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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]