Tag Archives: Alan W. Smith

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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two letters of condolence; and how (in my opinion) to write one

      Two letters of condolence are posted here: from my father to the wife of a deceased relative from me to the wife of high school classmate of mine     *****************************************************             … Continue reading

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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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reflections about my Dad as a pianist

          The following is the text of an email of mine to family members (plus, note downloadable audio file above):     I have been sort of in the dumps today. Wanted to listen to some … 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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Roger W. Smith, “My Boyhood”

    The following post is in both the form of a downloadable Word document (below) and text that follows.     — Roger W. Smith       *********************************************************** Roger W. Smith, “My Boyhood”       Birth I … Continue reading

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Thanksgiving

    Thanksgiving has always been one of my favorite holidays. One great thing about it is that it comes on a Thursday and that normally means a four day weekend for all, with time to travel to and join … Continue reading

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