Author Archives: Mike Smetzer
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
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
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.
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