In Oklahoma history, women have not only historically played important and key roles in all the aspects of life, but in fact have been breaking ceilings for years. Here’s a dozen to be in awe of:

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In May, the Supreme Court put abortion on the docket for its upcoming session by agreeing to hear Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization.

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A little over a year ago, I joined Bad Boys Boxing Gym. I was shocked I was joining, and truth be told, I was terrified and not sure I would survive.

Southwest Oklahoma may seem a strange place to ponder American maritime power. Those of us who call it home are hundreds of miles from the closest seaport or significant naval installation, and our familiarity with the armed forces is often limited to the U.S. Army or U.S. Air Force because …

This is the final in a series of summertime articles that stubbornly insist that 80 percent of parents and 80 percent of educators actually agree on 80 percent of all issues (my 80/80/80 rule). Unfortunately, schools have become ground-zero for the culture wars, and national leaders from bot…

My husband and I were hiking one spring day on a steep, rocky trail in a state park in eastern Oklahoma. A sign warned that if you had heart trouble, arthritis or a handicap, not to try it.

Stigler, Oklahoma, is about four times the size of the tiny farm town where I grew up and it lacks for famous people who claim it as their own. There was Alex Loyd, an OSU Cowboy who went on to the National Football League as a 15th round pick of the Washington Redskins in 1950. I think he p…

The big challenge confronting the post-pandemic economy is the double jeopardy of inflation and the continued weaknesses in some sectors of the economy and especially among minority communities. The challenge of this particular inflation for monetary policy is that it is caused by both deman…

Where do you go to find the home of Wallace, born into slavery in Mississippi who wrote the beloved “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot” in 1840 after being brought to Indian Territory by his wealthy owner Choctaw farmer-mentor Brett Willis?

Ben & Jerry’s, noted for its ice cream made from “contented cows,” has produced not such contented consumers in many circles following its announcement to stop selling its ice cream in Israel’s West Bank and in East Jerusalem.

Joy is defined as experiencing the feelings of great pleasure and happiness. Combining these feelings creates an almost extraordinary experience, the moments we wish we could capture, save, and experience over and over again. As a society we chase these moments, we share selfies, drink too m…

A few weeks ago, I wrote a column about “common knowledge” where I laid out several computer shortcuts I previously believed to be well known. I got a lot of positive responses on that column, to the point that many people were asking for a follow-up.

It does not take a political savant to know that Oklahoma is a deeply Republican state. Our entire Congressional delegation is made up of Republicans. The Republican Party holds the governorship of the state and majorities in both chambers of the state Legislature. The last Democratic nomine…

A friend of mine recently used his drone to record me kiteboarding. From 400 feet up, my local lake looked like a tropical paradise, and I looked like an expert kiteboarder, but closer inspection would have revealed a 50-year-old risking a broken hip in muddy water! Clearly, remote-control c…

One of my daily readings includes a summary of articles related to the media and advertising industries. Much of it, I just scroll past because it has no relevance in Lawton or Southwest Oklahoma. But a few times a week, I’ll find something that hits a nerve and I try to learn more about it,…

Seven months after the Cuban missile crisis, President John F. Kennedy, at American University, laid out his view on how the East-West struggle should be conducted to avoid a catastrophic war that could destroy us both.

Not long after Christmas several years ago, I noticed that two out of a set of five tiny liqueur glasses were missing from the top of the liquor cabinet. There used to be six but I broke the stem off one myself. While they were not expensive, they have sentimental value because I got them in…

And where do you go to find the home of Wallace, born into slavery in Mississippi who wrote the beloved “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot” in 1840 after being brought to Indian Territory by his wealthy owner Choctaw farmer-mentor Brett Willis?

The world economies came to a screeching halt about a year ago with a devastating toll on human lives and health caused by the pandemic. Nation after nation, irrespective of their economic status, fell under the spell of a deadly virus with millions of lives ravaged by the pandemic. Now that…

Since the new wave of race consciousness that has been sweeping our country, precipitated by the graphic video of the killing of George Floyd by police officer Derek Chauvin, something very strange has happened.

Finding the ability to make peace with our past is more than a challenge, it’s akin to climbing Mount Everest with little to no training. At least that is how it feels to me. Challenges do not scare me, neither do confrontations, I was born a fighter, and to quote my mom, I am scrappy. I kno…

When American presidents leave office there inevitably follows a torrent of books examining their administrations. Whether written by reporters, scholars, or former government officials, they promise to reveal the true story behind pivotal events and offer insider accounts of secret meetings…

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Many Oklahoma leaders appear to be taking progressive steps toward implementation of a voucher system, citing the need for increased competition between public and private schools. Many wonder just how that would look, and I think we could learn something from our student athletes, for most …

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People often grieve over the past, parts of their lifetimes that have faded from existence, and they know will never return. Human nature also probably enhances the good memories and diminishes the bad, so we’re left largely with a sense of loss when things change. What did Thomas Wolfe say?…

Waiting at the Oklahoma City airport for a flight to Las Vegas several years ago, I was sitting back-to-back with a know-it-all woman who was revealing one gossipy tidbit after another in a loud voice to the woman next to her.

Traveling to Philadelphia Tuesday, President Joe Biden laid out in apocalyptic terms the gravity of the “threat” to American democracy from Republican efforts to reform and rewrite state election laws.

Capital punishment, or being sentenced to death, is a legal penalty in Oklahoma and has been since re-legalization some 45 years ago. Since that time, the state has executed the third largest number of convicts in the country, after Texas and Virginia, and that number currently stands at 112…

A few weeks ago, I was hiking Mount Scott with a friend, when we stumbled into fog. We were both shocked to find fog in late June, the weather has been unusual, temperatures have dropped and soared, leaving us guessing from day to day what the weather will be like. As we entered the fog, we …

In April, State Farm released the results of a survey examining behaviors around distracted driving. It revealed that we are still texting, speeding, looking at social media, grooming, gaming and taking selfies while behind the wheel. Nine out of 10 drivers said they engaged in distracted dr…

A paper tiger is a term that refers to something that looks big and threatening but is weak and ineffectual. Paper tigers exist in politics. One of them was just signed into law by Gov. Kevin Stitt last month, House Bill 1775. In this piece I wanted to talk about the controversy created by H…

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When I was in elementary school, we took The Presidential Physical Fitness Award test each year, but I could not do a pull-up to save my life. My friend Stefan, however, could do about 20 of them. As much as I wanted the award, I wanted the pull-up more. That pull-up bar provided us all with…

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I’m a fairly staunch advocate for free speech, as you might imagine. Most members of the press are, I’d say. Newspapers, generally, will side on the sharing of opinions, even those they disagree with in the name of that particular Constitutional freedom.

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I like country music. For about 30 minutes. Then the longer it goes, the more I’m either depressed or nervewracked. Mostly I call on Patsy Cline when I have to do something I don’t want to do, and am already gloomy, like washing the woodwork or cleaning out closets

My good friend, legit journalist and now blogger David Hale mentioned the 1924 event at Babb’s Switch (now known as Babb’s), which caused changes around the world in how we protect our children while they are in school. It’s a story worth telling in more detail, as it’s a tragic part of Okla…

It is one of the unfortunate ironies coming out of the Biden administration that, with all the obsession about so-called equity, policies they are putting forth will only hurt the very low-income Americans they pretend to want to help.

If you're email address has been around for more than a few years chances are you've built up a lot of unwanted email in that time. So is it best to just click the unsubscribe button and move on? 

If you find yourself doubting that climate change is real, or accept it as a fact but remain uncertain whether humans are to blame, 2021 should be the year you accept the overwhelming evidence that surrounds us.

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I sometimes wish Independence Day occurred during the school year so students, parents, and educators could celebrate America’s birthday, but then I remember that fireworks and school do not mix. Just ask my high school principal about an incident involving firecrackers in the cafeteria. I a…

Respect LBGT rights or get out of the EU, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte instructed Hungary’s Viktor Orban at last week’s gathering of the European Union in Brussels.

The Fourth of July — a day for Americans — all of us — to put aside for one day our contentious differences, our prejudices, accusations, intolerance — and celebrate our oneness in being Americans. A day when the answer to that querulous question: “Can’t we all just get along?” is “yes” inst…

With the creation of Juneteenth as a national holiday, I have seen several posts that, though meaning well in celebrating the day, have made mistakes about the history. Even my own college wrote that because the slaves in Texas had not heard about the Emancipation Proclamation, they were not…

Several years ago, an organization was created in Southwest Oklahoma that focused on women, their needs, their status in the community and opportunities to lift them up. The Mayor’s Commission on the Status of Women identifies problems faced by women in the Lawton-Fort Sill community, advise…

A few weeks ago, I ventured back to a “normal pre-pandemic” activity. As the event approached, I thought I would be excited, giddy to see friends, acquaintances, and venture back to “normal”. But I wasn’t. The thought of dressing up and sitting at a table with eight other people overwhelmed …

Very recently the Supreme Court issued a major decision in the case Fulton v. City of Philadelphia. Fulton dealt with a group called the Catholic Social Services, a private religious group who contracted with the City of Philadelphia to provide foster care services. Philadelphia decided to c…

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