Randall Smith
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Randall Smith commented on Sentient Biped's group Godless in the garden
"Cenek, good stuff. I always assumed Kansas soil had a thick A horizon and little clay. Here in Indiana (north central), we used to have a deep topsoil, but it's been decapitated by farm field erosion. We have a lot of rocks, too, from glacial…"
14 hours ago
Randall Smith commented on Sentient Biped's group Food!
"Pat, your turkey fryer sounds neat. Since I live alone, I don't need much. But I do have a regular oven, a convection oven (which I love), and a microwave. Plus a dehydrator which is running right now, drying pears."
14 hours ago
Randall Smith replied to John Jubinsky's discussion Elephants Can Detect Rain 150 Miles Away in the group Wildlife
"So then what do the elephants do--walk to the source of rain? That's a long way!"
14 hours ago
Randall Smith commented on FFRF's group Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF)
"FFRF's latest "newspaper" ran student award winning essays. Nothing new or "award winning" to me. I find them to be not much more than reflections of their becoming atheists. We nonbelievers all have stories of our…"
14 hours ago
Randall Smith commented on Ruth Anthony-Gardner's group Hang With Friends
"Yes, Happy (now belated) Birthday, Felaine. I love your sense of humor and outlook on life's foibles. Thanks to a piano moving outfit, the piano is officially in its new home. It cost $300 to move it, but worth every penny. Another $100 for…"
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Randall Smith commented on Sentient Biped's group Food!
"Pat, you must have a large oven to accommodate everything that must be baked for a Thanksgiving meal. Personally, I can't taste any difference in oven baked or microwaved. I grow my own winter squash-- acorn, butternut, and delicata. Yum!"
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Randall Smith commented on Richard C Brown's group learnerscoffeeshack
"While I like the taste of fresh-ground beans, I'm too lazy to do it. Besides, like my cheap wine, I'm not too picky about my coffee. Just make it hot, black, and strong."
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Randall Smith replied to Nick Bottom's discussion New books on the secular life in the group Nexus Book Club
"Thanks Nick. The article reaffirms my position of "live and let live". I certainly don't proselytize my atheism or secularism (although I do have refrigerator post-its). I would like family and friends know I'm not a believer,…"
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Randall Smith commented on Ruth Anthony-Gardner's group Hang With Friends
"Moving day--a baby grand piano, that is. My sister (a musician) came across a 1927 piano for sale for $300. She says it's worth $4000! She already has 3 pianos, including a Steinway grand. I have one baby grand. So we're giving it to my…"
Wednesday
Randall Smith commented on Sentient Biped's group Godless in the garden
"Re: sweet potatoes. I plant about two dozen about 3' apart (extras from my farm kids). I have planted sprouted ends from "last year's" potatoes, but they usually don't do well for some reason. Never tried growing them in a…"
Wednesday
Randall Smith commented on Sentient Biped's group Food!
"Spud, you asked about growing sweet potatoes in a pot. Did you see my photo in "godless in the garden" group? If sw. pots. get that large, you'd need a huge container! But it should work. Lots of vines, however. Sweet 'taters…"
Wednesday
Randall Smith commented on Richard C Brown's group learnerscoffeeshack
"Wow! Spectacular photos. What a great time of year. I fired up my wood burner this morning, too. Love the odor and the wood heat."
Wednesday
Randall Smith commented on Ruth Anthony-Gardner's group Hang With Friends
"I remember the Lego museum when I was in Denmark years ago. I was not impressed. My grandson received 4-5 different boxes of Legos for his 5th birthday last week--none from me. I kept the Shell connection to myself."
Tuesday
Randall Smith commented on Sentient Biped's group Food!
"Ate blackened perch last night--but at a restaurant. I went to a promotional "event" for a house insolation product(s) with a free dinner as an enticement. I didn't fall for the sales pitch, but the meal was super good."
Tuesday
Randall Smith commented on Richard C Brown's group learnerscoffeeshack
"Hi all. Yes, I belong to 14 groups, but only about 4 are active. I'd hate to see this one drop outta site. I'm noticing right at this moment, I'm the only A/N member online!! Out of thousands, the lone ranger!  8:30 AM Be well my…"
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Randall Smith commented on Sentient Biped's group Godless in the garden
"Here's about half the sweet potatoes I dug up. I forgot to take a picture of the loaded persimmon tree."
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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 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).

My…

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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

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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At 12:59pm on October 18, 2014, Deidre said…

TY Randall for your nice welcome on my profile page. :) Have a good day!

At 1:06pm on October 16, 2014, Robert said…
I appreciate the sincere welcoming messages from everyone, that's awesome! I'm overjoyed to become part of this community. Thank you.
At 7:10pm on October 12, 2014, Caroline Aurora said…

Thanks for the welcome. Recovery is good, I've decided, though it can be a long, hard process!

At 2:40pm on October 6, 2014, Michael S. Andrews said…

Thank you, Randall for your kind welcoming. I hope your daughter is as happy as this native son is to be living out West! Whereas I'm new to this site, I've been an atheist since my teens. I look forward to the pleasure of membership.

At 8:24am on October 6, 2014, Bart Floyd said…
Hi Randall, Thank you for your kind welcome.
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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