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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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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 audio file above):     I have been sort of in the dumps today. Wanted to listen to some light … 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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Father Paul Gallivan

  Father Paul Gallivan was a good friend and a colleague of my father, Alan W. Smith, in musical productions of Saint Paul’s Roman Catholic Church in Dorchester, Massachusetts. He delivered a eulogy at my father’s memorial service.     … Continue reading

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