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Deborah Welky

The Sonic Boomer

THE SONIC BOOMER Thanksgiving is next Thursday, and I have three choices: The Safe Choice — I spend a couple of days baking, cooking and cleaning; set a beautiful table where flickering candles bathe fall’s bounty in a glorious yellow glow; and have a wonderful private feast with my husband.The Next-Safest...
THE SONIC BOOMER They’d better roll out that virus vaccine in a hurry. People have lost their minds. They’re so happy! They’re spending money like mad. Turkeys are sold out. Christmas shopping has started in earnest. Even poor, beleaguered restaurants are gaining ground. But wait a minute, people! Be careful! It’s...
THE SONIC BOOMER Everything I learned about economics and finance, I learned on Halloween night. That was the night that my younger brother Jim and I, exhausted from trick-or-treating at every house to which our little legs could carry us, would hunker down on the living room floor and “set...
THE SONIC BOOMER Where is my comfort food when I need it? Where! There is not a potato chip nor a can of aerosol cheese in the house. Even the ice cream is gone. How am I supposed to get back on an even keel here? It’s only a matter of...
THE SONIC BOOMER You haven’t heard me BMW (Bitch, Moan & Whine) about my Missouri antiques mall for a while, so I thought I’d take this opportunity to catch you up. Following a letter to the mayor asking her to “do her job” (from me) and the passing of the buck...
THE SONIC BOOMER I woke up the last Friday feeling great. I felt so great, I wondered how deeply I’d sunk into the mundane monotony of the pandemic without even realizing it. But, like I said, on that day I felt great. So, powered by newfound enthusiasm, bolstered by caffeine and...
THE SONIC BOOMER She waited five years and 364 days but, on Saturday, it finally arrived — my granddaughter Tess’s sixth birthday. She was up at 6 a.m., dressed in what she considered her “best outfit” (a creative mash-up of four different outfits), and at the side of her mother’s bed. “Did...
THE SONIC BOOMER After two years spent battling everything from not being able to find decent help to a homeless problem in the woods behind the store, my Missouri antiques shop is finally up and running — humming along actually. I wrote a letter to the mayor, and the homeless were...
THE SONIC BOOMER  Although I’m not as careful as my sister, who only leaves her house once a month for groceries, the virus is still taking its toll on me as it drags its way through my year. I am clinging to the hope that a safe, reliable vaccine will...
THE SONIC BOOMER This is a huge thank-you note to all those parents, stepparents, grandparents and other caregivers who have made the difficult yet selfless decision to keep their children home from school until it’s safe, despite having a full-time job, a part-time job or any life whatsoever. I don’t know...