The House Always Loses

Listen to “The House Always Loses” by Fred Smith   The final commentary on the lives of many of the kings of Israel is, “He did evil and walked in the ways of Jeroboam.” But even [...]

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: [...]

Take A Look At My Life

Listen to “Take A Look At My Life” by Fred Smith   I turned 73 in July – as did 3 million others born in 1946. That means I have started collecting all the good stuff owed to me [...]

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 [...]

Up in Smoke

Growing up Southern Baptist I have indelible memories of the Sunday School offering envelope used by the church. It was more than a tracking device for offerings. We were also graded by our [...]

To The Moon And Back

Many of my favorite authors – like Annie Dillard, Mary Oliver, Tish Harrison Warren, and Wendell Berry – encourage us to look for beauty in the ordinary.  Books are written about [...]

A Soul At Risk

Listen to “A Soul At Risk” by Fred Smith   You may have been watching the news this week about the indictment of Jeffrey Epstein for sex trafficking in children. What has been so [...]

No Words

Listen to “No Words” By Fred Smith   When I came out of the Navy I had developed an acute allergy for profanity. All four years I had listened to men young and old who could not [...]