The Crazy Things We Did By Doug Nelson

boat-building

“Betsy” While I was in the service, I was stationed at Keesler AFB in Biloxi, Mississippi. I was looking for something to occupy my off time. I had dabbled a bit in photography; I also bought a bass guitar and tried to learn how to play it. There were all kinds of shops on base; […]

OUT OF BOUNDS By Geary (Smedley) Leason

Geary Leason

Ernest Smedley, one of FFB’s cranky geezers, found himself stranded in Needles, CA, after a grueling and very unnecessary flight to attend the funeral of his long deceased mother’s second cousin, only to find out that the dude wasn’t dead – it was some other guy’s charred body they found in the meth lab explosion. […]

OUT OF BOUNDS By Geary (Smedley) Leason

Geary Leason

Smedley Flies the Green Skies Part II Last week, Chester Smedley, the cranky geezer from Milkweed Lane in the Bay, while aboard Sardine Airlines’ 396 passenger bi-plane Aeroflot heading towards Las Vegas, a stopping point before reaching his destination Needles, CA., was causing more trouble than did the scary terrorist a few years ago who […]

OUT OF BOUNDS By Geary (Smedley) Leason

Geary Leason

Smedley Flies the Green Skies Chester Smedley, the cranky geezer who lives in a double-wide on Milkweed in the Bay, reluctantly had to fly to Needles, California last week. This trip was made necessary so as to attend the funeral of his deceased mother’s second cousin, a side of his family he only knew by […]

OUT OF BOUNDS By Geary (Smedley) Leason

Geary Leason

As the drama in the Van Buren County District Court comes to an end, the drama critic Pierre Percy Smedley is struck by the heaviness of the drama, its finality, its gravity. It is a sobering, somber experience for those in the Yard of the Peasants charged with crimes and whose liberty is at stake. […]

OUT OF BOUNDS By Geary (Smedley) Leason

Geary Leason

Courtroom Drama Last week’s column set forth the background for today’s story, describing the theatrical setting for the search for justice in the Van Buren County District Courtroom. The stage is set, the actors are all in place. The play begins with a shouted command by the bailiff as he stands in the center of […]

OUT OF BOUNDS By Geary (Smedley) Leason

Geary Leason

The Courtroom Clarence Smedley, a local busybody, had occasion recently to sit in a district court session at the 1920′s styled Van Buren County Courthouse set in the middle of downtown Clinton. After climbing a flight of stairs and upon stepping into the newly refurbished courtroom, Smedley had a strange feeling that he was entering […]

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 […]