All posts by rgsmith

Who Am I

Every once in awhile we should ask ourselves, Why am I me? I often ask myself this question and with every asking there comes a different answer based upon my experience and growth at that moment of asking. Why am I me? An answer for me is to participate in this time and space, in this place with infinite choices and live in the moment with the nearly six billion souls who have come to experience life together and generally be an example of creative…

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India Terror

Some thoughts on the terrorists action in India. Again weapons and terror have led to death and destruction. Again through the power of vengeful choice terrorists have attacked the innocent and have chosen violence to aggrandize their fears and feed their hatreds. India accuses Pakistan as an aiding participant. Old wounds and sealed hates are opened. Nuclear fears worry global leaders. Each side asks their supporters around the globe to share in the accusatory finger pointing. Again there are more dead; the count continues. Indian…

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Turkey Day

Turkey is a traditional dinner today for many Americans. It is a carry over from the pilgrims and their original feast of Thanksgiving when the native bird was plentiful in the wild. So why do we call it Turkey? There is a reason and as happens so many times, the all-American bird got its name somewhat by mistake. The tale begins with the British Empire which had stretched itself into Africa during the sixteen hundreds. Along with diamonds the British exported a wild eatable bird…

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Thanksgiving

Some thoughts on the history of Thanksgiving. The earliest record of any observance of Thanksgiving within the territory that now comprises the United States, was held by the Popham colony settled in Sagadahoe, Maine. That was in 1607. They did not celebrate the whole day like we do now, then it was just an observance that took a few hours. The real origin of Thanksgiving as a whole day set aside for prayer and rejoicing is attributed to Governor Bradford, The first governor of the…

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