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Happy 100th Dad

My Father, George Hanbury Smith, would have turned 100 years old on July 2nd. Obviously he is not around these days for achieving the age of 100 is a monumental accomplishment. Many people do and so many more people do not. So why do I write about my Father’s would be 100th birthday? It’s probably more because I am old enough to see what a victory life is over the alternative. If you look at it with just numbers my Dad was born when the…

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July 4th

Way back when, long before the time of today’s conscious memory, an idea became the child of freedom and democracy. At its birth, on this day in 1776, they named her Independence. It was a hard pregnancy. The energy of violence was prevalent until the last British ships sailed out of New York Harbor. Then came the task of tolerance and the faith of forgiveness for 4-thousand, four hundred and 35 new American citizens died before the birth of Independence was possible. Independence was a…

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California Fires

There is nothing anyone can do to change it, to stop it. We can fight it and the fire fighters do so with skill, daring, courage and a danger to themselves, but still it chews the dry brush into a soft ash. Lightening starts most of them. The drought too hurts and so does an ill wind called Santa Ana. It flows quickly from the mountain tops and reminds us of our vulnerability. The tears of loss and smiles of safety on the same face…

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Things Are Not Alway As They Seem

There was this guy named Bartholomew Masterson. He was born on a farm in Quebec, Canada. He was also known as William Barclay. He was a respected journalist and a leading authority on boxing. At one time in his life he was a deputy US Marshall for the southern district of New York, appointed by Teddy Roosevelt. In other times he had other careers. He was a buffalo hunter, an army scout, a saloon owner, and a professional gambler. Bartholomew or William Barclay went by…

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