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…

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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…

“And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him”—Colossians 3:17 (NIV).

Medical Marijuana. It is the polarizing issue of SQ 788. Many claim allowing medical marijuana into our state could be a boost to the state budget, provide new industry, and provide other benefits, but I have yet to hear a medical provider, Doctor, Nurse, etc. encourage the passing of SQ 788…

I love superheros and loved them before it was cool. Before there were billions of dollars into this thing, I waited each afternoon to watch Spider-man, Batman: The Animated Series, and X-man. I got pumped about a weird silver surfer cartoon that got cancelled and when Iron Man came out and …

I extend my thanks and appreciation to all who played a role in last weekend’s successful Oklahoma Military Academy Alumni reunion, which featured The Wall That Heals memorial on the Rogers State University campus on June 6-10. Organizers estimated that about 8,000 visitors came to our campu…

Renewal of the 1 cent sales tax for Rogers County on the June 26th Primary election ballot is not just a good idea, it is absolutely essential to sustaining the county’s continued rapid growth and economic development. Understand that it is not a tax increase. It is keeping the same penny th…

The newly released first half of the final season of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt has it all. Somehow an absurdist comedy about a kidnapping victim living in New York includes a fake Hadid sister, one episode that is literally a faux true crime documentary, a superhero called “The Capist”, and …

History books and countless Hollywood movies tell us President Abraham Lincoln was assassinated April 14, 1865 by Confederate sympathizer John Wilkes Booth.

Anthony Bourdain and I could not, at least on the surface, be more different. I’m a person of deep faith; he was far from religious. My biggest addiction has been coffee, and he struggled with addictions to heroin and cocaine. He's from the big city; I've always lived in the Midwest. He will…

“Lord, your loyal followers are happy. They live in the light of your kindness”— Psalm 89:15 (ERV).

I would like to publicly thank all of the teachers in Claremore who give their best every day to their students and the future of our country. I cannot express how important education is to all of our futures.

Some were rich, some were poor. They were bankers, teachers, farmers, common laborers. Some volunteered for the military, some were drafted.

On June 26th citizens will go to the polls to vote for the same penny they have been approving every 5 years for infrastructure, public safety and a judge- ment payoff related to the Material Services Corporation case. The only difference is that recent changes in state law require the uses …

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At exactly 52 seconds into the music video for Childish Gambino’s “This is America”, you are going to feel some kind of response rise up within you. Childish Gambino (perhaps better known to some as the actor Donald Glover) may start the song with perhaps the most inoffensive lyric one could…

If I’m scrolling through any number of “best of television” lists there is one thing I’m sure I won’t see much - brevity. Comedies that do make these lists, like Atlanta or Barry, definitely do not invite us to escape into a quotable, hilarious world of good natured weirdos. It seems that fo…

How many of you have played the game “20 Questions”? One player thinks of a person real or imaginary that both contestants would know. The opposite player has 20 yes or no questions to name the person.

Tuesday May 15th, 2018 was set aside as Peace Officers Memorial Day, the week surrounding this day is designated “Police Week”.

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world”— John 16:33(NIV).

It was December 1945 and thousands of recently discharged U.S. servicemen flooded California. San Francisco was the going home designation point for the Army. Navy and Marine Corps personnel gathered in Los Angeles.

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