Tag Archives: The Idle American

LIVES STARTING OUT AND FINISHING UP

IDLE AMERICAN Commentary by Dr. Don Newbury At neither occasion is humor expected, but when it’s an added bonus, the comments eliciting laughter are the ones most remembered. Current examples were separated by some 50 miles and 74 years. Both were in churches–at a memorial service in Farmers Branch and at a parent-child dedication in Burleson. There were many smiles–and some

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A HORN HALF-TOOTED?

IDLE AMERICAN Commentary by Dr. Don Newbury Ever come across a situation–however minor–that activates curiosity? Responding to minutia I often uncovered in youthful years, my old mother often said, “It don’t amount to a hill of beans.” Such moments, insignificant as they may have been, are like puppy love. They matter to puppies, and to us as well, particularly when they

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A PATRIOT TO THE CORE

(Editor’s Note: Dr. Don Newbury is former president of Howard Payne University in Brownwood and is well known to many Abilenians. Newbury writes a weekly column that is syndicated in 200 newspapers. He graciously is sharing those with readers of Spirit of Abilene.) The Idle American Commentary by Dr. Don Newbury Most veterans stand proudly on annual dates they’re honored,

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