George and Jesus

Listen to “George and Jesus” by Fred Smith   A few weeks ago I did an interview and while much of it was on philanthropy the questions ranged across a number of topics. This [...]

More Than Enough

Listen to “More than Enough” by Fred Smith   My wife, Carol, was sleeping in the passenger seat as we drove past the exit sign for Tyler, Texas. It was 1977 and we were on our [...]

The Edge of the Inside

Listen to the Introduction of “The Edge of the Inside” by Fred Smith   Good day, friends. I am writing to let you know my new book is out and is available on Amazon. In a way, it [...]

The Good Commission

Listen to “The Good Commission” by Fred Smith   Some blogs are diaries – personal and revealing by making you feel you have been invited into the interior of the author’s life. [...]

One Way Or Another

Listen to “One Way or Another” by Fred Smith   Discoveries made through a mistake, battles lost by a sudden change of wind, unintentional inflection points in a life through a [...]

On An Even Keel

Listen to “On An Even Keel” by Fred Smith   A friend asked me, “What do you think your best contribution will be? And for what would you like to be remembered?” I did not need [...]

Some Larger Way

Listen to “Some Larger Way” by Fred Smith   Some of you know I have taught a Sunday School class for 40 years. It’s my anchor as much as my pulpit. For much of that time I [...]

Do the Next Thing

Listen to “Do the Next Thing” by Fred Smith   Now and then I host what Quakers call a Clearness Committee for an individual working their way through an issue about direction or [...]

Is It Too Much to Ask?

Listen to “Is It Too Much To Ask?”   It’s not just me but a growing number of people have made comments about a theme running through commencement speeches for the last several [...]