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J D Smith

J D Smith
December 20
Married and in the heartland of the USA with little to say and nothing to say it with.


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AUGUST 27, 2011 1:54PM

A Midnight Text


“What does one do when they’re feeling lost?”

I looked down at my phone at this text, and read it again, slowly…carefully.

“What does one do when they’re feeling lost?” 


Short; sweet; open ended when just reading the words;… but I kRead full post »

AUGUST 20, 2011 6:41PM

JDs Small Joy - Tormans Open Call

AUGUST 13, 2011 9:24PM

The Seeker



The winds of the mighty North Sea blow steady upon him,

grasping at his shirt as he breathes in the salty airs,

and with eyes glistened by his own heart rending,

he seeks the answers to life among the countless stars above.



The majesty of God’s ceaselessRead full post »

AUGUST 11, 2011 11:23AM

My Second Moving Away Tomorrow


I wrote a few months ago about m daughter leaving for college.

Tomorrow, my son moves half way across the United States to do much the same.

He married his girlfriend of 8 years with a days notice, going to the Justice of The Peace in a brief ceremony with… Read full post »

AUGUST 6, 2011 10:33PM



You're facing tough times, my friend.

You've looked in the mirror, and you've decided that you are not up to the challenge of just getting by, let alone winning at life! You've been feeling overwhelmed, and beaten. You've been feeling alone and ignored and forgotten.

Every time you've stood upRead full post »

JULY 27, 2011 6:54PM

A Father's Dream


Courtesy of Wikipedia

A Ford tractor pulls down the steep hill, churning dust and cracking through layers of sedimentary rock and crinoid stems that geology left to be discovered, and now had become so much powdered waste.

Cow-sized wheels jerk and crush their way down the mound where inRead full post »

JULY 23, 2011 11:48AM

Both My Sons Married Last Week


As a dad, I have been blessed.

I have 4 amazing children; all grown or nearly so; all healthy and strong and outgoing. Each of them has distinct personalities and healthy self-esteem and the ability to be the life of the party, or the sensibility to sometimes stand back and allow… Read full post »

JULY 16, 2011 12:13AM

Some Pics Of The Wedding Practice


OK..this has nothing to do with the wedding...just showing off my godchild!!!



My son and his soon to be wife practicing! My second son is to the far right!



I got daughters....two of them!!!



Three are mine..the middle and far left… Read full post »


Our family had gotten together in our little bittie house to celebrate my oldest sons 3rd birthday.

This is back just a bit before Ninja Turtles were all the rage, and well before I knew what I was doing as a parent. His little brother had been born a mere… Read full post »

JULY 13, 2011 12:46AM

Share A Smile With Me


We certainly have an amazing capacity in each of us to love one another, don't we? 

To lift one another up. To be better people.

It makes me smile.

I hope it does you too. 

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JULY 11, 2011 12:41PM

That's Not Really Love, Is It?


Image courtesty of Wikopedia  


I’ve seen this kind of love all around me, and all sorts of people fall back on it.

Now here was Becky, and I had just asked her why she thought she was in love with a man we both work with.

“Oh that’s… Read full post »


"My mom is laying a ridiculous guilt trip on us, J D!"

"Is this about having kids again, Kristin?"

"Yes, everything is ALWAYS about us having kids with her!" Kristin was in my office and crying. She is a bright woman with a good future ahead of her at work.… Read full post »


Do you know from where your love will come
bright gold within your heart?
Will it come from all expected places
or lands so far apart?

Will it point true north, Polaris-led
and stay real for ever more?
Will it survive life’s tumbles and shakes and quakes
will your love be stuff of lore/
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JUNE 25, 2011 11:31PM

Could I Have Pulled The Trigger?

Would I pull the trigger in the same position?

I can’t come close to answering that. I don’t think you really know the decision you would make, or understand the courage it would take. I don’t really understand what she was facing, unable to alter it.

In the end, it cameRead full post »



Ladies...admit it.

You’ve always wondered what we are doing when we guys spend hours in the bathroom;... right? What drives us there, and most importantly, how do we spend our time? 

It’s time I share.

Sometimes it is about survival.


I’ve tried it a numberRead full post »

JUNE 12, 2011 1:56PM

"Belonging" In Open Salon



It is a very different thing to “intellectually” understand that we may belong to something or someone, as opposed to “feeling” it. I struggle with that feeling of being alone from time to time; “alone” as in not quite part of the bigger group or theRead full post »

JUNE 8, 2011 11:57PM

Truth And Lies


No truths be told this day,

         for truth is painful.

It forces its way upon my reality,

     and makes me see things in ways I’d rather not.


It vandalizes my spirit, 

 yet lies deceive and destroy 

&Read full post »

JUNE 4, 2011 7:37PM

The Sacrifice Of Love



picture courtesy of photobucket.com 


"Do you love me?”

“I do. Always will I love you.” 


Bright sun shone on the lake that day,

    where the church picnic brought two teens together,

to share their love of humanity with helRead full post »

MAY 28, 2011 7:55PM

J D s Random Musings


At 54 and married and moving into the backstretch of raising 4 great kids, I still don't pretend to have anything figured out in life. Making such an assumption on my part invariably leads to calamity befalling me, and there has been more than enough calamity.

Here are some random thought… Read full post »

MAY 28, 2011 12:21AM

Living In An Underpass


underpass 1   



The scream of another semi hauling through,

          echos in the underpass where there is some shelter;…

          some cover from the sun. 


ItRead full post »

MAY 23, 2011 8:53AM

Instant Love On Open Salon


For those of you who thought that OS was a dry, sterile, loveless oasis of uncaring individuals; I have proof now that you are WRONG WRONG WRONG!!!!

Look at this email I received at 4ish am Eastern time!

In little more than two minutes, she went from NICE TO… Read full post »

MAY 21, 2011 9:10AM

Crickets Sing


 A silent cricket anticipating the dusk          where so many dreams fade in and out.                        and a lone lover siRead full post »
MAY 9, 2011 10:56PM

Love From The Wilds Of OS

I am suppose to be writing of love from a woman's perspective. I tried, and I hope you enjoy it. 


A lone light upon a single wooden post,

   and around the corner a windmill,

         paddling the cloudy buns of passing mists.  Read full post »


courtesy of Blingee.com


Yep...I can see it now.

Love; sacrifice; caring; and nurturing are all part of your toolbox.

You've done all you could for your children. You've poured yourself out for them!


To all of you, Open Salon moms on Mothers Day...may God bless you!

 … Read full post »

MAY 7, 2011 12:12PM

Harvest Of The Heart



Little cyclones eddy back and forth across the parchment of dirt,

     where a young man’s dream of owing his own land,

          slaps his face with a reality he will never lose.



Only mid 20s,&nbRead full post »