the horns.  Whole job took 3 minutes.

  • Dyslexic's DOG

    Anyway, Thanks Joan, I haven't a lot of time for this forum at the moment,

    better get back to work and studies, it is 13:25 here in Australia, with lots of research to do on my computer and people to see.



  • Ken E.

    Thanks for the welcome Joan. I changed my name from FrustratedAtheistDad to this one to make conversation easier.

    My frustrations lately have revolved around my in laws and their views on the holidays with my children. Although I have wanted to get in touch with fellow non believers the Holidays had a way to push me over the edge. thanks for the welcome.

  • Loren Miller

    Hey, Joan.

    Ran headlong into a little something this morning and as a result, I wrote this.  I think it deserves your attention.

  • Randall Smith

    Enjoyed your reminisce comments on my post. Have you read Nature Wars by James Sterba? It contains chapters on bird feeders and letting the cat out--pros and cons. Also, no chickens for me. I despise their actions. They're only good for eggs and eating (in my humble opinion).

  • Loren Miller

    Joan, what is worse about the whole situation is that humans have the capacity to FIND answers, but a critical prerequisite to do so is to acknowledge that You Don't Know The Answer First!

  • Maruli Marulaki

    Joan, you asked me about K.    He ? (the name sounded female to me ?) had joined Epicurean Atheists a few days ago and then just disappeared again only a short time later.  

  • Loren Miller

    Hi, again!

    The muse seemed to like Obama's 2nd inaugural address ... 'cuz he came up with this.  I wondered if you had seen it and/or had a reaction.

  • Loren Miller

    Joan, as always, you are more than welcome to reprint that last piece on Facebook.

    Dumb question: since I don't have a Facebook account and I can't have a look myself, has their been much (if any) response to any of my pieces that you've put up?

  • Loren Miller

    Joan, if you like the West Wing (obviously), and you dig Aaron Sorkin's work (and you have HBO!), you should check out his new series, The Newsroom.  It's excellent stuff.  If you DON'T have HBO, I can steer you to some YouTube videos to give you a taste.

  • Loren Miller

    I've got three really good clips for you of The Newsroom, Joan:

    1. We Meet Will McAvoy - Will McAvoy is the anchor for a CNN-like cable news network.  He's been letting things slide for the sake of ratings lately, but the reappearance of an old associate/friend/??? at a roundtable discussion at a college stirs the pot ... more than a little!
    2. McAvoy Lays It Out - With a new and young staff, Will McAvoy lays out for his audience that there's been a change in how things are done at their network.
    3. We Interrupt This Program - It's an average day in the newsroom when something out of the everyday happens, and the newsroom goes to work on a breaking news story.  It's worth noting, that the primary set for The Newsroom is FULLY FUNCTIONAL

    And a bonus - The Best of Charlie Skinner, the president of the news department, played wonderfully by Sam Waterson.

    There's LOTS more on YouTube where the above came from - enjoy, please!

  • Loren Miller

    So ... how did you like the sampling of scenes I posted here of The Newsroom?

  • Dyslexic's DOG

    Hi Joan, hope you are well and enjoying life.

    Finally gained some time to look at your profile.

    Nice pics , looks like you have had a very interesting life.  Far more adventurous than my own.

    Might have to gain some lessons from you.

    Most of my knowledge comes from books, you appear to have enhanced it with a lot of experience.



  • Loren Miller

    Hey, Joan.

    Found a video based on the words of Sam Harris and posted it here.  I thought it was pretty profound, but I'm hardly getting any views on it ... and I wasn't sure you had seen it so ... have a look, please!

  • tom sarbeck

    In fifth grade in Guardian Angels Catholic School in Cincinnati, I was the only boy of the 20 or so in the class who refused to "enlist" for altar boy training.

    My reason? I was pathologically shy and feared doing all the very public stuff that altar boys had to do. I don't know if I escaped what many other boys, and girls, didn't escape.

    For years before the pedophilia news broke, I told all who would listen that the stuff that happens in Catholic schools will someday be seen as child abuse.

    I hope a few A/N folk will visit the SNAP website and look around.

  • Pat

    Joan, please feel free to use my comments about RICO.

  • Steph S.

    Some virtual flowers for you lovely Joan!

  • Loren Miller

    Hey, Joan!

    You might be interested in knowing that Sherrod Brown wrote me back!  To wit:

    Dear Loren:

    Thank you for getting in touch with my office regarding religion in the military. I appreciate your bringing this issue to my attention.

    I have passed your concerns along to the legislative assistant in my office who monitors defense issues. I will keep your thoughts in mind should this issue come before the Senate.

    If you require any other assistance, please call my office at 202-224-2315. Thank you again for being in touch with me.


    Sherrod Brown
    United States Senator

    Thought you'd like to know.

  • Loren Miller

    Well, if I didn't rewrite it more aimed at Francis I, it's because I don't know much about him, though there is some new dirt coming out more recently.  It may be that when I learn more about ol' Jorge that I will be inspired to put something down which is more steered toward him, but for now, I think I'd like to leave my "Habemus Papem" piece as it is.

    If you come up with something of your own about Francis, do let me know.

  • Loren Miller

    I hope you especially enjoy "The Best of Charlie Skinner."  Sam Waterson is wonderful in that role, and I suspect he's having a tremendous amount of fun in it.

  • Loren Miller

    Just got up this AM and rewatched The Best of Charlie Skinner, just for fun ... and found the attached in the related videos.  It's a different side of Charlie Skinner, a part of him that is as necessary as the amiable drunk.  Indeed, I think it's the part that makes the amiable drunk work BETTER, never mind that it at least partially rounds out what is a wonderful character.

    Please enjoy.

  • Randall Smith

    Thanks, Joan, for the birthday wish. I look forward to life in my seventies, hopefully with nothing more than arthritis to contend with!

  • Loren Miller

    It may be that Sam Waterson inhabits the character of Charlie Skinner the way Jerry Orbach took possession of Detective Lennie Briscoe of the original Law & Order and made it his own.  I really enjoy the different sides of Charlie and I'm willing to bet that Waterson is having an absolutely terrific time playing him.  The shame is that we have to wait until June to watch him again.

  • Loren Miller

    And so long as we're on the subject of The Newsroom and what it does, how about some prologue ... and what came after it!

  • Steph S.