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Pranavi left a comment for Randall Smith
"Thank you for the welcome!"
Apr 7
Mary Hawthorne left a comment for Randall Smith
"Hey ya! Thanks much"
Apr 7
Randall Smith commented on Daniel W's group Food!
"Heading off to Europe on the 9th. I'll try and remember some of the local foods and report back in two weeks."
Apr 7
Randall Smith commented on Ruth Anthony-Gardner's group Hang With Friends
"Deidre, I was a born actor. It was sort of fun pretending to be a christian and preaching the gospel of ol' J.C. For the rest of my atheist friends here at "Hangin', I'll be taking a sabbatical for two weeks while I'm…"
Apr 7
Randall Smith commented on Daniel W's group Godless in the garden
"Barbara, I can't help you on the goji bush info. My plant is only just starting up--if not dead. But I didn't realize it grew that big! Spud, I used to grow kidney beans, but haven't for several years. I could never get them to soften…"
Apr 7
Randall Smith commented on Loren Miller's blog post A Note to CBS in re: (Easter) Sunday Morning
"Thanks, Loren, for doing what we all should be doing. I'm almost sorry I didn't watch the program, but sort of glad I missed the segments you referred to."
Apr 7
Randall Smith commented on Ruth Anthony-Gardner's group Hang With Friends
"Welcome back, Deidre. Yes, I went to church for many years despite being an atheist. It was more so for my wife and kids, which I now regret. Heck, I even directed the choir and taught Sunday school as a nonbeliever! Talk about your hypocrite."
Apr 6
Randall Smith commented on Daniel W's group Godless in the garden
"Barbara, I seriously doubt if I get any fruit from the chewed down blackberry canes. Next year I'll fence them in.  My mole trap is supposed to kill them with spring loaded spikes. My usual method is to tramp down their runs and patiently…"
Apr 6
Randall Smith commented on Ruth Anthony-Gardner's group Hang With Friends
"Easter (shmeaster) day. Big whoop, eh? My sister plays the organ (and directs the choir) for a local Methodist church. They broadcast it on the radio, so I'm listening to her play as I write this. Both my sisters (twins) are fairly religious,…"
Apr 5
Randall Smith commented on Daniel W's group Godless in the garden
"Enjoyable reading all your reports. Rabbits chewed down all my blackberry canes over the winter.  I rolled my yard this past week, mostly to mash down all the mole runs and hills. Of course, they reactivated them right away. I finally bought…"
Apr 5
Randall Smith replied to Idaho Spud's discussion Pesticides on produce. in the group Health & Fitness
"Thanks, Spud.  I try to eat "organic" fruits and vegetables. Of course, I do the growing!"
Apr 5
Randall Smith replied to Patricia's discussion BC Canada Largely Non-Religious in the group learnerscoffeeshack
"That's good news! If only it were true in the U.S."
Apr 5
Randall Smith commented on Richard C Brown's group learnerscoffeeshack
"As a golf fanatic, I can appreciate the commercial. I do draw the line, however, when it comes to cold and snow. I'll miss the Masters as I'll be on my cruise. No biggie--I really don't like watching golf on TV."
Apr 5
Lou Flores left a comment for Randall Smith
"thank you :)"
Apr 4
Randall Smith commented on Daniel W's group Godless in the garden
"I see "light at the end of the tunnel", Daniel. Taking a week off evry month sounds like a good idea. Plus, you ARE close to taking every week off! And continue with the comments here. I love reading about your gardening adventures."
Apr 4
Randall Smith commented on Daniel W's group Godless in the garden
"As usual, Daniel, I'm impressed (and envious). You have quite an operation going. By the way, how's your health nowadays? Do you have the stamina to do all you do? I  snuck in a row of sugar snap peas before the rains came yest.…"
Apr 3

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 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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