Author Archives: vincentsmithauthor

Peace for a troubled conscience

The US Government has a fund called the Conscience Fund, made up of anonymous contributions sent in by people whose consciences are troubled by things they should have paid for but didn’t. They also keep the letters, like the one … Continue reading

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Virtue is in what you choose to do

People once thought that to get out of bed on the left side was to open oneself to evil spirits. That’s why we talk about somebody in a foul temper having got out of bed on the wrong side. And … Continue reading

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Seeing the light or just feeling the heat

You’ve heard the old saying about a leopard not being able to change his spots. Well, a psychologist friend of mine tells me that in his experience people can change, but they only usually do it when it becomes too … Continue reading

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Life’s too short for fussing around

I know of an old lady who looked forward for months to taking a short train journey to visit a relative. When the big day came she boarded the train and set about arranging all the things she’d brought with … Continue reading

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‘Jesus, this is Jim.’

Bruce Howell used to tell the story of Jim, a Londoner who, every day at Noon, would slip into a church where he would sit quietly for five minutes and then depart. The minister of that church got to recognise … Continue reading

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The Devil made me do it

In another twist on the old ‘the Devil made me do it’ excuse, a little girl who had been sent to her room for misbehaving, was heard saying her prayers and blaming God for what had happened, because she’d prayed … Continue reading

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Ask somebody who has it

Back in the glory days of the American car industry Packard was the last company to get into advertising. It didn’t happen until the founder died because whenever he was asked to buy advertising for his cars, he would always … Continue reading

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