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Randall Smith commented on Richard C Brown's group learnerscoffeeshack
"Well, Mindy, we both restart our lives, sans Molly. I had a good cry myself. After seeing those dogs at the "pound", my heart went out to them. I signed adoption papers and will pick up "Dot" (short for Dorothy?--which happens to…"
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Randall Smith commented on Ruth Anthony-Gardner's group Hang With Friends
"It's so nice not to have to hear someone say "doggy heaven", etc. I did check out the dogs at the animal shelter (remember when we used to call it the "dog pound"?). I think I found one I like. More later. Joan, isn't…"
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Randall Smith commented on Ruth Anthony-Gardner's group Hang With Friends
"Thank you all from the bottom of my heart for your notes of sympathy. Your words bring tears to my eyes. I am going to the humane society today to see what they have. "
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Randall Smith commented on Plinius's blog post project brother-in-law
"I'm glad you gave us a background of your b-i-l's situation. Not a pleasant scenario. Sounds like relief is at hand. Good luck with everything and everybody."
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Randall Smith commented on Sentient Biped's group Food!
"I had the eggplant, the squash, the tomato, the onion and garlic. So what did I make? Ratatouilli, of course! Very good."
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Randall Smith commented on Richard C Brown's group learnerscoffeeshack
"Thanks, Steph and Mindy, for your sympathy. I'm still heartbroken over her death. I'm going to go to the animal shelter today to look around. Sorry you have to put your Molly down, Mindy. Probably for the best, but it's never…"
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BarbaraSATX left a comment for Randall Smith
"Randall, I'm so sorry to hear about the loss of your puppy and I understand your sadness.   "
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Randall Smith commented on Sentient Biped's group Godless in the garden
"Patricia, what are you going to do with all those peppers? Wow! Joan, my sweet corn is coming on. I've eaten several ears, and with my planting two rows at a time over several weeks, I should be eating corn for 5-6 weeks!"
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Randall Smith commented on Ruth Anthony-Gardner's group Hang With Friends
"I really hate to write this, but my dog, Molly, was struck and killed by a hit and run vehicle Monday. I am so sad and distraught. She was 14 months old, and I've had her only 4 months, but we became attached. Now what to do?"
Tuesday
Randall Smith commented on Richard C Brown's group learnerscoffeeshack
"I'm sad to report that dog Molly was struck and killed by a hit and run vehicle right out in front of my house last evening. I buried her with a sorrowful heart. I am distraught. She was such a good dog, and I'd grown to love her even…"
Tuesday
Randall Smith commented on Sentient Biped's group Godless in the garden
"Spud, field corn is either hardier or more protected in size to prevent it from being blown down. Patricia, I envy your cauliflower. Mine hasn't headed up yet. Daniel, happy to hear your report on a healthy bee population. Mine's been…"
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Randall Smith commented on Ruth Anthony-Gardner's group Hang With Friends
"A true, but a bare fragment of all the abuses and crimes, etc. we have in America. Sad state of affairs. The Ray Rice case is a good example."
Sunday
Randall Smith commented on Sentient Biped's group Godless in the garden
"It's been 50 years since I learned (and have since forgotten) how to graft in a college botany class. I may have to review the techniques. Happy to pick up 0.6" of rain last night. Not so happy the storm flattened my sweet corn. It happens…"
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Randall Smith commented on Sentient Biped's group Food!
"Made a turkey meat loaf yest. With all the spices, etc., it's hard to tell it's turkey. I wonder why ground turkey is so much cheaper than cow hamburger? You'ld think raising turkeys would be costlier."
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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.…

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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…

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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

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At 1:59pm on July 29, 2014, nice girl said…

Thanks for the nice comment :)

At 6:55am on July 29, 2014, BarbaraSATX said…

Randall, I'm so sorry to hear about the loss of your puppy and I understand your sadness.   

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 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.
 
 
 

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