Category Archives: Commentary

Washington Crossing The Delaware

You know that famous painting of Washington Crossing the Delaware? It’s inaccurate. He crossed the Delaware, but the painting is of the Rhine River. The painting by 19th century American Painter, German-born Emanuel Leutze was actually painted in Dusseldorf, Germany and the Rhine River was used as a model. Even allowing for artistic license the painting has its share of errors. The American flag in the painting shows thirteen stars and stripes. George crossed the Delaware the day after Christmas in 1776. The flag design…

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Blessings

I had pasta and a roll for dinner last night and it was filling and fine. It was a simple meal, but ample and nourishing. With every bite I thought of those throughout the world who have little or nothing to eat and where starvation is a constant worry. They count the grains of rice for the pot to feed a family and deal with the ache of hunger as the body eats itself in a wrenching dichotomy to stay alive. My simple meal was…

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Winter Falls

A lock of nature’s raven hairIllusion from a flowing fallsCreates a snowy cameoLong ‘fore a warming spring enthralls.A moment frozen – wintertime –And held within a fleeting thought.When framed by icy rocks and woodThe soul of winter’s stream is caught. © 2009 Rolland G. Smith

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Little Ben

Good Morning and again I am writing about Presidents because this is the season. America gets a new one on the 20th of January. I also chose Benjamin Harrison to research because I used to live and work in Indianapolis. President Benjamin Harrison was the 23rd President of the United States. He was born in 1833. The folks in Indianapolis, Indiana are proud of little Ben. He was called that because of his short stature. He was 5 foot, six inches tall. He was a…

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