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A Stone's Throw: A subject for an illustrator

Posted 5/14/2016 in Columns

My friend, Barbara Yarborough, lent me a May issue of The Saturday Evening Post, because she thought it had an advertisement for a device that just might keep the deer of my neighborhood from eating my flowers.


A Stone's Throw: Got 'em married, anyway

Posted 4/30/2016 in Columns

Remember the old newspaper "society columns?" Well, I confess I feel as if that is what I have been writing.


Betty Stone: Somehow, I'm gonna make it, I think

Posted 4/9/2016 in Columns

The thing is I've got eight grandchildren, and four of them have already or are going to get married within a little over a year. That is a lot of festivity for someone my age. Actually, it is downright stressful, but it proves not all stress is bad.


A Stone's Throw: Happy Easter!

Posted 3/26/2016 in Columns

Happy Easter! Today is the highest holy day in the Christian calendar, and we rejoice on many levels. I have been reflecting on what Easter meant to me at various stages of my life. It is probably much like yours.


A Stone's Throw: One slave's story

Posted 3/12/2016 in Columns

You may have heard this story. It is about a slave who was abducted from his natural country by slave traders when he was about 16 years old.


A Stone's Throw: A 'kinder, gentler world'

Posted 2/27/2016 in Columns

They say you know you are growing old when you find yourself saying that young people are not having fun the way you and your contemporaries did when you were young.


A Stone's Throw: From the heart

Posted 2/13/2016 in Columns

When handsome young bachelor Salem Gibson readily agreed to be interviewed for my Valentine column, I thought I was going to get some real advice on attractiveness between the sexes, something like, "A girl chases a boy like the cheese chases the mouse."


A Stone's Throw: The grammarian

Posted 1/30/2016 in Columns

Somewhere along the way I seem to have developed a fondness for Professor Henry Higgins of "My Fair Lady" fame.


A Stone's Throw: Saying goodbye

Posted 1/16/2016 in Columns

By this time Christmas is long gone. Even Epiphany.


A Stone's Throw: Letter to Santa

Posted 12/14/2015 in Columns

Dear Santa, It is that time again, and I just wanted you to know that I have been good.


A Stone's Throw: From the Greatest Generation

Posted 11/14/2015 in Columns

Tom Brokaw called them "The Greatest Generation," and I am inclined to agree with him.


A Stone's Throw: Hallowe'en review

Posted 11/1/2015 in Columns

While you are nibbling away at the children's Hallowe'en candy, you might want to give a thought to the origin of the holiday, which in many cultures extends to Nov. 1 and 2 as well.


A Stone's Throw: Renaissance wedding

Posted 10/17/2015 in Columns

We seem to be undergoing a renaissance lately, a rebirth of the Renaissance period of history.


A Stone's Throw: Clashing cymbals

Posted 10/3/2015 in Columns

Do you remember George Plimpton?


A Stone's Throw: A different kind of movie

Posted 9/19/2015 in Columns

One morning recently, as I was lingering over my breakfast coffee in front of the TV, I saw a program (maybe "The Today Show") that listed the top movies by attendance for a certain period.


A Stone's Throw: Putting a man in a box

Posted 8/29/2015 in Columns

We tend to put people in boxes these days, usually appending the description "disorder" to our description itself of them.


A Stone's Throw: Fireflies

Posted 8/15/2015 in Columns

There is a phenomenon in physics called entanglement.


A Stone's Throw: Waving flags

Posted 8/1/2015 in Columns

I have said that I was not going to get involved in the issue of the Mississippi flag, but like lemmings rushing to the sea where they drown themselves, I find myself blurting out a few thoughts, although I have no wish to offend anybody.


A Stone's Throw: Hot wedding

Posted 7/18/2015 in Columns

Do you remember the old "society columns" in which "Little Miss Precious Plutocrat motored to Birmingham yesterday with her mother, Mrs. Pomposity Plutocrat, for a day of shopping and luncheon with her aunt and cousin, Mrs. Genuine Gotrocks and little Miss Hotcha Gotrocks."


A Stone's Throw: First steps to liberty

Posted 7/4/2015 in Columns

Yesterday was July 4, when we as a nation commemorate the act of declaring our independence from what we perceived as oppressive government from Britain under George III.



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