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"May the Force..."

Started this discussion. Last reply by jay H Jan 13, 2016. 6 Replies

Hillary Clinton ended the Democrat debate last night with "May the force be with you". I though that was great! No "God bless America (or you)". She did mention "god" once, when she said "God-given…Continue

"You ain't no Muslim, bruh"

Started this discussion. Last reply by Atheist in FundyLand Dec 13, 2015. 35 Replies

The "You ain't no Muslim" remark made by a bystander in the London subway stabbings has been a major internet sensation. Substitute "Christian" for Muslim, and we atheists would be saying it ALL the…Continue

Sisyphus

Started this discussion. Last reply by redhands Mar 8. 5 Replies

You all know Sisyphus--trying to roll a boulder up a hill. I'm just wondering what his feelings are.Continue

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Randall Smith replied to Joan Denoo's discussion Scratching the Surface: Soil biology in agriculture, March 2017 - Joel Salatin in the group Godless in the garden
"Salatin is a god to my son-in-law. I think he's met him."
Sunday
Randall Smith commented on Daniel W's group Food!
"Wow--60 days! I read the article. Not something I'd want to do, although I eat a lot of both regular and sweet potatoes. I wonder if Italy serves them. I had syrup on my pancakes this morning--back to sugar!"
Sunday
Randall Smith commented on Daniel W's group Food!
"4 weeks over-- final day! I made it with one lapse (Easter). Sugar-free for a month. Yes, I'm proud of my willpower. It became easier as I progressed, but the temptation and desire was always there. Now, watch me over-indulge while in Tuscany!"
Apr 22
Randall Smith commented on Ruth Anthony-Gardner's group Hang With Friends
"They say you're not supposed to mention leaving your home on social media, but with Loren as my leader, I'll also publicize my trip-- to the Tuscany region of Italy, beginning Sunday. It's with the organization Road Scholars, formerly…"
Apr 21
Randall Smith commented on Ruth Anthony-Gardner's group Hang With Friends
"Like so many comedians (Jon Winters, Bob Hope, Robin Williams to name a few), Johnny Carson had a complex personality--almost Jekyll and Hyde-ish. But I loved watching him (and them)."
Apr 20
Randall Smith commented on Daniel W's group Godless in the garden
"I did no pruning to my new trees. Four of them look good--leafing, even some fruit blossoms! The pecan tree, however looks like the stake you mentioned, Daniel. I water it every day checking for life. Nada. I'll worry while gone for two weeks."
Apr 20
Randall Smith commented on Daniel W's group Food!
"Nifty gadget, but the taco stuffin's still spill out when one attempts to eat it."
Apr 20
Randall Smith commented on Daniel W's group Food!
"Just used my cast iron to make pancakes. Topped with raspberries and peches. No sugar, no syrup. Fourth and final week w/o sugar. Think I'm gonna make it! Then off the wagon while in Italy. "
Apr 18
Randall Smith commented on Ruth Anthony-Gardner's group Hang With Friends
"Yeah, Easter. And I'm joining my son-in-law's family for dinner. His dad is a preacher, so you know what that means. I need ear plugs for his pre-meal "grace". Horrors!"
Apr 16
Randall Smith commented on Daniel W's group Godless in the garden
"Daniel, you have deer problems--I have rabbits. I'm watching one right now checking out my garden. Nothing's up yet, except asparagus and onions. My garden needs some rain. After all was said and done (so far), I've found about 100…"
Apr 16
Randall Smith commented on James Yount's group Music Lovers
"A veritable pot pouri of topics and music added here! My father was born in Elkhart (me, South Bend). Surprised you didn't know it was a music (and RV) city, Chris. And I'm glad to hear someone else hates Kenny G as much as I do!…"
Apr 16
Randall Smith commented on James Yount's group Music Lovers
"Quite the contrast between "Lll Darlin' " and Big Bad Voodoo Daddy! I like them both. Thanks for posting."
Apr 15
Randall Smith commented on Daniel W's group Food!
"It seems coffee and (now) aspirin have become the darlings in good health and longevity. Makes for a good elixir! Spud, good luck on you new program. I'm sure you'll benefit greatly. And keep on walking, Michael."
Apr 15
Randall Smith commented on Daniel W's group Godless in the garden
"I've tried dandelion greens a few times--pretty bitter, and I don't like to salt them. I'll stick to regular greens. (I read your blogspot, Daniel, but didn't comment.) Asparagus is coming on strong! Yummy."
Apr 14
Randall Smith commented on Daniel W's group Food!
"Almost done--one more week to go, no sugar. It's getting easier. Yesterday, I went to town and succombed to Arby's TV ad on Greek style gyros (2 for $6). Ate half of one. Not too bad, but save your money."
Apr 14
Randall Smith commented on James Yount's group Music Lovers
"Paul Desmond, Stan Getz, Cannonball Adderly, Michael Brecker--when do we stop?!"
Apr 14

Happily retired science teacher. Enjoy being outdoors, gardening, golfing, exploring. Do service work with Wilderness Volunteers and Sierra Club. Enjoy being indoors to read, play piano, cook and eat! Life is good being an atheist.

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Farmers Markets

Posted on September 4, 2016 at 8:12am 7 Comments

This post has nothing to do with atheism, and it doesn't fit into any group. So I'll just add it here.



As some of you may know, my daughter and her husband (Emily and Nate) operate an organic vegetable (mostly) farm. Tillable land is about 100 acres, so it's fairly large.



For close to 10 years they've been taking their produce to farmers markets on Saturday mornings. They started with one, then expanded to three. They're back to one, and after this year, there will be… Continue

How Not To Die

Posted on February 8, 2016 at 8:13am 14 Comments

Just a little over a year ago I wrote a blog entitled "The Big Fat Surprise", in response to a book of the same title that basically said eating fatty products--bacon and such--was not so bad for you afterall (i.e., the Adkins diet). It seemed to be well documented. I shouted HURRAH!  I also read Wheat Belly, which wants us to stop eating grains, whole or not. Another decision.

Alas, woe is me--confused and distraught. Upon reading Dr.…

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There, but for...

Posted on October 30, 2015 at 8:01am 22 Comments

As an atheist, a lot of little things bother me-- two, in particular.

How often, after a tragedy of some sort, do we hear "Our thoughts and prayers are with the families"? How inane is that sentence? Yes, I realize it's meant to be wellmeaning and supportive, but is it really necessary? What else can be said? I heard it many times after my father died last month. I inwardly cringed and said thank you. But I wanted so much to say, please don't pray for me. 

Far worse than that…

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THE BIG FAT SURPRISE

Posted on January 27, 2015 at 9:00am 8 Comments

For nearly all my adult years (>50),  I've been told to eat what was recommended to be the most healthy foods and avoid the "bad guys". No to whole milk. No butter. No red meats. No eggs. White poultry meat only. Eat lots of grains and carbohydrates.

We've been duped into believing that eating fat makes you fat, and that a high fat diet increases cholesterol numbers which in turn leads to heart diseases. No proof, just common sense. For 50 years the American Academy of Pediatrics…

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At 1:44pm on April 10, 2017, John Pratt said…

Mr. Smith, Thank you very much for your kind welcome. Those of us used to rational argument and supportive of the idea that belief in anything needs to scale with the evidence are likely to have a very trying time in the next four years (or more!). I have "faith",however, that the facts always win out in the end.  Best wishes, John Pratt

At 9:23pm on April 2, 2017, Amy May said…

I am from Phoenix, recently moved to Owensboro.  

At 1:59am on March 9, 2017, Carlene Worthington said…

I am starting out properly with this whole socializing thing. Lol. Thanks and I am happy about that! Although i did just get a message from someone trying to proselytize to me. That is what reminded me I created an account here.

At 1:18pm on February 27, 2017, Pharmer said…

Hey hey Randall!  Nice to meet you.  Do you live in Humboldt county?  I joined this blog to meet and socialize with other "nones" in my area as though I suspect there are many here we don't seem to get together as atheists. Just looking for birds of a feather if you will. And I am so tired of my theist friends.....

Thanks for the warm welcome and pleasant greeting, so in hoping this note finds you having a great day , lift a glass ...cheers!!

At 9:22am on February 27, 2017, Paul Davidson said…
Am just into Insects. Have no intentions to convert folks on this into entomologists :)
At 6:34pm on February 26, 2017, Carey H said…

Thanks so much! Glad to be here!

At 2:39pm on February 26, 2017, Todd Williams said…
Thank you for the warm welcome, everyone seems very nice but still it is a little intimidating since everyone seems to know each other so well already. I think I'm gonna like it on here, but it may take me a little while to feel comfortable enough to really start to open up.
At 7:31am on February 26, 2017, Jean Larsen said…

Thanks for the greeting. I am pretty new at this. My friends in FL laughed at this bleeding heart, do gooder moving to the bible belt.

At 6:37am on November 5, 2015, George K. said…

Corfu is a beautiful island. I'm sure you'll enjoy it. Zakynthos is beautiful, too. It's next to it. Here's a picture of a famous bay in Zakynthos:

At 7:40am on October 10, 2015, James Smith said…

Thanks for the compliment. Most would say I just can't make up my mind what I want to do. :)

No, I don't get many visitors from the USA. Not as many as I would like. As I said, with the dollar so high, this is a good time to visit. (hint)

 
 
 

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