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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 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…"
16 hours ago
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…"
yesterday
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…"
Tuesday
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…"
Tuesday
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…"
Tuesday
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…"
Monday
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."
Monday
Randall Smith commented on James Yount's group Music Lovers
"Chris, I checked out the "interactive" map. What a crock! My state, Indiana, is a black hole for EVERY type of music. Jazz is big in Indianapolis, yet the map doesn't show it. And IU in Bloomington has one of the nation's great…"
Sunday
Randall Smith commented on James Yount's group Music Lovers
"Boy, Classical Gas brings back memories. But then again, so does about every other "oldie"!  And for that very reason, I don't like to watch those PBS shows featuring the "good old days". I'm not sure why…"
Saturday
Randall Smith commented on Daniel W's group Godless in the garden
"Just checked the cheerios website for free seeds, but they say they're all out. Thanks anyway, Tom. I saw on the news how the southeastern states were hit hard with freezes after a mild Feb. caused fruits to blossom early. Here in Indiana, the…"
Mar 17
Randall Smith replied to Loren Miller's discussion Michelle Thaller on Science Denial in the group Atheists who love Science!
"Unfortunately, Ms. Thaller is "preaching to the choir". Plus, deniers have ear plugs in. Rather than listen to experts give their spiel, the public needs to see the evidence. They need to see the comparison of Glacier National Park…"
Mar 17
Randall Smith commented on Ruth Anthony-Gardner's group Hang With Friends
"Chris, all I can say is "Whew"! Although I hear the final vote results won't be make public until next week, it appears Wilder has lost. I'm sure it's a big relief to you. I wish I could have said the same about our election…"
Mar 16
Randall Smith commented on Ruth Anthony-Gardner's group Hang With Friends
"Interesting, Chris! My sister was a census taker, and she, too, had stories. To the Netherlands Chris, I watch a TV feature on your Geert Wilders. I agree--he appears to be another Trump. I reckon if Trump's personality was the reason he got…"
Mar 14
Randall Smith commented on Daniel W's group Food!
"My stomach just isn't what it used to be. Pulled out some old chili from the freezer yest. I suffered from cramps, gas, and bloating all night. Back to the bland."
Mar 14
Randall Smith commented on James Yount's group Music Lovers
"Nice version. I thought they were a male quartet, and suddenly, there was a female."
Mar 14
Randall Smith commented on Ruth Anthony-Gardner's group Hang With Friends
"RE questions about the census taker: My letterhead says "U.S. Dept. of Commerce, Economics and Statistics Admin, U.S. Census Bureau. My address had een selected "in a nationwide process for participation in the Consumer Expenditure…"
Mar 13

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 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.
At 7:31am on February 26, 2017, Jean Larsen said…

Thanks for the greeting. I am pretty new at this. My friends in FL laughed at this bleeding heart, do gooder moving to the bible belt.

At 8:54pm on February 17, 2017, Dorsite Doe said…
Thank you for the warm welcome. This site is more elablorate than others I've used, so it will take a little while for me to learn yhe ropes.
 
 
 

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