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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 Ruth Anthony-Gardner's group Hang With Friends
"A bus takes you up from the town of Agua Calientes (I think). Hair pin turns all the way. No cable cars. A train takes you to the town first. It will soon be very difficult to visit Machu Picchu as restrictions in numbers of tourists will be…"
19 hours ago
Randall Smith commented on Calla's group Nexus Book Club
"Been there! Beautiful area worth visiting someday. Might check out the book, although I'm not into "thrillers"."
19 hours ago
Randall Smith commented on Ruth Anthony-Gardner's group Hang With Friends
"Peru is a country with contradictions: Urban vs. rural. Spanish influence vs. indigenous. Rich vs poor (In so many ways). I was really struck by the diversity. I spent only one day in Lima, a sprawling coastal city. Not too impressive, but…"
Randall Smith commented on Daniel W's group Godless in the garden
"True, Joan. My garden bursts with "volunteer" lettuce, dill, cherry tomatoes, and more. I haven't bought dill seed in years, but it magically pops up every spring--even autumn. I constantly find baby fruit trees here and there. It…"
Randall Smith commented on Ruth Anthony-Gardner's group Hang With Friends
"Tell me it isn't so, Joan! Reading your comments makes it hard for me to believe. True or not, we're here to support and understand you. As for my Peru trip, allow me a day or so to digest everything. Overall, it was wonderful. Glad I…"
Randall Smith commented on Daniel W's group Godless in the garden
"Whew! A lot to catch up on with me being gone for 10 days. Interesting information to digest."
Randall Smith commented on Daniel W's group Food!
"Sounds more like people food! Yum. I've heard that one cup/day is enough for a small dog. Don't quote me on this."
Randall Smith commented on Richard C Brown's group learnerscoffeeshack
"I'm with you, Daniel. Not even my dog (Dot) stirs."
Randall Smith commented on Ruth Anthony-Gardner's group Hang With Friends
"FYI, I'm leaving tomorrow (Sat., Dec. 1) for Peru with Road Scholars. I'll be gone for a week. The itinerary includes just one day in Lima, then Cusco and its ruins, and Machu Picchu of course, plus many other stops. Let's hope…"
Nov 30
Randall Smith commented on Steph S.'s group Wildlife
"Maybe I'll see  one when I'm in Peru next week!"
Nov 30
Randall Smith commented on Daniel W's group Godless in the garden
"Nothing I recognize as edible.  Spud, when my melons get "too ripe", they're sour to the taste. Weren't yours?"
Nov 29
Randall Smith commented on Daniel W's group Food!
"Daniel, you don't have to save me a piece! I'll take a pass. Gooseberry pie might have the same taste qualities--sweet and sour."
Nov 29
Randall Smith commented on James Yount's group Music Lovers
"Little wonder my packages arrive late!  But seriously, that was marvelous! What a shame not a single person stopped to listen. That speaks volumes in today's society. We don't "pause and smell the flowers" anymore. Whether…"
Nov 28
Randall Smith commented on Daniel W's group Godless in the garden
"True, nothing happening in the garden. I did get mine covered in leaves. And before the cold front passed through overnight, yesterday, I got the gutters cleaned out (which took over 2 hours). I have pine trees which shed needles like crazy, filling…"
Nov 26
Randall Smith commented on Randall Smith's group Sports Talk
"Hurray for the Browns! Ditto for the Colts! I'm on the Luck bandwagon."
Nov 26
Loren Miller commented on Randall Smith's group Sports Talk
"First the Buckeyes, now the Browns!  The first half saw some of the best football from Cleveland I've seen played in entirely too long.  Watching Mayfield execute drive after drive gives me hope for our poor, benighted sports…"
Nov 26

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 4:59am on October 10, 2018, Amanda Richland said…

Thank you so much for the warm welcome :)

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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