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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 Ruth Anthony-Gardner's group Hang With Friends
"I do own a television set, but have quit watching the "nightly news". I go for an after-dinner walk instead. It's better for my digestive system and blood pressure. I watched a total of 5 minutes of the republican convention.…"
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Randall Smith commented on BuildingCastles's group Health & Fitness
"With a 5k run five weeks away, I need to make a decision whether to participate or not. Am I being "old and foolish"? So this morning I jogged a bit, alternating walking and running every 50 yards or so, 5 miles total. Felt good, but near…"
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Randall Smith commented on Ruth Anthony-Gardner's group Hang With Friends
"Several things: Joan, it's the opposite--AC prevents mold (dries the air). Carl, that was a fun video! My mother's diary often mentions how hot it was. And my parents never forgot the record breaking heat waves and dust storms of…"
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Randall Smith commented on Daniel W's group Godless in the garden
"Welcome, Dorothy, to our little group! I read your comment on Daniel's forum discussion. Regarding tomato worms, I check my plants every day. Those little devils can do some serious damage!"
Friday
Randall Smith commented on Daniel W's group Godless in the garden
"Daniel, it all looks so delicious. My white peaches don't ripen 'til September. Your blue and black berries? I though you got rid of your invasive blackberry patch."
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Randall Smith commented on Richard C Brown's group learnerscoffeeshack
"Another scorcher of a day. Instead of getting my exercise walking 18 holes of golf this morning, I went for a regular walk. Watched the sun come up. Did 5 miles with my dog, Dot. There was puddle water available for her. THEN I had my coffee! No…"
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dorothy lantis left a comment for Randall Smith
"thank you for your welcome and comment.  Shall, check out "goddess in the garden". I joined your discussion,  in that I live in a very remote part of New Mexico; where I dare not mention the word "atheist" for fear of…"
Thursday
Randall Smith commented on Ruth Anthony-Gardner's group Hang With Friends
"Good news, Joan.  Yes, it's hot. My old farm house stays cool in this heat, but with the humidity, I may turn on the AC. I'm concerned about mold."
Thursday
Randall Smith commented on Daniel W's group Food!
"I harvested my first-ever gooseberries, gathering enough (2 cups) to make a "tart". And, indeed, it WAS tart! But good--different, at least."
Jul 18
Randall Smith commented on Ruth Anthony-Gardner's group Hang With Friends
"If indeed, it IS your birthday, Carl, thumbs up!!"
Jul 17
Randall Smith commented on Daniel W's group Godless in the garden
"Daniel, I enjoy reading about your "experiments", trials and tribulations. Plus, I learn a lot from your expertise. Thanks. My SIL has a variety of sweet corn that got wormy and is worthless to sell. So today, I'm going to go pick…"
Jul 17
Randall Smith replied to Loren Miller's discussion Pew: Nonbelievers Make Up Largest "Religious" Bloc (Washington Post) in the group Politics, Economics, and Religion
"And I don't think either Trump or Hilary is particularly "religious". Certainly Bernie isn't, and look how well he did. Hope is in the air."
Jul 16
Randall Smith commented on Daniel W's group Godless in the garden
"My yard and garden is surrounded by fields of either corn or soybeans. When it's corn, I have to plant my sweet corn as far from the field as possible. Usually and fortunately however, sweet corn pollinates before field corn. Enjoyed your…"
Jul 16
Randall Smith commented on Richard C Brown's group learnerscoffeeshack
"To all my fellow coffee drinkers (tea, too), hope your weekend goes as planned. It looks like nice weather 'round these parts. Good for hiking."
Jul 16
Randall Smith commented on Daniel W's group Godless in the garden
"Envy, envy, envy! Those apricots, Spud! I got a measly one (1) off two trees. My nectarines are all wormy. And all the other garden photos make me jealous. But, like I always say, everything is relative--most people are envious of my yard and garden."
Jul 15
Randall Smith commented on Daniel W's group Food!
"Daniel, although the bread sounds good, all that flour and sugar scares me. Grating zucchini and carrots doesn't appeal to me either. Am I an old stick in the mud or what?!"
Jul 15

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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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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Baseball: Yawn

Posted on October 30, 2014 at 7:28am 1 Comment

I tried, really tried, to watch most of the World Series. After all, it's supposedly the national pasttime, whatever that means. Hot dogs, apple pie, and all that jazz. But, my goodness, it's paint-drying boring. 

For evidence as to how much I cared, in a one run game, last night, I went to bed after 8 innings. Like the last 2 minutes of a football game, I figured it would take at least 45 minutes to finish the game. Besides, my team (K.C., in this case) usually loses (witness Chi…

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At 3:42pm on July 21, 2016, dorothy lantis said…

thank you for your welcome and comment.  Shall, check out "goddess in the garden".

I joined your discussion,  in that I live in a very remote part of New Mexico; where I dare not mention the word "atheist" for fear of retribution (this, in a "fee from religion country???).  Am so frustrated by the litter left at my front gate have been making inquiries as to how to stop it.  Have tried so much...even calling the churches, kindly, to no avail.  

Beyond this, you can google it, Belen, New Mexico, was in the Albuquerque, newspaper a few months ago, in regards to religious statutes on public property (i.e. court house, police department, schools and post office) one literally falls over them in accessing the buildings.  A  FFRF group gathered in protest, apparently, to no avail.  In fact a subsequent article ran in the newspaper a couple of weeks later applauding the locals for "winning" against these brutes..  Needless to say statuary stumble persists to this day.

Feel quite alone and ganged upon by my neighbors.  Have you advice for my situation? 

thanks,

"imagine whirled peas"

At 10:29am on July 9, 2016, Jeff Caliendo said…

Thanks for your welcoming comment, Randall.

At 1:22pm on July 4, 2016, Wayne Philips said…
Thanks for the welcome!
At 10:23am on July 3, 2016, Mark Coveny said…

Thank you sir.

At 11:06am on July 2, 2016, Casie said…
Hi, and thanks! It is a pretty great place to live as far as location goes. The mountains are gorgeous and allow for a lot of outdoor activities. Bozeman is big enough that there's always stuff to do, but not so big that you feel cramped. It is a pretty conservative and Christian town, so it can be hard to be an atheist here sometimes. You can tell people think differently of you when they find out.
At 1:07am on June 23, 2016, Rukshana Newa said…

Thank you :)

At 9:33am on June 21, 2016, Ashley Werner said…

I sure am one :)

At 7:25am on June 21, 2016, Veronika Cencen said…

Thanks! Happy solidarity day!

At 7:59am on June 6, 2016, John Elder said…

I once had a local minister come after me for teaching evolution. He published a op/ed piece in the local paper claiming "evolutionist" were responsible for the Nazi holocaust, condoned child molestation, murder, had no morals, were communists, would have no problem having sex with apes, all literally said and printed. A student asked my opinion of the piece in class and I responded that his comments were not worth responding to, especially in class time. Of course the student reported to this so called minister who then mounted a months long email bombardment against the evil evolution professor. Living down here in south Georgia has pretty much convinced me that the average american, these days, has a mind set and knowledge base not far removed from that of the middle ages. No wonder we are backsliding as a nation.

At 7:07pm on June 5, 2016, John Elder said…

Thanks for the welcome Randall. As you might imagine there are few of us here in S. GA.  Though I admit teaching science, especially evolution, evolution here is definitely a kick! John

 
 
 

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