Deborah Welky

Winter Is A Challenge For Displaced Floridians

By at November 21, 2014 | 12:00 am | 0 Comment

Winter Is A Challenge For Displaced Floridians

THE SONIC BOOMER It is fall, and I am north of the Mason-Dixon Line, where fall should be celebrated. In November, the leaves are beautiful; the air is crisp and wild turkeys are running alongside the road. Of course, that’s early November. By late November, there’s nothing left of the fall leaves except an immense raking job, the air turns frightfully cold more...

Deborah Welky

Make Sure Not To Squelch Your Inner Artist

By at November 14, 2014 | 12:00 am | 0 Comment

Make Sure Not To Squelch Your Inner Artist

THE SONIC BOOMER... I miss my hobbies. Between writing jobs, babysitting and the antique store, my needlepoint has gone by the wayside. The last thing I collaged is sitting in a closet, and I haven’t sketched anything in a decade. I’m just too busy. When I first met Mark, I only had two jobs, so I had a little time. I was in the midst of my papier-mâché phase more...

Deborah Welky

Side Trip Leads To My Latest Housing Adventure

By at November 7, 2014 | 12:00 am | 0 Comment

Side Trip Leads To My Latest Housing Adventure

THE SONIC BOOMER I am writing this at 4 o’clock in the morning, so excited I can’t sleep. Mark and I are still in Kansas City with the newborn, waiting to take over when my daughter heads back to work. But both Mark and I grew up near water, so sometimes we miss it. Amber waves of grain have their own beauty, but you can’t waterski on prairie grass! So last more...

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