Deborah Welky

Halloween Is Scary? Hang Out With A Toddler!

By at October 31, 2014 | 12:00 am | 0 Comment

Halloween Is Scary? Hang Out With A Toddler!

THE SONIC BOOMER Halloween is here — hooray! It’s time to scare your friends by donning a scary mask, leaping from a closet and screaming at the top of your lungs. And Halloween is fun for kids, too. They get to eat cupcakes all day and candy all night. The house is draped in orange and black, and mom serves them Kool-Aid with plastic spiders entrapped in the more...

Deborah Welky

My First Avocado Experience Did Not Work Out

By at October 24, 2014 | 12:00 am | 0 Comment

My First Avocado Experience Did Not Work Out

THE SONIC BOOMER Just to show you how worldly I am, I encountered my first avocado yesterday. I mean, I had seen them around — piled up at the grocery store, on a neighboring diner’s plate — but I had never actually touched one. Never needed to. Never wanted to. And it wasn’t a healthy craving for greens or even yellows that finally drove me to cut into more...

Deborah Welky

New ‘Diagon Alley’ At Universal Was Big Fun

By at October 17, 2014 | 12:00 am | 0 Comment

New ‘Diagon Alley’ At Universal Was Big Fun

THE SONIC BOOMER I went to Universal Studios in Orlando last weekend. I know what you’re thinking: “But, Deb, you are such a Disney fan!” It’s true, I am. But I am also a J.K. Rowling fan. I have read all her Harry Potter books, including the two “extras” she wrote in order to donate the proceeds to charity. I have read The Vacancy, and am now reading more...

Deborah Welky

Here’s All I Remember About Columbus

By at October 10, 2014 | 12:00 am | 0 Comment

Here’s All I Remember About Columbus

THE SONIC BOOMER Monday is Columbus Day. Christopher Columbus is credited with “discovering America,” even though there is ample evidence that he did not — Indians, for example. The Indians who were keeping an eye on Columbus’ landing party are now referred to as Native Americans, unless you are trying to play Cowboys and Native Americans. No one plays more...

Deborah Welky

The Story Of My Grandkid’s Exciting Arrival

By at October 3, 2014 | 12:00 am | 0 Comment

The Story Of My Grandkid’s Exciting Arrival

THE SONIC BOOMER I had been pacing around for nine months and three days, waiting for my daughter Jen to have her second child, when my son-in-law Greg came bursting into the room with, “We’re going to have a baby! This is the night!” I grabbed my purse, but he said, “No, no. Not yet. We’ll let you know when.” I hunkered down, biting my nails. The time was more...

Deborah Welky

I’m Waiting For A Baby… And The Baby Is Late!

By at September 26, 2014 | 12:00 am | 0 Comment

I’m Waiting For A Baby… And The Baby Is Late!

THE SONIC BOOMER This is unnerving. My daughter Jennifer was supposed to have her baby yesterday... and she didn’t. Where the heck is that kid? Well, I know where it is. It has spent nine months (and a day) languishing on Easy Street while Jen huffs and puffs up the stairs, falls into armchairs with no grace at all and gets tired two hours after she wakes up in more...

Deborah Welky

Navy Accident Report Sends Us Into Panic Mode

By at September 19, 2014 | 12:00 am | 0 Comment

Navy Accident Report Sends Us Into Panic Mode

THE SONIC BOOMER Two F-18 military jets crashed in the air over the Pacific last week. One of the Navy pilots was recovered, one lost, along with the planes. As opposed to last week’s rehashing of the 9/11 tragedy, this is the kind of news that doesn’t really affect “The Average American” — that is, unless you have a son or daughter who is in the U.S. more...

Deborah Welky

9/11 Remembrances Bring Me Back To That Day

By at September 12, 2014 | 12:01 am | 0 Comment

9/11 Remembrances Bring Me Back To That Day

THE SONIC BOOMER There has been much somber remembering going on this week due to the anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. We are still suffering the residual effects of the tragedy by being forced to wait in long lines to take off our shoes at airports. Admittedly, that is not as much of a problem in the Flip-Flop State as it is in say, Alaska. more...

Deborah Welky

Time To Start Planning Halloween Parties!

By at September 5, 2014 | 12:00 am | 0 Comment

Time To Start Planning Halloween Parties!

THE SONIC BOOMER September... I made it! Glorious September, when the leaves begin turning magnificent colors, when the ground gets crunchy beneath our feet, when the aromatic smell of wood smoke first tinges the air, when the… oh, wait. That’s up north. But Florida has its September, too, highlighted primarily by the facts that the kids are back in school, more...

Deborah Welky

Help! My Phone Is Slowly Taking Over My Life

By at August 29, 2014 | 12:00 am | 0 Comment

Help! My Phone Is Slowly Taking Over My Life

THE SONIC BOOMER Having a problem with your computer? Call in a 13-year-old to take a look at it. That’s the old joke, but it’s true! How those kids know what’s wrong with it is beyond me. It’s like when the Beatles were introduced on The Ed Sullivan Show. Our parents were in the room, snickering at the moptop haircuts, but every kid in America knew the more...

Deborah Welky