When Christmas Came on December 17
Dec15

When Christmas Came on December 17

December 15, 2017 By Rick Smith My fast pitch-softball teammate jabbed my ribs with the end of a bat while advising, “Wake-up, Smith. Don’t be missing any more signals.” In my prior time at bat I’d missed a bunt signal from our third base coach. I assured my teammate that I wouldn’t miss a signal again, but he continued to poke at my side and declare, “Wake up, Smith.” Then I did wake up. On...

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The Detour by Rick Smith
Oct15

The Detour by Rick Smith

October 14, 2017 The Detour By Rick Smith As detours go, it wasn’t that bad. Of course, it wasn’t really a detour at all. What it was, was my own lack of homework – otherwise, I would have known about the section of California’s famed Pacific Coast Highway (PCH) that had been washed away by a landslide from torrential winter rains. The story had been on CNN and all over the news back in January. But I missed...

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Digital Dilemma
Jul15

Digital Dilemma

July 13, 2017 By Rick Smith “If the problem is yours, not ours,” stated the courteous technical support specialist, “there will be a $75 charge.” But I was sure the problem wasn’t our problem. I’d checked every connection thoroughly, I’d rebooted and followed all the recorded prompts before being transferred to my live person assistant. So, why was I still doubting myself? “You can...

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A Christmas Story by Rick Smith
Dec23

A Christmas Story by Rick Smith

For a box, he was a pretty good size box. Sure, he was only half the box he used to be because the men had to get the refrigerator out of him. Nevertheless, he felt prideful in having accomplished his life’s purpose so successfully. The new refrigerator arrived safe and sound because of him. But then something magical happened. It  was Christmas time and the man who received the refrigerator saw something special about the box....

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Giant Coyote Discovered
Apr10

Giant Coyote Discovered

By Rick Smith Prologue The Peak thanks the author for allowing it to be the first to break this story. We look forward to publishing additional information as scientists continue their archeological investigation. Editor   A timely visit to the Hohokam Indian ruins north of Carefree has earned Arizona museum director recognition for producing evidence of a legendary giant coyote, weighing an estimated 1,000 pounds. “We were in...

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