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Randall Smith's Discussions

"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 Ruth Anthony-Gardner's group Hang With Friends
"Wherefore art thou, Carl? We miss you. And we miss so many other "old timers". As many members A/N has, I don't understand why there's so little involvement. Thanks to the few of you who continue to participate."
yesterday
Randall Smith commented on Daniel W's group Godless in the garden
"Joan, gardening is not easy, no matter what age you are. I'm sure you know not to overdo it. Just be happy you still can! I filled two freezer bags with green beans yesterday. I also pickled (dill) a couple of zucchini. Cucumbers are next after…"
yesterday
Randall Smith commented on Daniel W's group Godless in the garden
"Daniel, thanks for the info on blackberry species. I'm going to look them up. My wild ones just don't measure up. "Corn" or "cone" flowers? I always say cone. Am I wrong?"
Saturday
Randall Smith commented on Daniel W's group Godless in the garden
"Echinacea must be the proper name for coneflowers. I have plenty of them. As an aside, I'm not a Martha Stewart fan. Ugh."
Friday
Randall Smith commented on Daniel W's group Godless in the garden
"One of these days, we'll have pawpaws. I planted about 20 trees, not all of which made it. I won't be eating them, however. A solar powered fence is a good idea. My regular electric fence is a pain to set up. It's for sweet corn, not…"
Jul 12
Randall Smith commented on Daniel W's group Godless in the garden
"A movie should be made about "how zucchini took over the earth". I have about 6 of them in my fridge. And you can't give them away! I made a zucchini sausage casserole the other day which was yummy. Eating them raw with humus is also…"
Jul 10
Randall Smith commented on Daniel W's group Godless in the garden
""Split the strawberry for dessert"--so funny! Isn't it nice to have somebody around to split it with?! Hurray for Rick (and you). I didn't grow cauliflower this year as I seldom have much luck. B. sprouts to well, however. And, I…"
Jul 9
Randall Smith commented on Daniel W's group Godless in the garden
"Neat photos, Daniel! The tigridia is beautiful. My sweet corn stand looks much better. It was worth the effort. Saw evidence of my first mole of the year. Set a spring-loaded trap and caught him in one day! That never happens. I also…"
Jul 8
Randall Smith commented on Richard C Brown's group learnerscoffeeshack
"Good Sunday morning all. Chilly start to the day--cool enough (50's) to make hot oat meal for breakfast. Watching a pair of bluebirds chasing off a squirrel. It's fun noting the antics of wildlife around my place. Have a good one!"
Jul 8
Randall Smith commented on Daniel W's group Godless in the garden
"Terroir--good word. Had to look it up. I'm considering going to France next year, so I'll add that word to my French vocab. We had a storm front go through two days ago with 2" of rain and strong enough winds to lay flat my sweet…"
Jul 7
Randall Smith commented on Ruth Anthony-Gardner's group Hang With Friends
"Good news all around, Patricia. And I doubt any of us prayed for Rick!"
Jul 6
Randall Smith commented on Daniel W's group Godless in the garden
"Impressive potatoes, Daniel. I told you old ones would work. Cherries aren't a favorite of mine: too tart and difficult to pit. I don't even bother going to a tree down the road to pick them."
Jul 6
Randall Smith commented on Randall Smith's group Sports Talk
"I watched a little Wimbledon tennis yesterday, but had to mute the telly during a match between two women (Sharapova being one of them). With EVERY swing, both girls screamed as loud as they could. It was so obnoxious. How could any observer stand…"
Jul 4
Randall Smith commented on Ruth Anthony-Gardner's group Hang With Friends
"When my grandson asked why I had so many bison figurines around my house, I struggled to answer him. Then I got to wondering about what to call them since they are more than just "figurines". Perhaps idols or icons? And despite the…"
Jul 2
Randall Smith commented on Daniel W's group Godless in the garden
"I wish my blackberries were that big. But, mine are wild. We planted some chestnut trees on the farm this past spring. I haven't checked to see how they're doing. PS: I love Rufus' name! Heard a NPR piece this morning about poison…"
Jul 2
Randall Smith commented on Daniel W's group Godless in the garden
"And your puppy's name, Daniel? Great photo. You're looking good. I finally got my collards and onions weeded. Now I need to put up an electric fence to keep the 'coons out of my corn patch. Raspberry season is now over (finally!).…"
Jun 28

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 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. 

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. 

 
 
 

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