When the Porch Light's OnDon Newbury
When The Porch Light’s On is a look at life through the eyes of a man who says he would have enjoyed being Walter Mitty’s little brother. Don Newbury has long been regarded as unconventional, and he admires the Mitty kind of life — going most places on purpose and then letting the wind take over.
Newbury is a keen observer of life as it exists on the slower side of the street. He may feel at home in the nation’s larger cities, but Newbury prefers the pace and rhythm, the wit and wisdom of Small Town America where a man on the other side of town can become a friend for life, even if you’ve met him only once and hardly ever remember his name. He relishes the day’s news, particularly the common man who makes it, tweaking, twisting, and turning these accounts into the warm, gentle humor and sometimes heartbreaking stories that can have an impact on anyone’s life. When the Porch Light’s On makes you laugh a lot, cry a little, and appreciate the foibles of the human condition. It is littered with an odd assortment of the most extraordinary characters you will ever meet. As one columnist wrote: “Newbury is a master of humor, timing, and inspiration. He is determined to find healthy humor in at least every other link in the chain of human events. He refuses to take himself or his world seriously for more than a few minutes of time.” But, no matter, how hilarious he writes, he leaves his readers remarkably enriched — a rare and important talent.