The Way I See It

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Twice each year the Thursday blog is a sampling of my photos with quotes. It’s that time again and I hope you enjoy both.

"Gorgeous, amazing things come into our lives when we are paying attention; mangoes, grandnieces, Bach, ponds." - Anne Lamott
"The face is a picture of the mind with the eyes as its interpreter." - Marcus Tullius Cicero
"I live in that solitude which is painful in youth, but delicious in the years of maturity." - Albert Einstein
Jeff Buford (1942-2020) "Good men don't become legends," he said quietly. "Good men don't need to become legends." She opened her eyes, looking up at him. "They just do what's right anyway." - Brandon Sanderson
"Watching the morning break, I realize again that darkness doesn't kill the light - it defines it." - Richard Wagamese
"How foolish to believe we are more powerful than the sea or the sky.” ― Ruta Sepetys,
"My coming to faith did not start with a leap but rather a series of staggers from what seemed like one safe place to another. Like lily pads, round and green, these places summoned and then held me up while I grew." - Anne Lamott
"All fungi are edible. Some fungi are only edible once." - Terry Pratchett
"I thought the most beautiful thing in the world must be shadow." - Sylvia Plath
"Someone once said that every man is trying to live up to his father's expectations or make up for their father's mistakes." - Barack Obama
"A marsh is a whole world within a world, a different world, with a life of its own, with its own permanent denizens, its passing visitors, its voices, its sounds, its own strange mystery." - Guy de Maupassant
"There are people in the world so hungry, that God cannot appear to them except in the form of bread." - Mahatma Gandhi
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    Jacquie Cardone
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    Hi Fred,

    Happy New Year to you and Carol! Love these pictures with thoughtful quotes.

    So sorry to hear about Jeff Buford.

    Blessings on you two and all your family.

    • Fred Smith
      Fred Smith
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      Thank you, Jacqui. We had a wonderful Christmas with everyone here. Please give our love to your family.

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    Jack Wilson
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    Words of wisdom!! Thanks for sharing, Fred, wishing you and your family a safe and healthy 2021!!!!

    • Fred Smith
      Fred Smith
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      Thank you, Jack. You are a blessing to our community.

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    Peggy Wehmeyer
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    Beautiful photos and quotes, Fred. The one from Anne Lamott about staggering to safety from one lily pad to the next to gain strength especially struck me.
    Thank you for these. They provoke deep and meaningfully reflection–something sorely lacking in a world full of cacophonous distraction.

    • Fred Smith
      Fred Smith
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      Thank you, Peggy. Anne Lamott almost always says it better than anyone, doesn’t she?

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    John Addink
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    Fred
    Thanks for your blogs. They are always interesting.

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    Dianne Moore
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    Beautiful and the quote accompanying them make them more beautiful.

    • Fred Smith
      Fred Smith
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      Thank you, Dianne. We miss seeing you all.

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    Bob Garrett
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    Fred, I look forward to reading/listening to your blog each week. It is amazing how it always seems to touch on a theme I’ve recently dealt with. Thank you for sharing your talent for clearly painting reality on our weekly canvas of delusion. Happy New Year!!!

    • Fred Smith
      Fred Smith
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      Thank you, Bob! You are always such an encouragement to me and many others.

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    Brent Fearon
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    As always, Fred, a delight to hear about — and see — the world through your senses. You’re a blessing to me.

    • Fred Smith
      Fred Smith
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      Thank you, Brent. This is so encouraging to me. Blessings.

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    Bedford Holmes
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    This are rich thoughts brother Fred! So glad to be back in the Tyler community so I can hang out with you. I especially loved you quote in tribute to Jeff Buford. He was always a kind and clear voice for me when I was at All Saints decades ago.

    • Fred Smith
      Fred Smith
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      Thank you, Bedford. Yes, Jeff never had any interest in being legendary. He left a great legacy though.

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    Tim Winn
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    Thanks, Fred, for taking the time to share with us the insight you are given. New Year blessings. Ready or not, here it comes!

    • Fred Smith
      Fred Smith
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      Thank you, Tim. Matching photos and quotes is more difficult than writing!

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    frank tillapaugh
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    Gracias Fred feliz año nuevo.

    • Fred Smith
      Fred Smith
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      Thank you, Frank. One of the best parts of the year is having back and forth with you!

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    John Sims
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    Fred:

    These are all great — thanks for sharing, as always. First I’d heard about Jeff Buford — needless to say, a great loss.

    My the New Year bring blessings on you and yours.

    • Fred Smith
      Fred Smith
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      Thank you, John. Yes, Jeff’s passing a a great loss to this community and to his friends.

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        Sam Griffith
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        Your quote for Bob Buford was perfect. (What a well-liced life. Well done, good and faithful servant.)
        Good men may not become famous or be on the cover of the media darlings’ magazine.
        But, as Paul said about his ministry, they are ‘needful’, they are essential. They just do what is right. Reminds me of Will Rogers quote to “always do the right thing. It pleases your friends, and astounds everyone else.”
        But it is the ordinary people, just doing what is right, doing what is needful, that actually contribute to make this life pleasant and enjoyable.
        Keep up the good work, Fred. I so look forward to your Thursday blogs.
        Thank you and Carole for your decades of service to the Kingdom, doing that needful service, although most was ‘below the radar.’
        And for keeping your eyes and ears open, both spiritual and physical, you have amassed and now share decades of wisdom and , twice a year, great photos.
        Be blessed. Numbers 6:24-26

        • Fred Smith
          Fred Smith
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          Thank you, Sam. May we all be men who simply do what is right.

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    Terry Parker
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    Wow Fred, these are so moving. I will enjoy reading them all again – as well as some from the past you have done that you have linked. The only thing missing are quotes of yours, with pictures. But then we get those regularly with all the wonderful blogs you do. We sure miss seeing you and Carol.

    • Fred Smith
      Fred Smith
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      Thank you, Terry! We miss you all as well. Surely there is a way we can see each other this year!

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    Sam Fisher
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    Great work Fred… blessings to you!
    Happy New Year!

    • Fred Smith
      Fred Smith
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      Thank you, Sam. I appreciate the encouragement.

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    Jack Modesett
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    I’m reminded that Lyndon Johnson said, the problem is not doing what is right, it is knowing what is right and then doing it. He was certainly an example of great plans going terribly wrong.

    Keep on keeping on, Fred. Your work is a blessing to many, including me.

    • Fred Smith
      Fred Smith
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      Thank you, Jack. I was half-way hoping you were going to say, “Great work and now it’s time to hang up the gloves.”

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    Walt Gallaway
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    Thank you for your inspirations and “urgings”. We all need to be urged to do more, more often. Love your Zooms, too!
    Walt & Michelle

    • Fred Smith
      Fred Smith
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      Thank you, Walt. The need for urging includes me! We need reminding more than remonstrance. We know what is right but we get caught up in other things.

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    Daryl Heald
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    Thanks Fred

    Since I’m a mushroom lover I loved that quote and enjoyed a laugh

    All fungi are edible. Some fungi are only edible once.” – Terry Pratchett

    • Fred Smith
      Fred Smith
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      i limit myself to taking pictures of mushrooms and having them on pizza.

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    Lee
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    Your insights and wisdom are always a wonderful respite from our world of sound bytes and predictable drivel.. look forward to your email oasis every week!!

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