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August 26, 2018

G.K. Chesterson wrote, Fairy Tales are more than true; not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten. What is true may not be factual. I am now at the early stages of preparation for my podcast Wild Imag...

August 19, 2018

Whew. Heartfelt is done in both eBook and paperback forms. The paperback is published by CreateSpace, a division of Amazon. Not a simple thing to do, but I learned to do it. Since it is a print-on-demand I was worried that the outcome might be shoddy. I was surprised b...

August 5, 2018

Have you been in a conversation and see tears in another’s eyes? Or walk in on someone who is crying? Or heard about a friend facing tragedy? These are opportunities to make a difference for someone facing heartbreak. How we respond to the sorrow of others reveals some...

July 22, 2016

Sometimes little moments can matter. I still remember from my childhood a comment my stepfather made to me when we were playing catch in front of our home. (if I returned to my old home, I could mark the spot even now). I was a little league pitcher that summer. After...

July 2, 2016

I had asthma as a child. I often woke up in the middle of the night, barely able to breathe. Suffocation is a horrible ordeal for anyone, especially a child. Strenuous exercise would leave me wheezing and gasping for breath. The taunt “asthma kid! asthma kid!” often fo...

June 4, 2016

Now that I am retired I have the freedom to talk about political matters. So here we go.

With all the demonizing of Hispanics by the Donald, I want to talk about the struggle between the politics of hate and the politics of caring. What stands out in my mind is the vide...

May 31, 2016

 

My father Chuck Smith was an Army Air Force pilot toward the end of World War II. When I was 13 months old he was killed when his aircraft crashed in Oklahoma in 1947. My mother and I then lived with my maternal grandparents for a few years until she remarried. My ste...

May 16, 2016

 

On Saturday my son gave me a birthday bookmark he created on which he wrote some very kind words about me and my positive impact on his life. Years ago, my daughter created a container that held a bundle of strips of brief (fortune cookie size) statements of appreciat...

May 6, 2016

 

Now that I am retired, I have the time to move forward by looking back. Many parts of insightofcaring.com are resources I created when I taught at Kansas State University. Although like me, grey around the edges, the information I am bringing forward remains relevant...

April 24, 2016

 

Betsy, Sarah and my grandchildren saw The Jungle Book movie yesterday. Gads what a fantastic story that emphasizes caring, courage, and community. Both children were entranced and occasionally alarmed by the danger. Without danger, though, how could courage emerge? Th...

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