Category Archives: essays (by Roger W. Smith)

on caring for sick people (and why the health care system often fails them) … plus, what I have learned about same from experience and reading; and from Walt Whitman, Florence Nightingale, and the heroic nurses of the Civil War, by Roger W. Smith

      “I start off with a prejudice against doctors anyway.” — Walt Whitman; quoted in Horace Traubel, With Walt Whitman in Camden (July 12, 1888)     “I love doctors and hate their medicine.” — Walt Whitman; quoted … Continue reading

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On Friendships: Forming, Preserving, and (Sometimes) Knowing When to End Them

    “For the rest, what we commonly call friends and friendships, are nothing but acquaintance and familiarities, either occasionally contracted, or upon some design, by means of which there happens some little intercourse betwixt our souls. But in the … Continue reading

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the importance of professionalism (as seen by a writer)

    Last winter, I emailed a relative with the following comment: “Largely because of having had professional experience, I know I’m not fooling myself when I say my stuff is good, unlike a lot of people who fancy themselves … Continue reading

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my writing; a response to my critics

    ‘my writing; a response to my critics’     In this post, I have tried to consider and respond to criticisms of my writing which have been made by readers of this blog from time to time. In … Continue reading

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on happiness vis-à-vis sadness (and the other way around)

      “We are more apt to feel depressed by the perpetually smiling individual than the one who is honestly sad. If we admit our depression openly and freely, those around us get from it an experience of freedom … Continue reading

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some of my best friends …

      “Two wrongs don’t make a right.” “Don’t cry over spilt milk.” “A watched pot never boils.” “Don’t count your chickens before they hatch.” “A stitch in time saves nine.” “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound … Continue reading

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on poverty

    “In civilised society, personal merit will not serve you so much as money will. Sir, you may make the experiment. Go into the street, and give one man a lecture on morality, and another a shilling, and see … Continue reading

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