United States: A nation big on words
We Americans are a wordy bunch, particularly after election to public office.
On matters of disagreement
A dozen people — maybe more — have laid claim to the admonition we’ve all heard many times. For all I know, it may have first been stated by Emily Post, Amy Vanderbilt, Miss Manners or Little Miss Muffett. Anyway, it is well-worn: “We can disagree without being disagreeable.”
New thoughts from an old guy
I’m guessing my Uncle Mort’s forward thinking for the new year more likely is akin to slumgullion stew, or simply a hodge-podge of thoughts he’s carried forward to the new year.
Social media’s Christmas miracle?
Likelihood is great that airlines of the world — most of them maligned by flustered flyers venting their feelings when flights go awry — owe much gratitude to a single member of their flock.
Bypassing the friendly skies for a road trip
For the longest time, Americans by the millions were pampered and charmed by airlines in general. One ad urged us to “fly the friendly skies.” And we did, with pleasure.
Don Newbury: The courage of his conviction
Our citizens, in general, wait — too patiently, too quietly — for a big dose of indignation.
Don Newbury: Don’t sell dogs short; most are family members
Dog-fanciers, present company included, have only themselves to blame. Our pets didn’t ask to become family members. However, we have freely elevated them to such status, and they’ve accepted our invitation, happy to partake of courtesies consistent with favored treatment.
Don Newbury: With a song in her heart
Composer George Gershwin and Stephenville elementary school music teacher Virginia Bond would likely have agreed on much.
Don Newbury: Let’s make this perfectly clear
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.
Don Newbury: Steering in the right direction
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.
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