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Gary Smith: When the fit Olympian sings

Phelps handles advancement in years swimmingly

Subscriber onlyFrom every indication, Michael Phelps is not of this world. Continue reading...

Gary Smith: It's for the birds

In hindsight, idea may have been a little cuckoo

Subscriber onlyOne of the oddest things about humans is our morbid fascination with the manner in which our fellow species mates meet their respective ends. Continue reading...

Gary Smith: Talk, while we still can

Will technology whittle away ability to speak?

Subscriber onlyI haven't spoken to the person at the large national coffee chain that actually makes my morning drink in about six months. Continue reading...

Summertime, and the livin’ ain’t easy

Subscriber onlySo I’ve got an idea I’d like you to consider, kind of run it up the flagpole and watch it hang there damply in the nonexistent breeze before you feebly wave at it and scurry back into the air conditioning. Continue reading...

Commentary: On the go with Pokemon

Hot mobile game just latest of time wasters

Subscriber onlyWhen I was in college, I lived in a fraternity house. At the top of the stairs of our house was a second-floor landing, where five or six of my fraternity brothers and assorted girlfriends and relatives gathered to spend most of "the best years of their lives" playing a game called "Dungeons and Dragons." Continue reading...

Commentary: Siri, how do I fold a map?

Technology makes travel more convenient

Subscriber onlyFrequent readers will know I'm what you'd call a late adopter of technology. Continue reading...

Commentary: What? When? Where? Why?

The wisdom of questions to extract vital information

Subscriber onlyOne of the most important skills you can pick up is the ability to ask questions. Continue reading...

Commentary: Because they're dads

They don’t always say it, but the signals are there

Subscriber onlyA friend of mine and I were talking at a charity function the other day when he told me that at a silent auction, he had once paid $75 for a basket of flashlights. Continue reading...

Commentary: Other people's children

Raising kids isn’t a spectator sport, but opinions abound

Subscriber onlyIf the recent terrible events at the Cincinnati Zoo are any indication, there is one unmitigated truth that is crystal clear to all: There are an awful lot of people who are, at least from a distance, pretty good at raising other folks' kids. Continue reading...

Commentary: New old territory

Can a passable dad be an outstanding grandfather?

Subscriber onlyWhile it's worth noting I may not be the best judge, I think I was sort of a pretty good dad. Continue reading...

Commentary: Up, down, all around

It’s amazing airplanes ever get off the ground

Subscriber onlyRandom thoughts on the nature of flying after a weekend spent traveling: Continue reading...

Commentary: Unpacking the packing process

Getting there’s easy; leaving is the hard part

Subscriber onlyAnyone driving past my house on any given weekend probably has one of three thoughts about what's going on just in front of my garage. Continue reading...

Commentary: Fatherly words of wisdom

Dads everywhere ask: Where do I find them?

Subscriber onlyI once read a study (OK, as I recall, a slow sports night) that found No. 2 on the list of peoples' greatest fears was death. Continue reading...

Commentary: The second wave

A rising tide lifts … all-new flooring, again

Subscriber onlyOnce upon a time, back when the world was a sunnier, happier place and I had no familiarity with the concept of mortgage interest deduction, the Lovely Mrs. Smith and I came to the conclusion we ought to buy a house. Continue reading...

Commentary: Eye-opening discoveries

Is it time for a war on loss of sleep?

Subscriber onlyIt's official: Sleep is the new macaron. Continue reading...

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