All posts by rgsmith

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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Leadership

The leaders of our two main political parties are now established. Now what do we do to vett our own choices? From time to time we need to assess whether our leaders in politics and business and even the leader in ourselves, measure to the definition. Leadership is the ability to enthuse, to inspire, to create, to accomplish goals for the greater good. Some seek leadership, some are promoted to it, some are elected to it and some have it thrust upon them. There is…

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