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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. 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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Marc McDonald left a comment for Randall Smith
"Thanks for the welcome Mr. Smith!"
56 minutes ago
Randall Smith commented on Daniel W's group Godless in the garden
"Spud, the pecan trees are bare-rooted, the others have clumps of healthy looking roots. I got two planted yesterday, trying to follow the directions."
1 hour ago
Randall Smith commented on Daniel W's group Food!
"Another interesting "factoid" about the importance of salt: pregnant women really need it, not only for their well being, but for the fetus. I guess there's a relationship between getting plenty of salt in one's diet and the…"
1 hour ago
Randall Smith commented on Daniel W's group Godless in the garden
"My 13 nut trees arrived yesterday. They look like long sticks. I ordered 3-4' tall ones, but these are 5-6'! As Daniel suggested, I stuck them in water to give them a good soaking. There's no green on them, but I do see buds. Coming…"
22 hours ago
Randall Smith commented on Daniel W's group Food!
"I'm not sure which group to post this--food, books, health? Whichever, I'm halfway through reading The Salt Fix, by Dr. James DiNicolantonio (love his name!). The rest of the title says it all: "Why the Experts Got It All…"
22 hours ago
Randall Smith replied to Joan Denoo's discussion Change the world one yard at a time in the group Godless in the garden
"Thanks, Joan.  Yesterday, I deposited several wheel barrows full of used potting soil (from my kid's greenhouse) into the compost pile. That should mix well with the grass and leaves already there."
Randall Smith commented on Ruth Anthony-Gardner's group Hang With Friends
"To all you Dads out there,  Happy Fathers Day! I have 4 children (3 girls, 1 boy, ages 34-44) and 6 grandchildren (no wife). To my knowledge, nothing special is planned to celebrate "my day". That's okay. In two weeks all four…"
Randall Smith commented on Daniel W's group Godless in the garden
"Interesting video, Joan. I'm willing to try it because plums, apricots, and nectarines fail most every year, either from no pollination or "worms"."
Jun 17
Randall Smith commented on Daniel W's group Food!
"Neat photo, Spud. Wish it wasn't too hot for soups this time of year. I'm into salads now."
Jun 17
Randall Smith commented on Daniel W's group Godless in the garden
"Thomas, "garden giddyness" is normal for members of this group! So is frustration. Good luck with your endeavours. By the way, I've tasted pawpaws and didn't especially like them. We call them "Indiana…"
Jun 16
Randall Smith commented on Daniel W's group Godless in the garden
"Daniel, your garden/yard always looks so colorful. I'd be embarrassed to show pictures of mine. Bees loved my persimmon blossoms, and now they're enjoying the Linden (basswood) tree. I also have a lot of clover in the yard. I'm not…"
Jun 13
Randall Smith commented on Richard C Brown's group learnerscoffeeshack
"I agree with Don--"the jury is out"--regarding gluten-free food. It's one of those see-saw issues. Same with coffee, eggs, bacon, etc., which, by the way, is what I had for breakfast this morning. Then, I went for a 5 mile walk to…"
Jun 13
Randall Smith commented on Daniel W's group Godless in the garden
"Thanks for the "soak trees in a bucket of water before planting" tip. In my haste, I've failed to do that. I'll further describe the trees I ordered once I receive them. 90 degree temps are upon us with gale force winds. It…"
Jun 12
Ruby Lee left a comment for Randall Smith
"Thanks,Randall. How nice of you to welcome me to the group."
Jun 11
Randall Smith commented on Daniel W's group Godless in the garden
"I was shocked to get an email from the Georgia nursery (TyTy) where I bought some trees saying they're going out of business! They're offering 75% off, so I ordered 13 nut trees for $60.44 (plus shipping), just barely over the $60 minimum…"
Jun 11
Randall Smith commented on Daniel W's group Godless in the garden
"Daniel, your bad luck with strawberries is like mine with blueberries. Two more plants have "bit the dust"--one died and the other eaten by rabbit(s). I have one left. Over the years I've probably planted more than 20. And I replaced…"
Jun 9

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.…


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…


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At 7:10am on June 23, 2017, Marc McDonald said…
Thanks for the welcome Mr. Smith!
At 3:22pm on June 11, 2017, Ruby Lee said…

Thanks,Randall. How nice of you to welcome me to the group.

At 1:10pm on May 12, 2017, Michael Woodruff said…

Thanks for the invite.

At 1:44pm on April 10, 2017, John Pratt said…

Mr. Smith, Thank you very much for your kind welcome. Those of us used to rational argument and supportive of the idea that belief in anything needs to scale with the evidence are likely to have a very trying time in the next four years (or more!). I have "faith",however, that the facts always win out in the end.  Best wishes, John Pratt

At 9:23pm on April 2, 2017, Amy May said…

I am from Phoenix, recently moved to Owensboro.  

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 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.


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