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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
"Yes, Carl, my physical (and mental) well-being improved dramatically when I retired from teaching middle school. It was very stressful. I know where you're coming from. It's great you're doing so well. I also concur that Joan (along…"
12 hours ago
Randall Smith commented on Daniel W's group Godless in the garden
"Joan, the sweat bee article was rather useless (but thanks anyway). I'm amazed there's nothing out in internet land that answers the question. As for my sunflower photo, I'm actually ashamed of that area of my garden. It's sort…"
12 hours ago
Randall Smith commented on James Yount's group Music Lovers
"Great harmonica (and guitar) player, Jean (Toots) Thielemans died at age 94. If you ever heard the Sesame Street music, that was Toots. He was a marvel on jazz harmonica. Probably his most famous jazz composition and recording was…"
13 hours ago
Randall Smith commented on Daniel W's group Godless in the garden
"Here's my sunflower/corn version. Not nearly as nice as Daniel's."
yesterday
Randall Smith commented on Daniel W's group Godless in the garden
"Daniel, I love that photo of the sunflower, corn, and marigolds! What a combination. I can almost match it (and I'll try later)."
Monday
Randall Smith commented on Daniel W's group Food!
"Chris, even though I'm not into tofu, your recipe does sound good. Daniel's stir fry meal with soy sauce gives me a plan for tomorrow's supper. (Tonight's is already set--cooked pasta over a tomato based mixture.)"
Monday
Randall Smith commented on Ruth Anthony-Gardner's group Hang With Friends
"Unitarian (Universalists) weddings are usually non-religious. At least my second one was. I wonder if that sect is declining in attendance like most of the rest. Look it up, Joan! (Our researcher)"
Sunday
Randall Smith commented on Daniel W's group Godless in the garden
"Joan, that site on sweat bees didn't address how to keep them away. I've sprayed on "Off", bleach, soaps, etc. Nothing works. No big deal--there are many bigger things to be concerned with! Good looking garden, as usual, Don. My…"
Sunday
Randall Smith commented on Daniel W's group Food!
"Watch out, Daniel--you're gonna get as thin as I am!  And if you continue to eat "out of the garden", you shouldn't gain weight in the winter. Freezer foods (or canned) and root veggies should replace store bought items.…"
Sunday
Randall Smith commented on Daniel W's group Godless in the garden
"Yes, spring raspberry producing vines die out and new shoots give the autumn berries. They winter over to produce spring berries. I'm going to be making a lot of wine! It hasn't been so much the mosquitoes, but the sweat bees that drive me…"
Saturday
Randall Smith commented on Richard C Brown's group learnerscoffeeshack
"Here's more of my Saturday morning ramblin's. It's nearly identical to last week's, except this time, instead of a stubbed toe, it's a nasty cold that's got me down--at least sleep deprived. I still ran and had an…"
Saturday
Randall Smith commented on Daniel W's group Godless in the garden
"Yes, Kathy, my raspberries (red) fruit twice a year, unlike the black. And yes, I've noticed rains have hit southern Indiana and Kentucky, but not up here (Laf. area). Luck of the draw."
Friday
Randall Smith replied to Daniel W's discussion It's not easy being Green
"Here's what gets me: The media refers to Trump supporters as "blue collar workers" or "uneducated", usually white men. Why don't they just say they're a bunch of ignoramuses--just plain stupid. Not all, of…"
Aug 18
Randall Smith commented on Daniel W's group Godless in the garden
"I'm dehydrating Roma tomatoes right now. Last year they began to mold before they dried out. Not sure how to prevent that. I'm using my third dehydrator, thinking about buying another that would work faster. Any recommendations?"
Aug 18
Randall Smith replied to Daniel W's discussion The Museum of the Bible - a lie built on fraud built on money from the megarich.
"Michael, I like your idea! Makes me laugh, at least."
Aug 17
Randall Smith replied to Joan Denoo's discussion FUNGAL SOIL: WHAT IS IT AND WHY DO WE WANT IT? in the group Godless in the garden
"I'm not Joan, but I can answer your question, Kathy. It's actually morel. Google a picture. Quite common in Indiana and Michigan (and elsewhere). I doubt if it's what you have in your garden. They're only found in the…"
Aug 16

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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Randall Smith's Blog

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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Baseball: Yawn

Posted on October 30, 2014 at 7:28am 1 Comment

I tried, really tried, to watch most of the World Series. After all, it's supposedly the national pasttime, whatever that means. Hot dogs, apple pie, and all that jazz. But, my goodness, it's paint-drying boring. 

For evidence as to how much I cared, in a one run game, last night, I went to bed after 8 innings. Like the last 2 minutes of a football game, I figured it would take at least 45 minutes to finish the game. Besides, my team (K.C., in this case) usually loses (witness Chi…

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At 8:46am on August 13, 2016, John Patrick 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.

At 8:21pm on August 12, 2016, John Patrick Thompson said…

Hi, Randall. Thank you for your comment. I agree. 

I have a granddaughter who is almost two. It is very interesting to watch her explore and learn about the world she was born into. Her parents believe in god but they don't talk to her in those terms so much. I am hoping that I can help her continue learning. I would like to help her learn critical thinking skills, so that she will not just except everything she is told. Like I did.

At 6:37am on November 5, 2015, George K. said…

Corfu is a beautiful island. I'm sure you'll enjoy it. Zakynthos is beautiful, too. It's next to it. Here's a picture of a famous bay in Zakynthos:

At 7:40am on October 10, 2015, James Smith said…

Thanks for the compliment. Most would say I just can't make up my mind what I want to do. :)

No, I don't get many visitors from the USA. Not as many as I would like. As I said, with the dollar so high, this is a good time to visit. (hint)

At 8:14am on October 8, 2015, James Smith said…

Thanks for the greeting. Come on down to Brazil. Here in João Pessoa, the weather is almost always fine. The beaches are awesome and the dollar is so high right now, everything is cheap.

At 10:57pm on June 3, 2015, Brenda Lee said…

A karateka is a student of karate :) I started pretty late in the game, only a year and a half ago.

My sister-in-law lives out there near Rossville.

Thank you for the welcome!

 
 
 

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