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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, 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 Nerdlass's group Diet and Exercise Support Group
"Joan, more and more has been written lately about the benefits in being exposed early to bacteria, etc., in order to become immune. "Playing in the dirt" is a good thing. Your exposure in the food trough sounds a little too much, however!"
Loren Miller commented on Randall Smith's group Sports Talk
"I watched almost all of the final day Masters coverage, and I have to say, Tiger Woods was just Mr. Steady throughout, particularly on the back nine.  He managed a par on 12 when Finau and Mollanari took a swim and got birdies where he needed…"
Randall Smith commented on Randall Smith's group Sports Talk
"Ah Ha! So there's still hope for my degenerating golf game, eh? If Tiger can do it at his "advanced" age, perhaps I can too. Doubtful. I continue to be surprised at the outpouring of support for Tiger. His personal life is (was)…"
Randall Smith commented on Ruth Anthony-Gardner's group Hang With Friends
"So, after 40 years, it's time to revisit "Close Encounters" ,eh? Good idea. And, Loren, you beat me to mentioning the "religious" poll results with a virtual tie among 3 groups. (See AN News group) Great news for us…"
Randall Smith liked Loren Miller's discussion As many Americans claiming no religion as evangelicals and Catholics, says survey (CNN)
Randall Smith commented on Steph S.'s group Wildlife
"While playing golf the other day, a fox came trotting right up to me and plopped down beside my ball. He had no fear. Being mangy looking, I suspect he was rabid, so I backed away. And away he trotted. A rare close encounter."
Apr 12
Randall Smith commented on A Former Member's group LINGUAPHILES & SESQUIPEDALIANS
"Thanks, Bertold. Norm Crosby it is/was. "Received", Chris."
Apr 11
Randall Smith commented on Calla's group Nexus Book Club
"I was born in South Bend, Indiana, and spent my first 9 years there. So, I read Mayor Pete Buttigeig's book (Shortest Way Home). Good insight to a potential front runner. I would vote for him. But, being gay, what are his chances in this…"
Apr 9
Randall Smith commented on Ruth Anthony-Gardner's group Hang With Friends
" Clever, Tom. And good one, Bert! Joan, no major flooding in Indiana, except in my basement! In fact, my son-in-law has been able to do some early plowing. Here's wishing you good news, Patricia."
Apr 9
Randall Smith commented on Randall Smith's group Sports Talk
""A game of inches", a phrase often heard in so many sports. I can certainly attest to that when my putt rims out. But, in this case, it's basketball. How many times did the game come down to a matter of inches, whether literally or…"
Apr 7
Randall Smith commented on Daniel W's group Food!
"Glad to see you're still cooking, Joan! Sounds yummy. I'm still enjoying cooking. I now have a whole new list of recipes taken from a cookbook I checked out from the library. Hope to live long enough to try them all out!"
Apr 5
Randall Smith commented on A Former Member's group LINGUAPHILES & SESQUIPEDALIANS
"Sounds like ol' what's his name--his comedy routine back in the 50's and 60's. Damn--help me with his name! Norm?"
Apr 2
Randall Smith commented on Nerdlass's group Diet and Exercise Support Group
"Wow. Two years have passed since last comment. I'm still fighting the sugar "addiction". So, I couldn't help but check out (library) David Zinczenko's Zero Sugar Cookbook. It has over 100 recipes. But, from what I have…"
Mar 31
Randall Smith commented on Randall Smith's group Sports Talk
"Heartbreaking--that's all I can say. Purdue loses in overtime."
Mar 31
Randall Smith commented on Ruth Anthony-Gardner's group Hang With Friends
"Thanks for your contributions here, Joan.  I'm not sure I've ever seen a Ginkgo (Ginko?) tree. You appear to be "hanging in there", mentally. What's your assessment?"
Mar 30
Randall Smith commented on Richard C Brown's group learnerscoffeeshack
"Ain't that the truth, Patricia! Waking up to a cold, rainy day this morning, I need both! This absolutely has been the nastiest spring we've had in years."
Mar 30

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.…


There, but for...

Posted on October 30, 2015 at 8:01am 18 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 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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