Tag Archives: Roger Smith

spring fever

            photograph by Roger W. Smith         song, “It was a Lover and his Lass” (performed by the Deller Consort)       *****************************************************     “It was a Lover and his … Continue reading

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when in doubt, assume a greater, rather than lesser, degree of intelligence

    Roger’s theorem (or perhaps a corollary). When in doubt, assume a greater, rather than lesser, degree of intelligence. Talk UP to people; not DOWN. And, besides the admonition don’t talk down to people, if in doubt, assume a … Continue reading

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a valuable lesson

    I have had occasion because of an unpleasant experience with someone close to me to think of something I learned once. In the interests of confidentiality, let’s just say that the situation from my past. The “lesson” (with … Continue reading

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manifesto (my response to critical comments on this site)

    Montaigne wrote about everything under the sun; he’s my model. Samuel Johnson in his essays did something similar. A former English teacher colleague of my wife told me once, “You could write about a doorknob and make it … Continue reading

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on the importance of downtime

    … I have been a chronic loafer and an enthusiast of dolce far niente all my life. This is the other side of the Taoist percept that “doing nothing is better than to be busy doing nothing.” Almost … 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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Roger’s rules for staying healthy (disregard at your peril!)

    drink lots of water, as much as you can (can you believe my latest doctor told me not to drink too many fluids in the evening?) don’t smoke; and, by all means, no drugs drink only a little, … Continue reading

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