All posts by rgsmith

Spirituality versus Dogma

Being spiritual is acknowledging a loving presence as part of our being and knowing it is in harmonic resonance with all things. Its essence is unconditional love. It is the expression of the All That Is as us. Religions are the process, the belief systems, the collective and the community by which we choose to express individual spirituality. In my view many religions have forgotten spirituality and what they think they do remember of it they confuse with dogma. The word dogma comes from the…

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Reasons

There are many reasons to get involved in this year’s elections and the reasons have nothing to do with politics or propositions or personalities. The reasons are citizen warriors, ordinary people with names. All were killed in action. Today they are tearful memories for some and just names to others, but they were the living truths of honor, duty and democracy. Andrew Allard and Amaziah Fassett, killed in action — Revolutionary war. Mike Quinn, in a gray uniform. Philip Kearney, in blue — killed in…

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Thoughts on Aging

A few years ago Jeanne Calment of Arles, France turned 121. At that time she was the oldest woman in the world where her age could be documented by reliable records. She has long since passed, but her philosophy is worth remembering. The day she turned 121 there was a big birthday bash at city hall. A cake with ten dozen candles, plus one. 121 roses and a city medal. She didn’t make a speech, but the mayor did and half way through his remarks,…

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Ground Observer Corps

It’s one of those I remember days. I am old enough to remember a number of things that the young people of today have either never heard of, or remember only in stories from their family conversations. When I was fourteen I joined the Junior Ground Observer Corps. This was in the middle 1950’s and America was still comfortably nestled in the fear that war with Russia, with the Soviet Union, was always possible and could happen. I joined the Junior Ground Observer Corps in…

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