Julie’s column of quotes (and movies)

Thursday, February 6, 2014 12:01 a.m.

Sometimes when I sit down to open a vein — I mean, write a column — my mind is skittering all over the place and I can’t decide on a topic. So today you get mind skitter stuff.

Good quotes and bad movies

Wednesday, February 5, 2014 12:01 a.m.

Sometimes when I sit down to open a vein—I mean, write a column—my mind is skittering all over the place and I can’t decide on a topic. So today you get mind skitter stuff.

Random thoughts from Julie

Wednesday, January 29, 2014 12:01 a.m.

Random thoughts while trying to select new bathroom wallpaper and feeling stabby:

Julie’s ‘Peaceable Kingdom’

Thursday, January 23, 2014 12:01 a.m.

Most of us have probably seen “The Peaceable Kingdom,” painted by 19th century American folk artist (and devout Quaker) Edward Hicks. He painted at …

The gang at Crazy Acres

Wednesday, January 22, 2014 12:01 a.m.

Most of us have probably seen “The Peaceable Kingdom,” painted by 19th century American folk artist (and devout Quaker) Edward Hicks. …

Julie’s own ‘Peaceable Kingdom’

Wednesday, January 22, 2014 12:01 a.m.

Most of us have probably seen “The Peaceable Kingdom,” painted by 19th century American folk artist (and devout Quaker) Edward Hicks. He painted at …

A long – and successful – day

Wednesday, January 15, 2014 3:18 p.m.

Surgery is a funny thing. They put you to sleep, cut you open, sew you up and hold you hostage.

A long day at the hospital

Tuesday, January 14, 2014 2:36 p.m.

Surgery is a funny thing. They put you to sleep, cut you open, sew you up and hold you hostage.

Celebrate the day your way

Wednesday, December 25, 2013 11:14 p.m.

Yo, ho, here’s Christmas! I hope your day is filled with joy. Whether you woke up surrounded by people or with a cat purring on your chest, please know that you are loved.

INKLINGS: O Christmas Tree(s), O Christmas Tree(s) UPDATED

Friday, December 20, 2013 12:01 a.m.

Christmas trees were first used outdoors, history tells us, probably about 1,000 years ago in Northern Europe. Queen Victoria and Prince Albert popularized their use indoors in 1846. The trend swiftly spread to America’s east coast, because the sketch of the Royal Family surrounding a Christmas tree appeared in the widely circulated Illustrated …

Christmas Memories

Wednesday, December 18, 2013 4:08 p.m.

I love Christmas. It’s the shopping and the crowds and the stress that set my teeth on edge.

Eighteen things...huh? UPDATED

Wednesday, December 4, 2013 12:01 a.m.

There’s a fad going around Facebook (it may have played out by the time this goes to press.) Like most fads, it’s harmless: One of your FB friends assigns you a random number; whatever it is, you have to post that many facts about yourself, i.e., “Five Things Most People Don’t Know About Me.”

I bet you didn’t know that!

Wednesday, December 4, 2013 11:34 a.m.

By Julie Smith

I’m thankful

Wednesday, November 27, 2013 6:35 p.m.

Thanksgiving is almost upon us. I could fill this space with last-minute, delicious recipes for your holiday table, but we’d all die laughing at that. (My favorite collection of recipes is Peg Bracken’s “I Hate to Cook Book.”)

Television in 2013

Thursday, November 21, 2013 12:51 p.m.

I’ve been thinking about TV a lot lately, mainly because I never watch it. Apparently that makes me strange. (Which surprises no one.)

Smith Says: Television in 2013

Tuesday, November 19, 2013 9:30 p.m.

I’ve been thinking about TV a lot lately, mainly because I never watch it. Apparently that makes me strange. (Which surprises no-one.)

In the news ...

Friday, November 15, 2013 12:51 p.m.

When I can’t sleep I track the news, which is why today I can offer you some incredibly dumb developments in the world. (I’m sure Miley Cyrus stuck her tongue out and Obamacare is still broken, but Ima let those slide.)

In the news ...

Wednesday, November 13, 2013 12:51 a.m.

When I can’t sleep I track the news, which is why today I can offer you some incredibly dumb developments in the world. (I’m sure Miley Cyrus stuck her tongue out and Obamacare is still broken, but Ima let those slide.)

Happy 85th

Thursday, November 7, 2013 2:22 p.m.

Smith says UPDATED

Wednesday, November 6, 2013 12:01 a.m.

Last week my mother turned 85. Not bad for a woman who thinks a balanced meal is a Little Debbie in each hand.

Julie longs for good old days UPDATED

Wednesday, October 23, 2013 11:52 a.m.

Remember the good old days, when kids fell off the monkey bars and nobody got sued?

It’s not easy being petite

Wednesday, October 9, 2013 12:01 a.m.

Today I put groceries away by hopping and hurling cans into the cabinet. So, yeah, it’s hilarious that I’m not tall.

On being petite UPDATED

Saturday, October 5, 2013 12:01 a.m.

Today I put groceries away by hopping and hurling cans into the cabinet. So, yeah, it’s hilarious that I’m not tall.

Smith Says UPDATED

Wednesday, October 2, 2013 10:08 a.m.

Scenario: A lovely autumn day. Husband and wife are heading out to run errands. They switch the TV to Animal Planet for the dog, lock the door and go. As they walk down the steps, wife hands husband the car keys.WHY????Surveys show that when couples travel together, about 75 percent of the time hubby drives. Unless it’s my husband, who …

Of God, man and Facebook UPDATED

Tuesday, September 24, 2013 7:33 p.m.

We’ve all seen them on Facebook: Posts of pictures featuring folded hands or sad-eyed lambs with oversized text that says: “If you love God, Stop what you’re doing and Repost this. Jesus said, ‘If you Deny me before Men I will deny you before My father’!!!”Aside from the random capitalization, which in itself …

Bedtime Stories UPDATED

Tuesday, September 17, 2013 8:27 p.m.

Sleeping with someone can be scary.Just last Saturday, shortly after midnight, I was on that sweet edge of oblivion, the moment of no return when you feel yourself slipping under. At that instant Widdle Baby--already sound asleep—sat bolt upright, bobbed his head sharply and let out a blood-curdling scream. Then, still sound asleep, he …

Smith Says UPDATED

Wednesday, September 11, 2013 5:36 p.m.

  If you want to see the real face of America, stand in line at a Redbox kiosk. You’ll see an amazing cross-segment of humanity. I call them the Redbox Regulars.The good ol’ boy renting anything starring Bruce Willis or Larry the Cable Guy.The hipster chick with long, straight hair and a lip ring. Her indie pick features an ensemble …

Smith Says UPDATED

Wednesday, September 4, 2013 1:12 p.m.

Random thoughts while making my husband’s favorite snack that, happily, takes less than five minutes to prepare and does not involve sharp utensils. Or a stove. (Recipe to follow.)Forget Easter Island: How two people can generate five loads of laundry a week is one of the mysteries of the universe. I fold clothes in my sleep.In a perfect …

Smith Says UPDATED

Tuesday, August 27, 2013 10:46 p.m.

God provides, even when it comes to roosters.You may remember our boy Roy, the proud, handsome rooster who showed up one day, stole my heart and vanished.Roy came and went in less than a month, just long enough for me to become a crazy rooster lady. When he disappeared I was crushed. He refused to live in the fenced backyard, and we still wonder …

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