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idle american

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July 9th, 2015

‘Non-profit’ for 103 years

By Dr. Don Newbury
Predicting my Uncle Mort will ever succeed with his zany, “off-the-wall” ideas is the rough equivalent to believing that one day, Wile E. Coyote will outsmart the roadrunner. It’s not going to happen even in dreams–wildest or tamest.
On the cusp of his 103rd birthday–one he observes on Independence Day—he phoned …

the idle american

the idle american

June 25th, 2015

We all scream for ice cream

By Dr. Don Newbury

It is considered a short poem, ditty, slogan or even a hard, cold fact–we all scream for ice cream. Purists may sniff, however, insisting that initially, it was but the chorus of a simple melody introduced in 1925.

Here lately, however–with Blue Bell’s voluntary removal of its desserts …

the idle american

the idle american

June 18th, 2015

Uncle Mort on aging

By Dr. Don Newbury

On a night when sleep was fitful, I caught the tail-end of a TV talk show. A guy quoted my Uncle Mort, who believes drinking buttermilk daily is the secret of his longevity.

Of all the claims I’ve heard Mort make—and there are many—none I recalled involved buttermilk.

First thing the …

the idle american

the idle american

May 28th, 2015

Small town shenanigans

By Dr. Don Newbury

Home towns keep bars held high when they measure up to the ways they are remembered. Memories’ afterglow is abundant with “warm fuzzies.” We gather memory bouquets of roses, giving little thought to thorns encountered in their gathering.

Folks growing up in small towns believe experiences during their youth are unique, …

the idle american

the idle american

May 21st, 2015

Irresistible chocolate chip cookies

By Dr. Don Newbury

Patrick Voith, an accomplished pilot who flies a sleek King Air 200 plane for M&F Western Products Co. in Sulphur Springs, would have stumped the panel had he appeared on the old TV quiz show, What’s My Line.

The cookie fancier pilot Patrick Voith.

He could have claimed …

idle american

idle american

April 23rd, 2015

Mort’s theory of everything

By Dr. Don Newbury

My Uncle Mort’s screeching to a stop on his golf cart isn’t a rarity; seldom, however, does he leave the motor running. I thought this meant his visit might be brief. It was briefer, but several minutes beyond briefest.

“I’m the luckiest guy in the thicket,” my 102-year-old kin bragged, …

idle american

idle american

March 26th, 2015

Pull up a chair

By Dr. Don Newbury

Ask any chiropractor, masseur or masseuse, and answers will be similar. Most Americans are tense, on the wrong side of the frazzle equation. They are sheep–“go-alongers,” if you will– figuring if the finish line is reached without indebtedness, so be it. To live positively is considered wishful thinking, perhaps …

idle american

idle american

March 12th, 2015

My Uncle Mort and color wheels

By Dr. DON NEWBURY

Credibility of many professional athletes’ opinions on matters involving their sports is marginal, and on various “common sense” topics, it deserves even less respect.

When certain athletes claim to have admirable parenting skills, beware. It’s then we’d score big returns in the produce business if we could find …

the idle american

the idle american

October 17th, 2013

Let’s make this perfectly clear

By Dr. Don Newbury

If somehow Socrates were restored to life for just one day, it could be one of the worst of all Greek tragedies. Optimists, however, might believe his visit could nudge us toward a new day of reason.

I dunno. Whichever, he’d likely spend much of the day sputtering, “I …

the idle american

the idle american

October 3rd, 2013

Steering in the right direction

By Dr. Don Newbury

A half-century ago, cigarette companies flew on the wings of advertising that blitzed the nation like June bugs in Mr. McGregor’s garden. Chesterfield took on Benson and Hedges, claiming its smokes were “a silly millimeter longer.” That meant 101 millimeters to B&H’s 100.

Granted, the government has since intervened, …

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