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 […]

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 […]