theadanews.com - Ada, Oklahoma

Columns

October 10, 2012

The power of the poet

Ada —  

A poet has the power to capture a world of experience in just a few words. Don Williams noted this as he discussed the Bob McDill-penned song Good Old Boys Like Me. In commenting on the lines “Then daddy came in to kiss his little man / With gin on his breath and a Bible in his hand / He talked about honor and things I should know / Then he’d stagger a little as he went out the door,” he said, “That’s a novel.”

And he’s right.  I think on those lines and I know the man and his history, or maybe even world of histories, opens up before my eyes.

While I’m using country music, let me bring up my favorite example of this: Third Rock from the Sun, written by Tony Martin and covered by Joe Diffie. This song manages to pack into three minutes more drama and humor than is typically delivered in a two hour movie.  Indeed the lines “He leaves the motor runnin’, he’ll only be a minute / His car drives away with teenagers in it / The driver tells his buddies got one life to live / They scream into the night, let’s get it over with” captures a particular strata of our male youth better than all of the Dukes of Hazzard TV series and all the Smokey and the Bandit movies put together.

I am not a poet.

Read more in The Ada News. Call 580-332-4433 to subscribe today!

 

1
Text Only | Photo Reprints
Columns
  • For unto us a child is born

    A lot of folks don’t believe in the hereafter, but it’s one of the most certain things there is. There is going to be something here after you are gone.  Two are working in a field: One is taken; one is left. The world just keeps on turning, marrying and giving in marriage.

    January 2, 2013

  • Protect your home during the holidays

    The holiday season finds many people making plans to gather with family and friends to spend quality time together.

    December 24, 2012

  • How could God allow such?

     

    If you count the area most of us consider to be Ada, our community is roughly the same size as Newtown, Conn. where a deranged 20 year old snuffed out the lives of 26 innocents, including 20 children.

     

    December 23, 2012

  • Dorothy Milligan Holiday goodies pack on the pounds

    I read recently that the average person gains seven pounds in the six-week period starting Nov. 15 and ending Jan. 2.

    December 20, 2012 1 Photo

  • A better use of the Mayan calendar

     

    Few things are more disturbing than predictions of the end of the world. Not because there’s any validity to them. As Hank Hanegraaff, The Bible Answer Man says, end time predictions are notable only because they are 100 percent wrong, 100 percent of the time.

     

    December 16, 2012

  • Keeping your home safe from freezing temperatures

     

    When the weather outside dips into freezing temperatures, the last thing homeowners want to deal with is frozen pipes, or worse yet, busted pipes.

     

    December 15, 2012

  • Ten truths for college grads

    My kids are grown and out of the house, but even if they weren’t, they’re tired of hearing me say it.

     

     

    December 12, 2012

  • Fall is best time to plant trees

    November 11, 2012

  • Making bread topic for Extension Café set Thursday in Ada

    November 10, 2012

  • Tom Cole Report shows continuing challenges

    The last unemployment report to be released before the election reiterates how far we have to go to reach pre-recession levels of prosperity.  The 7.9 percent unemployment rate recorded for October is up slightly from September’s 7.8 percent.  Even more discouraging, it is slightly higher than the 7.8 percent recorded when President Obama first took office while the recession was at its peak. 

    November 7, 2012 1 Photo

AP Video
Death Penalty Expert: 'This is a Turning Point' House Committee at Odds Over Obama Lawsuit Raw: MH17 Victim's Bodies Arrive in Netherlands Raw: UN School Used As Shelter Hit by Tank Shell Raw: Gunmen Attack Iraqi Prison Convoy Plane Leaves Ukraine With More Crash Victims The Rock Brings Star Power to Premiere Raw: Families Travel to Taiwan Plane Crash Site Arizona Execution Takes Almost Two Hours Gen. Odierno Discusses Ukraine, NATO at Forum Gaza Fighting Rages Amid Cease-Fire Efforts Mint Gives JFK Coin a Face-lift Creative Makeovers for Ugly Cellphone Towers Ariz. Inmate Dies 2 Hours After Execution Began Crash Kills Teen Pilot Seeking World Record LeBron James Sends Apology Treat to Neighbors Raw: Funeral for Man Who Died in NYPD Custody Migrants Back in Honduras After US Deports Israeli American Reservist Torn Over Return
Stocks
Poll

Who do you blame more for the trouble in Gaza?

The Israelis
Hamas
     View Results