Randall Smith
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Randall Smith commented on Sentient Biped's group Godless in the garden
"While I'm not exactly a "neat freak", I do like some semblance of order--in general and in the garden. Perfect rows and no weeds. As they say, it's a labor of love. Spreading plants, like sweet potatoes and squash, disrupt the…"
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Randall Smith commented on Sentient Biped's group Food!
"I don't recall those old jello songs, and I'm old enough. I do remember the jello commercial: "This week is National Jello Week, tell everybody you know. And don't, don't, don't let the week go by, without J-E-L-L-O!"
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Randall Smith commented on Richard C Brown's group learnerscoffeeshack
"Weekend countdown (not that it matters to this retired chap)! I tried a new brand of coffee yest. and it's awful--bitter. "
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Seaburrito left a comment for Randall Smith
"Thanks for the Chicken Tip..."
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Randall Smith commented on Ruth Anthony-Gardner's group Hang With Friends
"Great, Mindy!! I really did LOL! Must be summertime--everyone seems to be too busy to "blog". During the day, I think of things I want to say, then forget when I get here. Sign of old age."
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Randall Smith commented on Sentient Biped's group Food!
"Broc and chicken, interesting. I toss in some kind of cheese into just about everything I prepare. Love cheese. Just returned from picking 6.5 lbs of blueberries (farm 10' west of me). They charge $2.39/lb which I think is high. Glad the place…"
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Randall Smith commented on Richard C Brown's group learnerscoffeeshack
"I concur with Richard--it's nice to see you here, Joan. So mindy, there really is a Cheesecake Factory--not the Big Bang Theory one?  Happy for you and your daughter. I remember the days when I sent my kids off to college (IU). Memorable…"
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Randall Smith commented on Ruth Anthony-Gardner's group Hang With Friends
"Neat perspective, Carl. And yeah James, take your time. Dog Molly back home and doing amazingly well. I'm happy (but poorer). "
Wednesday
Randall Smith commented on Sentient Biped's group Godless in the garden
"I tried a different variety of sugar snap peas this year, and they are awful (Origon Giant)--very stringy and not particularly good tasting. Live and learn. Spud, that's an unusual breakfast!"
Wednesday
Randall Smith commented on Sentient Biped's group Food!
"Recipe, Pat?"
Wednesday
Randall Smith commented on Richard C Brown's group learnerscoffeeshack
"Good news on the Molly front: she's back, up and running. Whatever knocked her for a loop is still a mystery, but it's gone. She's worth the $218 I spent on her."
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Randall Smith liked Loren Miller's blog post Seth Andrews - "The Ultimate Question"
Wednesday
Randall Smith commented on Ruth Anthony-Gardner's group Hang With Friends
"When my one year old dog (Molly) suddenly became lethargic and wouldn't eat or drink, I took her to the vet yesterday. She had a very high temperature. I though food poisoning from a carcass of some sort. They say "infection". She…"
Tuesday
Randall Smith commented on Sentient Biped's group Food!
"What a coincidence, Patricia. I also picked 3 gigantic heads of brocolli yest. Blanched and froze two of them and will eat off the third. They were slightly "wormy" already. Broc is a super food, you know."
Tuesday
Randall Smith commented on Richard C Brown's group learnerscoffeeshack
"Mindy, I took your advice (actually my own) and took Molly to the vet. She was examined and kept overnight. I still don't know the cause--perhaps an infection they said. I'm picking her up this morning. Hope your Molly hangs in there. Have…"
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James Paul Miller left a comment for Randall Smith
"Thank You Randall, Just looking for some similar conversation that has logic + reason as its base."
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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.…

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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…

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"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…

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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 8:45am on July 10, 2014, Seaburrito said…

Thanks for the Chicken Tip...

At 8:40am on July 7, 2014, James Paul Miller said…

Thank You Randall, Just looking for some similar conversation that has logic + reason as its base.

At 9:44pm on July 6, 2014, Dorothy said…

Yeah, it's not meant to impress, me mentioning Ken Ham, merely to further illustrate the darkness of delusion I was in.

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 3:15pm on July 3, 2014, Casey Pittman said…

Faster than I thought too

At 9:51am on June 24, 2014, Sentient Biped said…

Randall, from time to time I welcome people to Nexus, although not reliably.  I see you are doing that.  Thank you.  It makes the site more welcoming and I hope more people will join in the conversations.

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!

At 12:47pm on March 17, 2014, L. Alcorn said…
I haven't tried growing soybeans sprouts. I'm glad to meet you, a fellow Hoosier. I live in SW Indiana. I'm X - Catholic, now non theist. I reside with my cat in my apartment but in the process of trying to buy a house in Hoosier National Forest.
At 11:48am on March 16, 2013, Sentient Biped said…

Hi Randdall.  Thnk for the comment.

Tacoma is a town in WA state in Puget sound.  Not far from me.  It was the Indian name for Mount Ranier.  Seattle airport is there (Sea-Tac).  Means something like "giver of waters".  Supposedly.  Rivers to Seattle are Ranier glacial snowmelt.

I holding my own.  Appointment with surgeon for evaluation Mon.  Tues is appointment for biopsy.  They have to put me out for that.  If they are fast - big if - I could wind up in surgery next week.  Wild guess, 1 or 2 weeks.

Thanks for asking.  For a long time I've been trying to balance living in the moment, with preparing for a future tomorrow with something to look forward to and not regret, and learning from the past.  This is the same.  There have been a couple of "why bother" moments but not much.  Yesterday was an intense high-pressure work day.  Today Im a bit dizzy and tired.

 
 
 

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