Keyword: Craig Marshall Smith
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Going forward and looking back

It won’t be long before we’ll start to see trees strapped to cars and colored lights outlining houses; maybe a few front lawn inflatables; countless advertisements; and familiar holiday songs. … more

Seems like the future wasn’t worth the wait

Wanting an additional serving of “thin gruel,” plucky parish workhouse resident Oliver Twist pleaded “Please, sir, I want some more.” To paraphrase the indigent lad, “Please, sir, I don’t … more

Looking down at someone to be looked up to

Looking down from the second level inside the Aurora Mall 35 years ago, I saw an older man, mid-60s, walking alone and unnoticed. He wasn’t hurrying but showed no signs of impairment. He was … more

It goes without saying, but they say it anyway

“Well, I swear,” is an obsolete expression that was a way of swearing without swearing. Believe it or not, four-letter words were once impermissible in films. Now it would be almost impossible to … more

Safeguarding others is the leashed you can do

Large dark dog, running unleashed through front yards, zoomed to the greenbelt trail and out of sight. Way behind, dog’s owner lopes along. Small child on her first bicycle encounters the dog, is … more

For curly bulbs, there’s no light at the end of the tunnel

One of our curly light bulbs burned out. Realizing I didn’t have a replacement, I went to a hardware store. They were out of curly light bulbs too. “Yes, we’re out.” “For how long?” … more

Do-it-yourself plumbing is a pipe dream

Indoor plumbing. The world’s population was able to do without indoor plumbing for centuries and still evolve. There are those around the world who do not have indoor plumbing to this day. Others, … more

Just a little something to strike up conversation

There’s no need to go to Disney World to have fun. Just go to the dictionary. It’s cheaper and no one will throw up on your shoes. In baseball, three strikes and you’re out. In bowling, three … more

You know, there may be, you know, something there

Do you know anyone, you know, who says “you know” excessively? Watching a documentary the other night, I started counting the number of times a commentator said “you know.” He reached 14 … more

Instagram and indiscretion are on the shame page

Instagram, Instagram, wherefore art thou, Instagram — and why? I guess it must be good for something. But not a day goes by that someone isn’t apologizing or being shamed, slammed or threatened … more

Mother Nature just decided to wing it

Mother Nature spent more time naming some of her children than she did others. Allegedly it took her three days to come up with “platypus.” It’s known she spent over an hour deciding on … more

Overused words are, like, totally overused

Do you know someone who has a way with words? Or someone who no have way? Lake Superior State University, located in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, has hosted an annual List of Banished Words from the … more
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