All posts by rgsmith

Irma

The storm called Irma was more than the storm of the century. We don’t know what else to call it. We have no comparisons. There are no detailed records past a hundred plus years ago. There is nobody alive to tell us what happened in the late 1800’s and there are only some still pictures and limited video of what happened in the hurricane of 1938. Years ago I used to write and record a radio feature for CBS stations around the country. It was…

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Schools in Session

The School year has begun. A perspective on how things have changed in the last hundred and forty-five years. RULES FOR TEACHERS 1872 1. Teachers each day will fill lamps; trim the wicks and clean chimneys. 2. Each morning teacher will bring a bucket of water and a scuttle of coal for the day’s session. 3. Make your pens carefully. You may whittle nibs to the individual taste of the pupils. 4. Men teachers may take one evening each week for courting purposes, or two…

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The End of Summer

Labor Day is the unofficial passing of summer. Even though we still have a few days of hot and humid weather before the linear summer of two thousand and seventeen is over for most of us. Pencils and books replace endless days of play for school children and now us adults have the short glories of fall to prepare for the pregnancy of winter. There’s wood to get and things to bring in and mends to make. As the summer seemingly passes and blends into…

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OMG, The Internet is Out.

Early yesterday morning my internet connection went out, and it was gone for almost twelve hours. I kept checking and called the cable company, several times, but they could not give me a time as to when it would be back on. I decided to do whatever I would do if I had no internet in the first place. I made the bed; it surprised the hell out of the bed and me. It hadn’t seen a spread in many months. I thought about throwing…

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