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Randall Smith commented on Ruth Anthony-Gardner's group Hang With Friends
"As for my two cents worth: Except for Asimov and maybe Jules Verne, I was never a Sci-fi fan. I liked "real" science. Although written in 1949, Michener's "The Fires of Spring" was an inspiration to this young teenager in…"
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Randall Smith commented on Sentient Biped's group Godless in the garden
"Crap. I forgot to plant fall peas. Too late now. Oh well--the variety I used in the spring was awful."
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Randall Smith commented on Calla's group Nexus Book Club
"I'm now in the middle of a Robert E. Lee biography. Learned many new things about him so far. He graduated 2nd in his West Point class with no demerits. He became very religious. While personally opposed to slavery (although he inherited many),…"
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janbodh left a comment for Randall Smith
"Thanks for welcome"
Randall Smith commented on Ruth Anthony-Gardner's group Hang With Friends
"I love reading books. Now into a Robert E. Lee biography. Marvelous. K.H., gee I hope McConnell loses. Don't like him. In fact, I can't think of a single Republican I do like! Arrogant SOBs."
Randall Smith commented on Sentient Biped's group Godless in the garden
"Don, yep. Now's my time to dig garlic.  What I don't find, plus the scattered seed tops, grows in the spring. Nothing fancy or difficult. I'm probably doing it all wrong, but it works for me!"
Randall Smith commented on Sentient Biped's group Food!
"If I was hungry, I'd eat them all. I might pause at the Ukraine plate! What, no Greek lunch?"
Randall Smith commented on Richard C Brown's group learnerscoffeeshack
"Just read how good green tea is for your health, Mindy, esp. the brain. I drink it "iced" all the time. Drinking less coffee for some reason. Babysitting my 2 yr old granddaughter, Macy today. Wish me luck!"
Randall Smith commented on Ruth Anthony-Gardner's group Hang With Friends
"One of the highlights of my youth was watching the harness races at the county fair. Our area (NC Indiana) was once famous for its trotters and pacers (see, like the Indiana Pacers basketball franchise). Anybody ever hear of Dan Patch, world record…"
Randall Smith commented on Sentient Biped's group Godless in the garden
"Been digging in the dirt lately. It's potato and garlic time! Don't mind the former. It's finding the garlic that's tedious. Potatoes are bigger (and muddier) than usual, due to the rainy summer."
Randall Smith commented on Sentient Biped's group Food!
"I was wondering what to do with a can of tuna I've had in the pantry for ages. Thanks, Carl, for the idea. Do you grow your own dill weed? Mine comes up volunteerily (sp?). And it's nice to hear I'm not the only one that indulges in…"
Randall Smith commented on Richard C Brown's group learnerscoffeeshack
"Guess I'd better add a comment here before this group goes dormant (like so many others). Freshly brewed coffee this morning with a mini-omelet and fruit (my own red raspberries). Gotta wash down my pills with o.j. Fish oil and ginger (among…"
Michael Scott left a comment for Randall Smith
"Ha!  Randall, I thought that that was a given.  :) "
Randall Smith commented on Sentient Biped's group Food!
"Thirty lashes with a wet noodle--I bought a Little Caesar's Pizza (pepperoni) yesterday at lunch time. I was in town at lunch time and had to eat. But I'm telling you, for $5, it's quite a bargain. And besides, there's no waiting…"
Randall Smith commented on Joan Denoo's blog post I see good things coming out of Atheist Nexus
"I look forward to begin each day with reading blogs and comments here on A.N. In a world of religious fanatics, it feels good to belong to this special group of nonbelievers. However, in my little world of realism, I have grave doubts our…"
Randall Smith commented on Amanda Ashcraft's blog post Do Your Best And God Will Do The Rest
"Very good. I seldom see the humor in church sings. In fact, just the opposite. I find them inane and often disturbing, like the one you mentioned. And it never occured to me how a child would read them. The latest "ditty" on a church board…"

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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The Parthenon Enigma

Posted on July 6, 2014 at 7:45am 4 Comments

8 months ago (Oct. 2013) I was gazing at the wondrous spectacle known as the Parthenon sitting atop the Acropolis hill in Athens, Greece. I roamed the sites and toured the amazing museum. I tried to appreciate what I was seeing, but my lack of Greek history and culture limited my ability to comprehend it all--that is, until I read The Parthenon Enigma by Joan Breton Connelly.

Anybody that's ever seen the Parthenon should read this book.…


The Truth about Dowsing

Posted on May 14, 2014 at 8:22am 15 Comments

So I'm playing golf, when I see the superintendant and his helper using a pair of coat hangers to theoretically find a water pipe location by using the "divining method". 

Acting ignorant, I couldn't help but ask, "Watcha doin'?" Of course, they both were firm believers in the powers of those coat hangers. They seriously explained their technique. The "Supe" is even a college graduate (which really means nothing when it comes to superstitions). I held back my opinion, skepticism, and…


"I Fired God"

Posted on March 16, 2014 at 8:57am 15 Comments

I didn't sleep very well for several nights after reading Jocelyn Zichterman's book, I Fired God. As the subtitle says, "My Life Inside--and Escape from--the Secret World of the Independent Fundamental Baptist Cult". Then inside the cover; "A compelling memoir and account of the IFBC and its shocking history of religious abuse.

While somewhat familiar with the Amish (and their shunning practices), some Mormon sects, and, in general, far…


Leo Tolstoy Exposed (to me)

Posted on February 15, 2014 at 8:12am 6 Comments

While in college, I read "War and Peace" and "Anna Karenina", by Leo Tolstoy. I was absorbed by the stories and writing. Of course, they are considered classics.

50 years later, I just finished "Tolstoy", a biography by Henri Troyat, written in 1965. I really knew very little about the great Russian author, but considered him a hero of mine, solely because of the two books I read.

For many chapters chronolizing his early life, I was impressed by his love of nature, thirst for… Continue

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At 1:29am on September 19, 2014, janbodh said…
Thanks for welcome
At 7:11pm on September 16, 2014, Michael Scott said…

Ha!  Randall, I thought that that was a given.  :)

At 11:01am on September 10, 2014, william wells said…

ty ^^

At 7:21pm on September 9, 2014, Bertold Brautigan said…

Thanks for your welcome, Randall. I've been gradually getting the hang of the site, and I'm amazed at the civility, mutual respect and kindness shown by the members. Sorry to be so slow in responding.

At 1:59pm on July 29, 2014, nice girl said…

Thanks for the nice comment :)

At 6:53am on July 6, 2014, Dorothy said…

Hi there, neighbor! Yeah, my upbringing was rich in dogma most of my life. Having known Ken Ham personally for many, many years, and being the religious zealot I was raised to be, being a non-theist has proven to be quite difficult. So thank you so much for your kindness and support. It means so much to me.

At 8:06am on June 16, 2014, Kathi said…

Thanks Randall! I look forward to checking out the forums as soon as I have some time. Had no idea this site existed and am happy to have found it!


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