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Randall Smith commented on Ruth Anthony-Gardner's group Hang With Friends
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Randall Smith commented on Ruth Anthony-Gardner's group Hang With Friends
"Joan, you have quite a family! I was surprised to get a phone call this morning from my near 5 yr old grandson. I wanted to spend overnight with me. I said "you bet". While rummaging through the attic the other day, I came across some toys…"
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Randall Smith commented on Sentient Biped's group Godless in the garden
"Joan, that structure adjacent to the sunflowers (see photo) has no name. I cobbled it up with spare wood and metal (roof). It's my "reflection spot", overlooking my garden. Maybe I should call it my smoke house, now that I bought some…"
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Randall Smith commented on Ruth Anthony-Gardner's group Hang With Friends
"Yes, Chris (with no t), Dot has a microchip. I am going to put my phone # on her collar. And I'm glad you finally got a day off. Hope you got recharged."
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Randall Smith commented on Sentient Biped's group Godless in the garden
"For a Sunday, become sunny with the sunflowers. S'wunderful!"
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Randall Smith commented on Richard C Brown's group learnerscoffeeshack
"Hope your day is filled with sunflowers!"
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Randall Smith commented on Ruth Anthony-Gardner's group Hang With Friends
"I live in the flat land part of Indiana, but S. Ind. is hilly. Felaine, you mentioned Florida insects--don't forget "no see-ums". They bite and cause one to scratch like crazy. Mindy, Dot ran off while I was working on my 4 acres of…"
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Randall Smith commented on Sentient Biped's group Godless in the garden
"Never liked 'kraut, but a good suggestion, Patricia."
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Randall Smith commented on Sentient Biped's group Food!
"Daniel, does it eventually turn to stone? To the rest of you hedonists, I say let's meet at Pat's house in centrally located S. Illinois. Or Carl (IL) or me (IN)."
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Randall Smith commented on Ruth Anthony-Gardner's group Hang With Friends
"I've decided to compromise: I am going to write, but only say I won't be buying their products because of their inane "guiding principles". I won't berate their beliefs. That's never been one of my own g.p's.…"
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Randall Smith commented on Sentient Biped's group Godless in the garden
"Did up a batch of sweet corn to freeze yest. Picked, shucked, boiled water, then realized I didn't have enough ice to cool it down quickly. It'll still be good come January. Now what to do with 6 heads of cabbage. I still have freezer slaw…"
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Randall Smith commented on Sentient Biped's group Food!
"Supper last night was a turkey cabbage cranberry fennel casserole with cheese on top. And sweet corn, of course (I think I'm turning yellow). Also made a rhubarb cake. All yummy."
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Randall Smith commented on BuildingCastles's group Health & Fitness
"Yes, we all need a little bit of salt. I still try to watch my intake."
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Randall Smith commented on Richard C Brown's group learnerscoffeeshack
"Is it Friday already? Very cool morning (46). I have a sweatshirt on, and it's the middle of August! Hope you all have a good day and weekend."
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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 7:39pm on August 19, 2014, brad webb said…

Thank you

Brad

At 7:38pm on August 19, 2014, brad webb said…

At 4:02pm on August 13, 2014, Dex Flett said…

Hi, Randall,

 Thanks for the welcome. I hope to check out all the groups as soon as possible. Peace and love to you and yours.

At 10:23am on August 13, 2014, Ayman Bagadadi said…

thanks Randall .. I'm very curious about this site .. I hope to be able to contribute much and enjoy it too:p

At 7:37am on August 1, 2014, Martin A. Moe, Jr said…

Thanks for the welcome Randall, I've read some of your posts, and I think we have a lot in common. I'm just getting acquainted with A.N., it is a complex site, at least at first. I have some contributions but I first have to understand the conventions.

I recall when I was about 15, that was in 1952, walking home at night along a lonely stretch of railroad track and looking up at the dark, star filled sky and wondering about the who, why and what of God. Even at that young age I did not believe everything that I was taught, especially things that did not make sense to me. WWII was still fresh in current memory, and Christianity and Judaism were topics of conversation and concern, and the role and activity of a supernatural creator God was the drumbeat of church and Sunday school What made the most sense to me on that night was that the God and religion that I knew at that time seemed most likely to be the invention of humanity rather than a supernatural creation of God. Nothing that the pastor said or that was taught in Sunday school contradicted my thoughts, I had no supernatural visitation by holy spirits or angels and what I learned in science classes over the years cemented my early opinion that religion was of human origin. Although marine biology is my field, religion and humanity has always been a topic of great interest and concern to me. Soon I think I'll be comfortable enough to enter a forum post,

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...

 
 
 

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