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Randall Smith's Discussions

"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, 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 Daniel W's group Food!
"Squirrel's brains? Yummy! I may get the same disease eating my newly found "chicken in the woods" mushroom. It's a little old looking, so we'll see. Have you ever seen one? Had something last night I've never had…"
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Randall Smith commented on Ruth Anthony-Gardner's group Hang With Friends
"I'm still recovering from two October birthday parties held for two children (ages 45 and 40) and two grandchildren (5 and 9). The chaos brought enhanced meaning to the word cacophonous! Still, it was all wonderful. Going to the county court…"
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Randall Smith commented on Loren Miller's group Quotations – Momentous, Memorable, Meaningful
"Forever a classic."
Monday
Randall Smith commented on Richard C Brown's group learnerscoffeeshack
"Hello, fellow coffee and tea drinkers. It's a cool Sunday morning in October here in Indiana, but I can see the sun poking its head up. I had a light breakfast of pan-fried mushrooms (puffball I found), fruit (red raspberries and watermelon)…"
Sunday
Randall Smith commented on Daniel W's group Godless in the garden
"Hope your back improves soon, Daniel. Fortunately, I haven't had back problems in a long time. I think it's due to all the walking I do. Of the trees I've recently planted, almost half don't look like they'll make it. Three…"
Saturday
Randall Smith commented on Daniel W's group Godless in the garden
"Daniel, your chestnuts look exactly like buckeyes. I think I mentioned that we planted some chestnut trees on the farm. Can't recall ever eating one. Can't recall, either, how long it took before my persimmon trees produced fruit. Nate…"
Oct 12
Randall Smith commented on Ruth Anthony-Gardner's group Hang With Friends
"From what I've heard and seen, Mexico Beach, Florida has been wiped out by Hurricane Michael. I care because that's where I vacation for two weeks every winter. It is (was) a beautiful little beach town, perhaps 1000 residents. I already…"
Oct 11
Randall Smith commented on Daniel W's group Godless in the garden
"Daniel, WOW! Those are big persimmons! Mine are small because there's so many. I need a male tree. In fact, I have 4 males, 2 females. When I started them from seed, I didn't know what sex they were. My sweet potato yield wasn't…"
Oct 10
Randall Smith commented on Daniel W's group Food!
"Some things never change. I ate a "church dinner" last night (with my grandkids, who go with their "grammie" to her church). The meal was the standard chicken and noodles with mashed potatoes and canned corn. It took me back to…"
Oct 10
Amanda Richland left a comment for Randall Smith
"Thank you so much for the warm welcome :)"
Oct 10
Randall Smith commented on Randall Smith's group Sports Talk
"I might as well put all my "sports talk" comments in one post: First, Drew Brees was magic last night, passing Peyton Manning for all time passing yardage. Both men have Indiana connections--Peyton played for the Colts, Drew for Purdue. It…"
Oct 9
Randall Smith commented on Daniel W's group Godless in the garden
"Daniel, I hope your pawpaws taste better than our "Indiana bananas". I'll stick to my persimmons. Dug up about half my sweet potatoes yesterday. Surprisingly, they are mostly round, not oblong. And no voles this year. A predicted…"
Oct 9
Randall Smith commented on tom sarbeck's group Books:- Non-fiction
""We might be able to restore order...". I'm not holding my breath."
Oct 9
Randall Smith commented on Daniel W's group Godless in the garden
"And I thought MY garden was rocky! Perhaps there's hope yet. Thanks, Joan."
Oct 7
Randall Smith commented on tom sarbeck's group Books:- Non-fiction
"Who We Are and How We Got Here, by David Reich is a look at current DNA research on human geographical distribution around the world. The science explanations were fairly easy to understand (at least to this science geek), but beyond that, the…"
Oct 7
Randall Smith commented on Randall Smith's group Sports Talk
"My Indiana (U) team almost always loses to Loren's Ohio (St.), and this year was no exception (28 straight losses?). However, it's usually a hard fought game, so I was proud of the Hoosiers. Maybe next year? Doubtful."
Oct 7

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.…

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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…

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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 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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