Joan Denoo's Blog – October 2014 Archive (39)

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

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

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

Fear masquerading as politics

"I Know What Boys Like


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

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

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

"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

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

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

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

Why ice sheets will keep melting for centuries to come

Why ice sheets will keep melting for centuries to come

Most of my family and friends live away from ocean coast lines and will not be affected by rising sea levels. The processes of ice sheets forming and melting have been occurring throughout history. My home in Spokane, WA was shaped by the flash…


Added by Joan Denoo on October 18, 2014 at 5:44pm — No Comments



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