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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


Started this discussion. Last reply by redhands Mar 8. 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 Food!
"Yes, I've read several books and articles about the dangers of sugar and where and how much is added to packaged foods. It's pretty scary. No wonder we're a society of "fatties". And why do they have to over- salt pretzels?"
11 hours ago
Randall Smith commented on Richard C Brown's group learnerscoffeeshack
"Good poem, Don. Right now, I'm burning a lot of catalpa and willow. It's almost like burning paper, it's so soft. But, I had those 2 trees cut down 20 months ago and hated to just throw the wood away. I have a list of the best to…"
11 hours ago
Randall Smith commented on Daniel W's group Food!
"As for popping popcorn, I bought a "hot air" popper last year. That eliminates using any oil. It makes really good popcorn, but with no oil for adhesive, salt doesn't stick to the corn. I alternate between oil and air. Regarding eggs,…"
Randall Smith commented on Richard C Brown's group learnerscoffeeshack
"When I moved here 40 years ago, there was a Franklin stove in the dining room (of all places). I used it for about 5 years before installing a basement wood "furnace" (Johnson). I've used it ever since. Had to replace the chimney…"
Randall Smith commented on Daniel W's group Food!
"Thanks, Thomas. Interesting article, albeit too technical for me. I use 3 oils, depending on the situation: olive, canola, and coconut. Don't ask me what the "situations" are! I do know that olive oil "breaks down" when…"
Randall Smith commented on Richard C Brown's group learnerscoffeeshack
"This group needs a little activity, so I'll make a comment or two. It's a very cold winter morning in the mid teens (F). I've got the wood furnace cranked up "on high". I cut 3 loads of firewood last weekend while it was…"
Randall Smith commented on Daniel W's group Godless in the garden
"Out of Indianapolis came a dog story on the evening news last night. A "lost" dog for 5 years was returned to its owner thanks to a microchip. Nobody knows where the dog was for all that time. Of course, the owner was thrilled. Sorry about…"
Randall Smith commented on Daniel W's group Food!
"Yes, the pizza looks delicious! I took the border crust off some pizza slices (not home made) I had in the freezer to dip in my lentil soup/stew last night. The stew had carrots, sprouts, tomatoes, onions and lots of seasonings."
Randall Smith commented on A Former Member's group LINGUAPHILES & SESQUIPEDALIANS
"The very same radio personality that used the phrase "carbon copy" said another oldie, "tickle your fancy", as in "I hope this will tickle your fancy" (or "tickle MY fancy). So, I looked it up. Turns out it to be a…"
Randall Smith commented on Ruth Anthony-Gardner's group Hang With Friends
"I recently read (from Zero Sugar Diet) that the average U.S. adult male weighs 195.5 lbs, female, 166. Whoa! 69% adults are "overweight" whatever that number is.  In 1961, a man averaged 165. Talk about inflation!"
Dec 5
Randall Smith commented on Daniel W's group Godless in the garden
"Daniel, I studied your "Watercolours" picture for a long time. Very interesting, not that I understand what I'm seeing. Joan, I loved your dog partner story. With my dog (Dot), I can relate. I've had her for over 3 years and have…"
Dec 4
Randall Smith commented on Daniel W's group Food!
"Whoa! Not only a new avatar (I like it), but a new look to the "add comment" box!"
Dec 4
Randall Smith commented on Daniel W's group Godless in the garden
"Until late in life, my father could not eat morels, as they would upset his stomach. I'm not sure if he was drinking wine at the same time. Daniel, pretty impressive. I think "anticipation" is unrecognized in living a long and…"
Dec 3
Randall Smith commented on Daniel W's group Godless in the garden
"Perhaps when I reach 100, and I don't wish to live any longer, I'll "experiment" with some questionable mushrooms. I'll let you know the results!"
Dec 2
Randall Smith commented on Daniel W's group Food!
"Lentil chili sounds good. I was thinking about making a batch of chili. However, tonight it's chicken with leftover rice and B sprouts. I didn't mention that when I returned from China, I had moths flitting about my cupboard. I tracked…"
Dec 1
Randall Smith commented on Calla's group Nexus Book Club
"Spud, mentioning Louisa May Alcott reminds me of when I went to Concord, Mass a few years ago. I saw the homes and graves of several of the great "authors"--Emerson, Thoreau, Alcott, etc. I couldn't help but think about the card game."
Dec 1

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.…


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…



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 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. 

At 1:48pm on August 31, 2017, Patricia said…

Thanks, Randy. How have you been?

At 7:40am on August 25, 2017, goranko said…

Hi! My name is Goranko.

At 7:44am on August 23, 2017, Teresa Roberts said…

Thanks for the welcome. Always glad to meet another hoosier atheist. We need more. 

At 8:32am on August 8, 2017, Benji Clark said…
Thanks, man.
At 9:14pm on July 29, 2017, Niki L said…
Thank you for the greeting.
At 7:10am on June 23, 2017, Marc McDonald said…
Thanks for the welcome Mr. Smith!


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