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

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Lately, I have had a couple of eye-opening experiences about disability. For one, while looking up a number of dictionary definitions for spina bifida, I noticed each called the condition either a “congenital defect” or a “birth defect.” That hooked me. For further clarification, I looked up the definition of “defect” on Merriam-Webster online. It […]

OUT OF BOUNDS By Geary (Smedley) Leason

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(Editors Note: The FFB News has been asked by hundreds of its readers to carry an “Advice” column, much like Dear Abby – but different so as to address the perplexing problems of senior citizens. We have therefore added to our weekly edition the syndicated column, Dear Geezer. The column begins today.) “Dear Geezer, I […]

OUT OF BOUNDS By Geary (Smedley) Leason

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 Smedley To Run for Mayor! A recent arrival to the Bay, Anthony Smedley has filed to run for mayor of Fairfield Bay in the upcoming election. The current mayor, Paul Wellenberger, announced last week seeking a second term. The name of Smedley is well-known here in the Bay as many of his relatives reside here […]

OUT OF BOUNDS By Geary (Smedley) Leason

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Smedley Plunges into the Tank! Ernest Smedley, still reeling (and reeking) from his disastrous adventure, “Poop to Profits,” has emerged once again with a big splash – only this time, he makes it on national TV. Ernest will be seen on the hit TV show, The Shark Tank, sometime in February, with great hopes that […]

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

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College Student with Two Disabilities Daphne Frieden of Greenville, North Carolina, reads this column through the Facebook page, “Disabilities” by Daniel J. Vance. Lately, she has felt she should have earned better grades last semester while majoring in elementary education at East Carolina University. She has epilepsy and was born with spina bifida, a neural […]

OUT OF BOUNDS By Geary (Smedley) Leason

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A Smedley Christmas to Remember Grandfather Ebenezer Smedley, of nearby Formosa, hit it big the last few years as the shale gas guys determined that there was a huge lode of natural gas beneath his twenty acres, which were left to him some fifty years ago by his own grandfather, Ezekiel Smedley. Ebenezer got a […]

OUT OF BOUNDS By Geary (Smedley) Leason

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Don’t Read This! Have you ever wondered why horse owners put blinders on their horses? Horse blinders serve to limit distractions from coming into view of the horse, which if not attended to, will cause the horse to become unsettled and jumpy, and perhaps even to bolt. Likewise, humans also need “blinders” especially if they […]

OUT OF BOUNDS By Geary (Smedley) Leason

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Smedwick Smedley, the well-known bi-vocational preacher and part-time leading actor, was given an immediate leave of absence from his starring role as the “lame duck” in the upcoming production of the Van Buren Playhouse’s “Quackers.” This hurried action was taken by Rudolph Persnickity, the current director of the Playhouse, in response to the widespread public […]

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

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North Carolina Camp for Dyslexic Children Susan and Steve van der Vorst of Spruce Pine, North Carolina, have the fame of being the only two people that have worked at all three U.S. residential camps of its kind for children with dyslexia. They now own one of the three camps, Camp Spring Creek. According to […]

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

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In November 2010, 17-year-old Alisha Pierce of Owatonna, Minnesota, suddenly came down with a cold, then a fever, caught viral pneumonia and passed away inside two days. More than three years later, her mother, Shawn Pierce, still remembers her daughter with cerebral palsy. A person acquires cerebral palsy before, during or immediately after birth, when […]