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Gary Smith: Cooler heads prevail

Weekend without air conditioning brings back memories

Subscriber onlyFirst off, I want to establish that I'm not soft. Continue reading...

GARY SMITH: Try zipping a lip

Every thought isn’t meant to be expressed

Subscriber onlyWith age is supposed to come wisdom. Or at least that's what I've been told. The details of exactly how that progression takes place are generally not covered. Continue reading...

GARY SMITH: In the name of love

Dogged devotion to family nothing to poo-poo

Subscriber onlyThere are just no limits to the sorts of things we'll do for the people we love. Mountains will be climbed. Rivers will be crossed. Valuable internal organs will gladly be donated without thought to the long-term consequences. Jars will be opened. Like I said, virtually anything. Continue reading...

GARY SMITH: Feeling over-stuffed

Home is where the junk lands

Subscriber onlyA comedian once said the bravest person in history was the first person ever to drink cow's milk. I'm not sure if that's bravery or something like some kind of an odd affliction, but I can say in my household, we have a different measure of bravery. Continue reading...

GARY SMITH: Food for thought

Teen’s appetite revives memories, at least ones not eaten

Subscriber onlyMost of the time, I just nod and smile. Continue reading...

GARY SMITH: Doggone issues

Are they real, or just a human invention?

Subscriber onlyPerhaps it's a case of over-thinking, but I've noticed a certain quirk exhibited by us residents of the top rung in the food chain. Continue reading...

GARY SMITH: Grannie's last batch

As time goes by, every first leads to a last

Subscriber onlyAt this point in my life, comfortably settled in to middle age, I'm beginning to develop a somewhat lengthy list of "lasts," things I know I won't be doing again. Continue reading...

GARY SMITH: Ruffled feathers

Birds, ants offer unwanted taste of nature

Subscriber onlyI'm not gonna lie here. Over the years I've watched a fair share of those "Man Vs. Wild" videos, and I felt like I was pretty checked out on the potential worst-case scenarios if all that stuff "out there" turned on me. So when Nature attacked, well, I was expecting a little bit more. Continue reading...

GARY SMITH: Take it on the run, baby

Evasive tactics serve as defense mechanism

Subscriber onlyIt's amazing the things you learn about yourself as you age. Or maybe it's just the sort of things you come to accept. Continue reading...

GARY SMITH: Those unfamiliar ways

Millennials do things a little differently

Subscriber onlyThis has been both a long time coming and, given my age, inevitable, but after much thought, I've concluded I don't understand millennials. Continue reading...

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...