Category Archives: Commentary

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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People Watching

I sat a mall lunch table recently and watched the passersby. There were young mothers and their babies in a stroller usually two by two. There were old folks with canes who kept to the aisle sides for they walked more slowly than the rest. There were several groups of youngsters. Boys and girls together most in their early teens and others a little older, but they all walked and looked and shopped in packs like wolves all the while playing, running, and teasing one…

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