The Idle American

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By Dr. Don Newbury
Adults--particularly those longer of tooth--remember when phones were simpler instruments. We even had “tele” in front of “phones.” Today, they’re used for many things—sometimes even for conversations. My friend, author Caleb
Pirtle, left his cell phone behind a few days ago. The oversight reminded him his phone-- a virtual appendage--is loosening the grip he thought he once had on “being his own man.” Or is he, brilliant writer that he is, “trapped inside the sound of a dial tone,” as he claims?


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