All posts by rgsmith

Friendship

My thoughts today come from another. They are attributed to Eleanor Roosevelt, who apparently wrote them to her circle of friends. This is apparently National Friendship week and her words are being circulated over the Internet. I liked what I read, I trust you will too. Quote: “Many people will walk in and out of your life, but only true friends will leave footprints in your heart. To handle yourself, use your head; to handle others, use your heart. Anger is only one letter short…

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AIDS

Former President Bill Clinton, when speaking at the Democratic Convention in Denver to endorse and support Barack Obama, focused some of his thoughts on one of his -Clinton’s- altruistic passions, the treatment of AIDS. He spoke briefly of the problem, not only in America, but in particular in the 24 sub-Saharan African nations. He didn’t say it this way, but it is one of the greatest medical emergencies and moral dilemmas of the modern era. Seventy percent of the world’s 34 plus million people infected…

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Spirituality versus Dogma

Being spiritual is acknowledging a loving presence as part of our being and knowing it is in harmonic resonance with all things. Its essence is unconditional love. It is the expression of the All That Is as us. Religions are the process, the belief systems, the collective and the community by which we choose to express individual spirituality. In my view many religions have forgotten spirituality and what they think they do remember of it they confuse with dogma. The word dogma comes from the…

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Reasons

There are many reasons to get involved in this year’s elections and the reasons have nothing to do with politics or propositions or personalities. The reasons are citizen warriors, ordinary people with names. All were killed in action. Today they are tearful memories for some and just names to others, but they were the living truths of honor, duty and democracy. Andrew Allard and Amaziah Fassett, killed in action — Revolutionary war. Mike Quinn, in a gray uniform. Philip Kearney, in blue — killed in…

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