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Common Sense

The basic foundation of wisdom is called “common sense.” I find “common sense” in a garden of flowers. The colors, the forms, the strengths, and the frailties remind me of our human family as individually and collectively we strive to survive. Flowers see their oneness as a bouquet. Humans, in our pursuit of having more, miss the elegance of self and the other. I find “common sense” in the winds of the earth as they push and pull, puff and punish in their desultory paths…

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Thoughts from the norm.

The Age of Light © 2012 Rolland G. Smith I am the now among the light, But daily play in planet’s night Where souls oft gasp a wonder’s breath When learning light is never death.   But we all dwell in moment’s time For matter needs its finite rhyme, Yet when we shed our form and thought The mind can never be distraught.   There is a balance ‘tween the two In order for the spirit true To keep the Logos and the soul From…

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Civility

Have you ever noticed that the poor attack the poor because they see what they don’t like in others in themselves and apparently can see no way out of what they don’t like? The rich belittle the rich because others have more or less than themselves and they live under the illusion that success, security, and safety is having more and riches make you a better person. Religions contend with other beliefs saying their way is the only way to worship the one God of…

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Signers of the Declaration of Independence

Today is our independence holiday. Fifty-six men signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4th, 1776. History rarely records what happened to some of them. Five signers were captured by the British charged as traitors and were tortured before they died. Twelve had their homes ransacked and burned. Two lost their sons who were serving in the Revolutionary Army, and another had two sons captured. Nine of the 56 fought in the war and died from wounds or hardships caused by the war. These men…

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