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"May the Force..."

Started this discussion. Last reply by jay H Jan 13. 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 Randall Smith Nov 30, 2015. 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 Ruth Anthony-Gardner's group Hang With Friends
"Well, I have to say, it's quite an improvement of picture quality and size  with 48" HD television! I'm ashamed I waited this long. I thought the flat screens distorted shapes, making people look fat. Plus, I thought new TVs cost…"
20 hours ago
Randall Smith commented on Daniel Wachenheim's group Godless in the garden
"On my farm, we've planted an apple orchard a couple years ago. So we're hoping for some fruit in '17. Can't tell you what we planted! Nate (SIL) bought a whole bunch of apples to make cider. He's hosting an "open…"
20 hours ago
Randall Smith commented on Daniel Wachenheim's group Food!
"Yeah, my freezer never seems to empty out, and it's 15 cubic feet. I actually made lasagna about 10 days ago and used ricotta added to my cottage cheese. Spud, aren't microwaves great for reheating leftovers?!"
20 hours ago
Randall Smith commented on Calla's group Nexus Book Club
"Yes, it's a hard read, even for a former science teacher, but I recommend The Big Picture, by Sean Carroll, "an unprecedental scientific worldview, a tour de force that will sit on the shelves alongside the works of Stephen Hawking,…"
20 hours ago
Randall Smith commented on Daniel Wachenheim's group Food!
"I bought some ricotta cheese a couple of weeks ago after reading a recipe that called for some. I finally got around to making a "pasta gratin" with egg noodles, squash (actually, pumpkin by accident), spinach, and cheeses (ricotta,…"
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Randall Smith commented on Ruth Anthony-Gardner's group Hang With Friends
"Chris, I had no knowledge of this "blackface" story. Interesting, but disturbing. It needs to be eliminated."
Sunday
Randall Smith commented on Daniel Wachenheim's group Godless in the garden
"I agree with Joan, Daniel. Your work ethic is incredible and inspirational. My neighbors have no garden and consider sitting on a lawn mower for 3 hours every 3 days is work and exercise. Even at a quarter mile away, I hate hearing their noisy…"
Sunday
Randall Smith commented on Richard C Brown's group learnerscoffeeshack
"Sunday morning and no church to attend! Listening to "Sunday Baroque" on the radio is a pleasant alternative. It may be a gloomy day on the outside, but the environment indoors is warm and cozy. Have a great day and week."
Sunday
Randall Smith commented on Daniel Wachenheim's group Godless in the garden
"Daniel, when I first saw your cacti photo, I thought "wow!". Then, it sunk in--GROSS! Just not right. Joan, it's good to hear you're out of your blues (my word for depression). Most of our birds have migrated, but I now see blue…"
Friday
Randall Smith commented on Ruth Anthony-Gardner's group Hang With Friends
"I bit the bullet and upgraded my television package. I talked the guy on the phone into a better rate, saving $16/mo. So, for an extra dollar a day, I'll have HD (high definition) and more programs--not that that is a positive(!). (PS, Q-M:…"
Thursday
Randall Smith commented on Ruth Anthony-Gardner's group Hang With Friends
"I was surprised my new television set arrived yesterday! My daughter helped me set it up and running. Come to find out, unless I upgrade my DISH channel package, I can't get HD. The entire screen is not used, either--more like 38" rather…"
Nov 30
Randall Smith commented on Daniel Wachenheim's group Food!
"Daniel, how'd the sweet potato soup turn out? I made another pot, and loved it. I could do w/o the coriander, however. Funny that I love cilantro leaves, but not the seeds. Disappointed there was no pecan pie at the Thanksgiving dinner I…"
Nov 30
Randall Smith commented on Daniel Wachenheim's group Godless in the garden
"I love pickled beets. Unfortunately, I "forgot" to make any this Fall. I did make dill pickles, however. Yum."
Nov 29
Randall Smith commented on Ruth Anthony-Gardner's group Hang With Friends
"It doesn't look like I've missed anything in the past week while my computer was in the shop. Bad monitor--one of those old fashion TV sets. Not only did I buy a new one, but I bought a new television. I couldn't pass up the Black…"
Nov 29
Randall Smith commented on Ruth Anthony-Gardner's group Hang With Friends
"While I don't suffer from clinical depression, local and worldly news does depress me. Therefore, I've made a decision to avoid the news and remain ignorant of all the negativity going on "out there". I know it's wrong, but…"
Nov 20
Randall Smith replied to Loren Miller's discussion Annie Laurie Gaylor Addresses NOFS "Freethought Fiesta" in the group Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF)
"Thanks for sharing this, Loren. Annie Laurie isn't the best speaker, however. I wearied at about 15 minutes. I met her at the first "Reason Rally", and heard Dan Barker debate in Zionsville (IN). Without them, where would we be with…"
Nov 20

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 6:49am on November 15, 2016, Trevor Maseleme said…
Thank you for the welcome Randall, any friend of science is a friend of mine!
At 7:03am on October 28, 2016, Joseph Ratliff said…

Thanks for the warm welcome Randall.

At 8:27am on October 19, 2016, Kaleb Denton Smith said…

Hey thanks for introducing yourself. Yeah I blabber about random stuff sometimes. Promise to try and keep on topic during conversation though,

At 9:19am on October 8, 2016, Christina Norris said…

Hi Randall, thanks for the welcome! I've been in Wooster about 25 years now - it's not terribly memorable. Beautiful, vital area with a deeply ingrained and deeply unfortunate religious and conservative bent. Just found this place, looks promising so far. Hope to see you around! 

At 7:46am on September 25, 2016, Stephanie said…
Thank you!
At 2:44pm on September 6, 2016, Elisabeth Christina Mathes said…

Hi Randall,

thanks for welcoming me! I´ve just moved to Nelson (woo-woo village ;-)) and hope to meet some like minded people there. Seems to be kind of a hard task because of all the pseudo-scientific stuff, conspiracy theorists, esoterics, etc. Maybe I have to improve my energy level first in order to attract the right people lol

At 7:17am on September 2, 2016, Randy Hatly said…

LOL!  Thanks other Randy!

At 7:54am on August 31, 2016, Richard Dalin said…

Thanks for the welcome, Randall.

At 5:25pm on August 27, 2016, Deborah Snow said…

Randall, I added a bit more to my About Me.  Will you check to see if I entered it.  This is pretty hard for me because I am very sight impaired.

At 8:46am on August 13, 2016, John Thompson said…

I have noticed that it is "ok" for religious relatives to talk to children about their faith, even though it may be a different flavor of Christianity from the child's parents. My family tolerates my new thinking, but they don't want to hear about it. 

I also have a grandson who is 10 years old, and yes I am very careful what I say to him. I do talk to him though.

 
 
 

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