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Started this discussion. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Jun 8. 1 Reply

I, uh, don't know about you, uh, but I can, uh, hardly stand to, uh, watch and listen to Wolf Blitzer (CNN). His delivery is, uh, without emotion: monotone and stony faced. And, uh, he can't say a…Continue

God Willing

Started this discussion. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner May 15. 2 Replies

Perhaps it's just a figure of speech, but each of the Cuomo brothers have said "God willing" when referring to ending the coronavirus. However, like most people, I'm betting they really believe their…Continue

"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

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Randall Smith commented on Ruth Anthony-Gardner's group Hang With Friends
"Happy Independence Day to my fellow Americans. Despite our president, there's much to be grateful for as a U.S. citizen."
Randall Smith commented on BuildingCastles's group Health & Fitness
"Agreed, Ruth. Thanks for the reminder."
Randall Smith commented on Daniel W's group Godless in the garden
"Andrea, I won't say I love to weed, but I don't mind doing it. I think the satisfaction comes from seeing the results--a clean garden. I've been dueling with the robins and wrens for my berries all year. They love them as much as I…"
Randall Smith commented on Daniel W's group Godless in the garden
"An inch of rain yesterday saved my garden. It had been a month since we've had any appreciable rain. My sweetcorn was turning yellow, so with rain and added urea pellets, I'm hoping it'll make a comeback."
Jun 23
Randall Smith commented on tom sarbeck's group Books:- Non-fiction
"Finishing reading a biography of Winston Churchill. I really never knew much about him and have, for some reason, ignored him all these years. His war years were particularly impressive. Reading about WW11 from a British perspective was especially…"
Jun 23
Randall Smith commented on Daniel W's group Godless in the garden
"Ouch, Joan! Hope your infection disappears soon. And sorry your garden is doing poorly. I know the feeling. Spud, I have to laugh at imagining all your netting problems and solutions. It makes one wonder if it's all worth it! I have one…"
Jun 17
Randall Smith commented on Daniel W's group Godless in the garden
"We're in a mini-drought, so I'm having to water my garden about every other day. Production wise, it's been a mixed spring. Strawberries were hit by a hard freeze and robins. Many seeds--beets, spinach, chard--never sprouted. Others…"
Jun 16
Randall Smith commented on Richard C Brown's group learnerscoffeeshack
"Happy Flag Day! I hang mine about 4 times a year, including today. Just returned from a 6 mile walk (or hike--whatever the difference is). Beautiful, cool day. But we need the rain. I'll be watering my garden this afternoon. Maybe watch a…"
Jun 14
Randall Smith commented on Wyatt's blog post What is Education?
"Interesting. I don't know how science is now being taught in U.S. schools, having been out of a science classroom for over 20 years.  Evidently, science education has not been very effective or influential in persuading students to abandon…"
Jun 14
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"I took the plunge and signed up for a Road Scholar trip in October: Hiking the National Parks of England. No crowds of tourists. I hope their quarantine is over by then."
Jun 13
Joan Denoo commented on Randall Smith's blog post Just a Story
"My story: It was probably 1940-41, Morrison–Knudsen, (MK) a U.S.  construction company, came through the northern tier farm country recruiting young, strong, dependable, reliable, honest, resourceful, hard-working, farm men to build…"
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"But wait a minute. If it is not okay to judge a group by the bad impression of one member then is it okay to judge by the good? Also the idea of racial purity is myth. Not only in historical times but prehistorically we are learning that our…"
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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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Just a Story

Posted on June 10, 2020 at 7:25am 2 Comments

As a kid from Indiana, I always heard it said, don't go to Gary or South Chicago--dangerous black man territory. So while I had never had any contact with a black person, and my parents weren't biased that I was aware of (well, maybe my father was), I knew to fear and avoid them.

One summer Sunday day back in 1957 when I was 14, my friend's father took us by train to Chicago to see the White Sox play. We mistakenly got off at the wrong station and discovered we were in "black Chicago"…


German Baptist Wedding

Posted on October 27, 2019 at 7:32am 2 Comments

I attended my first German Baptist wedding yesterday, and it was quite the experience.

German Baptists in my north-central part of Indiana are a mix of old and new ways of living. They drive vehicles and have cell phones, but don't own televisions, for example. The women put their hair up in bonnets and wear long dresses. The men all have beards and wear black.

Lorene, the bride, has worked on my farm for 6 years (along with several other GB girls). So she invited me to her…



Posted on September 7, 2019 at 7:13am 3 Comments

My dog, Dot, tags along when I go on long walks on county roads. She often gets distracted in her curiosity. The other day, she fell behind and never caught up. Since I went around the 4 mile block, I didn't see her on my return. I waited all day for her to come trotting home.

About 6 hours later, a young lady knocked on my door and asked if I'd lost a dog. There Dot was in the back seat of her small car. Relief! The lady asked her neighbors (in a small town of about 100 people over a…


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

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At 8:35am on April 2, 2020, Leslie Riddel said…

Thanks, Randall!

At 8:44pm on May 7, 2019, Jan Stampley said…

Thanks Randall.

At 5:12pm on May 6, 2019, Bobby said…

Thankyou Randall !

At 4:59am on October 10, 2018, Amanda Richland said…

Thank you so much for the warm welcome :)

At 7:37am on August 18, 2018, Bexs said…

thanks Randall for the welcome...

At 6:49am on July 30, 2018, Al Wm Johnson said…

Randall -  thanks for the welcome.  I was raised a Roman Catholic and was indoctrinated with that religions supernatural beliefs. At some point in my life those beliefs no longer made sense to me. I have been on a lifelong mission to discover a worldview that I could live by. I think I have found it.  Al

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.




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