Out of Bounds by Geary Leason

It should have happened a long time ago. Augustus Pompous Smedley had irritated enough of his relatives, the “Boulder (CO) Forty,” in the weeks following their Christmas family reunion as he accosted them with his phony “religious survey”. Always a man with huge opinions and totally fearless in expressing them, Smedley had attempted to invade […]

Miles of Memories by Brenda Miles

“Remembering When the Music Died” A nice reader wrote: “You include old 50’s song lyrics in your column often you must be an old rock ‘n roll fan. So, tell me, when do you think our music was born and when did it die?” The birth, Ralph? Many say it began with Bill Haley and […]

Out of Bounds by Geary Leason

“Love Thy Enemies” January 18 is Martin Luther King Day, a national holiday set aside to honor the great civil rights warrior who fought in the 1950 and 60s against racism in the United States. Even after one hundred years following the Civil War, our nation was still plagued by the continuance of blatant unfairness […]

Out of Bounds by Geary Leason

Smedley Confesses Augustus Pompous Smedley, the Bay’s notorious irritant whose tales and adventures are often related in this column, confided to Out of Bounds the other day that he has been blasted by long list of offended readers – with most of them being his relatives. As you may recall, this column in the last […]


TX Disability Advocate Changes Attitudes Kathie Snow’s attitudes drastically changed in 1990, the year her son with cerebral palsy turned 3. Snow was participating in Texas Partners in Policymaking, a leadership program for adults with developmental disabilities and parents of children with developmental disabilities. In a telephone interview, 65-year-old Snow, of San Antonio, and founder […]

Out of Bounds by Geary Leason

“The Big Question” Augustus Pompous Smedley and his faithful but suffering wife, Maudy Bob, journeyed to the “high” country of Colorado over this Christmas weekend and mixed it up with an assortment of relatives and a batch of the relatives’ relatives. For four days, it was a hug here, a shallow “ Hi, how are […]

The Crazy Things We Did by Doug Nelson

‘The Hick-up From Hell” Our all-night pool parties were loads of fun; we would eat pizza and drink carbonated beverages until they would come out our nose when we laughed. As usually, a belching contest would ensue. One particular Saturday night I had the winning belch in the form of a gas bubble in my […]

OUT OF BOUNDS by Geary Leason

“Difficult Choices” Once again all the world is awash in a sea of violence, turmoil, terror, and war. Well, perhaps not all the world, as there may be a handful of people living peacefully on some island off the north coast of Antarctica, but even here it is only a matter of time when the […]


Seniors With Disabilities Fighting Depression Much of my work as a mental health professional involves seeing clients on site in assisted living facilities. While driving to a facility not long ago, I was listening to a radio program in which the host mentioned that 85 percent of people in nursing homes didn’t have any regular […]

Out of Bounds by Geary season

“What Men Meant for Evil, God Used for Good” The Bible tells the story of how the older brothers of Jacob’s favored son, Joseph, out of jealousy and anger, sold him off to some Midianite merchants heading for Egypt so that the hated Joseph would no longer be an irritant to them. God, however, had […]