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GARY SMITH: The scary sounds of silence

Expectations feed instant response from parents

Subscriber onlyIt's a question many of us will ask at times in our life. To wit, exactly how did we get ourselves into this? Continue reading...

GARY SMITH: Reserved spontaneity

A spur-of-the-moment decision to … wait

Subscriber onlyI came to the conclusion I probably should drink more. Continue reading...

GARY SMITH: The Raggedy Ann incident

Lessons learned from a mom’s protective streak

Subscriber onlyHere in the South, there is one consistency with how we deal with grief at a funeral. We're sad up to the echo of the last prayer, then the story-telling starts. Continue reading...

GARY SMITH: An end, a beginning

Our world expands, contracts with passage of time

Subscriber onlyHer world had begun to shrink, the subtractions outnumbering the additions. Time was taking more than it gave. Continue reading...

GARY SMITH: Feeling the heat

Temperatures suggest we may be skipping fall

Subscriber onlyIt's not quite verifiable, but it's believed Mark Twain once said "the coldest winter I ever spent was a summer in San Francisco." Continue reading...

GARY SMITH: This kitchen isn't big enough ...

Cooking with the spouse can be a half-baked idea

Subscriber onlyI'm going to throw out there that a lot of things in life are a lot better in the abstract than they are in real life. Continue reading...

GARY SMITH: Missing the pitch

Busy life sometimes gets in way of what counts

Subscriber onlyGreg Ballard may have been the nicest person I've ever met. At least the nicest I'm not directly related to by blood or marriage. Continue reading...

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Morning ‘cup of joe’ a taste acquired over time

Subscriber onlySome people liken the passage of time to sands through an hourglass. I liken it to coffee through a drip filter. Continue reading...

GARY SMITH: Salt gun a "fly" gadget

Insect assassin among spousal-assigned duties

Subscriber onlyI think anyone who knows me knows if there is one thing definitely true, it's that when it comes to my marriage, I have very much outkicked my coverage. Continue reading...

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...

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