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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, 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 Ruth Anthony-Gardner's group Hang With Friends
"To answer Ian's question: Honduras, especially the capital, Tegucigalpa, is a pig sty. People more than "litter"-- they dump. Garbage of all kinds line the streets. The huts they live in are deplorable. Men urinate out in the open.…"
19 hours ago
Randall Smith commented on FFRF's group Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF)
"Several years ago, I watched live a debate with Dan Barker (topic: "Can you be good without God"). And, I have to agree a little with Spud. Dan's positions were good, but his presentations weren't so great, especially for a…"
19 hours ago
Randall Smith commented on Ruth Anthony-Gardner's group Hang With Friends
"Well, if you ever get the chance, go see the Mayan ruins in Copan, Honduras. Pretty amazing. However, getting there is a problem. The roads are horrific. But they ARE working on them. I had a nice "weekend" being with my oldest daughter…"
Randall Smith commented on Richard C Brown's group learnerscoffeeshack
"Coffee has never prevented me from sleeping. In fact, I have a half cup before bedtime. If not, I get a headache."
Randall Smith commented on Ruth Anthony-Gardner's group Hang With Friends
" Well, I'm off to Honduras Thurs. My daughter and family live in Tegucigalpa. After 18 years, they're planning to move back to Indiana this summer. This is my last chance to see the Mayan ruins of Copan, before they return. They…"
Feb 14
Randall Smith commented on Daniel W's group Food!
"Appreciate the comments (as always). One of the "dumb recommendations" was "no alcohol", not even a glass of wine--nary a drop. And no cheese (or crackers or nuts) to go with it? Geez Louise. No dark chocolate? However, the book…"
Feb 14
Randall Smith commented on FFRF's group Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF)
"A.T., this group is no different from so many other groups that languish from inactivity. Furthermore, I'm guessing only 5% of our members actively participate at A/N.  I'm an FFRF member, so I'm partially guilty of skipping over…"
Feb 14
Randall Smith commented on Daniel W's group Food!
"Good for you Patricia, although the more I read about the effects of salt (like on BP), the less I think it's so bad. And while I'm here, permit me to do some ranting and raving. It starts with reading a book titled It Starts With…"
Feb 13
Randall Smith commented on Steph S.'s group Wildlife
"I didn't have the stomach to watch the video! Interesting, though."
Feb 10
Randall Smith commented on Ruth Anthony-Gardner's group Hang With Friends
"Trying to catch up on all the "doin's" here at A/N now that I'm back from two weeks in Florida (panhandle area). It's good to be back, although I prefer the sunny, warm days to this cold, snowy clime here in…"
Feb 9
Randall Smith commented on Daniel W's group Food!
"Since Daniel left A/N, this group has become rather inactive. When I was in Florida, I ate out several times--mostly buffets. I like my food hot, so I take a little at a time and return to the line frequently. I did Chinese, pizza, and a breakfast…"
Feb 9
Samantha Ewing left a comment for Randall Smith
"Thanks for the welcome."
Jan 24
Randall Smith commented on Ruth Anthony-Gardner's group Hang With Friends
"Joan had a birthday? Missed that. Happy belated, Joan! I may miss a few more tidbits in the next 2 weeks, as I'll be in Mexico Beach, Florida, basking in the sunshine. Yahoo! Talk to you when I return. (I leave all computer stuff at home.)"
Jan 21
Randall Smith commented on Richard C Brown's group learnerscoffeeshack
"Filled with French toast (with blueberries) and, of course, coffee, and I'm ready to tackle the day. Leaving for Florida Tuesday and have much to do today in preparation. Needless to say, I'll be sitting on my butt watching two football…"
Jan 21
Randall Smith commented on Ruth Anthony-Gardner's group Hang With Friends
"Kathy! I didn't know your husband died. Are you just now telling us? I'm sorry. Hope you're coping alright. Bertold, thanks for the report on Daniel."
Jan 20
Randall Smith commented on Ruth Anthony-Gardner's group Hang With Friends
"Carl, it's good to hear from you. How have you been doing lately? Can you get outdoors in this frigid winter? What do you do during a typical day?"
Jan 19

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.…


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…



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 6:54pm 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. 

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.



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