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Doc Smith's Blog

Journaling about veterinary medicine, life in Cumberland Valley, pet care, and other topics.
Poems and thoughtful writings to share philosophy
Nov
11

Friday Poem: Brings Me Back

A beautiful young lady at my church recently wrote a poem for her school project. I loved it! I thought it to be so awesome, I asked Chloe Lickliter if I could publish it on my blog. She said, "Yes." 

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Aug
14

A Friday Poem: Adagio for Strings

One of my lesser passions is Classical Music. I love it. I desire a day when I can spend more time fully engaging in its study and appreciation. As for now, I gather most of my Classical time from my car on trips home late at night and from NPR. They have a new website too, www.yourclassical.org. This place is packed full of goodies for you to enjoy all day long.

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Jul
24

A Friday Poem: Sluggard

“In Temporal matters the difference between a prosperous man and a sluggard lies principally in the improvement of opportunities. One grasps these, while the other is too indolent to do so.”

Think for just a moment about that written word. I am guilty! Too many times I have allowed opportunities to slip by instead of grasping them when the door was open. I am guilty of letting things sit too long and not cleaning them up or taking care to preserve them. I have allowed procrastination to rob me of a good grade, or a fair deal. The heart of this poem written by an anonymous author speaks right to the purpose of our daily work.

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Jul
10

Friday Poem: You

I wrote a poem I want to present to you today for Friday Poetry Day.

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Jun
26

A Friday Poem: Be Of Good Cheer!

Back in 1914, a wonderful book of Bible Study called Bible Readings For The Home Circle was published containing poetry based on Psalms and quotes from the New Testament. Google has the e-book for sale here for $7.99

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Jun
19

A Friday Poem: May I offer you a song?

The grand display of hate that has rocked South Carolina this week has left most of us shaking our heads in unbelief. We ask why? We look at the people around us with a bit more distrust than yesterday. We ask, are we next? We become suspicious of all behavior. We ask, should I do this or go here? We tremble in fear and sadness at the unknown things we can't control.

However, that is what evil wants of us. To take our joy, devastate our lives, and leave us cowering in corners. I dare to boldly proclaim, I will not succumb to the evils of this world, but vow to continue to pray and fight against those that wish to harm and terrorize our hearts. I will continue to sing! And sing loud!

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Jun
12

A Friday Poem: Helping

I found this little gem of a book written in 1914 called Bible Readings for the Home Circle. It was given to me as a gift from Nancy and Margo Poff of Corbin Kentucky a few years ago, but it’s not until recently that I discovered its treasures. I’ve never seen its kind, but I adore this poem-filled treasure! I have no idea where one might obtain a copy, but it is a great addition to my library.

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May
22

A Friday Poem: Ageless

“You’re only as young as you think you are.” I know you’ve heard that cliché many times. However, as I have grown older, I find that it is true. I am just as young as I think I am! I’m not as young as I once was nor do I desire to be so. I like my age. It fits me fine.

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May
08

Friday Poetry: A Musical Game

So I thought it would be fun to change up our Friday Poem time and have a little fun. My clinic makes music. Yes sir, it does.

All sorts of noises I hear everyday and I have come to be able to identify them from anywhere. I can be in my office and tell you what these sounds are without looking. How about you?

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Apr
17

A Friday Poem: Better Than Gold

This Friday poem is brought to you out of the book, Golden Nuggets of Thought, Volume III collected by Ezra L. Marler, 1958.

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Apr
16

A Friday Poem: Don’t Give Up

 Once again from the collection of Ezra L. Marler, a poem written by an anonymous author. You will find this awesome inspiration in the Golden Nuggets of Thought, Volume IV, 1963.

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Apr
10

A Friday Poem: The Smell of Money.

Here's a fun poem with a moral, naturally.

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Apr
05

An Easter Sunday Poem: Three Gifts

I offer you an Easter poem today found in The Golden Nuggets of Thought, 1963. The author was unknown, but its truth rings out today.

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Mar
27

A Friday poem: I will not hurry!

Do you ever feel like your life is just one big mess? I most certainly do from time to time. The business of life, trying to make ends meet, and rushing from one thing to the next all add stress. I think we all need these words of wisdom from the great poet, Ralph Spaulding Cushman.

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Mar
20

A Friday Poem: Keep A-goin’

Here’s a cute little poem I have been a tryin’ to memorize. It speaks well of us to endure the hardships of life.

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Mar
13

A Friday Poem: Kindness

This is one of my favorite poems. If we would all be kinder, more compassionate, and less judgmental, how much sweeter the world would be for everyone.  Listen to words as you read this awesomeness.  

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Feb
20

A Friday Poem Bonus: Horse Sense

I was reading a small devotional book this week and I came across a poem I wanted to share.

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Latest Blogs

17 November 2017
Veterinary Medicine
The Valley Vet

Veterinary Medicine provides vast opportunities to see many strange and wonderful things. This profession also provides daily possibilities to make you look like an idiot. These stories give rise to the romantic ideas and dreams that everyone believes life as a modern veterinarian must be. I can’t deny that I have seen my fair share of crazy over the last three decades, but it’s the routine stuff that will drive you mad.

17 November 2017
The Valley Vet
Pet Care

Clients ask me all the time, “If this were your pet, what would you do?”

I appreciate your question, and yes I hear what you are asking of me. However, it is an unfair question and I sweat a little each time someone asks me. I do not want you to be offended in any way by my saying it makes me nervous because I truly am flattered that you have that much confidence in me to ask.

02 November 2017
Pet Care

Pet Obesity is a problem. We know this.  The question is, why are our animals so stricken with obesity? I mean dogs can’t open the fridge and make a sandwich nor remove the top of the soda-pop can. If one ever shows that talent, I'm buying him!!!

02 November 2017
Family Life

I heard the first crack followed by a loud pop. My hands tightened around the tree branches hoping that would save me in the event that things decided to go south, literally. I clung to the snow-covered limb not moving a muscle. So far things seemed to be holding. I could see the ground some 60 to 70 foot below me all covered in snowy powder from the night before, and I knew it would be of little cushion if I fell out of this tree.

02 November 2017
Dogs
Pet Care

So, yesterday I was looking at a dog in my exam room when I made a horrible statement that got me in a lot of trouble. After I said it, I got “The Look.”

31 October 2017
Pet Care

I find it very interesting when reading The Bible that there are two famous parables related to the same subject: that of something that was of value that was lost and then found.

10 July 2017
Tough Cases

Every day at Cumberland Valley we are asked to deal with dermal tumors of some nature. Of course, as a rule of thumb, the sooner you identify and remove a potentially life-threatening lesion or mass, the better the outcome would be expected. Still, sometimes factors get in the way of early identification and we are presented with much larger growths that prove hard to remove.

05 April 2017
Tough Cases

I believe it was Lord Byron that penned the phrase, “Truth is stranger than fiction,” which of course I have been saying wrong all along as, “Life is stranger than fiction.” Whichever saying you hold nearest and dearest to your heart, I would enjoy reinforcing your philosophy with one of the craziest veterinary stories I have had the pleasure and awe in dealing with lately. This is the story of Cookie, or as we like to call him, Zombie Dog.

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