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Gary Smith: Football fan, limited edition

Rain? Cold? Let’s call the whole thing off

Subscriber onlyA friend of mine who is normally pretty sane and stable (which doesn't explain our friendship, except that I lean heavily on the phrase "normally") called me up with a plan last week. Continue reading...

Gary Smith: Life branches out

Change turns memories into cherished treasures

Subscriber onlyPeriodically, on the way home from work, I'll drive by a place where a tree used to be. Continue reading...

Gary Smith: What's ailin' ya?

Illness tends to start, end with dose of denial

Subscriber onlyI had a cold for Christmas. Continue reading...

Gary Smith: Shopping, the natural way

Visit to store a different idea of what’s ‘fun’

Subscriber onlyThe holidays will take you to some strange places and have you doing some odd things you just never saw yourself doing. Christmas tree farms. Camel rides. Halfway up a chimney to prove it could, too, be done (bet with older brother, long story, maybe later). Continue reading...

Gary Smith: The show must go on

Kids’ Christmas programs a tradition of controlled chaos

Subscriber onlyJobs I never, under any circumstances, want: Continue reading...

Gary Smith: Lost in translation

Understanding language of mall a constant challenge

Subscriber onlyI was at the mall the other weekend (I would pretend I was drugged and dropped there as part of a terrorist plot, but that wouldn't explain the security camera video that showed me parking, then later forgetting where I put the car). While I was there, I realized the secret to shopping is understanding terminology. Continue reading...

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...

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