Randall Smith
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Randall Smith commented on Sentient Biped's group Godless in the garden
"Thanks, Daniel. My linden is just now budding leaves. It'll be another month before I have blossoms and bees."
33 minutes ago
Randall Smith commented on Sentient Biped's group Food!
"Thanks for all the "safe travel" wishes. I usually drive the blue highways, but this time, I'll mostly be on interstates. I plan to check out the headquarters of the TV show American Pickers while going through Davenport Iowa. A…"
37 minutes ago
Randall Smith commented on Sentient Biped's group Food!
"Do any atheists prepare a traditional Easter meal? It's a good excuse for me to buy a ham, then freeze the meat for the rest of the year. Old habits are hard to break. And forgive me for not wishing anybody a happy easter."
Saturday
Randall Smith commented on Sentient Biped's group Godless in the garden
"Impressive, Joan. I'm too much of a "throw it in the drawer" type of guy. I do toss my dirty socks in the laundry basket, however!"
Saturday
Randall Smith commented on Richard C Brown's group learnerscoffeeshack
"Mindy, must be going around--malfunctioning garage doors, that is. My motor went out last week. And thanks for using my "nickname". It feels and looks so much better!"
Apr 18
Randall Smith commented on Ruth Anthony-Gardner's group Hang With Friends
"Sk8, true (unsubscribe), but then I might miss something!  Same with the monthly newsletter. We'll see. Great photo, Carl! Ah, memories. "
Apr 18
Randall Smith commented on Richard C Brown's group learnerscoffeeshack
"Funny, even though I sign my name "Randall", I'm not used to being called that. I've been Randy all my life. The former sounds too formal, the latter, too chummy. My father always called me Randi (with a hard i). I like that. I…"
Apr 18
Randall Smith commented on Sentient Biped's group Godless in the garden
"Gorgeous photo, Chris! I'm sure it's even prettier in real life. King, I answered your question on your page. I roto-tilled, finally, yesterday!! Bought vegetable seeds two days ago and will start planting today. How exciting is that?!"
Apr 18
John Wegner left a comment for Randall Smith
"Thanks for the welcome.  But, really?  I'm the first from Costa Rica?  There are quite a few of us here but it is difficult to "come out" in a country that is officially Catholic.  We mainly mutter to ourselves and…"
Apr 17
Randall Smith commented on BuildingCastles's group Health & Fitness
"It's finally Spring! That means emerging from my basement exercise regimen. No more weights, boxing, walking in circles for 6 months. I can get my exercise by gardening, golfing, jogging/walking/hiking, etc.--all in the great outdoors. Yippee!!"
Apr 17
Randall Smith commented on Ruth Anthony-Gardner's group Hang With Friends
"Yeah, I received my Freethought Today, too. I pretty much skim through it. Never read the crank mail or "blotter". Too sickening. I delete my FFRF emails, too. It's not that I don't care. It's just that I don't care to…"
Apr 17
Randall Smith commented on Richard C Brown's group learnerscoffeeshack
"BL: Hope you had a good lunch with your mother and daughter. How nice! Yes, take advantage of every moment you can spend with family members. Out of my 4 grown kids, only one daughter is nearby. Her two older sisters are in Calif. and Honduras,…"
Apr 17
Randall Smith commented on Sentient Biped's group Godless in the garden
"With regard to asparagus, I just bought a dozen "roots" ($8) to give to my daughter. I'm now trying to eat the rest of last year's (in freezer). K.K., my bleeding hearts are about 8" high and didn't get frost bitten.…"
Apr 17
Carol J. Jahnigen left a comment for Randall Smith
"Nice to be welcomed."
Apr 16
Cameron left a comment for Randall Smith
"Thanks Hoosier. This Tiger appreciates your welcoming invite."
Apr 16
Randall Smith commented on Edward Teach's blog post Are we Dancing Bears?
"Not only do "humans behave like humans", they want other animals to behave like humans. Their god, too."
Apr 16

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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"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

Snowed in

Posted on February 5, 2014 at 8:20am 6 Comments

No, I'm not going to write about the weather. That topic (on TV and in conversation) is way overdone. However, I am virtually "paralyzed" in my own home due to another foot of snow here in Indiana. What a miserable place to live, especially in the winter. But, I'm stuck. Gotta deal with it.

I did get a two week respite from the cold and snow down in the Florida panhandle's "forgotten coast" (as they like to say). It wasn't all that…

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Darwin's Doubt

Posted on January 13, 2014 at 7:44am 7 Comments

Seeing the book title Darwin's Doubt at the library, I just had to check it out. Well, it didn't take long to become seething with fury.

The authur, Stephen C. Meyer, is a "creation scientist". Need I say anymore? He spends over 400 pages trying to disprove Darwin or expounding an alternative theory to evolution--"intelligent design".

Admittedly, I skimmed through much of his detailed analysis and conjectures, picking it apart in…

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At 11:59pm on April 21, 2014, Jay Rawk said…

Yeah, Alden is way too small to show up on something like an atlas. But they do make account of it on the internet.

At 12:58pm on April 20, 2014, Nicholas Joll said…

Thanks!

At 8:37am on April 20, 2014, Chris Lang said…
Thanks! It can be rough at times, but I do live in the most progressive part of the state...lol
At 9:34am on April 17, 2014, John Wegner said…

Thanks for the welcome.  But, really?  I'm the first from Costa Rica?  There are quite a few of us here but it is difficult to "come out" in a country that is officially Catholic.  We mainly mutter to ourselves and leave the occasional snarky comment out on the social media.  Good to find this site.

At 9:23pm on April 16, 2014, Carol J. Jahnigen said…

Nice to be welcomed.

At 5:18pm on April 16, 2014, Cameron said…
Thanks Hoosier. This Tiger appreciates your welcoming invite.
At 2:02pm on April 15, 2014, That lady over there said…

The beach is lovely!!  One of the safest in America. :)  Did you ever get a chance to go to The Palms?  It's a restaurant up the road.  Best croutons ever.

At 11:11am on April 15, 2014, Jake Cornwell said…

Thanks

At 9:03am on April 15, 2014, Mike Mitchell said…

Thanks a lot. Looks like a vibrant and welcoming community, I appreciate it.

At 1:53am on April 13, 2014, Dina said…

thanks for the support

 
 
 

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