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I am good enough and so are you!

Started May 19 0 Replies

We don't need to wait for some savior to save us from ourselves, we need to learn how to take care of ourselves and Earth. We have all that we need to thrive and no belief in god/s with rewards or…Continue

Tags: families, communities, Earth, individuals, contribute

Republican Hypocrisy Gets Put on Blast by Filmmaker Matthew Cooke

Started this discussion. Last reply by Joan Denoo May 9. 5 Replies

This man puts into words the thoughts and feelings I have about current political affairs. What are my options? Cry? Beg? Plead? Submit? Negotiate? Compromise? NO!THIS IS A TIME TO STAND UP AND SPEAK…Continue

Tags: action, plans, evaluation, celebration, conflicts

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Ruth Anthony-Gardner liked Joan Denoo's discussion Lionel Richie And An All-Star Line-Up Perform “We Are The World”
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Joan Denoo commented on Loren Miller's group Quotations – Momentous, Memorable, Meaningful
""I seem to be saying two things that contradict each other. On the one hand, we trust scientific knowledge, on the other hand, we are always ready to modify in-depth part of our conceptual structure about the world. But there is no…"
Friday
Joan Denoo commented on Loren Miller's group Quotations – Momentous, Memorable, Meaningful
"Loren, I like Al Franken's quote. Love does require understanding, patients, as well as commitment. Sharing love with another provides the basic needs of safety, security, and stability. Love feels empowering. "
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Joan Denoo commented on Sara's group Atheists who love Science!
"For those who love geology, I found an illustrator that offers images to help understand the geologic process. She is Jenda Johnson and here is one of her illustrated pieces: "
May 25
Joan Denoo commented on Little Name Atheist's group Atheist Ailurophiles
"OH! That look a cat can give, whether a cranky tolerance of a young'n, or an intolerant look of rejection, reveals powerful independence, reveals who owns whom. "
May 24
Joan Denoo commented on Little Name Atheist's group Atheist Ailurophiles
"Grinning Cat, the phrase, "I am four cats old" rings true for me, only with dogs. "
May 24
Joan Denoo commented on Little Name Atheist's group Atheist Ailurophiles
"Loren, I am sorry to learn of Morris' passing. Readin your story about him again reveals a very special cat and your relationship to him. "
May 24
Joan Denoo commented on Ruth Anthony-Gardner's group Hang With Friends
"I am doing very well, reading, writing, loving our greenhouse more as the weather warms. Dominic learned a few new words, when I softly say, "Excuse me," he gets up out of my pathway and gives me room. When I say, "Gotta go," he…"
May 22
Joan Denoo commented on Ruth Anthony-Gardner's group Hang With Friends
"Ian, you look DASHING! Thank you for sharing your lovely story and friend with us. Please tell Elna we are happy to see your smiling face and enjoying life with her in it. "
May 22
Joan Denoo commented on Ruth Anthony-Gardner's group Hang With Friends
"Patricia, as usual, a stirling bit of humor for our sequestered era. "
May 22
Joan Denoo commented on Ruth Anthony-Gardner's group Hang With Friends
"Plinius, I am sorry to learn of the barriers in which your aunt lives and am grateful for the nurses and staff who tend to her. I do hope they are gentle and kind caregivers. Virtual hugs do little to comfort the demented soul. "
May 22
Joan Denoo commented on Ruth Anthony-Gardner's group Hang With Friends
"Patricia, I like your term, "Interior Health Region," describing you home set in the forest north of me and out forest. You have far fewer towns close by and I do hope this pandemic never reaches your area. "
May 22
Joan Denoo commented on Daniel W's group Godless in the garden
"Dr. Bush develops his theory of spirituality that does not refer to a god or a religion, he refers to science and what we learn if we pay attention to the impact humans have on modern soils and foods. The mistreatment of soil through plowing and…"
May 22
Joan Denoo commented on Daniel W's group Godless in the garden
"I love listening to this old codger talking about how he regenerates dead soil and the benefits that come from his process. His enthusiasm lifts my spirits. "
May 20
Grinning Cat commented on Joan Denoo's group Politics, Economics, and Religion
"The big difference is that I'm explicitly using my (and "our") own judgment, rather than passing it off to an invisible friend. Conversely, we have no problem deciding that certain things are "good", no gods needed. I do see…"
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I am an 83-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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Do I matter?

Posted on January 9, 2019 at 5:26pm 5 Comments

Do I matter? 

No! I don’t matter! The point isn’t to depress you or me. I am not that important.  The central issue is, I don’t matter. It is a delusion to think that I matter, that I am powerful or weak. Denial holds me in delusions.

What does matter? The planet, soils, water, air, & life matters.

I will vanish, unremembered, like the…

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Who were a few of the Black Civil Rights Movement and what did they do?

Posted on October 12, 2018 at 4:40am 1 Comment

What does it take for a weak individual to stop being afraid and think about his or her situation, find ways to stand up, and take action?

What does it take for a weak community to build coalitions of like-minded people and challenge those who dominate? 

Who were a few of the Black Civil Rights Movement and what did they do?

Asa Philip Randolph, the…

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Taking on the Generative Stage of Life, Waiting to die

Posted on July 4, 2018 at 12:40am 0 Comments

The next step in this progression from birth through death, I am at the closing-down-my-home-of-42-years-stage!

A friend asked my daughter who was moving; her reply: 

"My mom has 40+ years of items that she kept, all well organized though, plus mountains of paperwork from her business and teaching and giving speeches, and genealogy records from both sides of her parents dating back centuries, and old photographs…

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Taking on the Generative Stage of Life, Waiting to die

Posted on July 4, 2018 at 12:40am 0 Comments

The next step in this progression from birth through death, I am at the closing-down-my-home-of-42-years-stage!

A friend asked my daughter who was moving; her reply: 

"My mom has 40+ years of items that she kept, all well organized though, plus mountains of paperwork from her business and teaching and giving speeches, and genealogy records from both sides of her parents dating back centuries, and old photographs…

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At 4:12pm on November 11, 2019, Jesse Francis said…

Hi Joan, it is a pleasure to meet you here.
I have been in Hawaii since 86.
I am 51 so its quite possible you were here before I was born in 68.

I visited BC Canada a few months ago but amidst the islands not in what must be very cold NE WA. I have a cousin living in Pullman so I may get near there some day.

I also rode a Greyhound once through Montana, across Idaho and we came down from the mountain pass into Couer De Lane It was so beautiful but I did not get to stop there.

The format here is a bit confusing to me, commenting in places other than what I am responding to but I'll try to keep up.

I grew up in the methodist and born again cults, I turned away from them despite the great fear of the demonic and hell which they implanted in me since early childhood. At about 13 I read some Ram Dass and Robert Anton Wilson materials, and I suppose the hundreds of sci-fi shorts I had read as child all helped me escape that malarkey. I have gone through many changes since.

I stepped outside and took a picture so you can see who I am and how cold it is here, 82F and predicted a shivering 69F overnight. (Sorry it is a habit to gloat about the weather when there are no hurricanes lurking).

Be well and keep warm Joan!
Aloha!

At 1:25pm on April 22, 2019, Andrea Quinn said…

Sorry for the delay in response. I only get on this site about 1x/wk right now. Can't wait 'til summer, I'm a teacher.

I liked your comment under "Do I matter?" It is how I feel as well. You're right, we do seem to have much in common :)

At 10:09am on April 5, 2019, Lee K said…

Yes I am very interested in space travel and have been forever!  My picture of the SLS should in no way though be taken as an endorsement that building a giant rocket to throw away after each flight is the way to go, however....

At 3:19pm on April 2, 2019, Ted Harrell said…

I look forward to finally being able to have conversations with more than my small group of atheist friends.  It's not that they aren't interesting conversationalists, but we tend to run out of ideas for new topics.

At 5:18pm on April 1, 2019, Jackson Waruingi Mwaura said…

Joan,

I was born into Catholicism and was a devout catholic until i was about 17 or 18 from there, I found the "truth" and moved to protestant churches where I started of as a Pentecostal and eventually a baptist.

So yeah I have been a practicing bible preaching Christian for a solid 23 of the 24 years of my life.

How I got out of the superstition is a barrage of different events, each with its on effect statistically, but the one that played the biggest role was being a Protestant.

So in being a protestant I was encouraged to read the bible more so as to avoid the "heretic teachings" of Catholicism.  Talk of the kettle calling the pot black. So I really dived into the bible when I became protestant and I read the bible cover to cover and I was like what the hell. (prior to this I had never read the bible for myself, any Catholic would know that bible reading in the manner which I did is not overly encouraged in the Catholic church)

And so I started asking questions, very very very many questions and the answers that I was getting were not even close to being convincing. Where I come from (Kenya) ministers of the word of the christian god are very respected people in the society and thus you can't argue out your case, you will be seen as disrespectful to authority. But I started reading more more and more and by my 23rd birthday I was all but done with the christian god. What was holding me back was fear and it still holds me back because my whole community (family, friends, neighbors) are very christian.

When I moved to the USA in November last year, I was able to do little things like go to youtube and listen to the likes of Seth Andrews and I eventually got over the fact that dokeys don't talk and the noah's arc is as true as the earth being 5000 - 6000 years.

I'm still in the closet but more free by virtue of being in the West. Atleast here I have the virtual freedom still being careful on my twitter and instagram until I'm ready to come out.

Granted, turning protestant wasn't the only thing, but it sure does account for the bulk of the percentage, almost 65%-70%.

Oh writing that felt very cathartic. :)

At 7:35pm on March 17, 2019, Michael Rupp said…

Hello friendly person,

I was active in the Atheism world a while ago. I got served some bitter vinegar though that put me off till recently. It was the announcement of Google that they were shuttering g+ that got me here. I was trying to migrate the content from my profile and two of the forum's I started (one & two) from g+ to my new Friendica server (new one & new two). Friendica is Federated so #AwesomeSauce.

One of the posts I was migrating was from a guy I knew locally that did the Reason podcast. A DuckDuckGo search located him on here. I wanted to ask him if he wanted free server space to get his website back up.

At 8:27am on January 11, 2019, Sofia Magee said…
Can I chat with you?
At 4:40pm on December 22, 2018, Blue Grey Brain said…

1. Joan's words:

  • "Welcome, Blue Grey Brain, to Atheist Nexus. I, for one, do not believe there is such a thing as, "Scientific purpose of the human species" because that implies there is a designer who planned the existence of Homo sapiens. I see no evidence of any such designer or planner when looking through scientific lenses."


2. My response:

  • Hey Joan. Respectfully, you seem to be responding to a comment I did not make, i.e. the OP does not talk about any deities.
  • You may be confusing the "teleological argument" with "teleonomy". The teleological argument is the popular religious concept, concerning deities and purpose.
  • In contrast, the OP builds on teleonomy, which is an atheistic/scientific way to describe nature in terms of purpose driven language. This is why Richard Dawkins, a militant atheist, supports teleonomy and has contributed to teleonomy.
At 3:08am on November 28, 2018, Naomi Goldblum said…

I am a proficient writer and speaker of Hebrew and a professional translator. I'd be happy to help anyone who needs it.

At 9:49am on November 17, 2018, Margaret Bradley said…

Thanks for responding to me.

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