Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Discontinuing my Blog

I have decided to put my comments on Facebook. You can see these by going to and search for laurence r smith. It is easier for you to make comments on Facebook. You can still see all of my blogs going back to 2007, by clicking "older posts" at the bottom of each screen. I sincerely thank all of you that have been looking at my blogs.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Tuesday's Tweet: Everything is Temporary

EVERYTHING in the universe is constantly changing: including the sky, the celestial bodies, our earth, our buildings, our bodies, and the cells and atoms within our bodies. Some day our sun will change form and "die," causing our earth to wonder off and causing all life on the earth to die. But nothing just vanishes--just changes in arrangement and form. Does that mean that our lives have no meaning--because we are just tiny specks existing for a fraction of a second in the annals of endless time? NO. We don't really know what it's all about, but it is obvious that there is order to everything and that everything has a purpose. We are a part of "nature." Why worry about what's going to happen upon the changing of our bodies to other forms. Live in the NOW. We must have faith that some power cares and that there is reason for everything.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011


I learned yesterday that I can have a check-up of my pacemaker without leaving my apartment. I will be given a gadget that has an attachment that I can place above my pacemaker, and I plug in a wire to my telephone outlet, enabling them to check my pacemaker at my cardiologist's office. Amazing!

Tuesday, June 14, 2011


Today, at my internist's request, I had a "bone survey" of my whole body. There was reason, but no urgent reason for the request. At least 30 xray pictures were taken--costing thousands of dollars--but at no expense to me because of medicare and supplemental insurance. In view of there being millions of people not able to obtain even basic medical care, was it fair for a 96 year old man to have these xrays taken?

Monday, May 23, 2011

Our Children and China

What do they have in common? The United States Government is broke. We are fighting wars and providing welfare on borrowed money. Our children and China are helping make this possible. China is loaning us money now. Our children and their children will have to pay higher taxes to help pay off the enormous public debt we have created.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Underbody Warming Blanket

For many years I have had one of above on my bed. This electrical blanket, with temperature controls, is placed underneath my bottom sheet, and you are scarcely aware of it's being there. You don't have the concerns that you might have with an electrical blanket on top of you, and I like the feeling of warmth underneath my body. I leave it in place the year-round, and occasionally use it even now if I should get cold in the early morning. (My mate likes the room temperature, with the air conditioning, to be quite cold at night.)
I learned about my blanket on the internet. Google can find the company that made mine at Perfect Fit Industries.

Sunday, May 8, 2011


How wonderful--Mayor James' picnic at Starlight Theatre for the city employees and others with connections with the city--instead of a formal inaugural ball, celebrating his coming into office. As Sly said, "You don't have to get all dressed up in order to meet people." This doesn't mean that all formal dress should be abolished, but there is far too much emphasis on formal wear and formal parties connected with the arts. Enjoyment of the arts is for everyone. At the picnic it was brought out that when Mayor James was in high school he was "in a band that opened for Jefferson Airplane in the late 1960s." Interestingly, with my family, I was driving to the Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs in the late 60s when we noticed that lots of people were going to an adjacent building to see the Jefferson Airplane. We thought it rather strange that so many people were going to view an airplane.