Category Archives: Commentary

Hot and Hotter

I thought I’d try something today to get a little relief from the heat. I wrote a paragraph in the freeze of last winter to describe the cold. I looked it up and re-read it to see if I could feel a little cooler. Here it is from wintertime. “This day is a draining, shivering cold. There is a frigid thunk to the wind chimes on the porch, not the usual resonate ring of atoms in easy motion. The chime sound is tight, quick and…

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Black and White

There is a tendency for some in our society to lump people into groups, cultures, and races, and even religions and then judge them only because of their color and their religion If you take time to see individual accomplishments, great or small, collective lumping, under the banner of different or regional prejudice, appears foolish. Every time you turn on a light think of Lewis Latimer. He improved the electric lamp. Norbert Rillieau was special. He helped revolutionize sugar refining. Andrew Beard invented the automatic…

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D-Day

It is an anniversary today. A terrible remembrance of sacrifice and courage. It is D-day, June 6th, the storming of the beaches in Normandy, France in an operation called “Overlord”. I was there on the June 6, 1999 anniversary with six veterans who had not been back since they fought and crawled on those beaches in 1944. “Lest we forget.” © 1999 Rolland G. Smith It was the day and the month the warriors returnedTo the place where many died, the dawn the beaches burned.The…

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Cancer Diagnosis

Some more thoughts on the entrapment of Cancer. A wonderful friend of mine recently told me of cancer in her family and asked I not tell anyone. I understand and respect that request and I would also offer another way to think about it to all who go through the announcement of Cancer. Cancer affects all of us. It is a disease that seems to be the common denominator of all of us these days. I share some experiential truths in dealing with this insidious…

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