‘Silly, outrageous things’

Parksville- Ray Smit will read from, and discuss, his new book at the Parksville Library on March 12

Ray Smit

What’s the trouble with tapioca? Parksville Qualicum Beach News humour columnist Ray Smit has an answer, but it may be best to read it for yourself.

“People who enjoy the column will enjoy the book,” Smit said of his recently-published first book The Trouble with Tapioca.

He said that like the column he has been writing for 15 years, the stories in the book, “are often about the silly and outrageous things that happen to us,” which he finds humour in because “people don’t always like to talk about how they messed up.”

The collection includes stories published in The NEWS, including many about growing up with his brother and one about his father’s efforts to keep people from eating his tapioca and how it backfired while overseas during and after the Second World War.

Smit, who works as a chaplain, ministering to seniors in care homes, said that while that work is often serious, “humour engages people,” he said pointing out “a nice joke can really break the tension.”

The book represents about 12 years of Smit’s writing and has been in the works a long time, he said, as people often asked him to publish the humour of his columns in book form.

He said the stories are mostly funny with some serious parts and some faith, but everything is family friendly and open to a wide audience.

The book is available in local libraries and on Amazon.com, including a Kindle version for less than $3. Google the title for easiest access.

Smit will read from and discuss the book at the Parksville Library at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 12.

 

 

Just Posted

Parksville man ‘parks’ horse during liquor store pit stop

As long as animal wasn’t jaywalking, no problem, says city official

Parksville roundtable highlights need for affordable housing, recreation

Mayor Ed Mayne held facilitated event in January to hear visions for city, council

RDN to form new group to replace Northern committees

Recreation commissioners disappointed with the decision

Second delivery of building units for 222 Corfield in Parksville arrives March 21

Vehicles should expect intermittent single-lane alternating traffic

Public input sought on proposed cannabis retail store in Coombs

Application to be reviewed by Regional District of Nanaimo

‘Full worm super moon’ to illuminate B.C. skies on first day of spring

Spring has sprung, a moon named in honour of thawing soil marks final super moon until 2020

B.C. dairy farmers say federal budget not enough to cut losses from USMCA

Concerns raised over vague details, funding access and impacts on growth

Case dropped against former Nanaimo CAO who had allegedly made threats

Special prosecutor advises courts that pursuing peace bond is no longer in the public interest

Tofino a Canadian hot spot

Tuesday temperatures reached 23.5 C

Free app launches to help immigrants, refugees as they settle in B.C.

Mobile app Arrival Advisor was developed by Vancouver-based non-profit PeaceGeeks

Catch-up immunization aims to stamp out B.C. measles resurgence

Vaccination records to be checked at B.C. schools next fall

Bodies of two missing teens recovered in reservoir along Kootenay river

Volkswagen Beetle drove off the road down a steep embankment and into the Pend d’Oreille River Sunday

Extensive training makes Island powerlifter a national champ

Age no barrier to bouncing back from nagging back injuries in the past

40 records broken across B.C. as hot streak continues

Abbotsford hottest spot in Canada on Tuesday

Most Read