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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


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
"Thanks for the compliments (farm and "kids"). Emily is the youngest of my 3 daughters. My oldest, Valerie, is flying in from Honduras (where she lives) tonight. She'll spend the day with Emily tomorrow. Then, the next day (Sat.), the…"
Randall Smith commented on Ruth Anthony-Gardner's group Hang With Friends
"Oops, make that silverthornfarm.inc"
Randall Smith commented on Ruth Anthony-Gardner's group Hang With Friends
"My "kids" had their grand opening of the Silverthorn Farm Garden Shop (or whatever they call it) yesterday. I stopped by, but couldn't find a place to park, it was so busy!! Let's hope that's a good sign.  …"
Randall Smith replied to Donatien Alphonse François's discussion The Burial Waltz in the group Hang With Friends
"Pretty cool. Strange, but I like it."
Randall Smith commented on Steph S.'s group Wildlife
"It's good to hear from you Steph! It's been awhile. Hope you're doing well."
Randall Smith commented on Daniel W's group Godless in the garden
"Gee Cenek, are you that much more ahead in growing weather than Indiana? Impressive."
Randall Smith commented on Daniel W's group Food!
"Thanks for your input, Daniel: Same with my sister, a vegan. She's had breast cancer and iron deficiency. My dad ate meat all his life and lived past 97. So who knows? I think I'll just compromise. Like my every other "no sugar…"
Randall Smith commented on Richard C Brown's group learnerscoffeeshack
"I'm glad we got that straightened out. Sorry about the fire and bad weather, Joan. While our 2" of rain Friday will keep the farmers (including my SIL) out of the fields, it is good for my yard and garden--and mushrooms! 'Tis the…"
Randall Smith commented on Daniel W's group Godless in the garden
"Daniel, why haven't I thought of that long ago?! I "root" cuttings all the time, but never tomatoes. In fact, I have two varieties of grape cuttings sitting in water logged sand/soil mix. I'm crossing my fingers they'll take."
Apr 23
Randall Smith commented on Richard C Brown's group learnerscoffeeshack
"Chris, I'm sorry I didn't notice your comment earlier. And I'm not sure I understand. Although it sounds a little like me, it isn't. For one, I'm 73. Another, I constantly rearrange my furniture. Most of the rest is true and…"
Apr 23
Randall Smith commented on Steph S.'s group Wildlife
"In my "old age", I enjoy sitting outside on a lawn chair and watching the birds. It's nesting time, so they're very busy. Besides the usual sparrows and robins, I have a pair of thrashers, very devoted to each other, cardinals,…"
Apr 23
Randall Smith commented on James Yount's group Music Lovers
"Count me among those "old fogies" that never listened to Prince. Yeah, sorry he died, but that's life."
Apr 22
Randall Smith commented on Daniel W's group Food!
"I'm now reading my second book on the "hazards" of eating meat (and to some extent, dairy products): Proteinaholic, by Garth Davis, M.D. (The first book was Dr. Michael Gregor's How Not to Die.)  Again, the mantra…"
Apr 22
Annie Willis left a comment for Randall Smith
"Thanks for the welcome! Still learning to navigate... "
Apr 21
Randall Smith commented on Calla's group Nexus Book Club
"Here's a guy we don't hear much of any more, and he was one of the greatest naturalists that ever lived. He influence Darwin, Bolivar, Muir, and many others. Who, you ask? Alexander von Humboldt, that's who. In Andrea Wulf's new…"
Apr 21
Randall Smith commented on Daniel W's group Godless in the garden
"Except for a few things, my garden is pretty well planted. And it's raining today, a welcome site. Our average last frost date is April 30, so I have covers ready for tomatoes, just in case. Beautiful photos of your iris, Daniel! My apricot…"
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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.…


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…


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 8:02am on April 21, 2016, Annie Willis said…

Thanks for the welcome! Still learning to navigate...

At 11:02pm on March 19, 2016, Kayti Chavez said…

Hello thank you for the welcome.. I would invite him but he is very introverted so therefore he isn't a big forum/discussion group person. Besides, he knows I am very passionate about things and he would rather just sit back and watch lol. Thank you again!

At 7:51am on March 15, 2016, Bart Nedelman said…

Thanks for the welcome, Randall. Much appreciated.

At 8:15am on March 13, 2016, Anthony Shaw said…

Hi Randall, I don't see the point of just signing up and then saying nothing. I have recently left two sites where there was frequent interaction with believers, but I got tired of the same repetitive nonsensical arguments. I am semi-retired so I have time on my hands.

I will check out these other leads. Thanks for the info.

At 10:32am on March 12, 2016, Anthony Shaw said…

Hi Randall,

thanks for the greeting (from Frankfort IN to Frankfurt, Germany!).

I am pleased to make your acquaintance. I shall look forward to getting to know you and your opinions better, and I will also be pleased to acquaint myself with some people from the Netherlands. I used to have a number of good friends there, though it is 14 years since I left. 

At 6:15pm on February 25, 2016, Glenn Gordo said…

Thank you! I do like the site! lots of things to learn about knowledge and insights from other members, Again, Thank you for the acceptance!

At 10:32am on February 21, 2016, The Hastings Family said…
Thanks for the welcome. Not very tech savvy and this is our first social network but already feeling loved.
At 2:08am on February 17, 2016, Dale (ForestWind) said…

Many thanks, Randall. 

I will try to find the groups that you mentioned and take a look!

Best Wishes, 


At 6:18pm on February 9, 2016, L Chino said…

Tacoma's are good trucks. In addition they hold their resell value pretty good. Let me know if you ever need parts, I'll get you a discount. 

At 11:00am on February 2, 2016, Jay Hass said…

I know a few atheists that are content keeping quiet about it because they don't want to ruffle feathers. I am getting more and more like David Silverman (btw, his book is great) -- i.e., becoming a firebrand.


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