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GARY SMITH: Reap what we sow

Rooting out the reasons we garden

Subscriber onlyAt the heart of it, most of us here in the South are people of the land. We left the familiar confines of the Old Country with the single goal of claiming our pieces of the Earth and, thanks to the sweat of our brows, pulling from that ground our fair share of nature's bounty. Continue reading...

GARY SMITH: Not so bullish on brackets

“March Madness” doesn’t make completed list of priorities

Subscriber onlyI have a confession to make. Continue reading...

GARY SMITH: Life, in chapters

“Now” isn’t all that’s ever been

Subscriber onlyI almost don't recognize the girl in the sepia-tinted photograph. Continue reading...

GARY SMITH: A column about ... what was it?

Read more, they say, but there’s so much to do

Subscriber onlyMy New Year's Resolution is to read more. Continue reading...

GARY SMITH: The British have come

Traveling the world through TV mysteries

Subscriber onlyDo you ever get the feeling you've joined a cult? Continue reading...

GARY SMITH: Feeling the fever

Symptoms reveal it’s time for the Olympics

Subscriber onlyApparently, some random, strange viral infection that looks like the flu but isn't the flu (a distinction without a difference) and strep throat aren't enough. There's another condition sweeping the country -- Olympic Fever. Continue reading...

GARY SMITH: Then and now

Cultural changes shift the parent-child conversations

Subscriber onlySo, the children and I have discussed it, and if they ever decide to write a book about the sorts of advice the Lovely Mrs. Smith gives them, it won't be at all "Mommy Dearest." It will, in fact, be titled "Worst-Case Scenario: Words of Pending Doom from My Mother." Continue reading...

GARY SMITH: Get milk?

In-store errand latest spouse-inspired adventure

Subscriber onlyThis is a story of love, devotion and coconut milk. And yes, at least in this case, those three things do connect. Continue reading...

GARY SMITH: Temps get the cold shoulder

Frigid weather a reminder of North’s down side

Subscriber onlyIn a previous life I had a couple of business acquaintances who were very good friends. One was an avid duck hunter of the "naming your kids Drake and Mallard" variety. The other was a firm believer that, since the Good Lord had given us central heat and air, it would be a borderline sin not to avail yourself of them at all times. Continue reading...

GARY SMITH: Staying calm, carrying on

Passion for sports tempered by maturity, or at least age

Subscriber onlyAs has been previously established, I attended and even graduated from a university slightly to the south and west of our current location. Continue reading...

GARY SMITH: Happy holidays

A review of what 2018 observances have to offer

Subscriber onlyThe holidays are (mercifully for some of us) finally over. Those of us who just didn't get enough of over-imbibing, wearing goofy hats and arguing with our relatives are now entering that bleakest time of the year when there is no officially recognized reason to make fools of ourselves. Continue reading...

GARY SMITH: Southern thangs

Compendium offers insights into colorful region

Subscriber onlyIt's not exactly accurate to say that I, as a born-and-bred Southerner, have a love-hate relationship with Dixie. It's more like there are times I'm passionate about the South, and times I'd like to just be friends, maybe see other regions. Continue reading...

GARY SMITH: Let it (not) snow

White, fluffy stuff no substitute for sunny locale

Subscriber onlyThis is my ode to snow. Because, in my book, snow is pretty ode-ious. Continue reading...

GARY SMITH: It's the thought ...

Pitfalls of gift giving just part of the holiday

Subscriber onlyI'm trying to pin this down. Christmas is, far and away, most people's favorite holiday. In fact, in the pantheon of holidays, it laps the field. It's the reigning champ, celebrated by malls, schools, governments, the odd tow truck company (at least when I was attending the Rogers Christmas Parade on a regular basis) and, OK, a lot of places of worship worldwide. Continue reading...

GARY SMITH: Search for tomorrow

Coach-hiring process can be torture to cover

Subscriber onlyI need to dispel a misconception for you. At the conclusion of this and all my offerings is a line that indicates that I am a recovering journalist. Well, that's not exactly true. Continue reading...