All posts by rgsmith

My Birthday

Seventy-Six years ago this morning I was born. Thank you! I know what you just said. Like everybody my years had their ups and downs, but overall a magnificent life with family and profession. As far as I know, I’m healthy. I have a few activities that are age-related restrictive and a few I’ve discarded voluntarily. Spirit Diver © 2001 Rolland G. Smith I saw my soul, before its birth, Upon an image deep in space And dove, from high, down to the earth To…

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Enlightenment

There are probably as many definitions of enlightenment as there are people who experience it. Enlightenment is unique to each.  All can achieve it, it’s a simple choice, but getting simple is difficult.  The process involves meditation, prayer, intent, selflessness and learning to identify with that part of you that is a spiritual being. The concept of being “enlightened” is Buddhist in nature, and one who is “enlightened” is also “awakened.”  The Buddha, in fact, means, “the awakened one.”  Other religions and spiritual teachings throughout…

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I’m Not Sleeping At Night

I know I am like many Americans who are appalled at the lack of dignity, decency, and diplomacy from Mr. Trump. His trampling on sacred rights, his denials and alterations of truths, his disrespect of women, his recent tweets of hate and prejudice against Muslims, his bellicose rhetoric with North Korea and his tax plan to embellish the corporate rich of America is leading this country into a cemented position that does not fit our collective future. Where are the noble ones in Congress to…

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How the turkey got its name.

I mentioned my Thanksgiving Turkey in yesterday’s post. So why do we call it Turkey? There is a reason, and as happens so many times, the all-American bird got its name somewhat by mistake. The tale begins with the British Empire which had stretched itself into Africa during the sixteen hundreds. Along with diamonds, the British exported a wild eatable bird back to England, but to get the shipment to the British Isles the cargo was routed through Turkey and supposedly that is how the…

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