Travels With Thom

Mount Rush

by Scout Dillon “The dwelling houses were set apart haphazard on the tough prairie sod; some of them looked as if they had been moved in overnight, and others as if they were straying off by themselves , headed straight for the open plain.” Willa CatherWilla Cather is Thom’s favorite writer. He loves the way she […]

OUT OF BOUNDS By Geary (Smedley) Leason

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Ernest Smedley, the Bay’s iconic geezer, wrote us recently to share a major enlightening discovery: that the Greater Des Moines, Iowa area is the green grass capital – not of the U.S. – but of the entire world! Here, without exception, every roadside and median, every shopping center and mall, every public building and park, […]

To Better Health, Naturally by Brenda Erby Fudge

New Fudge

Hair Salons Are Catching On Relief is finally available for consumers who have long been plagued with sensitive skin. Beauty salons, barber shops and day spas are now providing services and products of a safer nature as a direct result of pure essential oils. Toxic chemicals are damaging, causing irritation and burns, and should not […]

OUT OF BOUNDS By Geary (Smedley) Leason

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I Hate Vegetables! I hate vegetables! They make me sick. I hate to have them in my mouth, much less chew them. I can’t stand even to look at them, and their smell (cooked or not) nauseates me. Don’t even think of inviting me for dinner if there are vegetables within ten miles of your […]

OUT OF BOUNDS By Geary (Smedley) Leason

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Smedley’s Tips for Job Satisfaction Waldo Smedley, geezer Ernest Smedley’s grandson, approached the old boy recently looking for some advice on getting a job following his graduation from UCA in May of this year. Waldo has great respect for his “Gramps” as over a rough patch in Waldo’s teen years, Gramps stood by the kid, […]

To Better Health, Naturally by Brenda Erby Fudge

Brenda Fudge

Pet “Parents” Use Essential Oils Yes, pets are people too! And, if that’s not a documented fact, then it certainly should be. Humans are unquestionably passionate about their fur-babies and should never deny them proper care and attention for their health and wellbeing. Pet parents and veterinarians are certainly familiar with the famous dog whisperer. […]

OUT OF BOUNDS By Geary (Smedley) Leason

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What’s “Write” about Smedley Ernest Smedley, our favorite hometown geezer who provides a lot of stories for this column, was asked recently how he keeps coming up with all his strange and questionable tales which some say have little to do with the truth. Smedley is also accused by others of not being connected to […]

To Better Health, Naturally by Brenda Erby Fudge

Brenda Fudge

Get in, get out and get home! That’s the motto these days as one enters the grocery store. And, how well did you benefit yourself, or the health of your family, with those hasty purchases? Well, since you asked, It’s doubtful. Let’s suppose you were out of toothpaste. Did you happen to notice that the […]

To Better Health, Naturally by Brenda Erby Fudge

Brenda Fudge

Hawaii’s Secret Potion THINK TROPICAL! A calming paradise with its pristine beaches and palm trees, Hawaii is considered a vacationer’s dream. A “secret potion” so valuable and unique is found in the deep rain forests of Kona, Hawaii. Famous for its erupting volcanoes and ash covered soil, Hawaii produces a small and precious amount of […]

OUT OF BOUNDS By Geary (Smedley) Leason

Geary Leason

“The Trip” Re-Visited Recently two friends of mine from the Bay, Grant Olson and Bob Major, passed away within a week of each other, causing me to remember a similar set of passings some twelve years ago. At that time I was writing a column for the paper under the title of “Golf and Beyond” […]