War drums beat all around us, raising the shackles of quiet but frightened people feeling helpless. Militant Islam and militant Christians react with ever louder shouts of war. If there ever was a time for reasonable men and women to step forward it is now. The war mongers of Islam and Christianity are so loud it appears to the casual observer that hopelessness is all that exists.
I see opportunity all around me, not just a PollyAnna kind of optimism, but a future full of promise, new…
It has been 35 years since I conducted my research on the roll of women in 32 nations of the world, from China and Indonesia, Mexico, Alaska, nations in Europe from Ireland to Turkey,…Continue
I exist, a scion of unknown ancestors that began with the splitting of cells and transformations that changed everything over time. I was nothing before my conceptions and I return to that place. I am alive, with all my senses informing me of who I am and who I am becoming. Trust the process! I, you, we, all exist on the same plane, going through transformations every day until our final breath. Then, life goes on changing, individuals change, the universe changes. I return to the stuff of…Continue
If there were a god he/she/it would be giving the same message to each nation on every continent. The imperative would be to live in peace with justice for all. The purpose would be to create a world of people making the decisions in the interest of the health of individuals, tribes, communities, and nations. There would be no fight over doctrine. There would be an emphasis on community building. Voluntary population control would be part of the litany. The focus would be on cleanliness to…Continue
When I was teaching, my classroom consisted of chaos, many things going on at once, few sat in their chairs, some sat at drawing boards, others in discussion groups, many in reading areas, clay and paper and paints and chalk existed scattered throughout with no sense of order. I do not…Continue
Added by Joan Denoo on June 17, 2015 at 11:07pm — No Comments
We live in a time of significant change. Living out of balance economically and politically for the past 40 or 45 years with a growing gap between family wealth of rich and poor, and with changes occurring because of people around the world wanting to increase the living standards of working people, and because we in the US lose purchasing power each year, the people demand change.
How do we bring about the kinds of change we want? In this kind of environment, it would be very easy…Continue
When I am an old woman I shall wear purple
With a red hat which doesn't go, and doesn't suit me.
And I shall spend my pension on brandy and summer gloves
And satin sandals, and say we've no money for butter.
I shall sit down on the pavement when I'm tired
And gobble up samples in shops and press alarm bells
And run my stick along the public railings
And make up for the sobriety of my youth.
I shall go out in my slippers in the rain
And pick flowers in…
Added by Joan Denoo on June 7, 2015 at 11:33pm — No Comments
The "Obey" imperative demeans both bride and groom. Any man who chooses to marry a woman willing obey means he has a wife and their children dependent on him.
If he wants her to stay home with the kids and can afford to earn the necessary amount to maintain a household, then the mother may choose to stay home. If it is an imperative, the relationship suffers.
If she wishes to stay home with the children, then that meets both partners' needs.
If he can't earn enough to…Continue
Oh! that this were satire!
MINNEAPOLIS (The Borowitz Report) – Scientists have discovered a powerful new strain of fact-resistant humans who are threatening the ability of Earth to sustain life, a sobering new study reports.
"Many big-name food brands such as Hershey, Kraft and Perdue are wasting water resources through lax conservation practices and poor planning. And as climate change and other factors amplify the water risks plaguing the food industry, the bottom lines of these companies will suffer unless they change…
Added by Joan Denoo on May 7, 2015 at 1:36pm — No Comments
I realize atheism
"is a lack of belief in gods." "Atheists have a lack of belief in gods and supernatural beings." Atheists do not have a common belief system, sacred…
Hi, XXXXXXX, I am glad, you did not seek to support your claim (mutual friends contacted him and not me.) That is a perfect way to maintain helplessness) Those who contacted you and not me divulge a character that many people have, however, unless and until they confront me, they reveal a victim mentality. You are entirely correct; I did bully you. I have heard that before as well as being arrogant. I confess to both.
Frankly I don't remember what I wrote to you. If I offended…Continue
~ Francis Collins, a Christian,
"former director of the National Human Genome Research Institute, where he led the successful effort to complete the Human Genome Project—which mapped and sequenced all of the human DNA and determined aspects of its function. The project built the foundation upon which subsequent genetic…
"The scientist has a lot of experience with ignorance and doubt and uncertainty, and this experience is of very great importance, I think. When a scientist doesn't know the answer to a problem, he is ignorant. When he has a hunch as to what the result is, he is uncertain. And when he is pretty darned sure of what the result is going to be, he is in some doubt. We have…
Added by Joan Denoo on April 6, 2015 at 5:16pm — No Comments
"Freedom to discriminate with impunity? It’s worse than that.
"Almost universally, the religious freedom claims pursued in the U.S. over the last two decades seek the freedom to do harm, most often the freedom to harm queers, women, children or…
Here is a wood burning kitchen stove, much as my grandmother's.
A washtub on the wood burning stove boiled dirty clothes. She used a hand-cranked wringer to move the boiled clothes to the rinse tubs. A piece of kindling wood snatch the clothes out of the boiling water and got them started in the wringer. I have the wooden stick in my basement laundry room. …Continue
Thrift is what my grandparents had to learn after tremendous loss of income during the Great Depression. My mother's generation had to be thrifty as they worked hard and planned for big purchases. Coming out of WW II was a very prosperous time for more products to replace food gardens and homemade clothes. My generation learned by watching as children, then buying clothes, food and whatever we wanted. Some of us put high value in education. My daughter's generation shunned higher education…Continue
In 1953, Frederic Silverman, a radiologist, noticed children coming into his radiology clinic with chillingly frequent X-ray images of multiple fractures. "The bones tell a story the child is too young or too frightened to tell." He published an article "The Roentgen Manifestations of Unrecognized Skeletal Trauma in Infants,"
In 1962, C. Henry Kempe, a pediatrician at the University of Colorado Medical School, tried…Continue