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That ‘Doofus’ Feeling

IDLE AMERICANCommentary by Dr. Don Newbury Purple is a color I am generally neutral about, but it has taken decades for me to elevate it from negative status.   I’m guessing it barely made the grade for inclusion in those tiny boxes of crayons used down to the very last smidge by Early School first-graders in 1944. Somebody claimed that it started

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Olympic Gains?

 IDLE AMERICANCommentary by Dr. Don Newbury Uncle Mort, age 108, said he was ‘locked and loaded’ to give me an earful when he called recently. Reflecting on our lengthy conversation later, I decided he had unloaded at least two “earfuls,” rapidity at 250 words per minute, with gusts to 300. He had Olympic Games on his mind, but managed to include

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Special Grandmothers

IDLE AMERICANCommentary by Dr. Don Newbury Recent conversations–OK, maybe just banter–have me thinking heavily about grandmothers. Those who’ve had the nurturing of two are doubly blessed. (I knew just one, since the flu epidemic in the 1920s took one away several years prior to my birth.) They constitute a special group, these grandmothers who answer to many names, some of which

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Footwear Frustrations

   IDLE AMERICANCommentary by Dr. Don Newbury The subject of footwear has hit me dead center in recent days. Following are details of unlikely happenings last week. Remembrances are hand-on-the-Bible truths to which I am sticking. Said topic involves a frustrated kindergarten teacher, the boots-were-made-for-walking tune and a mystery involving one of my shoes. As suggested in Julie Andrews’ Do-Rey-Mi song that set

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Stew Gets No Better

IDLE AMERICANCommentary by Dr. Don Newbury Uncle Mort’s “throwaway” lines grow mountainous in trash heaps on his place back in the thicket. Some heard, though, are “keepers,” worthy of repeated consideration. When still in his 90s, he warned about paying the least bit of attention to kitchen recipes that have unrecognizable or multi-syllabic words, exotic wines or ingredients to be “folded

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Whistling A Happy Tune

IDLE AMERICANCommentary by Dr. Don Newbury Many lessons awaited a baby born in 1935 on a dry land farm in West Texas’ Tom Green County. Jimmie Royce Keeling calls all of them “blessings.” That’s how he has sized up life so far, and it’s hard to dispute him. He’s shown dogged determination to give a heap more back than he’s taken

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Re-Visiting a Champion

   IDLE AMERICANCommentary by Dr. Don Newbury It is tempting–ever so tempting–to claim authorship of the headline introducing a column written a dozen years ago. To make such a claim, however, wouldn’t set well with my conscience, even if no libel charges took me to task. The account detailed travails of a then 15-year-old Alabama girl who lost a leg to

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