October 2014 Blog Posts (76)

Managing feelings of anger, fear, grief, stress ...

it takes training, practice, even exercise to learn the skills that it takes to be calm in the face of chaos. Doctors have to learn it when they are in medical school. They have to learn how to focus on a case at hand even as the roof collapses around them. Hunters have to learn how to concentrate and not let a sound or movement detract them from their prey. People with temper problems can learn to manage the energy that is produced by the fight or flight part of the brain, the amygdala. The…


Added by Joan Denoo on October 26, 2014 at 10:33pm — 3 Comments

Talking Over Women

Men talk over women too much. The atheist community would be better if we did that less. Let's do it less.


Added by Jonathan Tweet on October 26, 2014 at 10:35am — 21 Comments

Are you going to crutch today? by Michael Pennington

"Sometimes I just miss the crutch. How well said. Let's look at other crutches now. "That boy is going to grow up to be president" - and you feel good. "Sam is going to be a rocket scientist"-- and Sam feels good. We see then in daily life the benefits of the crutch.

Take it into religion then with a Sunday morning where one person asks the other "are you going to crutch today?" (I had to throw that in there because this is what it really is.)…


Added by Joan Denoo on October 26, 2014 at 12:05am — 1 Comment

Belle's funeral: epilogue

Thanks to all those who commented on my pre-funeral anxieties and other issues.  Things went quite smoothly in PA,  because the funeral was held in the social hall, where we also ate after the burial. So no religious problems.  I saw another funeral being held in the holy sanctuary but was told that they usually hold funerals in the social room, and the event in the sanctuary followed a sudden death.  So Belle is off to that Great Kosher(-Style) Deli in the sky, where every meal is brunch…


Added by Alan Perlman on October 25, 2014 at 4:22pm — 3 Comments

"sometimes, I just miss the crutches"

This is an answer I gave to a friend who wrote to me, "sometimes, I just miss the crutches". 

Of course you miss the experiences you had as a christian. There was community, music, probably some fun and games, Interesting stories, probably made interesting because they were myths. We all enjoy a good myth, especially if it involved murdering thy neighbor or bashing babies heads against the stone walls, or thrusting a sword through the bellies of babies or pregnant mothers. 



Added by Joan Denoo on October 25, 2014 at 12:09pm — 4 Comments

Sandra Fluke, raises her voice to defend and protect survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault.

'Silence Encourages the Tormentor, Never the Tormented'  ~ Elie Wiesel.

"Many take our freedom of speech for granted, especially in a noisy election season, or when the Supreme Court denigrates its importance through decisions like Citizens United. But for too many victims, the freedom to speak up about the nightmare of…


Added by Joan Denoo on October 24, 2014 at 10:24pm — 1 Comment

Laff and Happiness

All credit to Al Green for writing a song that could butcher in the name of humor. Two nights ago I strapped on my guitar, wearing it low and to the side like and old-time gun slinger. After setting up my gear, a few minutes passed before the director came in and counted it off.

From there we kicked up a Texas dust storm. Three hours later it was done and all the musicians were ready to call it a night. Until one of the audience members recognized and obviously thought it was a good… Continue

Added by Donald R Barbera on October 24, 2014 at 12:08pm — 8 Comments

allergies getting better

I had another dog allergy reaction yesterday. 

I had stopped on my bicycle by the side of the road to give someone directions, and I was chatting with them a bit, while wearing my allergy mask. 

Someone turned in near me with a large dog in their car ... and even though I was wearing the mask, it made me sick.

So I do still have to worry about dogs in cars :(

But, even though I'm still extremely sensitive to dogs, my allergic reactions are less severe.



Added by Lorasaur on October 24, 2014 at 9:38am — 1 Comment

Human Memory Notoriously Unreliable

If Jesus of Nazareth ever even really existed, it is highly unlikely that anything written about him in the New Testament Gospels is true and accurate.

The Gospels, beginning with Mark, were first written about half a century or more after Jesus allegedly lived and died. Until then several different versions of his life story and deeds were passed down by word of mouth, most of them wildly discrepant with tales of Jesus nearly unrecognizable from the accounts that have…


Added by Anthony Jordan on October 24, 2014 at 6:46am — 3 Comments

Treatise on Morality, Scott Clifton

""What I'm interested in is maximizing health happiness and well being and minimizing unnecessary harm and suffering."

~ Scott Clifton

Added by Joan Denoo on October 24, 2014 at 12:03am — No Comments

50 Shades of Sexism: Hip Hop & Songs About Degrading Women

Video below: (NSFW, some strong language)


I remember when I first heard this song; I was at a trendy pub…


Added by Deidre on October 23, 2014 at 10:00pm — 8 Comments

Confessions: When will my deconversion be complete?

When I was a Christian, I read the book ''A Grief Observed,'' by C.S. Lewis. C.S. Lewis was once a self-proclaimed atheist, but as his life took many turns, he was drawn to Christianity. He is often quoted by many Christians, as being a poignant voice for them. Frankly, he still is one of my favorite authors. He has a way with words…


Added by Deidre on October 23, 2014 at 5:30pm — 5 Comments

Treatise on Morality.

Every time I hear, "How can you be moral without god?", I know what the bible tells of god's behaviors and the behaviors of followers of religion. I see those who preach, teach and practice hate. Battered women who try to live under the influence of religion, Christian and Islam, learn the things that will maintain and perpetuate family violence. If you have doubts, just look at the morality of god's acts in the bible and morality of families living according to biblical teachings. I want…


Added by Joan Denoo on October 23, 2014 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

According to the Bible, God drowns, kills, slaughters, genocides, stones, burns, mauls, rapes, crushes, ....

There is plenty of evil in “the Good Book,” but here are some highlights:

1. God drowns the whole earth.

In Genesis 7:21-23, God drowns the entire population of the earth: men, women, children, fetuses, and perhaps unicorns. Only a single family survives. In …


Added by Joan Denoo on October 22, 2014 at 9:55pm — 7 Comments

10 Ways to Stop Feeling Overworked and Overwhelmed BY JEFF HADEN

10 Ways to Stop Feeling Overworked and Overwhelmed BY JEFF HADEN

I saw a mother with a baby in one of those slings that holds a baby on the chest of the carrier and she had a little child who looked about two years old. Mother tried to look for her products on the shelves, keep an eye on the one walking beside her, and quieting the baby.

It reminded me of those…


Added by Joan Denoo on October 21, 2014 at 1:03am — No Comments

Frankenstein: the Modern Prometheus

My three children were 10 years old in 1974 when we arrived in Spokane and started a new life. We lived in a camper tent and enjoyed the summer, but when winter came upon us, the camper was very cold. My grandmother had just closed down her home and moved to my parent's home. She had no need for all the blankets she made over the years of raising her own five children and another family of five children whom she raised after their parents died in the flue pandemic of 1918. 

We piled…


Added by Joan Denoo on October 20, 2014 at 3:03pm — 4 Comments

...And What If I'm Wrong?

I am an atheist. I do not see any compelling evidence that god exists. The evidence presented to me by preacher, teacher, friends and family refers me to expressions of personal feelings, of euphoria, or some tell of how elevated they feel.

Response to my questions about other evidence usually results in referral to miracles they heard about; the reports turn out to be second or third hand. Too many claim recovery of some bad thing in their life in answer to prayer. All too often,…


Added by Joan Denoo on October 19, 2014 at 10:30pm — 12 Comments

Resisting Win-Win

Just some off-the-cuff thoughts here. I've particularly been noticing when people in my life are resisting win-win solutions. My reaction is that I want to scream "Why do you resist that? It is best for everyone and particularly great for you! Are you insane? What is your malfunction?"

But this flits through my mind in a quarter second and then I return to normal. I remember the long process that I went through in learning how to think.

There is a latent but ever present fear…


Added by Čenek Sekavec on October 19, 2014 at 10:15pm — 3 Comments

Land of Nice Atheists

This Sunday's blog post is about atheism and Christianity in Denmark. Very different from here in the States. 


Added by Jonathan Tweet on October 19, 2014 at 9:45am — 7 Comments

Grandma Irene Jacot's former home

"This picture was taken looking north on Cedar and Fourth near downtown Spokane, when runoff water was still choking catch basins and storm sewers from a flash flood in May 1957. In June of that same year, President Eisenhower declared Washington’s Grant and Lincoln counties and Idaho’s Clearwater and Idaho counties as disaster areas due to the rash of storms and…


Added by Joan Denoo on October 18, 2014 at 6:06pm — No Comments

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