Author Archives: Mike Smetzer

Gary Bunt’s Painting “The Righteous”

The painting does not make me feel so much like I know the man as that I know the wonder that he and his dog are experiencing. Continue reading

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Back to Blogging

Now the blog is being reactivated to focus on recent art. Continue reading

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Veterans Day, November 11th, Dad’s Birthday

Yesterday at work I mentioned that my dad’s birthday was November 11th. One of my coworkers observed that Dad was born on Veterans Day. Sort of, I told him, but I noted that Veterans Day hadn’t been created yet. It was Armistice … Continue reading

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The Dinner after Easter

Most of us cook ham or lasagna or lamb for Easter dinner. But what meat do the poor folks back home cook for the day after Easter? Rabbit.

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No More Beer!

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Out-of-Season Discount Beer

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Battle of Davis’ Mills, Mississippi, December 21, 1862

My great-great-grandfather James Barton was much given to writing verse.  Here is the only piece I have, from a copy of a newspaper clipping my mother kept.  (Composed by J. Barton, Co. I, 25th Indiana.)   Come, all ye true-born Union … Continue reading

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Smetzer Sisters

  Harriett, Barbara, Christena, Olive, May & Lydia Smetzer Christena (Smetzer) Clayton, baby, May Smetzer and Lydia (Smetzer) Bowers  On the left are Michael and Christina (Smeltzer) Smetzer’s five daughters.  When a Smetzer marries a Smeltzer I guess you could expect … Continue reading

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