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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, 2017. 4 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 commented on Daniel W's group Godless in the garden
"I know one thing, Daniel: don't eat those mushrooms! Speaking of which, I made a mushroom and black bean soup last night. Chicken of the woods mushroom I found several weeks ago. Really good soup, if I do say so. And, Daniel, in regard to your…"
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Randall Smith commented on Randall Smith's group Sports Talk
"Sure, refs make a lot of mistakes--poor or missed calls. But the players on both the Celtics and Raptors teams last night complained about almost EVERY call! I never saw so many whiners. Instant replay proved you fouled, buddy. I did see one guy…"
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Randall Smith commented on Daniel W's group Godless in the garden
"Well, to be fair, and, at the time of posting, I didn't realize there was a thin coating of slick ice on the roads. Hence, the school closures. Too risky, I suppose. Yes, Joan, I taught middle school science (mostly). And I've always had…"
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Randall Smith commented on Richard C Brown's group learnerscoffeeshack
"To start this dreary November day, I had a scrambled egg and bacon, pear and coffee. First breakfast in a week by myself. My sister from Virginia has been here. Nice to see her, but I missed my privacy and routines. Things are now back to normal,…"
yesterday
Randall Smith commented on Ruth Anthony-Gardner's group Hang With Friends
"Hurray, Chris! I bet music will sound a lot better. Enjoy the sounds of nature and more. I'm hoping my recent contribution to this site isn't "money down a rat hole". I'd hate to see A/N fail. I use it most every day."
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Randall Smith commented on Daniel W's group Godless in the garden
"Sort of like "buyers remorse", eh, Daniel? Email them back and cancel. Does it cost anything? Got an inch of snow overnight, and schools were cancelled! Not like the good ol' days. Cancellations are justified by calling the day…"
Thursday
Randall Smith commented on Daniel W's group Godless in the garden
"Daniel, I've also considered joining a master gardening group. My reasons for not are minor: I don't like "experts" telling me what to do; I will feel inferior; It'll be (mostly) a waste of time--so much useless (for me)…"
Wednesday
Randall Smith commented on Daniel W's group Godless in the garden
"Spent several hours raking and wheel-barrowing leaves to both my compost pile and garden (spread out to cover). I also used them to cover my strawberry plants. I'm not anywhere finished, either. So far into November, it's been the coldest…"
Tuesday
Randall Smith commented on Randall Smith's group Sports Talk
"Congrats, Loren! I watched much of the OSU game, but the Browns weren't on TV. We had the Colts, who, by the way, won their third straight game! Even IU won--amazing. Michigan will kill them next game.  Then they (IU) have to beat Ohio St.…"
Monday
Loren Miller commented on Randall Smith's group Sports Talk
"Well, shock and amazement!  Look what the Browns did.  They played 60 minutes of solid, mostly mistake-free ball.  Baker Mayfield ran a competent and occasionally creative offense while the defense did a better than average job of…"
Monday
Loren Miller commented on Randall Smith's group Sports Talk
"Well, I'm pleased to report (as a Buckeye partisan!) that, after an iffy encounter with the Cornhuskers two weeks ago, that the Buckeyes faced a tough Michigan State Spartans team and held them to six points, while showing some special-teams…"
Nov 11
Randall Smith commented on Ruth Anthony-Gardner's group Hang With Friends
"Yes, Patricia, I saw that. Good for the mother."
Nov 11
Randall Smith commented on Ruth Anthony-Gardner's group Hang With Friends
"Yeah, I saw that, Patricia. Good for her."
Nov 11
Randall Smith commented on Daniel W's group Food!
"Yes, Daniel, squirrels love walnuts! You'll have to gather some more. Unfortunately, they don't dry out very well when you have to cove the bucket. I have pecans sitting in cookie trays on my wood stove (furnace) to dry both the hulls and…"
Nov 11
Randall Smith commented on Daniel W's group Godless in the garden
"Good stuff--thanks. What I thought was a regular apple tree I started from seed from a store bought apple (can't remember the name), turned out to be a Hawthorne, spiny limbs with inedible fruits. It must have been a hybrid of some sort. Oh…"
Nov 9
Randall Smith commented on Daniel W's group Godless in the garden
"Daniel, I never thought about trying to root geranium cuttings. I'll put that on my "to do" list. My garden is pretty much cleaned up. I still have to cut down asparagus growth. The only veggies left are kale and chard, plus a few…"
Nov 7

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 5 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 12 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 19 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 4:59am on October 10, 2018, Amanda Richland said…

Thank you so much for the warm welcome :)

At 7:37am on August 18, 2018, Bexs said…

thanks Randall for the welcome...

At 6:49am on July 30, 2018, Al Wm Johnson said…

Randall -  thanks for the welcome.  I was raised a Roman Catholic and was indoctrinated with that religions supernatural beliefs. At some point in my life those beliefs no longer made sense to me. I have been on a lifelong mission to discover a worldview that I could live by. I think I have found it.  Al

At 7:55pm on March 22, 2018, Robin I said…
Thanks. Trying to figure out my phone
At 6:54pm on January 24, 2018, Samantha Ewing said…
Thanks for the welcome.
At 2:23pm on December 12, 2017, Raymond J Barnes said…

Good to be here, thank you

At 11:11pm on November 19, 2017, Ruth Anthony-Gardner said…

I'm really glad you enjoy Hang With Friends, and always appreciate your contributions. Thanks for the thumbs up.

At 9:53pm on September 18, 2017, Jerilyn Neal said…
Thank you for the welcome. I only know one other nonbeliever in this town. Most of my friends are christians and most do not know my feelings about faith. It can be very frustrating.
At 10:07am on September 8, 2017, Joni E Wells said…

Thanks for the welcome.   Interesting site for sure. 

At 11:12am on September 2, 2017, Ron Hurst said…

Thank you Randall. 

 
 
 

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