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Gary Smith: Prepping for The Big Day

Who knew father of groom had things to do?

Subscriber onlyIf I've learned anything over the years, it's that no matter how hard people try, no one is beating time and Mother Nature. And if I ever start to doubt that, the events of the last week reinforced my earlier belief. Continue reading...

Gary Smith: Uneasy rider

Biking in NW Arkansas can be a wild experience

Subscriber onlyI think I've finally answered an age-old question. I know why the chicken crossed the road. Continue reading...

Gary Smith: A dose of "reality"

A TV show pitch: ‘Man vs. Mild: Northwest Arkansas’

Subscriber onlyIf, for some reason, my current gig doesn't work out, I'm thinking I've got a new career all lined up. I'm going to be a reality TV star. Continue reading...

Gary Smith: A near-poetic life

Deford’s sports writing explored sights, sounds, souls

Subscriber onlyIn the long list of bad things that happened over the past week, it's hard to say the passing of a retired writer had the most tragic implications. Continue reading...

Gary Smith: Who's for dinner?

A food fight often isn’t worth the mess

Subscriber onlySome might say being married is just forever texting each other, "do we need anything from the store?" And that's not true. Continue reading...

Gary Smith: Awash in stupid behaviors

Why does everyone want to think before leap?

Subscriber onlyThe other day, I was thinking about the dumb stuff I do. Continue reading...

Gary Smith: Driven to get there

Region’s drivers employ own unique skills behind wheel

Subscriber onlyThrough an unusual combination of commerce, academia and sheer luck/pluck/determination/serendipity, our small corner of the region has developed into an odd little world unto itself, far removed from many of the concerns of surrounding communities. Continue reading...

Gary Smith: Speaking of change

Newly discovered lisp unworthy of effort to overcome it

Subscriber onlyI got a new pair of hearing aids the other day. Apparently, like hearing itself, aids don't get better with age. And, adding to the sense of urgency, I lost one of my old pair, so unless I wanted to spin around and around trying to get my "good" ear pointed toward the verbal action, getting a new set was pretty much a must. Continue reading...

Gary Smith: The spin factor

Changes with kids come faster than anticipated

Subscriber onlyOnce upon a time, many, many years ago, I had a football coach who lined us up in groups and had us run 30 yards downfield to where he'd placed a bunch of baseball bats. Once there, we put the flat end of the barrel on the ground, put our foreheads on the handle end, ran round the bat in circles a dozen or so times and then ran back to where we started. Continue reading...

Gary Smith: A familiar Bond

And if none of this works, just restart

Subscriber onlyWhat Bond movies would look like if things worked for him like they work for us: Continue reading...

Gary Smith: What's up (and down), doc?

Checkups more complicated as time marches one

Subscriber onlyIf today's column gives any clue I was rushed writing it, it's because I'm getting it done between doctor appointments. Continue reading...

Gary Smith: Stifled by stubble

Commitment to biking may seem just skin deep

Subscriber onlyAs has been determined, I ride a bike. However, as I've determined, I'm not a member of the "biking community." Continue reading...

Gary Smith: Seeing the invisible

Much to discover above the blue and windy sea

Subscriber onlyI walked by a lady with a cat on her head. Continue reading...

Gary Smith: Does anybody really know ...?

Does Ben Franklin’s idea stand test of time?

Subscriber onlyIt's spring, and while it's been so long I'm not quite sure what a young man's thoughts turn to, mine turn to my favorite bi-annual whipping boy: daylight saving time. Continue reading...

Deep-seated struggles

Subscriber onlyOf all the jobs I'm equal parts glad I don't have but someone else does, at or near the top of the list is food service industry worker. Continue reading...

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