Out Of Bounds by Geary Leason

Geary Leason

Belief Systems Examined This column often explores the many variations of what people believe and the precepts they follow. Most of our beliefs have come to us over a period of time starting with what our parents dished out to us when we were just clueless kids. Then our teachers and preachers added their two […]

OUT OF BOUNDS By Geary (Smedley) Leason

Geary Leason

Big Questions, Small Answers Swirling in the winds of today’s world are many difficult questions, oftentimes too touchy even to ask, for fear of offending someone or even worse, creating peril for even asking. Here are a few that rock the boat: Is Islam truly a “great” religion? Does it promote peace and goodwill or […]

OUT OF BOUNDS By Geary (Smedley) Leason

Geary Leason

School Daze Horace Smedley, a civic-minded geezer from nearby Shirley, recently got motivated to participate in the local grade school’s student tutoring program. This ongoing project enlists qualified adults from the community to work one-on-one with students who need help in reading and/or math. Horace figured that since he breezed thru the eighth grade at […]

DISABILITIES By Daniel J. Vance, MS, LPC, NCC

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Disability Film Festival a Big Hit It blossomed from one city in 2007 to fourteen cities in 2013. More will come. The ReelAbilities Film Festival is the world’s largest event promoting awareness and appreciation of juried international films that share the lives, stories, and artistic expressions of people with disabilities. “The festival happens annually and […]

OUT OF BOUNDS By Geary (Smedley) Leason

Geary Leason

A Primer on How to Get Elected Pierre Smedley, resident scholar of Smedley Practical Political Policies, has recently issued his masterwork on all things political, titled Running Roughshod Over the Opposition. This column feels it is important to review this latest book by Smedley so as to expose the pomposity that Smedley is known for. […]

OUT OF BOUNDS By Geary (Smedley) Leason

Geary Leason

Tales of the Trapped! In August of 2000, the Russian submarine Kursk, following an explosion in their torpedo room, floundered 350 feet below sea level on the bottom of the Barents Sea. One hundred sixteen men were trapped, and unfortunately after four days of rescue attempts failed, they perished. In the winter of 2014, another […]

DISABILITIES By Daniel J. Vance, MS, LPC, NCC

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Tada Sings Oscar Nominated Song, Doesn’t The movie Alone Yet Not Alone chronicles the true, faith-filled story of Regina and Barbara Leininger surviving the eighteenth-century French and Indian War. In mid-January this year, the movie’s theme song (bearing the same name) received an Oscar nomination. That nomination lasted about two weeks. The Academy of Motion […]

OUT OF BOUNDS By Geary (Smedley) Leason

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“The Frog and the Pot of Water”…a Cautionary Tale “Dear Geezer, I am troubled by the slide – perhaps landslide is a better word – in the moral fabric of our nation. Just fifty years ago, 70% of U.S. citizens polled agreed that pre-marital sex was wrong and that homosexuality was a sin. Today, these […]

OUT OF BOUNDS By Geary (Smedley) Leason

Geary Leason

Why I Hate Poetry, But Love Opera To me, throwing words into a washing machine is what poetry is all about – A blue sock tangled in the drum with Michael Jordan’s underwear Makes the same sense as the poet’s phrase of ‘a‘willowy tree near a bowl of sauerkraut’. I have no patience to unravel […]

OUT OF BOUNDS By Geary (Smedley) Leason

Geary Leason

The Real Biggest Losers A story that captured my attention recently led me to explore a fascinating subject: what is the largest loss of money generated by one person acting alone. The story that stimulated this topic was that a civilian, Casey James Fury, age 25, in May 23, 2012, while working on the USS […]