Deborah Welky

Nothing Like A Displaced Southerner In Winter

By at February 27, 2015 | 12:00 am | 0 Comment

Nothing Like A Displaced Southerner In Winter

THE SONIC BOOMER When I first moved south from Wisconsin, a native Floridian commented to me one day, “It looks like we’re going to have some weather.” I was perplexed. Didn’t Florida have weather every day, just like every other place on the planet? I soon came to understand that Florida “weather” referred to anything that wasn’t hot and sunny or, more...

Deborah Welky

Sweet Valentine’s Day Story For ‘Late Bloomers’

By at February 20, 2015 | 12:00 am | 0 Comment

Sweet Valentine’s Day Story For ‘Late Bloomers’

THE SONIC BOOMER Here’s a late-blooming Valentine’s Day story for all you late-blooming valentines. I am going to change the names to protect the innocent. We’ll say it’s about my friend “Betsy.” I met Betsy in Wellington when we were co-workers. We had a lot in common. She was, in fact, the maid of honor at my wedding. She’s smart, honest and a good more...

Deborah Welky

A Great Pairing: Valentine’s Day And My Birthday

By at February 13, 2015 | 12:00 am | 0 Comment

A Great Pairing: Valentine’s Day And My Birthday

THE SONIC BOOMER This month, Friday the 13th is sandwiched right between my birthday (well, OK, Abraham Lincoln’s birthday, too) and Valentine’s Day. Therefore, I see absolutely nothing that could go wrong on this dreaded of all Fridays. Of course, you could have bad luck on Friday the 13th, if you tried. If you decided to pamper yourself with a red roses, good more...

Deborah Welky

Pet Peeve: Let Me Explain Why I Hate ‘Spa Music’

By at February 6, 2015 | 12:00 am | 0 Comment

Pet Peeve: Let Me Explain Why I Hate ‘Spa Music’

THE SONIC BOOMER It’s time for another one of my famous tirades. But, unlike most of my tirades, this one is not directed at an inanimate object that could care less. This time there’s a human component. I’m talking about spa music. My husband Mark loves it. He plays it in the car, thanks to Sirius bouncing the drivel off a satellite for our “listening more...

Deborah Welky

I’ve Always Wanted A Flying Car… But Is It Safe?

By at January 30, 2015 | 12:00 am | 0 Comment

I’ve Always Wanted A Flying Car… But Is It Safe?

THE SONIC BOOMER I was out and about this morning, tooling around in my car with no particular place to go, and I got to thinking about flying cars. It’s something we all dream about from time to time. We’ll be stuck at a stoplight and think, “If only I had a leap button, I could clear this mess.” Well, at one time I did have a leap button, and it was more...

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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...

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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

By at January 2, 2015 | 12:00 am | 0 Comment

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...

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