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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

Sisyphus

Started this discussion. Last reply by redhands Mar 8. 5 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
"Oh yes, thanks for the tips on sugar substitutes. I do eat fresh and dried fruits, plus use stevia."
7 hours ago
Randall Smith commented on Ruth Anthony-Gardner's group Hang With Friends
"Don't remind me! I still have bad memories of my vasectomy 33 years ago. I thought I felt good enough to paint the porch ceiling the following day.Oh, what a mistake that was!"
7 hours ago
Randall Smith commented on Ruth Anthony-Gardner's group Hang With Friends
"Sugar substitutes just aren't the same. For example, on this morning's oatmeal, I tried cinnamon, vanilla, and raspberries (black), plus a spoonful of yogurt. Nope. But, the subs are good for me anyway."
yesterday
Randall Smith commented on Daniel W's group Godless in the garden
"After a year of no chickens, my SIL just bought some pullets. Finally, I'll have farm fresh eggs. I've missed them. Weeded my strawberry patch yest. What a mess."
yesterday
Adin Briggs left a comment for Randall Smith
"Thanks!"
yesterday
Randall Smith commented on Ruth Anthony-Gardner's group Hang With Friends
"My bad, dropping my birthday. Didn't mean to. The point was my sugar-free "experiment". Like any plan, one has to have a starting date. I just thought the 24th was a good day because on April 24th, I'll be going to Italy. Then…"
Monday
Daniel W left a comment for Randall Smith
"Randy, I hope you had a happy birthday and many more!"
Sunday
Randall Smith commented on Ruth Anthony-Gardner's group Hang With Friends
"Finally! The grass is greening up. A warm rain overnight helped. Yesterday, the day after my birthday, I started a 4 week "sugar-free" program--detox, if you will. Despite my comparitively low weight (which would be normal 75 years ago), I…"
Sunday
Randall Smith commented on Daniel W's group Godless in the garden
"Thanks, Daniel. Since I couldn't find a plum tree locally, I ordered one, plus a pecan and a golgi bush. With shipping (like $28!), the three "trees" cost well over $100 (a birthday present to myself.). And unlike my storebought…"
Friday
Randall Smith commented on Daniel W's group Godless in the garden
"Well, whatever "manzano" is, I'll eagerly anticipate the bearing of fruit. I like puzzles. Daniel, I learned to graft in a botany class at IU. I tried it later and was successful on a 3 for 1 pear tree long ago (and far away). I think…"
Mar 23
Randall Smith commented on Daniel W's group Godless in the garden
"I think I'm going to regret buying the two trees I bought yest. One was called Monzano Apple. I googled it and found nothing. Pretty pink blossoms, however. The pear tree is a "Moonglow". It didn't say anything about needing a…"
Mar 22
Randall Smith commented on Daniel W's group Godless in the garden
"Daniel, Farmland is about 80 miles from me, due East. A little too far to drive, taking 2 hours one way. But thanks for the "heads up"! This afternoon, I'm off to find fruit and nut trees for my "hole" I've filled up…"
Mar 21
Randall Smith commented on Daniel W's group Food!
"As I ate my bison burger last night, I was wondering how well that market is doing. I know I can't find bison meat at any major supermarkets and have to rely on farmers markets to buy it. I know I can order it via the internet, but hesitate to…"
Mar 21
Randall Smith commented on Richard C Brown's group learnerscoffeeshack
"The first full day of spring looks promising: the sun is popping up, robins are jousting for the mating potential, farmers are prepping their machinery. I had an egg sandwich, an orange, and coffee for breakfast and am ready to tackle the day. Lots…"
Mar 21
Randall Smith commented on Ruth Anthony-Gardner's group Hang With Friends
"Yet, Ian, I've read (or heard) that the Danes are rated the "happiest people on earth". (Americans 15th, by the way.) This despite Denmark having one of the highest suicide numbers. Hmm. Ruth, I'm sorry about your depressed state…"
Mar 20
Randall Smith commented on Daniel W's group Godless in the garden
"Daniel, I wish I could have attended the scion exchange. I can't imagine that happening around here. I read Joan's article (mentioned above in the forum). It lost all credibility when it talked about lunar cycles."
Mar 20

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.…

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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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At 10:36pm on March 27, 2017, Adin Briggs said…
Thanks!
At 5:25pm on March 26, 2017, Daniel W said…

Randy, I hope you had a happy birthday and many more!

At 1:59am on March 9, 2017, Carlene Worthington said…

I am starting out properly with this whole socializing thing. Lol. Thanks and I am happy about that! Although i did just get a message from someone trying to proselytize to me. That is what reminded me I created an account here.

At 8:44pm on March 8, 2017, Patricia Ruzicka said…

Thank ya Randall , I hope your doing well also ?

At 10:29am on March 5, 2017, Jiim Chasteen said…

Oops. That was a typo. LOL

At 9:38am on March 4, 2017, Ben Swartz said…

Thanks Randall.  Yes to no school prayer for sure. 

At 1:18pm on February 27, 2017, Pharmer said…

Hey hey Randall!  Nice to meet you.  Do you live in Humboldt county?  I joined this blog to meet and socialize with other "nones" in my area as though I suspect there are many here we don't seem to get together as atheists. Just looking for birds of a feather if you will. And I am so tired of my theist friends.....

Thanks for the warm welcome and pleasant greeting, so in hoping this note finds you having a great day , lift a glass ...cheers!!

At 9:22am on February 27, 2017, Paul Davidson said…
Am just into Insects. Have no intentions to convert folks on this into entomologists :)
At 6:34pm on February 26, 2017, Carey H said…

Thanks so much! Glad to be here!

At 2:39pm on February 26, 2017, Todd Williams said…
Thank you for the warm welcome, everyone seems very nice but still it is a little intimidating since everyone seems to know each other so well already. I think I'm gonna like it on here, but it may take me a little while to feel comfortable enough to really start to open up.
 
 
 

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