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

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SD Family Has Disability-Related Challenges On Christmas Eve 2014, Tommi Mclaughlin of Spearfish, South Dakota, lost her balance because of multiple sclerosis (MS), fell over backwards near the family Christmas tree, and fractured two vertebrae in her back. It wasn’t the best of times. About the fall, 64-year-old Mclaughlin in a telephone interview said, “I […]

The Crazy Things We Did By Doug Nelson

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Skating on Thin Ice The winter of ’62 was fridged to say the least. We had several inches of snow on the ground already and I woke up Saturday morning to another 12 inches. Several of us had planned to go ice skating that evening at Leavings Lake, a small park on the south side […]

OUT OF BOUNDS By Geary (Smedley) Leason

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Uncle Al (This “story” first appeared in the FFB News Feb. 12, 2003.) Most everybody has some relative – a brother, a cousin, an uncle – that they’re not too proud of. Maybe there’s a drinking problem or the guy’s a womanizer – whatever – but nobody in the family spends a lot of time […]

Out of Bounds by Geary (Smedley) Leason

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Smedley’s Principles for Good Reading: Part II Last week, this column carried the wisdom found in Part I of Waldo Smedley’s magnus opium, “Principles for Good Reading.” More of the same found in Part II follows here: #3 A Good Read Requires a Good Writer: Smedley contends that for a good read, the author and […]

OUT OF BOUNDS By Geary (Smedley) Leason

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Smedley’s Principles for Good Reading As just one more service offered to our community, Geezer Wally Smedley is pleased to present his “Principles of Good Reading: Part I What Not to Read,” in hopes that many unsuspecting book readers will be spared from the harm generated from reading a bad book. He proposes that his […]

The Crazy Things We Did By Doug Nelson

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The Sledge Hammer & the Marshmallow It was a particularly cold January and being locked up indoors for days at a time was never something I was good at. It was Friday and the beginning of the weekend. A snowstorm had dumped nine inches two days ago. I couldn’t help thinking, “all that snow and […]

OUT OF BOUNDS By Geary (Smedley) Leason

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“Read it and Weep” E. Hemmingway Smedley, the legendary local gadabout who regards himself as a “man of letters,” invited the writer of this column to a book signing party held recently at the VFW Drinkarama Room. Smedley’s latest tome is titled “Lost in Inner Space,” described on the book jacket as “a psychological, philosophical, […]

OUT OF BOUNDS By Geary (Smedley) Leason

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Geezer Grover Smedley and his new wife, Gladys (if at the age of 83, she can be considered “new”), headed up last week to Chicagoland to spend the holidays with Grover’s two daughters and their respective (using he term loosely) families. Grover’s usual practice when making these visits is to stay at an upscale hotel […]

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

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Miraculous Birth and Life of Johnson An argument could be made that the life of 82-year-old Gail Johnson has been a miracle from beginning to end. In a telephone interview, her daughter Gail Lipe said, “My mom was born in 1932 as a preemie twin weighing only one pound nine ounces. The doctor was so […]

OUT OF BOUNDS By Geary (Smedley) Leason

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A Smedley Christmas Smorgasbord This is that time of the year when Antonio Moroni Smedley sends his greetings like most folks do – but Antonio’s messages are a little different than just the usual happy greetings, boring details of vacations to Branson and Yosemite, and the latest embellishments about incredibly talented grandchildren. One year Smedley […]