Randall Smith
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Randall Smith commented on Ruth Anthony-Gardner's group Hang With Friends
"4th of July, Independence Day, although one doesn't hear the latter much. That means fireworks. I'm rather over watching displays-- same ol', same ol'.  Guess I'm getting old. And I certainly don't like the noise.…"
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Randall Smith commented on Daniel W's group Food!
"I don't know, Pat, Canned green beans never appealed to me. Frozen is bad enough, but preferable. Have fun canning! My purple beans blanch out when cooked--back to green. Boo."
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Randall Smith commented on Richard C Brown's group learnerscoffeeshack
"Spending the 4th doing the three W's: Walking, Weeding, and Watching the Cubs. Plus much more. Have a sparkling Independance Day!"
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Randall Smith commented on Daniel W's group Godless in the garden
"Enjoying fresh garden green beans, collards, raspberries, and peas, among a few other greens and reds, including my first tomato!"
Randall Smith commented on Nerdlass's group Diet and Exercise Support Group
"Dr. Mercola has two good articles for July 3rd, one on intermittant fasting and the other on the importance of walking (5 mi/day))."
Randall Smith commented on Ruth Anthony-Gardner's group Hang With Friends
"Felaine, I would be greatly saddened if you left. I love your biting humor and wit. Thank you, Richard, for your explanations. Your willingness to listen and "do the right thing" is appreciated. We all know, you can't please everyone.…"
Randall Smith commented on Daniel W's group Food!
"I still imitate Lynde's catch phrase, "You think it's easy?", with a curled upper lip. Joan, I hear you! I've seen my diabetic sister "collapse" for need of a snack. It's a whole different scenario for…"
Randall Smith commented on Richard C Brown's group learnerscoffeeshack
"I just renewed my memberships to Wilderness Society, WWF, and ACLU. Plus, I ordered a Bernie Sanders T-shirt. All worthwhile causes. Can't wait to wear the t-shirt!"
Randall Smith left a comment for Aaron Edwards
"Hello and welcome to A/N, Aaron. I have a niece living in Palm Springs."
Randall Smith commented on Ruth Anthony-Gardner's group Hang With Friends
"Carl, well stated. I know we can't give to every hand thrust in our face. I continue to support about 15 "causes", averaging $30 per. Fortunately, I can afford it. And it makes me feel good. However, I wish to remain…"
Randall Smith commented on Daniel W's group Godless in the garden
"Those peaches look divine, Daniel! I've lost a branch already due to weight. I never prune my trees--just let nature do it.  When I visited the Smokies (Nat. Park) many years ago, I saw an old homestead with a scraggly looking apple tree.…"
Randall Smith replied to Joan Denoo's discussion Elon Musk: The mind behind Tesla, SpaceX, SolarCity ... in the group Atheists who love Science!
"As you all undoubtedly know by now, the rocket exploded, destroying food, equipment, and science intrument/experiments. Fortunately, no lives were lost."
Randall Smith commented on Daniel W's group Food!
"Joan, eating breakfast is more of a habit than anything, not to mention we've been told "it's the most important meal of the day". Horse manure.  I've never gotten the shakes by skipping breakfast. Surprisingly,…"
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"Rain, rain, and more rain. I think this is the wettest June in history. My basement sump pump went out, so I woke up to a flooded basement the other morning. Luckily, I have nothing of value on the concrete floor. I used an old pool motor to pump…"
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"I think many atheists have axes to grind. Let it all out! And welcome."
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"Hi Stevie. Glad to have you "on board". Hopefully, A/N can help you understand a nonbeliever's guide to the universe."

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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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…


The Life of a Non-conformist

Posted on October 7, 2014 at 8:15am 11 Comments

While short of being referred to as a curmudgeon, it's been called to my attention that I'm a non-conformist. Naturally, most atheists are categorized as evil non-c's. In a sense, we're rebels.

I've never thought of myself as any one of those. It's not on purpose that I'm "different". Perhaps, it's just a part of my personality. I can blame it on genetic predisposition or something, but I won't. That's not fair to my parents (both believers in god, by the way).



Life is Good

Posted on September 23, 2014 at 7:34am 9 Comments

This post has nothing to do with religion (or lack thereof), politics, or anything controversial. I'm not hawking a book, pushing a cause, or bragging about my golf score.

What this blog IS about is simply a statement of happiness, satisfaction, and contentment with my life.

I'm one of the lucky ones. No, I'm not "blessed". I don't "thank god". I'm just fortunate, that's all.

My life at the moment is good. Actually, it's always been good (Okay, 95% good). I'm… Continue

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At 4:18am on June 28, 2015, Tracy said…
Hello and thank you for the warm welcome!
At 6:44pm on June 27, 2015, Mihraj Abdul Rahim said…

It is a term for 'Scientific bent of mind'. It is used to differentiate itself from 'Pure Reason', but an approach based on both logic or rationalism as well as 'empiricism'. Enlightenment rationalism is nothing but the approach of 'science'

At 10:27pm on June 23, 2015, Elizabeth Rose said…

Thank you for the welcome, Randall! 

I'm VP of the Inland Northwest FreeThought Society (INFS: Spokane/Coeur d'Alene, started in 1992) and secretary of North Idaho Secular Society (NISS, started in 2013) and am happy to join you on here! 
At 9:02pm on June 17, 2015, April jones said…

Hi Randall, thanks for the welcome. I am from the UK originally and NZ is an amazing country to live in

At 1:33pm on June 17, 2015, Shaun Arnold said…
Hello and thankyou mate :)
At 9:18am on June 14, 2015, Tracy said…
Hello! Thanks for the warm welcome! It seems I have some exploring to do.
At 8:43am on June 10, 2015, Paige Ackerman said…

Thank you Randall, I still have to find some time to find my way around and explore :)

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!

At 10:46pm on June 3, 2015, Bradley said…
Yeah, well when I was a Christian I Was a pretty big part of the church. But now that I am an atheist I'm not sure what to do with myself. I miss feeling like I was a part of a community. I mean I'm not going to go back to being ignorant because of that, I guess I'm just looking for a community to be a part of. Do you get what I'm saying?
At 7:17am on June 3, 2015, Robert Hutton said…

Thank You


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