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Fine Days in Carolina

“Nothing could be finer than to be in Carolina in the morning,” goes the song made famous by Al Jolson, Bing Crosby, …

Wayne Smith’s 100th

Today marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of Steve’s father, Wayne W. Smith, Jr. He was born in Rogers, Texas, just …

The Pentagon

The Pentagon, a History: the Untold Story of the Wartime Race to Build the Pentagon–and to Restore It Sixty Years Later, by Steve …

St. Augustine

St. Augustine is a charming city of about 13,000, just south of Jacksonville. It is the oldest continuously occupied European-established settlement in the …

Inauguration Days

My life can be measured in four-year chunks–high school, college, graduate school, and Presidential terms. I was 10 months old when Roosevelt …

Christmas Cookies

While listening to Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Ballet this morning, I baked my favorite cookies to pack into my Nutcracker tin and take to …

Texas Connections

Besides all the long-time friends at my Rice 50th Reunion, there were thirty more friends and family members I got to see in …

Rice 50th Reunion

My 50th Rice Reunion began with a joyous re-uniting of old friends at the lovely home of Patti Everett, whom I first met on …

Amis en France

On our last evening in Paris, Edith and Guy LePechon, dear friends for five decades, met us at our hotel and took …

Lyon, Then & Now

An International Piano Workshop attracted me to Lyon, France in 1994 for twelve intense days of learning new ways to teach music. …