I have come back as Joan after many years to write from this platform because of the division and brewing anarchy in our nation. I chose Joan of Arc years ago as my alias because she was unwavering in commitment, courageous in perseverance, and sacrificed unto death for a cause.
As a Christian I am desirous that I will be unwavering in my commitment to Christ, courageous in the persevering through changi...
I completely agree with Phil Osborne that our behavior
should be impeccably honest regardless of
whether we believe in the existence of other
conscious beings who are being impacted
by our behavior or not.As for sociopaths, I regard them
as having fallen victims to their
fears of their being victimized
should they trust the honesty
of others. In their own defense,
they point out to instances
in which they indeed have suffered
after trusting others. They probably
see a causal conn...
This blog is intended to be derivative of my blog "On Morals."
Suppose you have the misfortune to be born to wealth, but with no apparent talent for greatness. If you have good examples to emulate, you may still do ok. However, as I demonstrated in "On Morals," the crucial impetus for consciousness - what drives it - is feedback of the form of reaffirmation of reality. It is seeing the abstract made concrete - "the Word made flesh" - that fuels our passions,&n...
I find myself thinking in terms of Les Miserables a lot recently. Odd the twists and turns of the mind.Imagine, if you will, the following scenario: Our protagonist suddenly recalls committing a string of unrelated crimes of whim a long time ago - when he was a young precocious sociopath by default, his even younger childhood consisting of a series of betrayals and false accusations that ultimately overwhelm his innocence. Note that as an adult, he has fasti...
Reaching 57 years, and by now, my life is the one i have/am creating
the obligations i fulfill are of my choosing
the priorities i meet my own
So looking around, what do i see.
Gadgets, and gizmos
spaces with safety and function
echos of parties and greet/meetings
tastes lingering on my tongue.
how many tastes do i yet yearn for?
What lies untasted in my dreams?
Am i full-some with dreams saited. No longer hungry?
Who loves me and gazes with w...
So, today was another lovely crisp weather day... kicking my SAD in the butt
Full of errands and phone calls, barking dogs, bustling in general
Kind of refreshing, actually
Thinking of starting a To Do list, again...
So, does writing such a list make it more likely that things will happen?
If thinks happen, then things will too?
I think there are five things that people need from the world (what it takes to make a home), to survive:
A place to sleep,eat/cook,have pets,clean themselves and their stuff,and keep their stuff.Additional features:
A place to hang out, play, socializeBy planning, we can build or assemble one or more of these things... homes...
Share them in some way - to lift others up...
Then we connect them gently with government. Try to keep it of the people by the people for the peopl...
This is a work in progress. (At least I hope so...)
Notes from a thread on fb: https://www.facebook.com/DonnaLHaney
"As to autism, I suspect a complex brew of factors. There are definite changes or deficits in major neural pathways that explain or correlate to various types of autism. Some people are simply blind to the emotional states of others. Some people are blind to their own emotional states. Some people are very good at reading the emotional state of others, but absolutely do...
Whenever there is silence around meBy day or by nightI am startled by a 'cry'.It came down from the Cross--The first time I heard it,I went out and searched--And Found a Man in the throes of crucifixion,And I said, "I will take you down,"And I tried to take the nails out of His feet.But He said, "Let them be for I cannot be taken downUntil every man, every woman, and every childCome together to take Me down."And I said, "But I cannot bear Your cry, what can I do?"And He said,...
Everyone I know is jam packed with information gleaned from their individual life experiences. This is one of the things that make us well … unique individuals. But there is no central knowledge base for us to use … or that we are all willing to use anyway. Information is not of itself knowledge (can be) because it is too subject to embellishments from a multitude of sources … usually from some higher authority or another. If that is the case, the first thing I would think o...
The other night I was listening to NPR's "This American Life," a Valentine's Day special, with various true tales of love. The most striking of the tales involved a drug bust.
Imagine the situation. The cops have determined that to bust high-school dealers, they need to infiltrate the high-schools with cops who can pass as students. So, this one kid who is a straight-A student, even though he comes from an ethnic/economic background that is less than condu...
I was recently in a friendly--for the most part--discussion about gay marriage.
Now, I really have no valid opinion on the subject, but I will say that I don't think galaxies are going to explode if gays and lesbians are given the right to say "I do". After all, in the words of the great Dolly Parton, "They should have to suffer, right along with the rest of us."
And besides, I really don't think it's my place to judge them. What they do is between them and the God to ...
Kazuya Akimoto Art Museum "Twin Earths":new space art, surreal realism, surrealism painting, astronomical space science symbolism painting, abstract space, abstract earths, abstract globes, abstract realism, ecological symbolism, contemporary space artwork, abstract spheres, acrylic painting #9614, 2011 | Kazuya Akimoto Art Museum named and added to gallery #5,2011 at Kazuya Akimoto Art Museum "Twin Earths"acrylics 21"x18"lisited in New Paintings 2011 &...
I don’t have a problem with atheists — each to his own comfort level — nonetheless, it is ridiculous for one of that inclination to get rattled to the extent that others of belief are denied their comfort. Atheism by definition is free from religion. Theists are free to believe as they see fit; atheists should look upon these " misguided" as pathetic but have the right to the "wrong" path. If, however, atheist take on the passion of "religion" in their belief that ...