Deborah Welky

The Party Was Healthy & Safe, Until I Got There

By at August 28, 2015 | 12:00 am | 0 Comment

The Party Was Healthy & Safe, Until I Got There

THE SONIC BOOMER Little Skippy’s birthday party took place last Saturday, giving him the false impression that he is now 3 years old. In actuality, he will not be 3 until next Tuesday, but Tuesday is such a non-day that they have given it over to those seeking public office. (“Is there a day when so little is happening that people might actually go to the polls?” more...

Deborah Welky

Three Cheers For Crockett, My Daughter’s Pup

By at August 21, 2015 | 12:00 am | 0 Comment

Three Cheers For Crockett, My Daughter’s Pup

THE SONIC BOOMER I have never owned a dog, not even as a child. I know, I know. In America, everyone has to have one. Otherwise, why get up in the morning? Certainly not to walk oneself. And yes, I’ve heard of cat people, but I’m not one of those either. As a result, there are no furballs in the corners of my home, no dishes of food on the floor to attract more...

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My Little Skippy Is About To Start Preschool

By at August 14, 2015 | 12:00 am | 0 Comment

My Little Skippy Is About To Start Preschool

THE SONIC BOOMER My grandson Skippy, whom I have been helicopter-nannying ever since he was three months old, is three years old this month, and that means preschool. Or pre-preschool. Or pre-pre-preschool. I’m not sure. Whatever it is, he’s ready. For the last six months, any stranger who has walked through the front door has instantly been deemed, “My more...

Deborah Welky

Paying Tribute To Mom & Dad After 65 Years

By at August 7, 2015 | 12:00 am | 0 Comment

Paying Tribute To Mom & Dad After 65 Years

THE SONIC BOOMER I was in Wisconsin a few weeks ago for my parents’ 65th wedding anniversary dinner. In tribute, we kids all stood up and told what it was like growing up in our house. Then, as a rebuttal, my father stood up and told what it was like having to raise the four of us kids. Fun times. No, actually, everyone was on their best behavior and no one more...

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Summer Moves Faster Than It Did In My Youth

By at July 31, 2015 | 12:00 am | 0 Comment

Summer Moves Faster Than It Did In My Youth

THE SONIC BOOMER Can you believe it? It’s almost August! Where did those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer go? Well, some of them went to the beach, others to theme parks and, sadly, still others have been absorbed into the school year. When I was growing up, school didn’t start until after Labor Day. Those were the good ol’ days. There was so much summer that more...

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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...

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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...

Deborah Welky

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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