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“There is nothing generic about human life.”

      I am reading a recently published book by Kate Bowler: Everything Happens for a Reason: And Other Lies I’ve Loved. Ms. Bowler is a professor at Duke Divinity School. In 2015, she was unexpectedly diagnosed with Stage … 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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Roger W. Smith letter to Rev. Paul Gallivan, December 6, 1989

        I wrote this letter to Father Paul Gallivan, a Roman Catholic priest, on December 6, 1989. Father Paul delivered a eulogy at my father, Alan W. Smith’s, memorial service in Bourne, Massachusetts on November 17, 1989. … 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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a February concert

      Last night I attended a concert at Carnegie Hall. The program: Mozart Symphony No. 40 in G Minor, K. 550; Orchestra of St. Luke’s; Robert Spano, conductor Bryce Dessner, “Voy a dormir”; Kelley O’Connor, Mezzo-Soprano Beethoven, Piano … Continue reading

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empathy

    One day we were in the garden. Father stood looking in at the pig. Mother was hanging clothes out, and I was weeding. Two travelling journeymen came past. They were dusty, carried knapsacks on their backs, and looked … Continue reading

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I am not the center of the universe.

    Call it an epiphany. Did you ever have an experience in the course of life, at a particular moment on a particular day — something seemingly inconsequential — that permanently altered your fundamental outlook on life? This happened … Continue reading

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