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Randall Smith commented on Ruth Anthony-Gardner's group Hang With Friends
"Loren, that's great. Nothing like finding a "soulmate". I'm envious. Looks like we're going to have a warmup--finally! Maybe I can get some golf and gardening in before I go on my "vacation" to Europe."
19 hours ago
Randall Smith commented on Daniel W's group Godless in the garden
"Great to see Barbara's comment! We've missed you. As for my goji bush, I only planted it last year. Haven't seen any buds yet. But my blueberry bushes and gooseberry bush are sprouting! Whew. Oh how I envy Daniel and his blooming…"
19 hours ago
Randall Smith commented on Ruth Anthony-Gardner's group Hang With Friends
"Haven't heard from Carl in awhile. Hope he's doing okay."
yesterday
Randall Smith commented on Daniel W's group Godless in the garden
"After doing some research and reading Joan's comment, it appears my climate zone is too cold for pomegranates. I have enough fruit trees and bushes as it is. I'll never have another cherry tree, however. I grew up with them--a favorite of…"
yesterday
Jay N. Forrest left a comment for Randall Smith
"I hope there will be many more. I am part of the Clergy Project, so I know they're out there."
Sunday
Randall Smith commented on Ruth Anthony-Gardner's group Hang With Friends
"Spud, perhaps we can get our widowed parents together! By the way, my Dad's mother lived to 100 (+2 months).  That all probably means nothing to my chances!"
Saturday
Randall Smith replied to Daniel W's discussion Indiana's new religious freedom law
"Sure does make me proud to be a Hoosier! I think I'll try an experiment. When I go into a restaurant or store to purchase something, I'm going to inform them I'm an atheist. Wonder what responses I'll get?"
Saturday
Randall Smith commented on Dane's group Indiana Atheists
"Not that it will directly affect me, but holy crap, what do those idiot Republicans think they'll accomplish with this so-called "anti-discrimination/religious rights" bill recently passed and signed by our fool of a governor?"
Saturday
Randall Smith commented on Richard C Brown's group learnerscoffeeshack
"Spud, the card would have been more appropriate with time spelled "thyme", don't ya think?!  I only wish I could spend more time there."
Saturday
Randall Smith commented on FFRF's group Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF)
"Well, Indiana has made the national news with the passing of its ignominious so-called "religious rights" bill. I hope they'll pay for it in loss of incoming business--conventions and such. Oh those wascally Republicans."
Saturday
Keith Pillsbury left a comment for Randall Smith
"Glad to be hear."
Friday
Randall Smith commented on Ruth Anthony-Gardner's group Hang With Friends
"Speaking of being old, I'm reading an interesting book--Being Mortal by Atul Gawande--"one not just about dying and the limits of medicine, but about living to the last with autonomy,dignity and joy".  With my father being…"
Friday
Randall Smith commented on Daniel W's group Godless in the garden
"That's amazing, Spud--the sprouting part. Now I'm really serious about getting one, that is, if they can grow in my climate zone. In the meantime, it's just plain cold and miserable. Usually by now, the grass is green and daffodils…"
Friday
Randall Smith commented on Daniel W's group Food!
"I read where bone broth is super good for ones health, so I made up a batch. With the added garlic and onions and spices, it wasn't half bad. I'm all for good health."
Friday
Randall Smith commented on Richard C Brown's group learnerscoffeeshack
"Great, Spud! 5 "cards" now! 28 degrees this morning--high of only 35 today. I'm getting sick and tired of this cold, wet, windy weather. Where's Spring? Sorry to complain."
Friday
Randall Smith commented on Daniel W's group Godless in the garden
"Spud, I'm guessing you even dream about pomegranates! All I can say is good luck. You got me thinking about getting one."
Thursday

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 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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Baseball: Yawn

Posted on October 30, 2014 at 7:28am 1 Comment

I tried, really tried, to watch most of the World Series. After all, it's supposedly the national pasttime, whatever that means. Hot dogs, apple pie, and all that jazz. But, my goodness, it's paint-drying boring. 

For evidence as to how much I cared, in a one run game, last night, I went to bed after 8 innings. Like the last 2 minutes of a football game, I figured it would take at least 45 minutes to finish the game. Besides, my team (K.C., in this case) usually loses (witness Chi…

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The Life of a Non-conformist

Posted on October 7, 2014 at 8:15am 11 Comments

While short of being referred to as a curmudgeon, it's been called to my attention that I'm a non-conformist. Naturally, most atheists are categorized as evil non-c's. In a sense, we're rebels.

I've never thought of myself as any one of those. It's not on purpose that I'm "different". Perhaps, it's just a part of my personality. I can blame it on genetic predisposition or something, but I won't. That's not fair to my parents (both believers in god, by the way).

My…

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Life is Good

Posted on September 23, 2014 at 7:34am 9 Comments

This post has nothing to do with religion (or lack thereof), politics, or anything controversial. I'm not hawking a book, pushing a cause, or bragging about my golf score.



What this blog IS about is simply a statement of happiness, satisfaction, and contentment with my life.



I'm one of the lucky ones. No, I'm not "blessed". I don't "thank god". I'm just fortunate, that's all.



My life at the moment is good. Actually, it's always been good (Okay, 95% good). I'm… Continue

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At 11:42pm on March 28, 2015, Jay N. Forrest said…

I hope there will be many more. I am part of the Clergy Project, so I know they're out there.

At 5:17am on February 2, 2015, Mike Newdow said…

Randall,

There have now been three Supreme Court cases dealing with the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) as it pertains to federal laws. A review of the opinions show that RFRA was strongly supported by 8 of 8 justices in Gonzales v. O Centro Espirita (2005), by 9 of 9 justices in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby (2014) and by 9 of 9 justices in Holt v Hobbs (2015). Thus, the time is ripe for Atheists to challenge being essentially forced to bear the message, "In God We Trust" – in violation of their religious beliefs - as the price to pay for simply choosing to carry the nation's currency in their pockets.

 

In fact, in the seven federal circuits where "In God We Trust" has yet to be litigated, challenges are now being organized to do just that. Accordingly, I am searching for individuals and organizations who wish to serve as plaintiffs and who are from those seven circuits (i.e., who are from Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia or Wisconsin). If you or anyone you know would like to participate, please email contact information – including city and state of residence - to NoMoreIGWT@gmail.com as soon as possible.

 

Because the Supreme Court has indicated that it is more concerned about constitutional guarantees when children are involved, those who wish to protect their children from the government’s religious transgressions are especially encouraged to write. Please be assured that we will move for a court orders to keep the names of families with children under seal. (To date, those motions have always been granted, and – as far as I know – the families’ names have always remained undisclosed.)

 

Thank you.

 

- Mike 

 

PS - Please pass this on to any others who you think might have an interest. Thanks, again.

 
 
 

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