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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

Sisyphus

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 commented on Daniel Wachenheim's group Godless in the garden
"Daniel, funny you should ask! A few have been dropping off, which is abnormally early. But, surprisingly, they're ripe! I was afraid to try, because you know unpleasant a green persimmon is. They are larger than normal this year. I've got…"
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Randall Smith commented on Richard C Brown's group learnerscoffeeshack
"True, it's basically the same. But honey sure tastes better!"
yesterday
Randall Smith commented on Daniel Wachenheim's group Godless in the garden
"Daniel posted photos on his garden blog site if you want to see what he's talking about. Very impressive! It gives me some incentive to work on my "wild" area. It's gotten out of control."
Thursday
Randall Smith commented on Ruth Anthony-Gardner's group Hang With Friends
"So we welcome in the Autumnal Equinox today. It's the "Sunday" of my life--knowing Monday and back to work is coming. In this case, winter will inevitably follow. I'll try to enjoy Fall, but as the daylight hours shrink and the…"
Thursday
Randall Smith commented on Richard C Brown's group learnerscoffeeshack
"I'm not drinking nearly as much coffee as I once did. But when I went camping last week, I doubled the usual amount. There's something about the outdoors that stimulates my coffee tastebuds. Enjoy your first day of Autumn!"
Thursday
Randall Smith commented on Ruth Anthony-Gardner's group Hang With Friends
"Chris, spotted knapweed is an invasive species for the area. We have many different "invasives" around these parts. Ian, was it you or your friend that did the half marathon? Congrats to whomever!! Impressive."
Monday
Randall Smith commented on Daniel Wachenheim's group Godless in the garden
"My list of saved seeds would be extensive. Some things just do their own thing--dill and sunflowers, for example."
Monday
Randall Smith commented on Daniel Wachenheim's group Food!
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Randall Smith commented on Daniel Wachenheim's group Food!
"And I have just the place for you all to go--my kid's organic farm. You should check out their newsletter and see what they just did (Silverthorn-farm). On another note: Last week in the Michigan woods, I found some coral mushrooms (they look…"
Monday
jay H commented on Randall Smith's blog post Farmers Markets
"Ultimately the cost of things is directly related to the labor involved. Labor intensive production, whether food, clothes, furnishings, whatever will always be a niche market, which gets most of its income from wealthy customers. To actually feed…"
Sep 18
Randall Smith commented on Ruth Anthony-Gardner's group Hang With Friends
"I returned yesterday from a wonderful week camping along the shores of Lake Michigan. We (Wilderness Volunteers) worked on trail maintainance, beach cleanup (litter and dispersing old campfires), and knapweed removal. Tiring work, but satisfying.…"
Sep 18
Randall Smith commented on Ruth Anthony-Gardner's group Hang With Friends
"My father suffered from Meniers for 50 years. He'd be bed-ridden for a day or two. So I know how you must be suffering, Chris. He never found a treatment. However, he didn't go deaf and lived to 97--good news for you. "
Sep 18
Randall Smith commented on Daniel Wachenheim's group Food!
"You're not the only one "addicted" to chips, Daniel! The trick is not to buy them. Easier said than done, hwever!"
Sep 18
Idaho Spud commented on Randall Smith's blog post Farmers Markets
"I think this post would have been appropriate under Godless in the Garden."
Sep 16
Idaho Spud commented on Randall Smith's blog post Farmers Markets
"Too bad about your kids loosing money at farmer's markets.  Hope they do well with restaurants."
Sep 16
Randall Smith replied to B.K.'s discussion Can Atheists feel comfortable in a Unitarian Universalist setting?
"I'm wondering, Daniel, if the UU church you attended in Indiana isn't the same one I belonged to (and was involved deeply with) in Lafayette (?).  I was there over 10 years, leaving due to my divorce. (She got the church, I got my…"
Sep 10

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 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:

At 7:40am on October 10, 2015, James Smith said…

Thanks for the compliment. Most would say I just can't make up my mind what I want to do. :)

No, I don't get many visitors from the USA. Not as many as I would like. As I said, with the dollar so high, this is a good time to visit. (hint)

At 8:14am on October 8, 2015, James Smith said…

Thanks for the greeting. Come on down to Brazil. Here in João Pessoa, the weather is almost always fine. The beaches are awesome and the dollar is so high right now, everything is cheap.

At 10:57pm on June 3, 2015, Brenda Lee said…

A karateka is a student of karate :) I started pretty late in the game, only a year and a half ago.

My sister-in-law lives out there near Rossville.

Thank you for the welcome!

 
 
 

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