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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, 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 Richard C Brown's group learnerscoffeeshack
"The hot spell is over. It's a good morning to visit our local donut shop where my granddaughter works (Saturday only) and where my grandson is selling popcorn for Cub Scouts. A two for one stop. Then I plan to drive 20 miles to the farmers…"
3 hours ago
Randall Smith commented on Ruth Anthony-Gardner's group Hang With Friends
"I had a nice two day visit from one of my "trip mates" when we went to China a year ago. Sarah was driving through the midwest and asked to make a stop here in Indiana. As friends do, we caught up on our lives. There's not much to see…"
Randall Smith commented on Daniel W's group Godless in the garden
"Daniel, your squash photo could have come from me. For some reason, I didn't plant my favorite acorn squash this year. However, my SIL has plenty. I did get some Delicata--another fave."
Randall Smith commented on Daniel W's group Godless in the garden
"I love flowers. Wish I could/would spend more time cultivating them. Keep the pics coming!"
Randall Smith commented on Daniel W's group Godless in the garden
"Wow, that's too bad, Spud. We've had a unusually wet summer. I bet next year, we'll switch positions. I'm a little bummed out seeing a pear tree die. And next to it is a grim looking persimmon tree. Wonder if it's the soil.…"
Loren Miller commented on Randall Smith's group Sports Talk
"Just watched the highlights of the OSU - TCU game.  About as well-fought as any college football game I've ever slept through [grin!].  Seriously, I think that if anything is going to make the SEC sit up and take notice of the…"
Sep 16
Randall Smith commented on Ruth Anthony-Gardner's group Hang With Friends
"Speaking of which: I went with my daughter and her family (husband, 2 teens) last night to an astronomy show with 4 telescopes directed to the big display of the moon and 4 planets. People were lined up to see them all up close--craters, rings,…"
Sep 16
Randall Smith commented on Randall Smith's group Sports Talk
"While I don't object to "replays", when they show questionable football plays over and over again, it becomes a little too much. I counted one replay 11 times. Whew!"
Sep 16
Randall Smith commented on Daniel W's group Food!
"After reading a couple of "food and recipe" books, I bought several things at Aldi that I have never tried before: chia seeds, organic tofu, and ghee among them. I also got some blue cheese stuffed olives. Not sure how I'll use them,…"
Sep 12
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Sep 11
Randall Smith commented on Ruth Anthony-Gardner's group Hang With Friends
"I should mention that "they" combined birthday parties, all into one."
Sep 10
Randall Smith commented on Ruth Anthony-Gardner's group Hang With Friends
"Am I permitted to vent a little anger here? First, the good: At the birthday party last night, the food was delicious. Of course, I ate too much. And, I enjoyed conversing with family members. However, I almost lost my temper at my one son-in-law…"
Sep 10
Randall Smith commented on Randall Smith's group Sports Talk
"I was raised a Bears fan (born in South Bend). I couldn't watch the last 2 minutes of their game with Green Bay and went to bed. Just found out the Bears lost by one point on last minute heroics by Aaron Rodgers. That's exactly why I went…"
Sep 10
Randall Smith commented on Daniel W's group Godless in the garden
"Re sleep schedules, I get 8 hrs, usually from about 11 PM to 7 AM, plus a 15 ' nap after lunch. I'm pretty regular. Going on trips really mess me up. I saw--and tried to photograph--a solution to my "critter" problems. A red tail…"
Sep 9
Randall Smith commented on Ruth Anthony-Gardner's group Hang With Friends
"Gloomy morning with lots of rain--4 to 5 inches in some areas. We're getting the aftermath of "Gordon". I have two birthday "parties" to attend today and tomorrow from different families: a 14 yr old grandson and 6 yr old…"
Sep 8
Randall Smith commented on Daniel W's group Godless in the garden
"You're up early, Spud! Interesting map, Joan. No wonder I had so many cut worms. I don't see any in Rick's corn. Nice."
Sep 8

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.…


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…



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 11:49am on September 11, 2018, GALA said…

thank you 

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.

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. 




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