Writer’s Cramp

Listen to “Writer’s Cramp” by Fred Smith   Typically, I do not know in advance what the topic of the next blog will be. However, I have already written the content for a [...]

The New Chefs

Julia and Paul Child were living in Paris in 1959 when they first heard something called “television” was becoming popular in the States. After reading an article about the horrifying effects of [...]

Bearing Witness

Listen to “Bearing Witness” by Fred Smith   The first time I read the phrase “bearing witness” was in Elie Wiesel’s book “Night” recounting the horrors of the Holocaust and the [...]

White Noise

Listen to “White Noise” by Fred Smith   The last time I watched a movie about whales was…never. I did buy a Judy Collins album years ago titled, “Whales and Nightingales” that [...]

Paper Losses

Listen to “Paper Losses” by Fred Smith   Several years ago I read an article using the research of Daniel Kahneman and Amos Twersky to illustrate the brain’s reaction to [...]

His Mother’s Son

Listen to “His Mother’s Son” by Fred Smith   Over the holidays I had time to think again about images of Mary, the mother of Jesus. Traditionally, what is our picture of [...]

Place and Power

Listen to “Place and Power” by Fred Smith   If you want well-written insight into the work of speechwriters and their behind-the-scenes influence, I would suggest Barton [...]

The Glitter is Gone

Listen to “The Glitter is Gone” by Fred Smith   In the past there has always been an unspoken bond between the very rich “one percent” of our world and the rest of us. During the [...]