Where there’s smoke…

Drips from a Dry Paddle

by Dave Thompson

I often begin these stories with a claim that it is a true story. In this case, I make no such claim, but I do say that the story is a universal truth about parenting. I will use universal names to make sure that I do not expose the guilty…

In this story, winter had just ended and although the weather was on the cool side of comfortable, there would be no more sub-zero temperatures for several months. Continue reading

Blue Skies: Lady in the blue dress

by Vance Gutzman

Worried that, for the first time in 21 years I wouldn’t be able to file a Christmas column for this paper, I decided to take a nap this afternoon in an attempt to clear my head.

But just as I was about to doze off I was awakened by the combination of an itchy leg and the nagging thought in my head that I should, really should, know the name of Archie Bunker’s grandson. Continue reading