Buying Happiness

Listen to “Buying Happiness” by Fred Smith   Like many of you, I have attended scores of galas, dinners, leadership retreats, and fund-raising events in my life. Some are grand [...]

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” [...]

Dirty Money

Listen to “Dirty Money” by Fred Smith   The destructive power of a hurricane when it makes landfall is often multiplied by the spawning of numerous tornadoes from the outer [...]

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 [...]

Repaid by Love

Listen to “Repaid by Love” by Fred Smith   Stories come in all shapes, don’t they? Today, there is an industry devoted to people anxious to understand their personal [...]

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 [...]

A Living Thing

Listen to “A Living Thing” by Fred Smith   My grandfather was a Baptist pastor with the temperament of an Irishman. Named Matthew Bunyan after John Bunyan, he was always [...]

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 [...]