Deborah Welky

Little Skippy Has Developed Plenty Of Charisma

By at January 23, 2015 | 12:00 am | 0 Comment

Little Skippy Has Developed Plenty Of Charisma

THE SONIC BOOMER I have always wondered about charisma — who has it, how they get it and why I don’t have any. As a student of humanity, it’s easy to see that some people stand out more than others — sometimes in a bad way, through misbehavior or downright stupidity, and sometimes in a good way in that others are simply drawn to them. But is this attraction more...

Deborah Welky

Two Tykes Keep Grandma On Her Toes

By at January 16, 2015 | 12:00 am | 0 Comment

Two Tykes Keep Grandma On Her Toes

THE SONIC BOOMER I have a cold. I have this cold because last week I left the perfect winter weather of Florida for Kansas City, where it is 30-something degrees and a light dusting of snow covers everything. It’s a nice place to visit. No, really. Where my hometown of Milwaukee has a bar on every corner and Palm Beach County has a bank on every corner, Kansas more...

Deborah Welky

Throwing A Party For My Mother Is Challenging

By at January 9, 2015 | 12:00 am | 0 Comment

Throwing A Party For My Mother Is Challenging

THE SONIC BOOMER One month ago, on Dec. 11, I was in Wisconsin attempting to throw an 86th birthday party for my mother, Marjorie. I say “attempting” because mom doesn’t like any fuss, despite the fact that “fuss” is my family’s middle name. We almost need it to survive. But I couldn’t remember any real fuss ever taking place on mom’s birthday, which, more...

Deborah Welky

January: When I Make (And Break) Resolutions

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January: When I Make (And Break) Resolutions

THE SONIC BOOMER You know what I love about Jan. 2? I love that by then I’m over and done with my resolutions. Oh, I make them. I start thinking about how to improve life for myself about Dec. 26, after my third piece of coffee cake. By about 11 a.m. on that day after Christmas, the gritty, unnerving sound of a legion of toys with fresh batteries has permeated my more...

Deborah Welky

I Love Christmas, But Not St. Stephen’s Day

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

I Love Christmas, But Not St. Stephen’s Day

THE SONIC BOOMER When I was growing up, there were many traditions my parents passed on to us children — things they hoped would stick with us. There were the traditions for all the major holidays (like Christmas) and all the minor holidays (like our birthdays). Raucous celebration of these holidays taught us that it’s better to give than to receive and instilled more...

Deborah Welky

’Twas The Week Before Christmas…

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

’Twas The Week Before Christmas…

THE SONIC BOOMER ’Twas the week before Christmas, and all through the town, everybody is rushing, no sitting around. There is shopping and wrapping, So much still to do! Some cookies need baking, and the fancy breads, too. There are concerts to go to, TV shows and parades, the Nutcracker play and the new Ice Capades. At some point mom cracks, and more...

Deborah Welky

An Interesting Lunch At A Small Town ‘Pub’

By at December 12, 2014 | 12:00 am | 0 Comment

An Interesting Lunch At A Small Town ‘Pub’

THE SONIC BOOMER On the weekends, Mark and I like to tool around small towns, exploring. We generally stop for lunch at a chain restaurant, simply because my stomach likes to know what to expect. However, sometimes we will try the fare at some local mom-and-pop eatery in an effort to support the local economy. Last weekend, Mark pulled into an “Irish pub.” It more...

Deborah Welky

Happy Birthday To Walt Disney, My Hero

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

Happy Birthday To Walt Disney, My Hero

THE SONIC BOOMER Dec. 5 is Walt Disney’s birthday, a day that I personally think should be a national holiday. If there was ever a person responsible for bringing more joy into the world, I would like to meet that person. Yet Walt Disney Day will probably never become a reality because Walt was not a political figure. He was merely the epitome of a successful more...

Deborah Welky

The Reasons I Love Shopping On Black Friday

By at November 28, 2014 | 12:00 am | 0 Comment

The Reasons I Love Shopping On Black Friday

THE SONIC BOOMER Today is Black Friday, the day when shoppers nationwide send a firm message to Wall Street concerning what they do and do not like about their companies’ various approaches to retailing. And, as opposed to sitting in boring meetings with charts and graphs (and one guy in the corner who is pretending to pay attention but is really playing Candy more...

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