I remain silent, but make no pretence to praying. On the other hand, the overwhelming majority of my family is atheists (I corrupted them all).
this is what i do too. not much opportunity for me either, due to almost no existing family.
I"ve done that too.
"And, I think it is plain silly to pray to something that isn't there."
I volunteer at a local soup kitchen, working along side many from local religious organizations, and they always have a prayer before we serve. I just stir the soup.
At family/work functions (why are we having prayer at work?) I just look straight ahead and keep as quiet as possible.
Good Q about why are they having prayer at work. I think that's a path to discrimination and potential harassment.
Checked ESPN on your phone? While prayer time is usually a silent moment, I don't think that would prevent my wife from throwing a lamp at me if I pulled that stunt. I took a newspaper in with me once while accompanying my wife to mass and still haven't heard the last of it.
I sit/stand quietly with my hands folded, eyes open as a show of respect for the beliefs of those around me. I may not believe as they do but I have no intention of being obnoxious about it. I live with these people and if I want respect for my beliefs I suppose I had better have respect for theirs.
If I knew there would be a prayer at work or some other event I'd try to figure out how to be busy elsewhere.
Ha! I'm sure my wife would do the same. I agree in showing respect for the beliefs of loved ones, just as long as they don't give me any grief about not joining in.