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Smith Says: Perspective – not fear of frogs – changes over time

Smith Says: Perspective – not fear of frogs – changes over time

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Wednesday, August 24, 2016 12:01 a.m.

It’s funny how your perspective on life changes as you get older. When I was 25, I never imagined that…

Smith Says: Memories of neurotic Nicky still linger

Smith Says: Memories of neurotic Nicky still linger

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Wednesday, August 17, 2016 12:01 a.m.

Last night I dreamed about Nicky again.

Smith Says: Really, who looks at your ceilings anyway?

Smith Says: Really, who looks at your ceilings anyway?

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Wednesday, August 10, 2016 12:01 a.m.

Well, the remodeling of Ye Olde Homeplace is progressing briskly, which means it’s happening whether I like it or not.

Smith Says: Finding solutions to problems you didn’t know existed

Smith Says: Finding solutions to problems you didn’t know existed

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Wednesday, August 3, 2016 12:01 p.m.

I love living in America. We find the most ingenious solutions to problems.

Smith Says: Keep cool if you want to hang with me

Smith Says: Keep cool if you want to hang with me

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Wednesday, July 20, 2016 12:01 a.m.

My husband and I recently vacationed with two other couples. It was fun – and eye-opening, considering Widdle Baby and I were together for 10 …

Smith says: Treasure dad’s example

Smith says: Treasure dad’s example
Wednesday, June 8, 2016 12:01 a.m.

Have you bought the after-shave yet?

Smith Says: KFC’s latest offering is a real nail-biter

Smith Says: KFC’s latest offering is a real nail-biter
Wednesday, June 1, 2016 12:01 a.m.

Do you think we Americans are obsessed with food?

Smith Says: Learn to make your own fun in rural South Carolina

Smith Says: Learn to make your own fun in rural South Carolina
Wednesday, May 11, 2016 3:01 p.m.

Friends sometimes drive through our little village and ask, “What do you DO here?”

Smith Says: Love in marriage has nothing to do with feather pillows

Smith Says: Love in marriage has nothing to do with feather pillows
Wednesday, April 27, 2016 12:01 a.m.

Random thoughts while glumly weeding the rose garden and wondering if I need Adderall:

Smith Says: Good housekeepers channel their Tupperware spirit animal

Smith Says: Good housekeepers channel their Tupperware spirit animal
Wednesday, April 20, 2016 12:01 a.m.

Scene: A house.

Being short, petite has its ups and downs UPDATED

Wednesday, April 13, 2016 10:08 a.m.

Most of the time I don’t mind being short. Excuse me, petite.

Smith Says: Being short, petite has its ups and downs

Smith Says: Being short, petite has its ups and downs
Wednesday, April 13, 2016 12:01 a.m.

Most of the time I don’t mind being short. Excuse me, petite.

The joys of aging — it’s better than the alternative

The joys of aging — it’s better than the alternative

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Wednesday, April 6, 2016 12:01 a.m.

My husband is 60, which, as everyone knows, is the new 40. Except he’s not buying it.

Smith Says: Dance like nobody’s watching (and hope that no one is!)

Smith Says: Dance like nobody’s watching (and hope that no one is!)
Wednesday, March 30, 2016 12:01 a.m.

I don’t dance, and I didn’t even before I went deaf.

Smith Says: Drinking while shopping - an idea whose time has come?

Smith Says: Drinking while shopping - an idea whose time has come?

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Wednesday, March 23, 2016 12:01 a.m.

Tar-jzay just got more interesting.

Smith Says: Moving is for the birds

Smith Says: Moving is for the birds

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Wednesday, March 16, 2016 12:01 a.m.

Like all married couples, Widdle Baby and I have faced challenges: Death, surgery, Atkins, the usual. Through it all, we’ve stayed strong and …

Smith Says: Firing teacher for nude selfie teaches all the wrong lessons

Smith Says: Firing teacher for nude selfie teaches all the wrong lessons
Wednesday, March 9, 2016 12:01 a.m.

By now you’ve probably heard about Leigh Anne Arthur, a teacher at the Career and Technology Center at Union County High School.

Smith Says: Rise above grumpy person syndrome

Smith Says: Rise above grumpy person syndrome
Tuesday, March 1, 2016 12:39 p.m.

My life is made of stardust, rainbows and unicorns. NOT.

Smith Says: Note to Southern men: Manners matter

Smith Says: Note to Southern men: Manners matter
Wednesday, February 24, 2016 12:01 a.m.

As most of you know, I’m a proud daughter of the South.

Smith Says: Hoarding purses and other confessions

Smith Says: Hoarding purses and other confessions
Wednesday, February 17, 2016 12:01 a.m.

You know how, when you get together with friends to eat and have an adult beverage, the tone soon turns confessional?

Smith Says: Country living is pretty good ‘out here’

Smith Says: Country living is pretty good ‘out here’
Wednesday, February 10, 2016 7:13 a.m.

My husband won’t like this column, but I’ve been living it long enough to write it.

A sick day is no vacation

A sick day is no vacation
Wednesday, February 3, 2016 10:53 a.m.

I love my husband; I also love solitude. That can pose quite the dilemma since spouses generally, you know, live together.

Smith Says: For the love of coffee

Smith Says: For the love of coffee
Wednesday, January 27, 2016 12:01 a.m.

Is it just me, or is coffee getting out of hand?

Figuring out the karmic balance

Figuring out the karmic balance

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Wednesday, January 20, 2016 7:12 a.m.

I believe in karma, so it was a jolt when my car was keyed on Jan. 4. And not just keyed — several words were carved into both doors on the …

No unmade beds here

No unmade beds here
Wednesday, January 13, 2016 12:01 p.m.

Do you make your bed every morning? And how is this even a question?

Resolved: To do my best in 2016

Resolved: To do my best in 2016
Wednesday, January 6, 2016 12:01 a.m.

It’s that time of year again, when we all turn over a new leaf. (I’m skeptical of that term, because bugs are usually on the other side …

New Year’s Wishes

New Year’s Wishes
Wednesday, December 30, 2015 12:01 p.m.

Well, Christmas has come and gone and I’m still wearing my stretchy pants. I gorged on fruitcake, toffee, chocolate and Trader …

The ghosts of Christmas past

Wednesday, December 23, 2015 12:01 p.m.

Christmas is here. If you’re not ready, relax. Take the pressure off. (Whenever someone asked Mom if she was done with holiday prep, …

Smith Says: Christmas musings

Smith Says: Christmas musings
Wednesday, December 16, 2015 12:01 p.m.

Thoughts while locked in a life-or-death struggle with a 6-foot, pre-lit, pre-decorated, pop-up Christmas tree:

Julie’s guaranteed guide to Christmas shopping

Julie’s guaranteed guide to Christmas shopping
Wednesday, December 9, 2015 12:01 a.m.

Let’s all take a moment to revel in the glorious, joyful, meaningful money-draining marathon known as Christmas shopping.

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