Randall Smith
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Randall Smith commented on Sentient Biped's group Godless in the garden
"Here's what's coming out of my garden onto my plate: sweet corn, grean beans, peas, kale, collards, chard, lettuce (getting bitter and going to seed), cucumbers, summer squash, carrots, onions, new potatoes, and all kinds of herbs, like…"
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Randall Smith commented on Sara's group Atheists who love Science!
"Good luck, Spud, with your quest. Good quote."
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Randall Smith commented on Sentient Biped's group Food!
"I have no idea why I have a dishwasher. I NEVER use it! Same with a garbage disposal (I compost). I got caught up in the propaganda that says a house sells better if it has these applicances. However, I never plan to sell, so why should I…"
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Randall Smith commented on Richard C Brown's group learnerscoffeeshack
"Yes, Friday is here, which means the weekend is not far behind. What did you buy, Mindy, at Whole Foods?"
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Randall Smith commented on Sentient Biped's group Food!
"Or, in my case, Spud, chocolate pudding cake dabbed on both sides of my mouth. Yum yum."
Randall Smith commented on Sentient Biped's group Food!
"What's going on here--some kind of confessional?  I'm game. No tobacco (pipes put away), no beer (red wine for its resveratrol), marijuana tried twice (no effect), and no tatoos. And, while I'm at it, no sex since my divorce 15…"
Randall Smith commented on Sentient Biped's group Godless in the garden
"Helicopters have been filling the sky around here lately. But it's not because of fires. They spray bean and corn fields--fungicides, I think. One clipped a utility wire last week and had to ditch. Last year about this time, some spray drifted…"
Randall Smith commented on Richard C Brown's group learnerscoffeeshack
"Hot oatmeal with blueberries this morning. Oh yes, don't forget the coffee! Enjoy your day(s)."
Randall Smith commented on Steph S.'s group Wildlife
"That's what you get for "praying"! Ha!"
Randall Smith commented on Sentient Biped's group Godless in the garden
"Joan, glad you got your problem solved. Now, enjoy a week off! Spud, I'm with you, although I have eaten many of the foods you mentioned. With my new goji bush, I hope to find out what they taste like in a year or two. I had 10 gooseberries on…"
Randall Smith replied to Patricia's discussion Forest Fire in the group Hang With Friends
"Gracious! I didn't know B.C. was having wildfires too. Hope all is well with the fam."
Randall Smith commented on Sentient Biped's group Godless in the garden
"Having never (?) eaten a ripe, off-the-tree fig, I don't know what they taste like. Sounds like I'm missing out. Rats. Still, there's plenty of other things that make my mouth water. And right now, everything is coming at once--broc,…"
Randall Smith commented on Sentient Biped's group Food!
"It took me a whopping 2 hrs to clean out my old (38 yrs) freezer. Somehow, after rearranging and sorting, it seemed fuller than before. It won't take long for it to revert back to a jumbled mess. I have 6 cabbages in the garden ready to pick.…"
Randall Smith commented on Richard C Brown's group learnerscoffeeshack
"Another great day to be alive! Taking the dog for a long walk (6 mi). I love to walk, and so does she."
Randall Smith commented on Sentient Biped's group Godless in the garden
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Randall Smith commented on Richard C Brown's group learnerscoffeeshack
"I'm not all that good at "keeping in touch" with my kids (although I know I'm better than most men). I don't even carry my cell phone with me. Of course, I fought that battle (with myself and my kids) for a long time. Only…"
Jul 19

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 12:11am on July 17, 2014, Steven Berry said…

Thanks, your probably right but I'm just glad to know that there are a lot more of us out there than I expected.

At 7:24am on July 16, 2014, Geoff Boulton said…

Thanks Randall. I'll certainly join in some discussions. It'll be nice to have some rational discourse, living as I do in one of the ever fewer European countries still steeped in religious thinking.

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 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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