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Started this discussion. Last reply by Daniel W 5 hours ago. 3 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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Daniel W replied to Randall Smith's discussion Sisyphus
"This is a lot like wack-a-mole.  I feel this way every day at work, and working on line from home.  On the other hand, Sisyphus was self aggrandizing and deceitful.  That's why he was being punished.   Reading the…"
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Bertold Brautigan replied to Randall Smith's discussion Sisyphus
"He probably feels a lot like an atheist trying to talk sense to a literal creationist."
12 hours ago
Gerald Payne replied to Randall Smith's discussion Sisyphus
"He's tired or bored or both."
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You all know Sisyphus--trying to roll a boulder up a hill. I'm just wondering what his feelings are.See More
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Randall Smith commented on Daniel W's group Godless in the garden
"Wow, Daniel. Here you are, ridding your property of blackberry thickets, and I'm trying to cultivate one in my pine trees! Around here, farmers spray fence rows (what few remain), and I have a difficult time finding patches. Admittedly, they…"
19 hours ago
Randall Smith commented on Ruth Anthony-Gardner's group Hang With Friends
"I'm with you, Joan!!  No contemporary female vocalists can measure up to the queen of scat. And, of course, today's pop(ular) singers make me cringe. Adele? Ugh."
Randall Smith commented on Richard C Brown's group learnerscoffeeshack
"GC, if those were the words to "Holy" back when I was a Methodist, I might have been able to tolerate the song. By the way, I lasted 12 years as a UU member. I might still be one if not for a divorce (she got the church in the…"
Randall Smith commented on Richard C Brown's group learnerscoffeeshack
"Chris, I started watching the vidie, but don't have 25 minutes to complete it. Looks entertaining, however! Thanks for sharing."
Randall Smith commented on Richard C Brown's group learnerscoffeeshack
"GC, I like it! I am a former UUer, atheist and all. Ironically, I hate the old "Holy, Holy, Holy" song. As a previous life Methodist, it seemed we sang it every other Sunday. "
Randall Smith commented on Ruth Anthony-Gardner's group Hang With Friends
"I've changed my mind. I was invited to go with my daughter to her husband's family Thanksgiving. For some reason, I just don't feel comfortable "butting in". They'll be loud and obnoxious, and I can't handle that.…"
Randall Smith commented on Daniel W's group Godless in the garden
"As a matter of fact, I'm making persimmon pudding today! However, nobody will eat it but me. I'm thinking about calling it something like "brown sugar delight", omitting the word "persimmon"."
Randall Smith commented on BuildingCastles's group Health & Fitness
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Randall Smith commented on Richard C Brown's group learnerscoffeeshack
"Hope all you coffee lovers (and others) have a Happy Thanksgiving. Pecan pie without coffee is a sin!"
Randall Smith commented on Ruth Anthony-Gardner's group Hang With Friends
"Ian, my daughter and her husband just spent 3 days in Copenhagen (mostly) 10 or so days ago. They really enjoyed their time there, although the Little Mermaid was a bit disappointing. It amazes me it's such a tourist attraction.  They also…"
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Randall Smith commented on Daniel W's group Godless in the garden
"Daniel, I commented on your garden blogspot. I hand picked a whole bunch of persimmons to be sold at the farmers market by my kids. They sold exactly NONE! Nate said people were totally ignorant about them. How sad. Now I have to grind them into…"
Nov 23
Randall Smith commented on Daniel W's group Food!
"Thanks, Pat. I can't remember ever watching Arsenic.... But, I've never been a movie buff. And I vaguely remember hearing about Brunswick stew, but I'd have to google it. At a family in-laws gathering last night, we ate out…"
Nov 23

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 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…


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).



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At 4:47pm on November 10, 2015, Deryl L Fisher said…

It seems to have aplace for introductions, but it is beyond me how to start one. WOuld like to do so if possible.

Thanks Deryl

At 7:15am on November 10, 2015, Scott Goode said…



At 6:31am on November 9, 2015, Vincent Czyz said…

Thanks, Randall.

Nice to be welcomed.


At 6:37am on November 5, 2015, George K. said…

Corfu is a beautiful island. I'm sure you'll enjoy it. Zakynthos is beautiful, too. It's next to it. Here's a picture of a famous bay in Zakynthos:

At 9:05am on November 4, 2015, George K. said…

Hey, Randall. Thanks for the comment. Greece has some nice places for sure. Where have you been? From what I saw you've been in Athens and in the islands. How about Italy? The south of Italy is full of Ancient Greek monuments. Also the western part of Turkey.

At 8:51am on November 2, 2015, Tamara said…

Thanks for the welcome! I stumbled on this community while doing a search on the moral underpinnings of atheism, to counter a dogmatic Christian colleague's views that atheists are inherently immoral and only sociopolitical strictures such as laws, nation state demarcations, etc. are able to keep that in check (That was honestly his argument!) . I look forward to learning and expanding my knowledge and critical capacities. 

At 10:15am on October 28, 2015, Glenn Kersten said…

Many thanks, Randall. I'm only sorry that I hadn't discovered the Nexus years ago.

At 7:32pm on October 26, 2015, Gynxusa said…

Thank you!    Gynxusa....... When I first got my email address many years ago,,, Generation X was what I was trying for.... Gen X usa.   but alas it was already being used so I settled for phonetics if not clarity. :)


At 7:40am on October 10, 2015, James Smith said…

Thanks for the compliment. Most would say I just can't make up my mind what I want to do. :)

No, I don't get many visitors from the USA. Not as many as I would like. As I said, with the dollar so high, this is a good time to visit. (hint)

At 8:14am on October 8, 2015, James Smith said…

Thanks for the greeting. Come on down to Brazil. Here in João Pessoa, the weather is almost always fine. The beaches are awesome and the dollar is so high right now, everything is cheap.


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