Ray Smit

Bad habit of bad hearing

When I was little, my mom and dad worried about me. Not just the usual stuff, but also because I tended to misconstrue things.

Ray Smit on Labour Day weekend disappointment

You might think that on the last day of summer we boys would make the most of our last fleeting moments of freedom.

The ironic nature of life

Ray Smit looks at the many forms of irony — some provide comedic relief, others are morbid

Senator Ray Smit

Local columnist makes his case for a senate posting, including walking to work and getting a roommate1

Centre field to centre stage

Mom hated the summers in the city finding no respite from the heat in the un-air-conditioned little house or the treeless backyard.

How I taught Jim Carrey everything he knows

Early on in life my goal was to be famous. That way people would ask for my autograph.

Yearning for snow

I didn’t much like school as a child. I’d like to say it was because the curriculum wasn’t challenging enough for my gigantic brain.

RAYVIEW: Gullible brother Ray

Smit recounts stories from his cool, older brother

RAY SMIT: The trouble with tapioca

Dad never told us a story without a lesson or moral in it and some bear repeating.

Nice guys really do finish last

to say I’m not as athletic as I used to be is kind of like a politician saying he’s not as honest as he used to be.

Piano prodigy I was not

Like everyone else in my class, I didn’t have a clue

RAY SMIT: The battle to watch HNIC

My father was hoisted on his own black and white petard

Have you ever heard of Honeymoon salad?

Parksville Qualicum Beach News columnist Ray Smit ponders whether he's old-fashioned or not

What we have here is a failure to communicate

Looking at all two yards of it, I couldn't help but think, "who's the man?"

The D’English patient

When we first moved to Canada, dad's English vocabulary was limited

ONly nine shopping days left

Father's Day is so much harder to shop for then the other holiday

Truth is its own reward

They say telling a lie is always its own worst punishment

If it ain’t fixed, don’t break it

Call me a Luddite if you like, but I simply detest change

Father knows best

Ancient television series brings back fond memories of childhood

Knowing the score at Christmas

Christmas isn't just about presents and fun, but about forgiveness