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I love”Doctor Who” and I did before it was nerdy kid cool. I was watching it in 2007 while I was living at home and my siblings kept asking me what kind of cheap cheesy PBS show I had gotten into. Of course, that whole sentence is ridiculous but they were teenagers, so we can forgive them. I…

A couple of weeks ago, I had the great pleasure of attending Musician’s Haven’s five year anniversary celebration. If you weren’t aware, Musician’s Haven is a Claremore nonprofit organization that creates opportunities for people to experience music in many different ways. For the past five …

While I support President Trump and his agenda, attacks from Republicans aimed at the Mueller investigation are entirely counterproductive to the best interests of our country. A comprehensive end to Mueller’s examination of Russian interference in our elections will allow the nation to heal…

The moment I hear Chris Carrabba, frontman of Dashboard Confessional, sing I’m in my late teens and early twenties, driving the long way home down 6th from my job at the movie theater in Topeka Kansas after a late night shift. I’m the only person on the road. The windows are rolled down. I’m…

They may all be approaching their seventh decade but for this weekend they all, to the last person, will probably be acting like teenagers once again.

I taught my first political science class in 1969 at Oklahoma Baptist University. Since that time, quite a bit has changed in American politics. One particular trend is unmistakable: public trust in the United States government has plummeted to historic lows.

Folk tales don’t seem to have the resonance they did in 1930’s America. Fewer and fewer people legitimately believe in the mystical, the supernatural, or even the idea of fate.

Rogers County lost one of its favorite sons with the recent passing of Don Wilson. Don, who was beloved throughout the county and known by so many, was a well-known realtor and appraiser for years in Claremore. He was a happy warrior. You couldn’t be around Don without laughing within the fi…

Fall is the time of year many pop culture lovers anticipate with glee. Sure we get great movies in the summer and winter, but fall is when we find ourselves hoping to get introduced to our next great TV show obsession. It's kind of like going on a first date, but for nerds. We don’t know exa…

For an 18-year period fans across the United States listened daily to the thrilling radio adventures of “Jack Armstrong, All-American Boy.” When the fictitious series ended in 1951 the Claremore, Oklahoma fans didn’t mind a bit.

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Every episode of the 1970’s television show “the Waltons” opens with a monologue by the original author, Earl Hamner, while the camera pans over a scenic mountain landscape.

I didn’t expect the end of The RFK Tapes, a podcast investigating the conspiracy theories surrounding the assassination of Bobby Kennedy, to leave me feeling so disheartened, especially not in ways that have very little to do with the death of Robert F Kennedy. If you are listener of that po…

Rarely, in this life, does sitting at home staring at the TV make any of us a better person. The Waltons, a classic of American television, is the exception.

My knowledge of Agatha Christie is embarrassingly limited. I know she wrote mysteries and just recently learned she is the best selling female author of all time, likely rivaling Shakespeare in number of copies of her work sold. Maybe that fact wasn't enough to convince me her work is worth …

Rarely, in this life, does sitting at home staring at the TV make any of us a better person. The Waltons, a classic of American television, is the exception.

Three men I deeply admire – the late Dr. Duane King, Dr. Neil Morton and Dr. Bob Blackburn – collaborated to write an engaging new history book called “Cherokee Nation: A History of Survival, Self Determination and Identity.” It is the first book of its kind to have the full support of the C…

Greetings! I ran legislation last session proposing major reforms to the structure of Oklahoma’s executive branch of government. One of those bills resulted in State Question 798, which will be on the November 6th ballot. Very simply, voters will be asked to consider electing our governor an…

Maybe you’ve heard of them, maybe you haven’t, but podcasts are basically radio on the internet, on demand. They are surprisingly popular, and according to Edison Research, a quarter of Americans are listening to them on a monthly basis. It's an interesting medium, but if you are new to podc…

Recently, Cherokee Nation hosted a special group of legal experts from across America. Almost 40 U.S. attorneys gathered in northeast Oklahoma for part of a two-day educational forum. Cherokee Nation is proud to have these federal attorneys visit our headquarters located on sovereign tribal …

School is as universal in pop culture as it is in our lives. Chances are at least some of our favorite shows growing up featured at least one conversation in front a locker or at a school lunch table or one embarrassing moment in a classroom. And if you have kids, they are probably seeing th…

Is it ever okay to steal? What if that theft will save a life? It’s a question debated in college philosophy classes. And it’s a question begged in the third episode of my favorite TV drama, The Waltons. The answer is not so clear.

Recall Nimrod, son of Cush, son of Ham, son of Noah attempted to nullify God’s plan to replenish the earth by settling in Babel. Interestingly Nimrod was not only a ‘mighty warrior,’ but his name also means ‘tyrant’ and ‘rebel.’

“Sweet friendships refresh the soul and awaken our hearts with joy, for good friends are like the anointing oil that yields the fragrant incense of God’s presence”—Proverbs 27:9 (TPT).

Claremore and Rogers County residents have faced challenges the last couple of years getting their driver’s licenses, and it hasn’t been because standards are all that high. Applicants have experienced long lines, unexpected site closures, and reduced days of availability. So what gives?

One of these days I will get to go to San Diego Comic-Con, the biggest fan convention in the US. I probably won’t “Cosplay” the term used to describe fans arriving at these conventions dressed as their favorite characters. I will sit through panels with celebrities and writers, enjoy the var…

The Will Rogers Turnpike was just over a year old when an Ohio couple traveled into Oklahoma for the first time. Maybe they were thinking they would see Indian teepees or oil well derricks. What they did witness along the highway was totally unexpected.

In the opening scene of the second episode, the Walton children gather around the kitchen table counting a tin of change.

“Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others”—Philippians 2:3-4 (ESV).

I'm not a summer person.

What does a legislator do when not in session? Last month, I was asked by the Speaker to attend a regional meeting of key state policymakers with the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). It seems the committee chairmen of our health-related committees couldn’t attend, so I was af…

You might not be aware, but romantic comedies are not what they once were. What used to be a reliable genre that featured pretty people, and typically had at least a couple good releases a year, has became at best an occasional event. These movies tended to safely fall in the PG-13 realm but…

For the majority of Americans, summer is for swimming. If you are anything like me, you befriended the kids who had pools when you were growing up. You know those are the best places to be during those long summer days. Even today, some of my closest friends have pools.

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As you can imagine, over the last 624 days, I have heard so many stories of Benny's time on deployment. I have heard some hilarious stories about he and his unit, humanitarian stories about their interactions with the locals (especially the kids) and yes, horror stories that my mind will nev…

Dreams while asleep about thoughts, images, and sensations have only one true bad effect. Not always, but sometimes the sweetest dream can turn into a nightmare. All of a sudden the dreamer is in a situation difficult to deal with.

Netflix’s The Toys that Made Us understands exactly how trivial it’s subject matter might seem, and that's why it so good. It realizes that forty-five minutes about how difficult it has been for Star Trek to sell toys or the cultural influence of Hello Kitty won't be any fun to watch if it t…

Imagine going through or witnessing something so horrible, terrifying, and outside of our typical experiences, that you cannot seem to get over the fear. It begins to consume you, dominating your thoughts, changing your mood and ability to concentrate on your daily routine. Imagine lying awa…

Four years ago, the Rogers County Courthouse was in a state of chaos. In particular there was great unhappiness at the County Commissioner level. It was a difficult time for Rogers County. But elections change everything. It is what our great country is based on. Citizens can change unhealth…

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