All posts by rgsmith

Freedom of Expression

A few years ago, in Salem, Oregon, there was a late night cable access television program where the host could be seen dancing nude and even defecating on camera. His actions, however offensive, were expressions of art and protected from censorship. Within each of us is an vast potential for individualized creative expression. We all have a choice of how we manifest our expressions, our art. Under the umbrella of art, comes a plethora of expressions: paintings, from oils to illustrations; music, both composition and…

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It Could Have Been Madam President

Some thoughts on Victoria Woodhull. She comes to mind because this is a presidential election year and Hillery Clinton is seeking her party’s nomination as its candidate. Victoria Woodhull, however, was the first woman to run for President of the United States. The time was 1872. Victoria Claflin Woodhull was already famous. She was born into a family of hypnotists, spiritualist’s and medical eccentrics. She gained some fame when she and her sister charmed Commodore Vanderbilt with their spiritualists powers. He became their investment counselor…

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Kruschchev then and now.

Some thoughts on how things change. When I was a teenager in the late 1950’s, there was the pervasive fear of nuclear war with the then Soviet Union. All across our nation, cities and villages designated public places as fallout shelters and stockpiled them with water and food. Civil Defense directors were appointed to oversee and plan for survival after a nuclear war. Individuals prepared for the worst by constructing home shelters and conducting family drills in what to do in case of a nuclear…

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Rumors of a woman Pope

Pope John the VIII or was it Pope Joan? Nobody knows if it’s a true story, but during the later part of the 13th century it was believed to be fact. It all happened hundreds of years before that, so its hard to tell truth from fiction. There was a person who became Pope John VIII and supposedly ruled the Church for over two years from 855 to 858. It was a relatively short papacy and was first mention by Mariano Scoto, a Benedictine monk…

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