Don Newbury: Life was simpler back then in Keene, Texas
Keene, Texas, isn’t today — nor was it ever — Mayberry, RFD. With a few decades peeled back, however, history suggests there were some parallels. Keene “town characters” also wound up in unlikely “fixes” of their own making.
Don Newbury: This time bathroom actually ‘pays’ off
Riney Jordan, a fellow speaker who has addressed a few thousand audiences over a quarter century, varies from the script occasionally — often in the “getting to” or “getting from” engagements.
Don Newbury: Teachers and Ides of March
Julius Caesar’s assassination marked ’em, Will Shakespeare wrote about ’em, and teachers seem destined to perpetuate ’em. Bad news — like “Ides” of old — blows in each year, “hammerlocked” with destiny on the wings of each windy March.
Don Newbury: Bring back the layaway plan?
He was as solemn as I’ve ever seen him. My Uncle Mort, looking down the gun barrel at his 101st birthday, was pensive, his thoughts filled with yesterdays and the snows of many winters.
Don Newbury: Well, shut my mouth
Asking southerners to enunciate more clearly is about as pointless as requesting New Yorkers to start talking with a drawl. It just “ain’t” gonna happen.
Don Newbury: Old friend from the ’60s is one of a kind
At Thanksgiving time, thoughts turn to friendships. They come like gentle waves kissing parched beaches, each of them welcome.
Don Newbury: Who hath God wrought?
World-class sportswriter Blackie Sherrod described columnist George Dolan thusly: “Before God made George, He broke the mold.” In those few words, Sherrod pegged the late columnist whose 30 years of daily columns in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram are legendary.
Don Newbury: On flips, flops and flip-flops
Writers who have tackled media assignments for any length of time at all realize their literary efforts, however brilliantly composed, rest squarely on readers’ decisions to read in detail, scan quickly, or flip over to another section of the newspaper.
Don Newbury: Another century celebration, this time for the Adolphus
Looking back on his 100th birthday in July, my Uncle Mort admits it could have been doubly sweet had he known of another 100th anniversary observation this year.
Don Newbury: A mad, mad, mad world
To say the world population is generally more angered today than at any time in history is like unto a broad sweep with a whisk broom. Still, if put to a vote, results might support such a theory, provided they could withstand challenging roars of voting irregularities.
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