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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Mama’s Boy

Listen to “Mama’s Boy” by Fred Smith   If you visit Elk Lake, Minnesota and the headwaters of the Mississippi, you will see a stream that is about 20 feet across and 2 feet [...]

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