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Gary Smith: An adventure at the park

Dog, granddaughter make for interesting visit

Subscriber onlyWhen circumstances compel you to spend more time at the office than anywhere else, it doesn't take long before you begin applying the same tools to all locations. When I was asked (yeah, right, "asked") to take my granddaughter, the Little Princess, and one of the dogs she has become attached to on a trip to the park, I had to consider which one was going to provide the most "opportunities." Findings, as follows. Continue reading...

Gary Smith: A time of thanks

A tough 2016 demands extra push for gratitude

Subscriber onlySo, it's that time of year again. Time for me to point out there are actual chemicals in turkey that make you fall asleep, and for the members of my immediate family who hear this every year to wish they already were. Continue reading...

Gary Smith: And the survey says ...

People perplex pollsters with protean perspectives

Subscriber onlyTrying to make sense of politics isn't really my job, but it's not all falling off ladders and trying to understand my dogs around here, and I've got to think about something while I ignore my family. Continue reading...

Gary Smith: Building those walls

Once past barriers, people can discover common ground

Subscriber onlyWe live, they say, in a divided country. Divided by party, divided by income, divided by region and, mostly tellingly, divided by race. Continue reading...

Gary Smith: When to say 'when'

With right motivation, a chore isn’t something to avoid

Subscriber onlyAt some point in life, if you're like most people, you quit doing things. Continue reading...

Gary Smith: Practicing to be grown up

Children’s costumes remind of time’s passage

Subscriber onlyIn one of the upstairs bedrooms in the lovely Chateau de Smith, next to the board games and spare blankets, is a large plastic storage unit known to all in our family as The Dress Up Bin. Continue reading...

Gary Smith: Things that go bump ... on the head

Caring for cat, car contributes to conked cranium

Subscriber onlyEver wonder if your life isn't some huge Rube Goldberg contraption that, at the end, doesn't capture a mouse but instead blows up in your face? Continue reading...

Gary Smith: Adventures in editing

College essays put the ‘creative’ in writing

Subscriber onlyThere are lots of things from my past I don't recall all that well: Where I was on several key dates; the actual impact of people or events now considered to be "history-making"; what I had for lunch. Continue reading...

Gary Smith: Clowning around

Rash of sightings demonstrate you can make this stuff up

Subscriber onlyClowns? Seriously? Continue reading...

Gary Smith: Don't be like that guy

Certain behaviors point to an addiction to jerkiness

Subscriber onlySo, according to the state of Minnesota, I've been wrong all these years. You're not a jerk. Continue reading...

Gary Smith: Man's search for space

Since when did walking become something to avoid?

Subscriber onlyAs I'm sure you're aware, I have a day job. Continue reading...

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Forget North Korea’s nukes; ESPN meltdown threatened chaos

Subscriber onlyThis weekend, the machines rose, humanity teetered on the brink and we were shown once again the ugly truth of technology and the Big Lie we're told that it works for our good. Continue reading...

Gary Smith: Political maneuvers

Sometimes, a cough attack is the best approach

Subscriber onlyI know, I know. You were so close. Just under 70 days to go, so near you could almost see the finish line, and then it happened. Continue reading...

Gary Smith: Lucy in the sky ... oh, nevermind

Humanity’s predecessor came to an ironic end

Subscriber onlyIn what is being billed as one of the greatest cold cases in world history, scientists believe they know how Lucy died. Continue reading...

Gary Smith: One last time ...

Approaching graduation signals major in life

Subscriber onlyOne last time ... Continue reading...

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