In the spring, people clean up homes, yards and other areas in a yearly event referred to as “spring cleaning.” It is a time to refresh, declutter and refocus and prepare for summer months.
When I went to the doctor last Thursday expecting to be told my allergies were acting up, I really should not have been surprised about what the test told me. After a year of avoiding COVID-19, I was diagnosed with the disease. It should not have been surprised; after all, we remain in a glo…
Did you enjoy the recent free trial of living in Alaska? The sub-zero temperatures in the entire region challenged our families, our first responders, our churches, our nonprofits and our energy infrastructure. The weather tested our resolve and our power framework. The first was proven agai…
A minimum wage of $7.25 an hour is an insult to hard-working Americans trying to support families. That base figure should have been raised years ago, but a successive cadre of self-serving politicians saw to it that working-class folks were kept in their “rightful place,” as they did the bi…
Small town living has many ups and downs, but one of the most positive aspects is growing much closer to those who live around you compared to city living.
Caring for others takes many forms. In 2020, doctors and nurses found themselves filling unexpected roles, including facilitating final goodbyes via iPad. The pandemic has forced difficult choices, but getting vaccinated against COVID-19 should not be one of them. Being immunized is a way of…
Throughout American history, millions of brave men and women have selflessly answered the call to protect our freedom and preserve liberty by serving in the military. While numerous individuals have fought for the great cause of freedom, it wasn’t until after World War I that the United Stat…
Amid the multitude of hardships caused by the coronavirus pandemic, it is very important to keep in mind that bad actors are out there looking to take advantage of vulnerable targets during this unprecedented crisis.
Sooner or later, every political columnist quotes George Santayana, and this is my week. If you have a problem with that, then go back to Podunk with the other nimrods.
In 1940, novelist Thomas Wolfe’s best known work, published posthumously, made a strong claim in its title: You Can’t Go Home Again. During a 10-day November visit to Texas, now Kansan Ray Hildebrand proved him wrong.
A minister friend--aware of ever-growing complications and mounting tonnage at the trough of trivia--often used the expression from the pulpit, in staff meetings and in conversation.
We’ve heard about the chances of being hit by lightning, winning the lottery or scoring a hole-in-one on the golf course, but nothing about the probability of two distinguished educators meeting up at a rodeo.
A common practice when decision-makers arrive in Washington, D. C. is to check common sense at the door. There’s daily evidence of “bonehead” decisions that make us wonder about competencies.
If Walmart can offer the best-ever recipe for turning out world-class lemonade from lemons grown in their own orchard, folks will line up to buy it, whether or not they’re greeted at the store door.
For most of my adult life, I’ve bought into the “balance of nature” thing, perhaps ignited by reasonable absorption of elementary school “book learnin’” about plants, oxygen, carbon dioxide, tides and other stuff.
There was much to chatter about when Uncle Mort reached his mailbox down the lane. A neighbor on the next farm was fetching his mail too, the day was sunny and warm, and their chance meeting suggested that a protracted visit loomed.
A friend observed that we have arrived at the time of year when Americans take on the weighty matter of discussing weight loss. As a rule, that’s as far as it goes. As the wordsmith said, “When everything is said and done, usually more is said than done.” Talk is cheap.
For decades, four words have been used to magnify success achieved by remarkable individuals. The words? “Only in America could.”… Following this opening are tributes to support such a lofty claim.
He stood there, gazing at the Salvation Army kettle on the town square. It was Christmas Eve, and my Uncle Mort--106 and counting--solemnly offered a “mental salute” to the woman as she joyfully rang her bell. Frail of body and warmed only by a tattered coat given to the Army last year, she …
“I don’t think he’s avoiding thoughts about the true meaning of Christmas, but his mind seems to wander off into the tall weeds about gifts that might be coming his way,” said Aunt Maude,” who has been “hitched” to Uncle Mort for more than 80 years.
This Week's Circulars
James Satterlee of Pauls Valley passed away August 2, 2021 in Pauls Valley, Oklahoma at the age of 64 years.
On Monday, August 2, 2021, James “Jim” Jehu Stark III passed away at the age of 68. He was born to James and Geneva Stark on October 13, 1952 in Kankakee, Illinois.
Dwaine Park of Pauls Valley was born on May 2, 1938 in Crawford, Oklahoma to Hollis and Bess (Lutz) Park. He passed away on Thursday, July 29, 2021 in Purcell, Oklahoma at the age of 83 years.
Betty Lou “Honee” Harris passed away May 30, 2021, at the age of 90, at her home in Oklahoma City. She was born August 8, 1930, in Shawnee, Oklahoma to parents Roy and Dorothy Jones. She was a graduate of Seminole High School in Seminole, Oklahoma.
Jack Swinney was born on December 29, 1929 in Chickasha, Okla., to Claude B. and Sarah Lucinda (Taylor) Swinney. He passed away on July 12, 2021 in Watonga, Okla., at the age of 91.
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