Category Archives: Commentary

Tis the Season

First of all. Bravo to Alabama. Bravo to the black contingent of Alabama voters who came out in force to save the state from global embarrassment. Once again. Shame again on Donald Trump for supporting the accused predator Mr. Moore. It is just another rung on the ladder of impeachment. In my communications with people who are living in other parts of our glorious world. We (The USA) are the subject of ridicule, surprise, and immoral innuendo. Unbelievable. The elites of a Republican Congress have…

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Christman Time

Christmas Time © 1995 Rolland G. Smith Some poetic thoughts on Christmas. Christmas time surprises as it jumps out from the cold to warm the late December days with frankincense and gold It heralds in with music, in the silent of the night, and when it wakes the child within my memories are bright. It’s wrapping hearts in holly green and Rudolph red with bow and standing ‘neath a berried sprig of kissing mistletoe. Dancing dreams of sugarplums and minted candy cane bring visions of…

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Christmas Stories and Legends

Some thoughts today and for the next several days on the customs and stories of Christmas. In England, it is still common to hear someone say that the cock crows for Christmas. Legend has it that the roosters crowing would frighten away the bad spirits from the holy season. Other superstitions are wonderful in their imagery. One is that bees can sing at Christmas and sheep walk in procession to commemorate the visit of the angel to the shepherds. In Canada, there is the story…

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Pearl Harbor

There was a time, over dinner many years ago, that a friend of mine, a retired naval officer, now a successful businessman, wanted to talk to one of my sons about attending Annapolis. My friend was a good man, a survivor of Pearl Harbor, but he had a powerful hatred for the Japanese. He hated them so much that he took every opportunity in business, in public, and in private to say so. During our conversation I told him, I hoped he would understand, but…

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