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Paul Smyth

Kindling the Flames

If you are anything like me, watching a fire dance about in a fireplace is tremendously soothing.Whether from a fire log, split timber or even natural gas—the yellowy-orange flames can supply more than heat and light. In my opinion, they provide a sense of calm,...

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Back to Basics

This morning I woke up at 4 a.m. It wasn’t because I had a bad dream or a distant train whistle stirred me to consciousness. I simply opened my eyes and waited for my brain to catch up! Are you aware that you can’t solve all the world’s problems in the middle of the...

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Wishing for a Time Machine?

Have you ever wished for a time machine?I mean, think about it. Zipping through history or visiting the future, which as an aside, I personally would not do as some things are better left undiscovered—in my time-travelling opinion! Now, let me ask you this; Are there...

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Nothing Else Matters

Do you STEW? I do.To clarify, I don’t mean a crock pot filled with stewing beef, potatoes, and carrots. I’m referring to the tried and true human condition of good old-fashioned worry. We all do it. For me, it’s waking up in the middle of the night as my brain churns...

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A Father’s Love

I’m a father of three grown children, and even though my offspring no longer live at home, there isn’t a day that goes by when they don’t come to mind or when I miss them and pray for them. I often ponder those years of bouncing my kids on my knee and then cuddling in...

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