Deborah Welky

For Me, Laughing At The World Is Great Therapy

By at July 10, 2015 | 12:00 am | 0 Comment

For Me, Laughing At The World Is Great Therapy

THE SONIC BOOMER “Just Ice for Buddy” — that’s what was written on the roadside cross. Even though it was all in capital letters, it took me a moment to figure it out. They meant “justice.” I don’t know the history of the sign, so I don’t know if Buddy was killed by a drunk driver or shot on the site or what have you. I prefer to think he was a more...

Deborah Welky

Remembering My Marching Band School Days

By at July 3, 2015 | 12:00 am | 0 Comment

Remembering My Marching Band School Days

THE SONIC BOOMER I had an opportunity to hear a good old marching band last week, and it was so much fun that I made a mental note to stop and listen to every brass band I can — sort of a “stop and smell the roses” thing for the ears. This particular marching band was of the amateur sort, but that didn’t matter to me. Hearing the occasional wrong note only more...

Deborah Welky

Mark’s Boat-Owning Dream Has Me Worried

By at June 26, 2015 | 12:00 am | 0 Comment

Mark’s Boat-Owning Dream Has Me Worried

THE SONIC BOOMER Well, it has begun — the search for a live-aboard boat. I knew this day was coming, and I’ve been dreading it. But my husband Mark is in his element. He has worked his whole life for this moment. Plus, it was Father’s Day. What could I say? Last weekend, we drove from marina to marina, looking at boats for sale. Eventually, we will find one more...

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Shopping For Dad Led Me To Unfamiliar Territory

By at June 19, 2015 | 12:00 am | 0 Comment

Shopping For Dad Led Me To Unfamiliar Territory

THE SONIC BOOMER I hope you’ve done your Father’s Day shopping because this Sunday is the big day. I used to have trouble finding gifts for the men in my life because it seemed that anything they’d like had a motor in it — and motors are expensive. But then I realized that I was shopping in the wrong stores. I was shopping in stores where the merchandise is more...

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China’s Manufacturing Prowess Has Me Worried

By at June 12, 2015 | 12:00 am | 0 Comment

China’s Manufacturing Prowess Has Me Worried

THE SONIC BOOMER Sunday is Flag Day, so I am going to take the opportunity to spout off about America. I’ll use firsthand knowledge, instead of bothering myself with research or facts. I’ll give you my opinion, which, no matter how wrong it is, is still protected by the fabulous First Amendment. I am also going to spout off about China, a country about which I more...

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My Cousin’s Upcoming Visit May Be A Challenge

By at June 5, 2015 | 12:00 am | 0 Comment

My Cousin’s Upcoming Visit May Be A Challenge

THE SONIC BOOMER My favorite cousin is coming for a visit, and I am worried. What am I going to do to entertain this woman? Earlene is a former English teacher, yearbook advisor and prom coordinator. Her mother was an English teacher, too, and I adore them both. We have tons in common. Here’s the problem: Earlene (and don’t ask me how she got that name; no more...

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Festival Day Can Be Exciting, But This Exciting?

By at May 29, 2015 | 12:00 am | 0 Comment

Festival Day Can Be Exciting, But This Exciting?

THE SONIC BOOMER Last weekend was the Blue Crab Festival in historic-yet-decaying downtown Palatka, where my store is. When I first got my store, the Blue Crab Festival was all the local business owners could talk about. I started to realize that they needed this event to stay alive as the long, hot summer descended upon them. I’m not quite so desperate, but I do more...

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Toy Stove Brings Skippy Hours Of Amusement

By at May 22, 2015 | 12:00 am | 0 Comment

Toy Stove Brings Skippy Hours Of Amusement

THE SONIC BOOMER Just in time for our planned Memorial Day weekend cookout, I bought a play stove for my two-year-old grandson Skippy. Let him do all the cooking. He wouldn’t complain. He loves to do anything that takes a spotlessly clean room and turns it into a royal mess. Cooking is good for that. Last week, I got him a hammer, a pine board and 100 roofing more...

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‘The Scarlett Letters’ A Very Fascinating Read

By at May 15, 2015 | 12:00 am | 1 Comments

‘The Scarlett Letters’ A Very Fascinating Read

THE SONIC BOOMER I am reading The Scarlett Letters, which sounds like something you had to read in high school, but isn’t. This is the book edited by John Wiley Jr. featuring all the letters Margaret Mitchell wrote to friends and business associates about the making of her book, Gone with the Wind, into a film. I am halfway through this book, and I am starting to more...

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Mother’s Day Has Changed As I’ve Gotten Older

By at May 8, 2015 | 12:00 am | 0 Comment

Mother’s Day Has Changed As I’ve Gotten Older

THE SONIC BOOMER Sunday is Mother’s Day, and, for me, it has changed dramatically through the years. I didn’t even realize it until lately because it has been a slow process. When I was in my late 20s, what I wanted on Mother’s Day more than anything else was to be a mother. Luckily for me, that worked out. I have fabulous, wonderful, gorgeous children — more...

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