All posts by rgsmith

Ghosts of Greatness

I had an extraordinary experience a few years ago. I was on Ellis island in New York harbor. If you haven’t been there, you should. It is a place that is energized with the resonant memory of the past. It’s an exhilarating experience standing in what is now the Ellis Island museum. I felt the courageous spirits of our immigrant ancestors and a profound respect for their courage to embrace change. So many moved step by step through the great hall on their way to…

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Fear

Some thoughts on fright. I suppose everybody is frightened by something sometime. We have all sorts of phobias documented by science that give legitimacy to our fears. Acrophobia, thristadeckaphobia, hydrophobia and so on. Phobia is a Greek word meaning fear. After 9/11 and rightfully so many of us developed terrorphobia. We are worried that some misfits who have no concept of the real world will again kill indiscriminately in order to effect fear and punishment. In many ways these terrorists are a lot like the…

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Global Warming

Some thoughts on troubling reports of Global Warming. Despite the fact that some individual and organizations are trying to convince us otherwise, there is scientific evidence that shows human influence has contributed substantially to global warming and that the earth will get a lot hotter than previously predicted. Wine growers in Spain are worried. Islanders in the South Pacific are worried. We ought to be worried. What global warming means for our children’s children is beyond devastating. Possibly the melting of the polar ice caps…

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Iraq War

We are now five years into the war in Iraq. The death toll of American soldiers has reached at least 4-thousand. The numbers grow each day. These men and women, sons and Fathers, daughters and Mothers are the new heroes of our republic and not only should they be honored, but so too their families for they bare the burden of a broken heart and the emptiness of a loved one gone. It is not possible for us to recall at once all the names…

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