Randall Smith
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Randall Smith commented on Sentient Biped's group Godless in the garden
"Very impressive, Daniel! Gardening is in the blood. It blows me away that few of my friends and neighbors grow anything!  Keats was right.                                                                                            Barbara, how's the…"
6 hours ago
Randall Smith commented on Sentient Biped's group Food!
"Sugar cream is the state pie of Indiana. Any pie is good. I may bake one today!"
7 hours ago
Randall Smith commented on Richard C Brown's group learnerscoffeeshack
"A beautiful Monday sunrise to start the day and week. I walked a mile in the dawn's early light before fixing an omelet, washed down with coffee (and I see you're back to drinking coffee, Mindy!). Spent a lovely afternoon with my daughter…"
7 hours ago
Randall Smith commented on Sylvain Duford's group Eco-Logical: A Group for Environmentalists
"WOW! Over 300,000 people marched in the streets of NYC yesterday to protest those who "do nothing" regarding climate change. There are those that care."
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HPhan left a comment for Randall Smith
"thanks for your welcome! "
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Randall Smith commented on Sentient Biped's group Godless in the garden
"Nice looking tomatoes. My plants died off for some reason. That's never happened before. Thanks, Spud, for the tips. I'll look for ginger in the super. I picked the dried bean pods and put them in a bucket to further dry and then be gently…"
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Randall Smith commented on Sentient Biped's group Food!
"Personally, I'm a pastrami fan. Like Daniel, I eat a light lunch. But yesterday, I indulged in a grilled cheese and tomato sandwich. cheese of choice--provolone. Love it. For my BLT, I use turkey bacon. Of course, the lettuce and tomato comes…"
yesterday
Randall Smith commented on Richard C Brown's group learnerscoffeeshack
"Just looks like you and me here, Mindy!  Yes, it was fun playing with Macy the other day. No problems. Hope you're feeling better. I've changed my plans several times on what I'm doing today (Sat.). It appears I'm staying…"
Saturday
Randall Smith commented on Sentient Biped's group Godless in the garden
"Spud, neato! I've never grown ginger. Can you purchase it at a garden store? I need to research it. I let my green beans mature, and now they're drying out. Not sure how to get the beans out of the pods. Any suggestions?"
Saturday
Randall Smith commented on Ruth Anthony-Gardner's group Hang With Friends
"As for my two cents worth: Except for Asimov and maybe Jules Verne, I was never a Sci-fi fan. I liked "real" science. Although written in 1949, Michener's "The Fires of Spring" was an inspiration to this young teenager in…"
Friday
Randall Smith commented on Sentient Biped's group Godless in the garden
"Crap. I forgot to plant fall peas. Too late now. Oh well--the variety I used in the spring was awful."
Friday
Randall Smith commented on Calla's group Nexus Book Club
"I'm now in the middle of a Robert E. Lee biography. Learned many new things about him so far. He graduated 2nd in his West Point class with no demerits. He became very religious. While personally opposed to slavery (although he inherited many),…"
Friday
JanBodh left a comment for Randall Smith
"Thanks for welcome"
Friday
Randall Smith commented on Ruth Anthony-Gardner's group Hang With Friends
"I love reading books. Now into a Robert E. Lee biography. Marvelous. K.H., gee I hope McConnell loses. Don't like him. In fact, I can't think of a single Republican I do like! Arrogant SOBs."
Thursday
Randall Smith commented on Sentient Biped's group Godless in the garden
"Don, yep. Now's my time to dig garlic.  What I don't find, plus the scattered seed tops, grows in the spring. Nothing fancy or difficult. I'm probably doing it all wrong, but it works for me!"
Thursday
Randall Smith commented on Sentient Biped's group Food!
"If I was hungry, I'd eat them all. I might pause at the Ukraine plate! What, no Greek lunch?"
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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 3:32pm on September 21, 2014, HPhan said…

thanks for your welcome!

At 1:29am on September 19, 2014, JanBodh said…
Thanks for welcome
At 7:11pm on September 16, 2014, Michael Scott said…

Ha!  Randall, I thought that that was a given.  :)

At 11:01am on September 10, 2014, william wells said…

ty ^^

At 7:21pm on September 9, 2014, Bertold Brautigan said…

Thanks for your welcome, Randall. I've been gradually getting the hang of the site, and I'm amazed at the civility, mutual respect and kindness shown by the members. Sorry to be so slow in responding.

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

Thanks for the nice comment :)

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 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!

 
 
 

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