Katie Hart SmithFrom the Heart
“That’s what you would have done, right?”
By Katie Hart Smith

In honor of Father’s Day, I wanted to share with you some funny “Porch Time with Daddy” stories that our family howls over, year after year. After every mini snippet, conclude the story with my dad’s favorite go-to phrase, “That’s what you would have done, right?”

Katie Hart SmithFrom the Heart
My Destiny
By Katie Hart Smith

When I was in my mid-twenties and practicing clinical nursing on a medical-surgical unit at Egleston Children’s Hospital, I provided care to a very ill little girl. She was about two years old and had a myriad of life-threatening issues that plagued her.

Katie Hart SmithFrom the Heart
Unlocking a Family History Mystery
By Katie Hart Smith

Spit, shake, and seal. Eight weeks later, my Ancestry.com DNA signature and analysis would unlock a family history mystery that has baffled me for decades.

From the Heart
Scout it out
By Katie Hart Smith

After Mom read my July column, “Be a Great American and ACT,” she called to tell me that I had forgotten to mention a very important organization that I participated in as a young girl. It helped to shape skills, leadership, loyalty, honor, and national patriotism. Which group am I referring to? The Girl Scouts. As usual, Mom was right. 

From the Heart
Mirror, mirror on the wall
By Katie Hart Smith

In the 1937 Disney classic movie, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, originally written by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm, emerged the classic line, “Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the fairest of them all?” Snow White’s evil step-mother, the Queen, impatiently waited to hear the magic mirror’s reply.

From the Heart
Fulfilling expectations
By Katie Hart Smith

Isn’t it so disappointing when people fail to meet your expectations? Do you project your imaginary self into that particular situation and say, “Well, I would have done this instead, and definitely not that.”

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