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GARY SMITH: Up-and-down living

Traveling frustrated? That rings a bell

Subscriber onlyIf there's a general theme to this year for me, it's my increasing understanding of the Inverted Bell Curve of Life. Continue reading...

GARY SMITH: A traffic-calming invasion

Little green men convert street into driving odyssey

Subscriber onlyI see little green men. Well, frequently they're green. They have been orange, and one was white in a way that makes you think he glows in the dark or reflects back strangely after the sun goes down. Continue reading...

GARY SMITH: Picking up new skills

Just don’t expect it to happen with chopsticks

Subscriber onlyThanks to a somewhat curious nature and an upbringing that featured daily interactions with people from all over the globe, I've gone through life with a certain willingness to appreciate other cultures. I readily admit all that I know isn't all that there is, and there are things beyond our shores worth understanding and potentially even embracing. Continue reading...

GARY SMITH: Bouncing back

With age, the doing weighed against the hurting

Subscriber onlyI hurt my back the other day. Continue reading...

GARY SMITH: Not superstitious

But if my team scored while you’re in the kitchen, stay there

Subscriber onlyFirst off, I need to establish the fact that I'm not superstitious. Continue reading...

GARY SMITH: Three stages of tech

Give old folks some credit for inventing this stuff

Subscriber onlyHere are a few fun facts I wanted to throw out before we get good and rolling here. If he hadn't departed way too early, Steve Jobs would be a still young-ish 62 right now. Bill Gates is an actual 62. Steve Wozniak, Jobs' partner in some of his greatest accomplishments, is 67. Continue reading...

Gary Smith: Cooler heads prevail

Weekend without air conditioning brings back memories

Subscriber onlyFirst off, I want to establish that I'm not soft. Continue reading...

GARY SMITH: Try zipping a lip

Every thought isn’t meant to be expressed

Subscriber onlyWith age is supposed to come wisdom. Or at least that's what I've been told. The details of exactly how that progression takes place are generally not covered. Continue reading...

GARY SMITH: In the name of love

Dogged devotion to family nothing to poo-poo

Subscriber onlyThere are just no limits to the sorts of things we'll do for the people we love. Mountains will be climbed. Rivers will be crossed. Valuable internal organs will gladly be donated without thought to the long-term consequences. Jars will be opened. Like I said, virtually anything. Continue reading...

GARY SMITH: Feeling over-stuffed

Home is where the junk lands

Subscriber onlyA comedian once said the bravest person in history was the first person ever to drink cow's milk. I'm not sure if that's bravery or something like some kind of an odd affliction, but I can say in my household, we have a different measure of bravery. Continue reading...

GARY SMITH: Food for thought

Teen’s appetite revives memories, at least ones not eaten

Subscriber onlyMost of the time, I just nod and smile. Continue reading...

GARY SMITH: Doggone issues

Are they real, or just a human invention?

Subscriber onlyPerhaps it's a case of over-thinking, but I've noticed a certain quirk exhibited by us residents of the top rung in the food chain. Continue reading...

GARY SMITH: Grannie's last batch

As time goes by, every first leads to a last

Subscriber onlyAt this point in my life, comfortably settled in to middle age, I'm beginning to develop a somewhat lengthy list of "lasts," things I know I won't be doing again. Continue reading...

GARY SMITH: Ruffled feathers

Birds, ants offer unwanted taste of nature

Subscriber onlyI'm not gonna lie here. Over the years I've watched a fair share of those "Man Vs. Wild" videos, and I felt like I was pretty checked out on the potential worst-case scenarios if all that stuff "out there" turned on me. So when Nature attacked, well, I was expecting a little bit more. Continue reading...

GARY SMITH: Take it on the run, baby

Evasive tactics serve as defense mechanism

Subscriber onlyIt's amazing the things you learn about yourself as you age. Or maybe it's just the sort of things you come to accept. Continue reading...

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