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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


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 replied to Loren Miller's discussion David Crosby, Steven Stills, Graham Nash ... and CSN in the group Music Lovers
"Quite enjoyable, although I was never really in to C, S, and N (and Young). They had great harmony and were very talented. It's just that I was into jazz and considered "rock" groups to be too plebian. I'm older and wiser now.…"
21 hours ago
Randall Smith commented on Ruth Anthony-Gardner's group Hang With Friends
"Joan, indeed, I'm saddened by your loss. I take your words to heart on appreciating my family. I've often wondered how I would react if I lost a child or grandchild. It was hard enough losing parents."
Randall Smith commented on Daniel Wachenheim's group Godless in the garden
"Ouch, Don. I know the feeling. My cherry tree split a few years back. I've never planted another one because I hated pitting the fruit."
Randall Smith commented on Ruth Anthony-Gardner's group Hang With Friends
"Yes, Joan is our rock. I miss her comments when she's "gone" for awhile. As you can see, I survived the dinner and "sleepover". The kids were great. I had to work on table manners, however. That's what grandparents do!"
Randall Smith commented on James Yount's group Music Lovers
"Chris, I enjoyed looking at the list of greatest trumpet players. I added a comment for Randy Brecker."
Randall Smith replied to Daniel Wachenheim's discussion Wow, we've survived 3 US presidential debates!
"As an addendum, did anyone watch the two of them take digs at each other during the Al Smith fund raising dinner last night? Trump was pathetic. He's no comedian, for sure. He was even booed. Hilary's lines were pretty funny--many…"
Randall Smith commented on Ruth Anthony-Gardner's group Hang With Friends
"We have no propositions on our ballots. Only one "extra"--whether to retain a judge or not. I like your firt measure, Daniel. I have a book recommendation on Nexus Book Club group. I've invited my daughter's family (the…"
Randall Smith commented on Calla's group Nexus Book Club
"Book recommendation: Jungle of Stone, "The True Story of Two Men, Their Extraordinary Journey and The Discovery of the Lost Civilization of the Maya", by William Carlsen.  Occuring around 1840, American diplomat John Lloyd…"
Randall Smith commented on Ruth Anthony-Gardner's group Hang With Friends
"Speaking of windmills, my county (in Indiana) has a controversy raging on whether to permit landowners to have them built or not. I'm not sure who has the final word--zoning comission?"
Randall Smith commented on Daniel Wachenheim's group Godless in the garden
"Okay, one more batch of red raspberry wine (making 8 total), and I'm done. Like your blackberry patch, Daniel, I'm starting a new r.r. area. It'll be difficult to uproot the old patch with all the runners they produce. Like…"
Randall Smith commented on Daniel Wachenheim's group Food!
"I'm getting some great recipes from some vegetarian cookbook. One I tried two nights ago was a sweet potato peanut butter soup. Really delicious! With all my sweet potatoes now dug, I need to use the cut ones up quickly. I even made a sweet…"
Randall Smith commented on James Yount's group Music Lovers
"A good way to start the morning. Thanks, Carl."
Kaleb Denton Smith left a comment for Randall Smith
"Hey thanks for introducing yourself. Yeah I blabber about random stuff sometimes. Promise to try and keep on topic during conversation though,"
Oct 19
Randall Smith commented on Ruth Anthony-Gardner's group Hang With Friends
"So happy to read about how well you're doing, Carl! After all you've gone through, you can relax and enjoy living the good life.  I'm not watching any part of the debate tonight. I've totally tuned out everything political.…"
Oct 19
Randall Smith commented on Daniel Wachenheim's group Godless in the garden
"Good looking food, Daniel. Surprised you still have "corn on the cob". I'm preparing to till up my garden--at least half of it where nothing is growing. I really need to plow it to turn over soil 6" deep. It's rather…"
Oct 19
Randall Smith commented on Ruth Anthony-Gardner's group Hang With Friends
"Interesting comments from The Netherlands. Like any good egotist, we Americans like to think the world revolves around us. When I leave the country, I say I'm Canadian. (Not really, but I should) I did golf in winds that gusted 30+mph. I once…"
Oct 18

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 8:27am on October 19, 2016, Kaleb Denton Smith said…

Hey thanks for introducing yourself. Yeah I blabber about random stuff sometimes. Promise to try and keep on topic during conversation though,

At 9:19am on October 8, 2016, Christina Norris said…

Hi Randall, thanks for the welcome! I've been in Wooster about 25 years now - it's not terribly memorable. Beautiful, vital area with a deeply ingrained and deeply unfortunate religious and conservative bent. Just found this place, looks promising so far. Hope to see you around! 

At 7:46am on September 25, 2016, Stephanie said…
Thank you!
At 2:44pm on September 6, 2016, Elisabeth Christina Mathes said…

Hi Randall,

thanks for welcoming me! I´ve just moved to Nelson (woo-woo village ;-)) and hope to meet some like minded people there. Seems to be kind of a hard task because of all the pseudo-scientific stuff, conspiracy theorists, esoterics, etc. Maybe I have to improve my energy level first in order to attract the right people lol

At 7:17am on September 2, 2016, Randy Hatly said…

LOL!  Thanks other Randy!

At 7:54am on August 31, 2016, Richard Dalin said…

Thanks for the welcome, Randall.

At 5:25pm on August 27, 2016, Deborah Snow said…

Randall, I added a bit more to my About Me.  Will you check to see if I entered it.  This is pretty hard for me because I am very sight impaired.

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



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