All posts by rgsmith

Brain Cancer

The announcement that Senator Edward Kennedy has a form of brain cancer brings to mind these thoughts. Most of us know someone who has had cancer, or has cancer or who has died of cancer. It is an insidious disease. It is indiscriminate and it is a life altering challenge, not only for those diagnosed with its various forms, but also for the family and friends of the afflicted. Whenever these kinds of announcements come fourth that a celebrity is stricken, it reminds all of…

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Judge Frank (Francis) Vogt

Frank Vogt died the other day. He was 85. Most of you won’t know him. That’s the way it is in life. You know some, you meet some, you stay in touch and you get to hang out together for a moment or two. We each have the opportunities in our lives to touch a little piece of another’s life and if we’re lucky it resonates with our own and something called friendship results. We come into the glorious existence called life to live a…

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Check The Facts!

When I started writing this Blog and in fact when I started writing commentaries a number of years ago, I decided that I would not critique, but I would offer an alternative view of looking at a situation, an issue, an action, or a belief. While I still try and sometimes fail to hold to that personal and specific ethic, it is often difficult to do so when those in authority, when those in leadership positions, when those who are acknowledged partisans, and especially when…

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Where is “Away”?

I’ve wondered now for quite awhileWhere is this place we call “away”?It must be big and vastly vile,Perhaps the hell from old Dante. Each day we throw away our trashThat no one wants. We let it go.There’s paper, cans and blackened ashJust junk and trash that’s tossed heave-ho. Immense the piles of useless stuffIn bins and carts and plastic bags.We hold and store more than enough,And oft’ we toss good clothes as rags. Someday there may be no more spaceTo put the stuff we throw…

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