All posts by rgsmith

The Ugly, The Bad, The Good

There are the new pieces of pain on the planet today. More death and injury in Iraq, violence in India, destruction and displacement in Texas, new dead in Yemen and there are the old stories of continuing sorrow as ethnic factions care not for the people, but power. There are the hungry and starving in sub-Saharan Africa and dozens of other places, including the United States where 30 million people, including 12 million children go hungry every day. But for every dark spot of pain…

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Mr. Wall Street

What with yesterday’s debacle on Wall Street and the anniversary of the 1929 Stock Market crash coming up. I am reminded of how a bad time made one man famous. He was Richard Whitney. A hero of that first day of the crash. Prices were plummeting. The ticker tape was hours behind. Whitney’s intent was to restore calm. He began to buy and word spread that he represented New York’s major banks. The market rallied and the press hailed Whitney as a white knight. He…

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Nature and the Soul

Hello All, I just got back from a week’s trip to the Canadian wilderness. The place was way up in northern Ontario where fall has just arrived. The Moose are in rut, the Salmon are spawning, the Beaver are gathering twigs for the winter hibernation and the residents are stacking cord upon cord of hardwood to keep warm in the coming winter. It’s always a surprise to leave what we think is summer in the South and travel several hundred miles North and suddenly, as…

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Gifts and Giving

Some thoughts on gifts and giving. The phenomenal soul of the giver is omnipresent despite the predominance of stories about the sordid and banal characteristics of life. We see that soul every time there is clarion call for help and it echoes through the hearts of all Americans. It doesn’t matter what kind of tragedy inflicts our communities, by the thousands people come bearing, not only the gift of service and time, but also material gifts. With the tragedy of 9/11, with Katrina and New…

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