Category: parenting

“Loving, Caring, & Sharing” Radio Program

By | January 4, 2013

I’m to be guest tonight, Friday, January 4, at 7 p.m. Central Time, on the “Loving, Caring and Sharing” radio broadcast. As they say, “Turn up the sound and tune in” at

Host for the program is Steve DeLoach and we’ll go traipsing down whatever paths he chooses. But he has known me and my work for years, and his wife Colleen reads everything I write that she can get her hands on, so no telling where we’ll wander–maybe cave exploring, or my dog, Pal, or Muhammad Ali, or ???  But, one way or the other, we’ll talk about matters that are important to you and those you care about. I imagine we’ll discuss the importance of story telling in the bonding of a family and shaping its values. Also matters like scrapbooking and keeping a family journal. I wouldn’t be surprised if Steve wants to know how Lisa and I have woven family lore into our best-selling novels.

I do hope you’ll tune in. Oh, yes–and that you’ll tell others!

It took only five words…

By | May 22, 2009

It took only five words…

If my dad spoke those five words at the beginning of a sentence, they worked wonders! They grabbed my attention and snatched me back from wherever my little-boy mind had wandered. They riveted my attention on Dad.      I was ready. Read more »

Kids look at the world with fresh eyes…

By | May 20, 2009

Alexander Graham Bell is said to have commented, “I love to talk with children. They look at the world with fresh eyes.” The following selection certainly demonstrates that they do. They not only have “fresh eyes,” they combine acute interest in what is going on around them with their limited experience and understanding–with the result being some definitely interesting observations!

I don’t know who compiled this group of answers by children regarding mothers, but I’m sure glad they recorded them for us. Enjoy!

WHY GOD MADE MOMS Answers by 2nd grade children to the following questions about mothers:

Why did God make mothers?

1.  She’s the only one who knows where the scotch tape is.

2.  Mostly to clean the house.

3.  To help us out of there when we were getting born.

How did God make mothers? Read more »

Want to treasure something? Invest in it!

By | March 6, 2009

So said my father. My old Dad was right. He was old-almost forty-four when I was born and now was in his fifties. He was right because he drilled down to one of the bedrock principles of life when he told me, “Son, if you want to treasure something, invest in it.” It worked for him–eventually. The good news is that it’ll work for you and me.

Dad could have been talking about stocks and bonds. But he wasn’t. He could have been talking about how to get interested in the St. Louis Cardinals playing the Boston Red Sox in the 1946 World Series.

But he wasn’t. He was talking about the general principle. And family. Mostly he was talking about family. It relates to you. And me.

Almost too late, Dad began investing in family. For almost forty years he had squandered life on other things.

Often he invested in empty things–foolish things. Then he met my mother-to-be. That attractive little widow flipped his investment strategy upside down! He spent the next few months, Read more »

Want to be adored? He was.

By | February 21, 2009

By Dale Smith  (GrandpaDale) © 2009 Philip Dale Smith

“Daddy, did Pa really shoot up the poolroom at Beech Creek?”

Lisa asked me that when she was perhaps 13 years old. 

“Yep. Sure did,” was my reply.

A few years later: “Daddy, did Pa really shoot the Muhlenberg County Sheriff off a ladder?” Read more »

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