Randall Smith
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Randall Smith commented on Daniel W's group Food!
"I was watching "All Due Respect" (Bloomberg TV) last night where some cook featured a huge slab of pastrami as a turkey substitute for Thanksgiving. I love pastrami! Next year?"
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Randall Smith commented on Daniel W's group Food!
"What's all this talk about food? I thought Thanksgiving was all about parades and football."
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Randall Smith replied to Daniel W's discussion Why do we call a large Mexican fowl "Turkey"? in the group Food!
""A turkey by any other name.....".  Eating a drumstick (another name to research) is my annual tradition. Happy Thanksgiving to one and all."
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Randall Smith commented on Loren Miller's blog post What I Want for Christmas - Robert Green Ingersoll
"And I wish Ingersoll was still around, perhaps a member of A.N. "
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Patricia replied to Randall Smith's discussion Finding Your Roots in the group Hang With Friends
"Yes, I watch that show. I'm not interested enough either Spud, plus my grandfather & his father had diaries that I read, so knew pretty much all I wanted to know at that time. My ancestry is the plural marriages, & a big turn off to…"
Plinius replied to Randall Smith's discussion Finding Your Roots in the group Hang With Friends
"I have always felt rather uprooted, because of my family problems - I live as if I have no family apart from my in-laws. But before I left them I heard of a nephew who studied the family tree. Nothing surprising there: I'm from…"
Nick Bottom replied to Randall Smith's discussion Finding Your Roots in the group Hang With Friends
"My uncle has a huge scrapbook with our family tree, and is responsible for keeping it updated. I will have to ask him for a digital copy. My (real) last name is of English origin, but that name comes from an interloper on the Swedish side of the…"
Idaho Spud replied to Randall Smith's discussion Finding Your Roots in the group Hang With Friends
"Mormons are big on genealogy.  My mother loves it, and is very good at it.  I enjoy the stories she's uncovered about our ancestors, but I'm not interested enough to do the work it takes."
Randall Smith added a discussion to the group Hang With Friends

Finding Your Roots

I've been into genealogy for a long time. It's fun, especially with internet help, but increasingly frustrating. You see, I've hit "brick walls". And being a Smith doesn't make research any easier.Wouldn't you think I could find the death date and place of my great great grandfather, William Henry Smith? I have his birth and family info., but not his time of death. He's in the 1900 census, but disappears after that! No obits, nothing. Even his tombstone doesn't say. I've been to his hometown,…See More
Randall Smith commented on Ruth Anthony-Gardner's group Hang With Friends
"Curiosity is the primary enticement for eating Thanksgiving dinner with my father at his retirement community. I can just imagine the dishes--mainly soft and mushy. Wonder if a prayer will be given? Ear plugs, please. And I can't talk to my dad…"
Randall Smith commented on Daniel W's group Godless in the garden
"What a cold, miserable November. I usually can harvest small brocolli heads up to Thanksgiving. Kale and chard, too. Not this year. Boo hiss. Time to raid the freezer."
Randall Smith replied to Ruth Anthony-Gardner's discussion Intelligent life 90% less likely in the group Atheists who love Science!
"Damn those gamma rays! I was hoping for better odds of ETs."
Randall Smith commented on Daniel W's group Food!
"Sounds like a plan, Felaine. Still, we're all willing to help out in some small way, seriously. Spud, I don't recollect ever hearing of WinCo. It's probably something like our Ruler, a Kroger retail market. Nothing fancy. I'm…"
Randall Smith commented on Richard C Brown's group learnerscoffeeshack
"Yes, I keep forgetting there's another world beyond my rural enclave. I can't help but wonder "what if the situation was reversed?" Would whites riot? Probably not, but we're not exactly "oppressed", if, indeed,…"
Randall Smith commented on Ruth Anthony-Gardner's group Hang With Friends
"One good thing about living alone is you don't have to talk, period (except to the dog). For some reason, I despise talking on the phone, even to my own children. They know it and don't call much. Once I got a cell phone (last April) and…"
Randall Smith commented on Daniel W's group Food!
"My sister and I will be joining my father for a Thanksgiving dinner at his retirement community--a first! I can imagine what they'll have! If I'm not satisfied, I'm going to fix my own T-giving meal later. I just don't have…"

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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Baseball: Yawn

Posted on October 30, 2014 at 7:28am 2 Comments

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

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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At 6:04pm on November 23, 2014, David Seidman said…

Thanks, Randall. Sorry to take so long to get back to you.

Yep, the book's title is actually WHAT IF I'M AN ATHEIST?, with a question mark. My mistake.

At 11:12am on November 19, 2014, Elle Knight said…
Thankyou! I'm originally from Rhode Island, but I've been in Michigan for about six years now.
At 9:31am on November 19, 2014, Kimberly Bingheim said…

Thanks for the welcome message! :) 

At 10:38am on November 18, 2014, Anita K said…

Thank you very much! (:

At 2:31pm on November 15, 2014, Lemual Poot said…

I'm into history and there's not a whole lot of it around here.  I was part of a group that found the oldest white settlement in our county: Fort LeDoux.  However, at the oldest, it's a little over a hundred fifty years.  We do have really great weather here, Canon (Canyon) City boasts three hundred fifty days of sunshine a year.  Even if it was bleak and miserable, legalized bud makes all things bearable!

At 12:15am on November 14, 2014, Sheeva said…

Hi Randall, sorry I have been busy. Thank you for welcoming me. I am looking forward to great time and learning here.

At 11:04pm on November 12, 2014, Deconverted Afro-Queen said…

Hey Randall...Thanks for the warm welcome...I recently de-converted from a very horrible religion -  Tongue chanting, Cash demanding, Pentecostal, Christianity - lol....And I am happy, free and Atheist....

At 10:09am on November 10, 2014, sabra lawson said…

Hi Randall, 

I teach elementary school. Currently, I am a student teacher in Texas. It's especially tough to be an atheist here, as you might imagine.

At 12:59pm on October 18, 2014, Deidre said…

TY Randall for your nice welcome on my profile page. :) Have a good day!

At 1:06pm on October 16, 2014, Robert said…
I appreciate the sincere welcoming messages from everyone, that's awesome! I'm overjoyed to become part of this community. Thank you.

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