Author Archives: vincentsmithauthor

The power of a dream

Mrs Irwin always remembered that moonlit night when she found her son Jimmy standing at his bedroom window staring at the full moon. She asked him what he was doing, and he told her he was looking at the moon. … Continue reading

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Quick to listen and slow to speak

I read about a little girl, whose mother saw her holding two apples. She gave the child a big smile, then asked her to give her one of them. Well, the little girl looked at the apples for a while, … Continue reading

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Kindness always reproduces itself

Years ago, a poor boy went begging for a meal. But he lost his nerve when a pretty girl opened the door, so he just asked for a glass of water. However, she thought he looked hungry and she gave … Continue reading

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God isn’t beige

In the academic art world, it used to be thought that Michelangelo portrayed God as subdued, dark and withdrawn. This was because his paintings were full of beiges, dark browns and ochres. But in more recent times, as the restorers … Continue reading

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Running on three cylinders

The first car I bought never seemed to run very well, and I wasn’t mechanically minded enough to recognise there was a problem. I just thought it was the way that old car was and put up with its coughing … Continue reading

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Treat yourself to a dose of awe

The Oprah Magazine recently talked about our need for a sense of awe. ‘Awe,’ it said, ‘Is what we feel when faced with something sublime, exceptional, or altogether beyond comprehension.’ Dacher Keltner of the University of California describes the feeling … Continue reading

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Judged for failing to enjoy

There’s an old Jewish saying that we’ll be judged for all the good things God has given that we failed to appreciate. It reminds me of the traveller who met an old priest high in the mountains, who told him … Continue reading

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