Our Better Angels

Listen to “Our Better Angels” by Fred Smith   One of the regular features of the show “Hee-Haw” was four of the characters sitting on hay bales with moonshine jugs singing: [...]

Do The Hard Thing

Listen to “Do The Hard Thing” by Fred Smith As you walk into my office and look toward the small table by the window you will see a sign that reads, “Do what you love and you [...]

Making Old Friends

Listen to “Making Old Friends” by Fred Smith Sitting with five other men this weekend to talk through the challenges and opportunities for a growing business one of us had started, I [...]

Unreasonable People

Listen to “Unreasonable People” by Fred Smith Almost every time I read about a major foundation tackling another global problem I have two responses. The first is, “Go get ‘em tiger” [...]

Deep Dive

Listen to “Deep Dive” by Fred Smith   Until the recent Telemachus gathering, I had not seen Gordon and Gail MacDonald for many years.  Being there together with the young couples [...]

Plant and Wait

Listen to “Plant and Wait” by Fred Smith   Ten of us, all friends of Bob and Linda Buford, were sitting in the living room of their farmhouse waiting for the most important call [...]

Labor of Love

We helped move our daughter from Los Angeles to Dallas this month and it was a good opportunity to once again experience what a group of Harvard researchers labeled, the “Ikea Effect: When Labor [...]

Rest In Peace Mrs. Perkins

Listen to “Rest In Peace Mrs. Perkins” by Fred Smith   Mrs. Perkins stepped out from her pew and walked down the aisle of our Baptist church to rededicate her life on a regular [...]

My Trivial Sins

Listen to “My Trivial Sins” by Fred Smith   No one would describe me as a product of diversity. As a Southern Baptist, I grew up sure of our traditions and practices but not our [...]