All posts by rgsmith

A Hike

I spent Saturday in the Catskill woods with two friends, both experts, and historians on the life and writings of American naturalist and essay writer John Burroughs. The three of us hiked up Woodland Valley following the same bark road path that Burroughs’s did in his essay about climbing Slide Mountain in 1885. Even though I am lame a little today from the exercise, it was a moving and rewarding experience for me as I recounted Burroughs’s essay. “What a forest solitude our obstructed and…

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A Trump free day

I wonder what it would be like? An entire day, a full twenty-four hours where the word Trump is not written, spoken, uttered or given breath. I mean no disrespect to the office of the President, but his name is on every channel, tweet, column, and conversation. I hear his name at the lunch counter, the post office, and even the dump. Today, when you tune in or pick up a newspaper Trump is all over the place. For some, his name and anything he…

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Fall has arrived

Fall has arrived with a coolness of the underside of a pillow. It’s wonderful. The summer zephyrs have changed to cool breezes. The green leaves are withering into browns, golds, oranges, and crimsons. Some see fall as a descending into blandness as we lose the vibrancy of summer growth. Others see it as a curtain rising on a passion play of rebirth just beneath the ground and bark. I see all seasons as the glorious example of life. Spring – birth and renewal, summer –…

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Why Read!

When the television signal or internet goes out, what to do? In many ways that’s sad and seemingly endemic to the western world. Our personal worlds are both dedicated and addicted to entertainment, information and any visual attraction via the screen whether it’s for games or a test pattern. It’s the light. In all species light attracts. For a moth, it’s a bulb or a flame; the first one disturbs and excites and the second one, if too close, kills. Fish are attracted to light.…

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