All posts by rgsmith

Scholars

I was listening to my favorite singer, songwriter of the 70’s and 80’s Kris Kristopherson last night and the fact that he was a Rhodes scholar brought this post to mind. President Bill Clinton was one and so was the former Senator Bill Bradley of New Jersey. They are among a select group that since 1904 have been offered Rhodes scholarships. It all started with Cecil J. Rhodes, A British colonial pioneer and statesman who died in 1902. He was a man with a vision…

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Life’s bubbles

I saw a photo a few years ago. It was a high-speed photograph of a bubble bursting. The bubble seemed to explode in a linear fashion moving from the point of a finger impact toward the back of the bubble. The photo captures a little more than half the bubble in shatters, although still holding its shape, while the back is still intact as a half of a splintering globe. To me the symbolism was profound. It was endemic of some of the things I…

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Kentucky rules!

My question to America is this: How and why do we allow a single senator from Kentucky to control a path of America’s future? He refused to let President Obama Supreme Court nominee, Merrick Garland, ever to get a hearing before the Senate delaying a possible liberal justice from ever becoming a member of the Supreme Court. McConnell has never run for national office, nor does he represent a majority of American citizens. He is one of two Senators in the 26th ranking state. Because…

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A question on life’s value

I was sitting reading by a big picture window when a Downy Woodpecker hit the window with a loud slam. The Downey’s are the smallest of the Woodpecker family in North America. I went out on the deck and the little bird was breathing heavily and writhing. I was at a loss at what to do. I did not want to frighten it further by rushing to its side. I tried to send it healing thoughts of love and compassion, but quickly it turned over…

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