The Rambling Taoists

The Rambling Taoists at is about Examining the world around us through the lens of philosophical Taoism. Trey Smith and his fellow rambling Taoists offer frequent thoughts about the nature of life and living in today’s world from the perspective of philosophical Taoism.

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Backing [Yourself] Into A Corner

A lot of people — from both sides of the aisle — are livid with the President because he has thus far refused to condemn Nazis and far right hate groups. In his remarks to date, his response has been tepid, at best. The question is…why? It seems like a no-brainer. It seems like the type of thing that almost ANY president could do withou [Read More…]
>Posted to The Rambling Taoist on 13 August 2017 | 7:49 pm

The Cat’s Me…Ow…Ow…OW!

I am NOT an early morning person! Never have been. These days 8 am is when I tend to roll out of bed. This morning, however, I was up at five stinking twenty in the morning. Why? Because our new cat, Lou, needed to be taken 35 miles away to Montesano on the first leg of his trip to be neutered in Tacoma. I was expecting a loud but ot [Read More…]
>Posted to The Rambling Taoist on 12 July 2017 | 6:00 am

Never (?) Say Never (?)

For years, I swore I would never open a Twitter account.  For the most part, I think the Twitter world is insipid.  Why waste one’s time on an avenue one isn’t interested in? Then a funny thing happened.  We decided that the radio station should be on Twitter and I kinda head up the production/internet side of the station, so I [Read More…]
>Posted to The Rambling Taoist on 29 May 2017 | 6:28 am

A Deafening Silence

As I near my 60th birthday, I am still amazed at the impoliteness of some people.  A recent situation illustrates this frustration to the max. I serve as the [unpaid volunteer] Production Manager for KOSW 91.3 FM in Ocean Shores, Washington.  We’re always working to develop new ways to interact with our listeners and the overall comm [Read More…]
>Posted to The Rambling Taoist on 16 April 2017 | 8:39 am

Sneaking Up From…

I had to go back to the radio station — KOSW — this early morning because of an internet streaming problem.  In trying to run down the problem, I came across the answer to a different streaming issue that has vexed us for months! Mind you, the problem I am trying to solve now is elusive.  It doesn’t make a lick of sense.  In f [Read More…]
>Posted to The Rambling Taoist on 27 March 2017 | 8:38 am


The bad person is the resource of the good person. ~ from Verse 27 of the Tao Te Ching (Derek Lin translation) ~ We have a friend here in Ocean Shores who just cannot get out of his own way.  He is, as they say, his own worst enemy.  Anytime success is within his grasp, he finds a way to turn it into a catastrophe! Needless to sa [Read More…]
>Posted to The Rambling Taoist on 29 January 2017 | 10:30 pm


I didn’t want to move to Ocean Shores — my wife wasn’t too thrilled with it either.  But this was how the cards fell.   We have now lived in our 690 sq. ft. apartment for going on 3 1/2 years.  We’ve made some friends.  There are organizations we are involved with.  We have sort of adopted our 15 year old neighbo [Read More…]
>Posted to The Rambling Taoist on 29 January 2017 | 2:00 am

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