A few weeks ago, I read the phrase hope blossoms in mercy. Since reading it, I have rolled the phrase around in my mind, reflecting on its beauty and its truth. I was also stunned that I had never connected mercy and hope, how had I missed this beautiful connection?

When Mark Zuckerberg founded Facebook in 2004, he could hardly have anticipated becoming a lightning rod for debates over the power of Big Tech and the limits of free speech. Yet lightning rod he is now that his Facebook Oversight Board has supported a Jan. 7 decision to ban former president…

As journalists (I despise a generalization of “the media”), most credible professionals operate on an accepted set of standards. They exist in different forms, the most common being published by the Society of Professional Journalists.

It was only nine months ago when many districts doubted that in-person learning could actually happen this school year. Many across the state and nation said it couldn’t be done safely. Yet here we are in May preparing to close this chapter on an incredible school year.

When my mother died suddenly when I was 12, I blocked it all out of my mind so successfully that I’ve never been able to remember much about her. Still, it’s all up there in my head, experts say, 12 years of memories I wish I could get to now, if only I knew how.

There are few ways in which a man can be more innocently employed than in getting money,” is an insight the famed biographer James Boswell attributed to Samuel Johnson.

In the pantheon of great American presidents, a few are always at the top. Lincoln usually comes to mind, then Washington and Jefferson. In the 20th century, the president who makes every list is Franklin Roosevelt. What makes FDR interesting is that, unlike Lincoln, FDR was beloved in his o…

No, he’s not President and I’m kinda guessing he’s not going to be President. But if Louisiana Senator John Kennedy doesn’t remind you of Will Rogers or Yogi Berra, you aren’t paying attention. Born in Mississippi, this Kennedy graduated from Vanderbilt University and the University of Virgi…

Over the pandemic, needing a sense of normalcy, I have sought ways to volunteer, to continue to give back. Teaching for the Alzheimer’s Association has been a blessing. Through their dedication to their clients, they moved all classes to a virtual format, allowing safe attendance and safe vo…

When I began my work 25 years ago, my vision for fixing our poor, broken communities was driven by my belief in America and what made it successful.

This time of year always makes me feel hopeful as students are graduating from high schools and colleges across the country. You may not realize it, but Great Plains Technology Center has a program that reconnects students, ages 16-20, to a high school diploma.

Baby Boomers are the demographic cohort following the Silent Generation and proceeding Generation X. The generation is generally defined as people born from 1946 to 1967, during the post -World War II baby boom. So, of course, Baby Boomers are often the parents of the Generation Xers and Mil…

Ever look out at the world and feel as though we aren’t living in the future we were promised? Blame it on relativity. Good old Einstein’s theory about the way time exists relative to our perception of it is a convenient method of explaining away why we don’t feel like we are living in the future — despite it being 2021.

A few weeks ago, 18 days to be exact, Prince Philip passed away. I was heartbroken. A hopeless romantic, I have admired the love Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip shared. An iconic couple, stoic British Royalty, few emotions were openly shown, yet their love and dedication could never be doubted.

It is indeed rare, if not unprecedented, to see a highly diverse group of organizations such as the conservative Alliance Defending Freedom, the liberal American Civil Liberties Union, the libertarian Cato Institute and the Reason Foundation on the same page as the NAACP Legal Defense and Ed…

When a Minneapolis jury found former police officer Derek Chauvin guilty in the death of George Floyd on April 20, much of our nation breathed a collective sigh of relief. Chauvin, 45, was convicted of second-degree unintentional murder, third degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter af…

Third-graders wiggle. They fidget. They giggle and laugh for no apparent reason. Honestly, they are a little goofy. This time of year, however, they hit the bubbly for the first time, as they take their first standardized tests, and they seem to lose a bit of their own bubbliness.

I guess it was inevitable. America’s only public library without books opened in San Antonio in 2012 — there may be many more by now — and, according to an AP story, was on its way to have more than 100,000 visitors in its first year. What it looked like, the article reported, was an Apple s…

Back in the pre-COVID days when we drove a bit more than we do today, and even today we drive over roads and highways of Southwest Oklahoma, often referring to them by number or even by name and without having any idea who the road may have been named for. Here’s just a few that we often dri…

All Americans should be concerned about President Biden’s recent executive order on gun control. Try to forget for a moment, if you can, whether you agree with Biden or not and try instead to focus on the procedure. Biden is falling back on the two justifications that other presidents have u…

This past year I have spent more time with my dogs than ever before. We have bonded, formed routines, and definitely indulged in more than a few afternoon naps. Before the pandemic I thought I knew my boys; I know more now than ever before.

Last week the White House announced that President Biden was going to sign an executive order creating a Presidential Commission on the Supreme Court of the United States. The goal is to analyze many of the current controversies about the judiciary including the Court’s role, the length of t…

It’s a simple matter to recall how a crisis, and leadership’s response to it, shaped the leader’s legacy. Occasional missteps are more easily overlooked as individuals think back on decisions made under the magnifying glass. Though they are often second-guessed by virtually everyone with an …

Many find the prospect of going to college daunting. There’s the time commitment; the studying; the juggling of personal obligations such as work and family; the apprehension of going back into a classroom – especially if they’ve been out of that environment for a long time – and, of course,…

It was below freezing and every time the door to the grocery store opened, the clerk nearest the door shivered. When it was my turn to check out, I noticed that she had cotton stuffed in both ears.

History records many poignant memories and events; it often causes us to reflect on the past and those who came before us. It’s important because we see the people mentioned in that history pass from this earth, and those who are left can quickly forget.

Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson of Arkansas raised ire from conservatives for vetoing legislation passed by the Arkansas state legislature that would have banned “gender-affirming” medical treatment for transgender minors.

In my 20s and 30s, a person with a strong personality could shake my confidence, leave me unsure of myself and what to think. Feeling rattled, unable to focus, and wondering what I had done to upset them, I missed the lessons I should have learned through the encounter. Their strong personal…

In 1978, toward the end of eighth grade, I appeared before the Downtown Optimists Club of Oklahoma City to deliver a speech focusing on the alarming growth of our national debt.

As fast as the wind blows in Oklahoma, we find ourselves in the last nine weeks of the 20-21 school year! Wow, has time flown by, and I am proud to say that we have served our students in our buildings and virtually since day one of the school year.

When the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines first proved their efficacy, preventing nearly 95% of coronavirus infections in those who got the shots in test trials, a vexing issue immediately arose.

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It was a day like any other day when you have to write two checks out of your hard-earned savings to pay your income tax. In other words, awful. Depressing. The pits.

Possibly one of the most important fights of this new century is being waged right now in the halls of Congress, in state houses across the nation, and with lesser significance on social media. The question is about voter accessibility and who has the right to determine it.

If you want to live in Oklahoma as we all certainly do (or should), no matter what you are looking for, there’s a place for it. Literally, there’s something for everybody…If you love animals and wildlife you can move to

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Facebook data has once more been leaked onto the internet, this time with over half a billion users affected. So what can be done to protect users privacy before the next leak inevitably occurs?

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The older I get the less I care what others think. It’s a freeing feeling, a weightless existence which allows me to make better decisions, to understand what the best decision is for me, and then move forward. A few years ago, I did not have this skill, I was weighed down daily by what othe…

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