October 2014 Blog Posts (76)

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…


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

Divorcing The Church

I am now almost 50 years-old, but around 26 I got a divorce.  I know, not the most shocking statement to start the blog with right?  Well tell that to the Baptist churches I sent my resume to when I was in the early stages of becoming a pastor.  Around the age of 32 I was in seminary and looking to become a “man of the cloth.” 

Being raised Baptist I knew I had to let every church I applied with know that I had been divorced.  Some were nice about it while others treated me as if I…


Added by Former Pastor on October 31, 2014 at 10:22am — 5 Comments

Mr. Deity and the Humorless Atheist

For those of you who don’t know, Mr. Deity is an ongoing series on YouTube, featuring Brian Dalton as writer, director, and star of the eponymous series.  Mr. Deity is a fast-talking 21st century take on Yahweh, complete with his son, Jesse/Jesus, Larry, the omnipresent holy ghost, and adversary Lucy (fer), doing three to four minute sketches, usually riffing on various shortcomings of the bible and its god.  Frequently highlighted are Mr. Deity’s cluelessness about the…


Added by Loren Miller on October 31, 2014 at 7:00am — 11 Comments

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.…


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

10 hours of street harassment

The video

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 the…


Added by Čenek Sekavec on October 30, 2014 at 5:00pm — 16 Comments

The origin of Halloween

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…


Added by Deidre on October 30, 2014 at 5:00pm — 6 Comments


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 — 1 Comment

Police steal photos

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 — 2 Comments

What is your favorite bible verse?

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…


Added by Čenek Sekavec on October 30, 2014 at 1:33pm — 11 Comments

Baseball: Yawn

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…


Added by Randall Smith on October 30, 2014 at 7:28am — 1 Comment

Radical Humanists in the Hood: Moving Social Justice 2014

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…


Added by Shutch on October 30, 2014 at 1:09am — 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…


Added by Joan Denoo on October 29, 2014 at 10:28pm — 4 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…


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, and how long it took to build up or tear down. I like being able to say no to requests or tell others what I need. It gives me great pride to know…


Added by Joan Denoo on October 28, 2014 at 11:01pm — 24 Comments

A Change Is Gonna Come...



From Wikipedia:

A Change Is Gonna Come" is a song by American singer-songwriter Sam…


Added by Deidre on October 28, 2014 at 9:00pm — 13 Comments

Fear masquerading as politics

"I Know What Boys Like


Added by Joan Denoo on October 27, 2014 at 8:12pm — 3 Comments

Reply to Ian’s bar mitzva invitation (not sent)

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…


Added by Alan Perlman on October 27, 2014 at 3:42pm — 12 Comments


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…


Added by Joan Denoo on October 27, 2014 at 3:11pm — No Comments

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