Tony A. Smith

Dream or Reality


“Last night I woke up from a dream .. Or was it a dream?  For you see that’s where things start to get a little mixed up in my mind…  Let’s just say I had fallen asleep and when I was asleep I traveled to a place where I had been before when I had drifted away.  Not a physical place.  But a place where I was doing something that might be considered unusual.  At least I consider it unusual… You decide my friend…

When I say unusual, it was unusual in the sense that in this world, the visible world, no one that I know of does what I do.  And that is to propel yourself off the ground and to fly.. In my sleep state I was somehow flying feet first through the atmosphere at an extremely high rate of speed until suddenly for no apparent reason I toppled forward and was upright, and there right next to me in a big circle… There were probably 4 or 5 others that I can remember. Three girls and one boy…. Hovering above the ground in a circle bobbing up and down… not touching the ground but elevated some 15 to 20 feet above the ground. They were laughing….at each other…. as they touched close to the ground and then elevated again and again…first one.. then the other… as they stared at me with fascination.

I was amazed as to how the others could fly and propel themselves above the ground since I thought I was the only one.  A young man with a bright turquoise Polo shirt and jeans, short dark hair, and thin body was next to me. His demeanor seemed on the friendly side as he smiled at me.  I was curious as to how long he had been flying…and how far…”So how far have you flown” I asked.  He looked at me with his cold, blue eyes and whispered with his hand cupped to his mouth so as to make sure the others could not hear. I felt his hot breath in my ear.”To the outer edge of the Milky Way, and I’ve just gotten started.”, He said.  “How about you?”

I was shocked to  find there were others who could fly and propel themselves above the ground. I hesitated.  Then  I spoke as well in a soft whisper propping my head against his chest… Weeping with wet tears dropping from my face….I said, “I am very afraid since I have been flying for a long time and I have gone to the outer edges of existence.  I was terrified that I would never come back.  I saw things that were not of this world…many things that are somehow blocked from my memory now.  I told the one that sent me back that I would tell no one what I saw. All I can say is that the things I saw are not of this world and are more beautiful than you can ever imagine.”

In the past, to propel upward, I held my hands close to my legs and pushed down on the invisibility which seemed to elevate me above the ground.  The more I pushed down, the more I elevated. The higher I elevated, the faster I went until suddenly I was in space and then beyond. In my travels I saw an awesome display of millions upon billions of tiny lights spread out across the universes.  I first traveled to cities of the earth in what seemed like a few seconds. After mastering the earth and its surroundings, I ventured out ever further.  It’s funny, I thought nothing of it…..

The longer I was in deep space the more I started to fear not ever coming back.. Something pulled me back though….Not sure what it was.. But I knew I had to come back for something…I wanted more than anything to come back.. even though flying and traveling … pulled at me to continue even deeper into the outer darkness that enveloped my entire being.  The lights would always pull me towards them.

And then I started to wake again… to reality… or was the true reality when I closed my eyes and started to drift off… and then to elevate higher and higher… until I could once again see and feel those marvelous pinpoints of white light against the deep, pure blackness of all eternity.  Pulling at me… inviting me to come closer.. and closer… and closer… and yet further away from the physical….reality…Yet I knew there was more for me to do where I was … for now that is….

The more I pondered these thoughts that might seem insane to some, the more I started to think… Aren’t we all just points of light in this world, hovering above somewhere or flying somewhere. That “somewhere” being wherever GOD places us to be for a moment in time…… There is nothing to fear because the one who places us there is always near and always directs our path to where he has planned all along.  He is the one who connects all the points of life in all galaxies throughout all eternity and determines our destiny..  I guess you’ll have to decide now… was it a dream… or was it reality…??”

Kelly Ann Hayes

It kind of makes you stop and think doesn’t it?  Was it a dream, or was it reality?



Margaret Sanger  Founder of Planned Parenthood

Margaret Sanger was the founder of Planned Parenthood and has said some astonishing things you may not know about.

“We don’t want the word to go out that we want to exterminate the negro population.”

“I accepted an invitation to talk to the women’s branch of the Klu Klux Klan.”

“They are human weeds, reckless breeders, spawning human beings who never should have been born”  Those words were penned by her in “Pivot of Civilization” regarding immigrants, the poor, and the error of philanthropy.  “Organized charity itself is the symptom of malignant social disease instead of decreasing and aiming to eliminate the stocks of people that are most detrimental to the future of the race and the world, it tends to render them to a menacing degree dominant”

“Knowledge of birth control is essentially moral.  Its general, though prudent practice must lead to a higher individuality and ultimately to a cleaner race.”

“Birth control is nothing more or less than the facilitation of the process of weeding out the unfit, of preventing the birth of defectives or those who will become defective.”

“I think the greatest sin in the world is bringing children into the world that have disease from their parents that have no chance in the world to be a human being practically. delinquents, prisoners, all sorts of things just marked when they’re born.  That to me is the greatest sin people can commit.”


And these are the words of Hillary Clinton in 2009 at the Planned Parenthood Honors Gala in Houston, Texas where she accepted the “Margaret Sanger” award for her contributions to the advancement of women’s healthcare.

“It was a great privilege when I was told that I would receive this award.  I admire Margaret Sanger enormously.  Her courage, her tenacity, her vision.  When I think about what she did all those years ago in Brooklyn, taking on archetypes, taking on attitudes and accusations flowing from all directions, I’m really in awe of her.  There are a lot of lessons we can learn from her life, from the causes she launched and fought for and sacrificed so greatly.”

I suppose we all need to draw our own conclusions about what and who we admire,don’t we?

Rocky Places


Helping the Elderly Downsize

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Helping the Elderly Downsize


At the Manhattan apartment of Dr. Phyllis Harrison-Ross, Robert Berman, an owner of Capo Auction, and Katie Hustead, background, of Paper Moon Moves, a company that specializes in seniors, confer with the client. Dr. Harrison-Ross is moving from her home of 48 years into an apartment building tailored to seniors. Credit Emon Hassan for The New York Times At the Manhattan apartment of Dr. Phyllis Harrison-Ross, Robert Berman, an owner of Capo Auction, and Katie Hustead, background, of Paper Moon Moves, a company that specializes in seniors, confer with the client. Dr. Harrison-Ross is moving from her home of 48 years into an apartment building tailored to seniors. Photo Credit: Emon Hassan for The New York Times

In her long career as a psychiatrist, Dr. Phyllis Harrison-Ross has been described by friends and colleagues as practical and calm. But two other traits, humor and patience, went right out the window when she decided to downsize.

“You ask yourself what you want to keep, and the answer is ‘everything,’ ” said Dr. Harrison-Ross, who turns 80 next month. “It’s an emotional roller coaster that takes a toll on you. It’s very tiring.

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Keep On Keepin On


“Come on Sparky, it’s time for school.”  Said his dad, a barber in local Saint Paul, Minnesota.  Sparky was always running late for school where he attends Richards Gordon Elementary.

“Come on Sparky, get the lead out, put your pencil down and that silly pad, and get your butt going.”  “You are going to be late for school again.”

Sparky was kind of a loser at school if you want to know the truth.  He got an F in Algebra, English, and Physics, but he did make the golf team. He lost of course!  He was a very shy kid in school and rarely talked unless spoken to.  He especially never talked to girls.

There was one thing Sparky thought he was good at though and that was drawing.  Even if no one else thought he was good at it, he did.  When he attended Central High School he submitted a drawing for a scene in the High School Yearbook which he thought might get published.  It didn’t!

After finishing high school Sparky sent drawing samples to Walt Disney Studios.  Once again he was rejected. Sparky could have quit there but he was persistent, and kept going, knowing all along that his artwork was good and soon someone would appreciate what he did.

Then he submitted some of his work to the “Saturday Evening Post”, and from there everything changed in Sparky’s life.  Better known as Charles Schulz, the creator of the “Peanuts” comic strip.  Just like the character he created – Charlie Brown – could not do a lot of things. But one thing he could do was to draw.

Sixty years later, the high school that once rejected Charles Schulz and his drawings, now has a 5 foot tall statue of “Snoopy”, one of the characters made famous in the “Peanuts” comic strip he created.

The “Peanuts” comic strip ran for some 50 years, and was published in more than 2600 newspapers in more than 75 countries, in 21 different languages. There have been movies and an assortment of books associated with what Mr. Schulz did with his artwork.  At one time, Charles Schulz had income of more than 40 million dollars per year from his simple artwork that no one wanted or thought was any good.

Charles Schulz once said, “I think I’ve discovered the secret of life – you just hang around until you get used to it.”  I think we can all learn a lesson from Sparky.  Never give up on your dreams, never give up on your hopes, even if everyone else says you can’t do it, or you are no good at it.  Keep going and “Keep On Keepin On”.

File of Life Help


This is perhaps one of the most important posts I have ever done with regards to human life.  Have you ever heard of something called “File of Life”?  If you have and if it is being used properly, then as you know you have what you need as far as information in the time of an emergency for you or your loved ones.

It may be known under certain other terms, like “Vial of Life”, instead of “File of Life.”  The concept is the same though in that name, address, phone number, medications, health conditions, hospital to transport to, contacts in case of an emergency – are all listed on one complete form in a recognizable place.


My wife Denise and I had our own PERS business – Personal Emergency Response business for more than a decade and we would always provide information forms for our customers to fill out regarding their health conditions, medications, allergies, emergency contacts, first point of contact, second point of contact, hospital, etc.

They would then place the information sheets in a sealed plastic folder and place it on the fridge door in a conspicuous place.  The “Vile of Life” sticker would then be placed on the outside door or window which would alert medical personnel and others that the critical medical information could be found inside on the fridge.


Denise and I would stress how important it was to fill out the forms and place them on the fridge when we would visit our senior customers.  The time to think about doing something like this is not during an emergency!

When I was a Senior Community Manager at an Independent Living facility , there were several times where the residents failed to fill out the forms with the necessary information.  It made things very difficult for the emergency personnel and me as the manager since we struggled with what to do with the resident.  The first question the EMS personnel would ask is “Is the resident on any medications?”  and second would be – “Are there any health conditions you know of?” The third question might be, “What hospital do you want us to transport them to?”  When no one is around and the resident is unconscious and every second counts and there is no information to be found anywhere, what do you do?

With the new HIPAA laws, (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996) information like this is not kept in any file. It is only kept by the residents so there is no way of knowing what complications or medications there were for any given resident.

The forms are so easy to fill out and could be life-saving since every second counts in some situations.  There are many places that will provide these forms for free. It doesn’t have to be anything fancy as long as you have the information when it is needed and where EMS can get to it. Don’t delay today in making sure your loved ones have a “File of Life” or “Vial of Life” filled out today and placed where it needs to be placed.

You don’t have to be an older person either. You can do this for everyone in your family.  Many choose not to think that the unthinkable will not happen, but believe me it does!

I can’t stress enough how important this simple thing to do is!   


Chosen Vessel


The Master was searching for a vessel to use

On the shelf there were many – which one would He choose?

“Take me, cried the gold one. “I’m shiny and bright.

“I’m of great value and I do things just right.

My beauty and luster will outshine the rest

And for Someone like You, Master, gold would be best!”


The Master passed on with no word at all;

He looked at a silver urn, narrow and tall;

“I’ll serve You, dear Master, I’ll pour out Your wine

And I’ll be at your table whenever you dine,

My lines are so graceful, my carvings so true,

And silver will always compliment You.”


Unheeding the Master passed on to the brass.

It was widemouthed and shallow, and polished like glass.

“Here!  Here!” cried the vessel, “I know I will do.

“Place me on Your table for all men to view.”


“Look at me”, called the goblet of crystal so clear,

“My transparency shows my contents so dear,

Though fragile am I, I will serve You with pride.

And I’m sure I’ll be happy in Your house to abide.”


The Master came next to a vessel of wood,

Polished and carved, it solidly stood.

“You may use me, dear Master”, the wooden bowl said.

But I’d rather You used me for fruit, not for bread!”


Then the Master looked down and saw a vessel of clay,

Empty and broken it helplessly lay.

No hope had the vessel that the Master might choose,

To cleanse and make whole, to fill and to use.


“Oh!  This is the vessel I’ve been hoping to find,

I will mend and use it and make it all Mine.”


“I need not the vessel with pride of its self;

Nor the one who is narrow to sit on the shelf;

Nor the one who is bigmouthed and shallow and loud;

Nor the one who displays his contents so proud;

Nor the one who thinks he can do all things just right;

Just this plain earthly vessel filled with my power and might.”


Then gently He lifted the vessel of clay.

Mended and cleansed it and filled it that day.

Spoke to it kindly, “There’s work you must do,

Just pour out to others as I pour into you.”


Beulah V. Cornwall


My mom recently gave me a copy of this poem the other day which I had never seen before.  I wanted to share it with you here if you have never seen it before. What a wonderful description of how GOD wants to use us for his purposes, and how he intends to do it. He wants to use us and for us to give back his blessings and his love that he pours into us.  What a great reminder of the loving GOD we have.



Have you ever had anything that you are annoyed with or that just plain bothers you sometimes?  Some things bother me more than others, but then again there are some things that really bother me to an extreme. I started thinking about it the other day and decided that I had a pretty long list of bothersome things.

  • Why is it that parents can’t seem to put socks on little babies when they sit around with coats and hats on? Maybe they just don’t think about it.  I bet they would though if they walked around without any footwear on in the middle of winter!

  • People walking around while looking down on their cell phones and almost run in to you.  There should be a law banning texting and walking just like there are now laws in some states for texting and driving.  I am serious!

  • People who use texting on their cell phones to an extreme instead of talking on the phone when it is more appropriate.  I guess it’s easier to hide behind a few buttons.

  • Those who sneeze or cough without covering their mouth.  Really, do we all want a shower of all those germs propelled upon us?


  • Those who don’t use turn signals when they drive and then look at you like you did something wrong when you almost slam into them.

  • People who cut in front of you with only inches to spare when they drive to get out of the way of someone wanting to pass them.  The only thing worse is someone who tailgates!  Really!

  • People who lie to you and smile like a big whisker-faced cat when doing it.

  • Those who let their children run wild in public places like restaurants and stores without saying a word to them pretending perhaps that they are not their little hoodlums who just ripped the wallpaper off the walls.

  • Loud talkers and those who blast their music with their windows rolled down sitting next to you at stop lights and stop signs with reckless abandon. Please!! You may not want any ear drums. But I prefer to keep mine!


  • Bug juice and bird droppings all over my car after I just washed it.  Guess I shouldn’t park so close to the trees and I’m praying for rain!


  • Those who talk loud during a movie in a theater, in a library, or in church during the sermon.  There are just those times that should be reserved for quiet and for listening don’t you think? I suppose they should offer some duct tape with the price of ticket along with a no munch section for popcorn.

  • Cockroaches the size of mice that prowl at night in the kitchen looking for something or someone to devour.  I had some in Texas that I could have made saddles for!

  • Those who curse in public with no remorse in front of children and others.  Gutter talk should be reserved for the gutters.  Foul language contributes nothing!

  • Women – now I still can’t figure this one out.. But why do women have to go to the restroom in pairs and in groups when they are at a restaurant?  Does one hold the small mirror while the other adjusts their make-up?


  • Why is it that some people can’t figure out how to put a roll of toilet paper on when it is time for a new one? Some people go so far as to make sure it comes out a certain way top, bottom, whatever… I don’t care what you do.. Just make sure you put a new roll on please!!


  • Those who talk in an elevator and don’t face the front wall where the door is.  Don’t you know there is no talking and your eyes are supposed to be forward when that door closes? (public domain image)

  • Flies that never seem to die!  I must have some flies that have been around here for years.  Why is it they want to put their grimy mitts on everything I have?

  • Shopping too long!  I can’t stand to be in a store for very long periods of time or I start to get the hives. I know what I need when I go in so there is no need to linger like my wife does for hours on end.

  • People who use Facebook like a bragging book or “look who’s on top of the hill now” book.

  • Those who are constantly late wherever they go. There is a clock on most cell phones so pay attention when you have your head down…

  • Slurping loud when eating soup, or chewing with your mouth open, and people who waste food.

  • People who talk non-stop yet say nothing.  Sound like a politician doesn’t it?

    I know I have rambled on here today, but what about you? Surely there is something that annoys you or just plain old gets under your skin.  I would like to hear about it!  You will feel better if you vent it out a little.  I know I did!  So let it fly here today!!!  Oh no, did I just say that!!

Perfect Day


You’ll Never Know How


It’s so good to have someone

to listen to my dreams

to make me laugh

to let me cry whenever I need to

someone who really cares about

what I want to be and do.


Everybody needs to have that one special, comfortable place

where you can go just to be yourself

anytime you want.


Everybody needs that one special person

who will love you just for you

without wanting to change a thing.


Everybody needs to feel

that anything you dream is possible,

and that you can accomplish

whatever you set your heart on.


That place… is with you.

That person is you.


Those dreams are happening

because you believed in me….

you’ve dreamed along with me.


You’ll never know

how much you mean to me.


Larry S. Chengges

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