Deborah Welky

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...

Deborah Welky

‘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...

Deborah Welky

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...

Deborah Welky

Strange Is Good When It Comes To My Store

By at May 1, 2015 | 12:00 am | 0 Comment

Strange Is Good When It Comes To My Store

THE SONIC BOOMER I’m working at my antiques mall today and, I must say, things have gone swimmingly without me here. The store is clean and organized; the clerks have developed true and lasting friendships; and the customers are happy, happy, happy. I should go away more often. Fortunately, they need me for restocking purposes. Before the show American Pickers more...

Deborah Welky

I Took Skippy To Chuck E. Cheese’s… And Lived

By at April 24, 2015 | 12:00 am | 0 Comment

I Took Skippy To Chuck E. Cheese’s… And Lived

THE SONIC BOOMER How long has it been since you’ve gone to Chuck E. Cheese’s, that children’s den of iniquity? For me, it had been 25 years… until Sunday. On Sunday, Mark and I packed up my grandson Skippy and his six-month-old sister and headed over there. For the uninitiated, let me explain. Chuck E’s is basically Las Vegas for tots. In one building, more...

Deborah Welky

Life’s An Adventure Whenever Skippy Is Around

By at April 17, 2015 | 12:00 am | 0 Comment

Life’s An Adventure Whenever Skippy Is Around

THE SONIC BOOMER In an effort to avoid gender stereotyping, my daughter lets her two-year-old son, Skippy, wear whatever he wants. This is what I did when raising her, but she grew up in Loxahatchee, where you can pretty much walk around naked if you want to (and some do) as the houses are blessedly far apart. So yesterday, when they left to go to Whole Foods more...

Deborah Welky

My ‘Little’ Antiques Mall Celebrates A Milestone

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

My ‘Little’ Antiques Mall Celebrates A Milestone

THE SONIC BOOMER Twelve years ago, I decided to open an antiques mall. My plan was to learn the business and become well-established before every Baby Boomer in the nation retired to Florida. I also considered opening a bait shop. I figured either one would do well, but antiques won out because they’re less squishy. So I started looking around and, surprisingly more...

Deborah Welky

How Does The Easter Bunny Get Those Eggs?

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

How Does The Easter Bunny Get Those Eggs?

THE SONIC BOOMER Easter is coming again this Sunday, and you know what that means — legions of parents trying to explain where the Easter Bunny, a known mammal, gets all those eggs. “Mammals don’t lay eggs, Daddy,” the precocious grade school child will say. She knows it’s true because they just finished their chapter of study on mammals, and rabbits more...

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Time To Celebrate My Parents’ 65th Anniversary

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

Time To Celebrate My Parents’ 65th Anniversary

THE SONIC BOOMER All us kids — and by “kids,” I mean “my parents’ offspring,” nothing age-related — are trooping up to Wisconsin this summer for, get this, Mom and Dad’s 65th wedding anniversary. They have been happily married for 65 years. Some people are divorced by the 65th day. As the eldest “kid,” I felt I had the right to demand something more...

Deborah Welky

I’ve Been Tracing The Footsteps Of Walt Disney

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

I’ve Been Tracing The Footsteps Of Walt Disney

THE SONIC BOOMER One of the things I like most about spending time in Kansas City is the Walt Disney connection. After all, he grew up here. I figure if I hang around the places he hung around, a little bit of his genius will seep into me. So far, it hasn’t happened, but there are a lot of creative people here. And creativity is encouraged — with real money. The more...

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