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Gary Smith: Prepping for The Big Day

Who knew father of groom had things to do?

If I've learned anything over the years, it's that no matter how hard people try, no one is beating time and Mother Nature. And if I ever start to doubt that, the events of the last week reinforced my earlier belief.

Gary Smith: Uneasy rider

Biking in NW Arkansas can be a wild experience

I think I've finally answered an age-old question. I know why the chicken crossed the road.

Gary Smith: A dose of "reality"

A TV show pitch: ‘Man vs. Mild: Northwest Arkansas’

If, for some reason, my current gig doesn't work out, I'm thinking I've got a new career all lined up. I'm going to be a reality TV star.

Gary Smith: A near-poetic life

Deford’s sports writing explored sights, sounds, souls

In the long list of bad things that happened over the past week, it's hard to say the passing of a retired writer had the most tragic implications.

Gary Smith: Who's for dinner?

A food fight often isn’t worth the mess

Some might say being married is just forever texting each other, "do we need anything from the store?" And that's not true.

Gary Smith: Awash in stupid behaviors

Why does everyone want to think before leap?

The other day, I was thinking about the dumb stuff I do.

Gary Smith: Driven to get there

Region’s drivers employ own unique skills behind wheel

Through an unusual combination of commerce, academia and sheer luck/pluck/determination/serendipity, our small corner of the region has developed into an odd little world unto itself, far removed from many of the concerns of surrounding communities.

Gary Smith: Speaking of change

Newly discovered lisp unworthy of effort to overcome it

I got a new pair of hearing aids the other day. Apparently, like hearing itself, aids don't get better with age. And, adding to the sense of urgency, I lost one of my old pair, so unless I wanted to spin around and around trying to get my "good" ear pointed toward the verbal action, getting a new set was pretty much a must.

Gary Smith: The spin factor

Changes with kids come faster than anticipated

Once upon a time, many, many years ago, I had a football coach who lined us up in groups and had us run 30 yards downfield to where he'd placed a bunch of baseball bats. Once there, we put the flat end of the barrel on the ground, put our foreheads on the handle end, ran round the bat in circles a dozen or so times and then ran back to where we started.

Gary Smith: A familiar Bond

And if none of this works, just restart

What Bond movies would look like if things worked for him like they work for us:

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