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Aaron Nye left a comment for Randall Smith
"Thanks for the welcome :)"
15 hours ago
Randall Smith commented on Ruth Anthony-Gardner's group Hang With Friends
"Did anybody catch "The Big Bang Theory" episode the other night where the two mothers got into it over religion? Hurray for the writers to tackle the subject. The result was a draw, by the way."
21 hours ago
Randall Smith commented on Daniel W's group Godless in the garden
"I about beat myself to death running my roto-tiller yesterday. The ground was compacted. A few years ago I read that tilling was unnecessary, so I quit doing it. But I had so many weeds and grasses, I felt the garden needed a good turning over.…"
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Randall Smith commented on Richard C Brown's group learnerscoffeeshack
"And a good Saturday morning to all of you! Busy day coming up, starting with watching my grandson (age 5+) play baseball--not fun, but duty calls."
21 hours ago
Bertold Brautigan replied to Randall Smith's discussion Bird Demise in the group Wildlife
"Crows can be nasty. I've had squirrels that have lost arguments with them."
Plinius replied to Randall Smith's discussion Bird Demise in the group Wildlife
"When I lived in a house with a garden, I made the cats wear a little bell, but they always brought back birds. It calmed down a bit when the cats climbed a poplar to get some crows - I never knew what the crows said, but the cats came home and hid…"
Bertold Brautigan replied to Randall Smith's discussion Bird Demise in the group Wildlife
"I feel especially guilty every time my cat gets a hummingbird. I wish she'd focus on the damn moles!"
Plinius replied to Randall Smith's discussion Bird Demise in the group Wildlife
"It ís frightening!  (Luna on the window sill:"I'll get them all, see if I don't!")"
Randall Smith added a discussion to the group Wildlife

Bird Demise

From Sierra Club magazine came some frightening statistics regarding American bird deaths. A reader wanted to know "How many birds die from flying near wind turbines?" The answer was an estimated 600,000.Think that's a lot? Think again. Power lines zap 175 million, communication towers kill 6.8 million, windows, 300 million to a billion. The biggest killer, however, is cats--yes cats--1.3 to 4 BILLION birds a year! Toss in habitat loss and climate change, and it's wonder we have any birds at…See More
Randall Smith commented on Calla's group Nexus Book Club
"I doubt if my library has it, but I'll check. Sounds interesting."
Christine Alcantara left a comment for Randall Smith
"Thank you so much for welcoming me to this community. "
Randall Smith commented on Daniel W's group Godless in the garden
"You just can't beat this time of year--at least in Indiana. The asparagus is up, and 46 mushrooms were found in my yard (see "Food"). Honey bees are beside themselves feasting on apple and pear blossom nectar. I love watching and…"
Randall Smith commented on Daniel W's group Food!
"MUSHROOM SEASON!!! I was picking up sticks in my yard when a tiny gray morel caught my eye.  Then another, and another! The floodgates opened, and I wound up with 46, about 10 being yellow morels. When I mowed, I discovered several more I had…"
Randall Smith replied to Steph S.'s discussion Cameras reveal the secret lives of Chernobyl's wildlife in the group Wildlife
"Chris, it's a very good book, quite memorable. I'm sure you'll like it. A PBS "special" was based on it--also very good. Randy"
Randall Smith replied to Nick's discussion Greeting Earthlings
"Welcome back, Nick. There are several thousand A/N members, but only a handful participate. They all have their reasons, I suppose."
Randall Smith commented on Ruth Anthony-Gardner's group Hang With Friends
"By gum, Kathy, I think you're on to something! Sure enough, I didn't pick up anything bigger than a fork on my vacation. I've always read that one must "exercise" the joints to prevent debilitating arthritis. Me thinks…"

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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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…


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…


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).



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 1:39pm on May 2, 2015, Aaron Nye said…

Thanks for the welcome :)

At 5:34pm on April 29, 2015, Ima Hitchfan said…

Thanks Randall for the warm welcome ! 

At 8:33am on April 29, 2015, Christine Alcantara said…

Thank you so much for welcoming me to this community.

At 8:59am on April 26, 2015, Ki Smith said…
At 2:25pm on April 7, 2015, Pranavi said…

Thank you for the welcome!

At 11:29am on April 7, 2015, Mary Hawthorne said…
Hey ya! Thanks much
At 10:20am on April 4, 2015, Lou Flores said…

thank you :)

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


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 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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