This blog consists of various postings. These include my writings on a wide variety of topics and posts reflecting some of my interests and enthusiasms over the years — including literary and scholarly interests — plus material about my past and family, including genealogy.

On the right hand corner of the home page, you will see Categories. You can use these to identify posts that you may find to be of interest.





I have posted some of my favorite music. I have not posted much of the music that I love because it is so popular and commonly available that there is no point in posting it.

My posts of music are designed to show my tastes; to bring to the awareness of visitors to this site some beautiful pieces they may have overlooked; and to share some rare recordings from my collection of classical music, which started with LP’s in the 1960’s.

My post “summary of classical music on this blog”


provides a guide to what’s posted here.


For about five years, I kept a diary about my two sons in their earliest years. The diaries are posted here. The idea to keep such a diary was my own, but a therapist whom I was seeing made the suggestion to me almost simultaneously. The diaries are unedited. I intend to eventually edit them for typos and condensing where necessary.


Please note the extensive material about former New York Times editor A. M. Rosenthal. It is posted here not because I am a fan of Rosenthal, but because I followed him closely in the past in an attempt to identify what seemed me to be his shortcomings as a columnist. He was quite highly regarded — perhaps he deserved it as an editor — but I was very critical of his writing and tried to keep track of it. I have always considered myself a “student ” of writing, both good and bad, and felt that keeping tabs on bad writing would help me better understand how good writing differs from its polar opposite.






Please note: Documents, images, and music posted here — e.g., Word files, PDF files, JPEG files, MP3 files — are downloadable. You merely have to point and click, which will enable you to either open the document or to download (save) it.

If you right click, you will have the option of downloading (saving) a file or image.

If you left click, a descriptive caption will appear (for images that are captioned).





My email, should you wish to contact me, is




— Roger W. Smith, Maspeth, Queens, NYC, USA


Also pease note
— for those who may be interested. I have another blog devoted to the twentieth century American author Theodore Dreiser at


2 Responses to About

  1. Cathy Belcher says:

    Hi Roger

    I am connecting dots between the Hart and Harrisson families of Dartmouth. I am hoping you can help.

    Amy Bowdish (daughter of Mary Hart (sister of William Hart)) married Francis Harrisson 19 Mar 1785.

    William Hart’s daughter, Amy Hart, and Amy Bowdish were first cousins.

    Amy Hart’s son, Simpson Hart and his wife Lois were granted guardianship in probate court of the Harrisson’s three children, John, Eliza, and Lydia on 3 May 1803. We descend from John.

    Do you, can you confirm this information? Do you have access to the court record of 3 May 1803?

  2. Neil says:

    Hi Roger. My name is Neil Hart and my Grandfather was Edward Hewins Hart who committed suicide in May 1925 in Falmouth Mass. I live in Farmington Maine. My father was Thomas Alexander Hart, son of Edward and Elizabeth Dean Hart.

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