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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. 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 Daniel W's group Godless in the garden
"I finally had a chance to work in the garden yest cleaning up cages and poles and clearing out asparagus fronds. I also spread a blanket of leaves over strawberries. Have a nice winter, garden. See you next spring."
32 minutes ago
Randall Smith commented on Daniel W's group Food!
"Never eaten kale, Spud?!! Wow. Not as tasty as chard, but I boiled some last night, added it to quinoa with soy sauce. Yum."
36 minutes ago
Randall Smith commented on Calla's group Nexus Book Club
"Just posted a comment in the group "Books--Nonfiction" if interested."
23 hours ago
Randall Smith commented on tom sarbeck's group Books:- Non-fiction
"3 books worth reading:  Churchill and Orwell, The Fight for Freedom , by Thomas E. Ricks. It's a different look at two Brits--their roles before, during, and after WWll. The Dangerous case of Donald Trump, "27 Psychiatrists and…"
23 hours ago
Randall Smith commented on Ruth Anthony-Gardner's group Hang With Friends
"Joan, for heaven's sake, don't stop posting whatever is on your mind just to placate me! Hang With Friends is as good a place as anywhere to make your comments. I can ignore "bad news" very easily if I so desire. Write on!"
Randall Smith replied to Ruth Anthony-Gardner's discussion Moderate drinking risks cancer and mental decline in the group Health & Fitness
"To which I reply, "Pooh". I'll continue my glass of red wine before supper, thank you very much. I'm with Chris and Tom."
Randall Smith commented on Daniel W's group Food!
"Oh yuck--mince pie! I always hated it. Both grandmothers would bake one. As a coincidence, yesterday for the first time ever, I had some raisins and dried cranberries as a snack. Just a hint of sweetness. Pretty good. I've decided not to have…"
Ruth Anthony-Gardner left a comment for Randall Smith
"I'm really glad you enjoy Hang With Friends, and always appreciate your contributions. Thanks for the thumbs up."
Randall Smith commented on Ruth Anthony-Gardner's group Hang With Friends
"I often forget this is a site for atheists only. I try to avoid controversy, serious discussions, and bad news. It just raises my BP. So I stick to only a few groups, this being the main one. As a rule, most of you simply converse about fairly…"
Randall Smith commented on Daniel W's group Food!
"Hmmm. Perhaps buying/cooking a Cornish game hen isn't such a good idea after all! Since I can't find one, I reckon it doesn't matter. I'm sure a small fryer will do just as well. I'm eating alone. I will prepare all the…"
Randall Smith commented on Daniel W's group Food!
"We call pawpaws "Indiana banana". Personally, I don't much care for them which is surprising being I like persimmons. I stopped at the town's IGA to get a Cornish game hen, and they'd never heard of them!! I was shocked.…"
Randall Smith commented on Ruth Anthony-Gardner's group Hang With Friends
"Interesting, Ian. I've thought about tracing my ancestry through DNA. However, I pretty much know "where I came from" through my genealogy research--at least going back 500 years. The only exception is definitively tracking down my…"
Randall Smith commented on Daniel W's group Godless in the garden
"Horseradish is something I've never grown. Good reason why not: I have a 10 year old bottle of the stuff in my fridge! I seldom use it and I don't know why not. I love it!"
Randall Smith commented on Daniel W's group Food!
"Since I'm having Thanksgiving alone at home, I'm thinking about getting a Cornish game hen for my "turkey". You've reminded me to pick up some cranberry sauce while I'm at the market. I think I prefer it plain."
Randall Smith commented on Loren Miller's group Quotations – Momentous, Memorable, Meaningful
"In my mind's eye, I can still see and hear ol' George saying that. I'm sure it's on you-tube somewhere. Thanks Maciej (and welcome to A/N)!"
Randall Smith commented on Ruth Anthony-Gardner's group Hang With Friends
"Joan, those terra cotta photos you posted are identical to mine. I'll add one more to show the complexity of putting Humpty Dumpty back together again. The site has so much more work to do. By the way, we met the farmer who discovered the…"

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 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.
At 9:14pm on July 29, 2017, Niki L said…
Thank you for the greeting.
At 7:10am on June 23, 2017, Marc McDonald said…
Thanks for the welcome Mr. Smith!


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