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For years, I thought the greatest gift we could give someone was to hear them. After teaching a communication class to medical providers working with patients diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease, my perspective changed.

I love polls. I know I wrote about a poll last week but this week we have a new poll to analyze. Last week I talked about what we could learn from a poll of our state races from SoonerPoll. Since that poll was released a second poll of Oklahoman voters was released from KOCO/Amber Integrated…

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The United Way of Southwest Oklahoma works throughout the year to create sustainable change in our community and improve the lives of others. We proudly support 20 local non-profit agencies who provide services to our most vulnerable neighbors. Because of our community’s support and the dedi…

I think most educators will tell you there’s a benefit to “play”. Recess for young students helps them burn off excess energy, but it also provides opportunities for socialization, lessons in teamwork and fosters imagination. I’m constantly amazed by my grandchildren and the stuff they come …

LAWTON, OK — Have you ever told your child to clean their room and walk away for an hour just to come back and see that the room looks exactly as you left it?

LAWTON, OK — As I sit here going over my extensive things-to-do list for today, I am reminded of a phrase my grandmother, Edna Hennessee, used to say.

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A few years ago, during a particularly dark moment, a dear friend reminded me that no one is responsible for my happiness, but me. I had heard this statement before, repeated the statement, but never truly understood it nor believed it.

Human trafficking is the second largest criminal industry in the world. It enslaves approximately 25 million people, generates more than $150 billion annually, and receives far too little attention from the media, law enforcement, or elected officials. Traffickers operate in secret and in pl…

Remember the “magic eye” books that exploded on the scene in the 1990s? I’m sure they’re still around, but they seemed to be everywhere then.

We’ve heard a lot about school safety in the news lately. While Great Plains Technology Center’s mission is to educate and train the workforce of tomorrow, we also have an obligation to ensure our students, staff, and guests are safe.

If China invades Taiwan to unify it with the mainland, the United States will go to war to defend Taiwan and send U.S. troops to fight the invaders.

There was a story in the paper several years ago about the U.S. and Canadian military tracking of Santa Claus’s sleigh with second-by-second updates on his global whereabouts. “Critics attack NORAD Santa tracking,” the headline read.

I have a recliner. It is NOT one of those assisted recliners. It does not have a massage feature, adjustable lumbar support, nor does it have heat settings. It is just a regular, run-of-the-mill recliner. Now, yes, it is an effort to raise up out of my recliner. Sometimes, it’s an effort to …

I am not sure I have ever written this statement, but my absolute favorite job that I have ever had is being a mom. I never planned on being a mom, B just happened. But as the fear and worry of being a single mom wore off, I quickly realized B was the coolest child ever and this was the best…

The most interesting thing to hit state politics last week was a poll. Soonerpoll, a nonpartisan public opinion pollster which is headquartered in the state, released the results of a statewide poll of Oklahoma voters so we could get a snapshot of the state of the race heading toward Novembe…

I have been missing my lifelong friend and childhood hero, Toby Dawn McIntyre, so I was excited to see him standing on the front porch. I barely opened the door, however, when he pushed past me. “Where you hiding them, Tommy Boy?” he demanded as he began rifling through random cabinets, draw…

I’ve never been much of an Anglophile and, to be honest, never really understood the fascination. I was rooting for Prince Phillip to reach his centennial birthday, much like I did Betty White. But that’s about it.

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Why did the chicken cross the road? Well, I’d bet the henhouse that it wasn’t to get one of the new diapers I read about in an old AARP bulletin.

A desperate Vladimir Putin is a dangerous Vladimir Putin, and there are signs Putin’s situation in Ukraine may be becoming desperate.

Ruth Moskowicz was born in Denver, Colorado, on Nov. 4, 1916. The youngest of 10 children from a Polish-Jewish immigrant family, Ruth was an entrepreneurial young lady who was not afraid of hard work. In 1938, Ruth married Elliot Handler and moved to Los Angeles. After briefly attending desi…

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As this summer draws to a close, I am starting to feel like myself again. I can feel hope, joy, and laughter taking root in my heart. The days of stress and sadness are fewer and farther apart. All in all, I would say this has by far been one of the best summers to date.

According to the United Nations, the International Monetary Fund, and the World Bank, the United States of America will produce somewhere between $20 and $25 trillion dollars in gross domestic product (GDP) during 2022. Whatever the actual amount, it will represent approximately one fourth o…

We are now four weeks into the fall semester at Cameron University. Labor Day is behind us and students have finished tweaking their course schedules for the term ahead. Whether it’s online to accommodate a work schedule or family obligations, whether they are sitting in a classroom on the La…

If California, our most populous state, were its own nation, it would rank as the world’s fifth largest economy and boast the highest average household income (outside a handful of “countries” like Monaco or Luxemburg). And, yet, the governor is begging its citizens to stop using their appli…

“Who are you calling grandma?” a New York Times headline asked in 2011. The article was about how Baby Boomer grandparents are resistant to anything that makes them sound old and were coming up with a slew of substitutes for the word, “Grandma,” ranging from cutesy (as in “yo grammy” and “fo…

As I said in my last article, few decisions have been as controversial as the recent overturn of Roe v. Wade. As such I could not cover everything in one article. Last time I discussed the courts and politicians, but the new ruling has also set off the Internet warriors who have spewed their…

When my Spousal Unit and I moved into our home back in 2002, it was our first home together as newlyweds. It was amusing to learn that between the two of us, that we had six hammers, five rakes, four hacksaws, and about 30 screwdrivers.

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