Category Archives: my family

a trip to Massachusetts (and its disappointing aftermath)

    During the month just ended, I took a trip to Massachusetts to attend the American Literature Association’s annual conference in Boston, and also to take photos of personal interest from the point of view of my personal history … Continue reading

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A Walt Whitman Letter; and, What Can Be Inferred from It about Letter Writing in General

    Camden [NJ] Friday noon, 26th Sept.     Dear son Pete,   Your letter of yesterday came this forenoon—that was a rather serious runaway of cars in the tunnel a week ago—& mighty lucky to get off as … Continue reading

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My Father’s Career as a Musician

  A message from someone who read a post on this blog, asking about my father’s career as a musician, prompted me to respond as follows:   — Roger W. Smith       September 2016       ****************************************************************   re … Continue reading

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Marquess of Queensberry rules for arguments (my personal views on the subject)

    A full downloadable Word document is below.     *****************************************************     Marquess of Queensberry rules for arguments by Roger W. Smith     My List of Virtues contained at first but twelve: But a Quaker Friend having … Continue reading

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a note from my mother

    Mom’s note to Roger, 1964 Wed. – Dear Rog – Sorry we let you get off without even discussing clothes with you. Had such a good weekend with you — Rog – I enclose check for $10. – … Continue reading

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Ralph Ellis Handy, college yearbook

University of Massachusetts, class of 1914 Ralph Ellis Handy was my maternal grandfather                    

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Board of Selectmen to Elinor H. Smith, November 5, 1969

  My mother, Elinor Handy Smith, had requested permission to hold an antiwar rally in Canton, Massachusetts. Below is the Board of Selectmen’s response.    

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