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I attended the RSU Fundraising Scholarship Breakfast on Friday. It was great to see so many businesses and community leaders in attendance supporting the students that are attending the university. We were privileged enough to sit at a table with one of the scholarship recipients, Hunter Nix…

As our country has aged over the past 242 years there is something we must always realize and never forget. So many things we take for granted have come with a tremendous cost, not to mention sacrifice.

As we near Veteran’s Day on Sunday, 11/11, I want to give my profound thanks to those that have served and are serving our great nation. I particularly give thanks to two of our sons, Master Sgt. Jayson Geisler, Idaho National Guard and Gunnery Sgt (GySgt) Michael Johansson, US Marine Corps,…

Off and on over the last few weeks, I’ve been watching an episode or two of Netflix’s “The Good Cop”. It’s the streaming service’s first procedural and features Josh Groban and Tony Danza as a father and son odd couple. If you liked the creator Andy Breckman’s other show, “Monk”, you will pr…

The Will Rogers Memorial Museum has loomed over Claremore as long as I can remember. It has loomed over Claremore as long as most people in Claremore can remember, I suppose. But, the striking architectural fixture atop “Will’s hill” could have been something else very easily.

“Don’t judge others, and God will not judge you.  If you judge others, you will be judged the same way you judge them. God will treat you the same way you treat others”—Matthew 7:1-2 (ESV).

I’ve been a fan of holiday episodes of television episodes since I was a kid, and Halloween episodes are no exception. But, I’m also not really that into horror. So if I’m going to find myself watching TV waiting for trick-or-treaters to come to door, I won’t be watching “Scream.” If you, li…

As election day nears I think of the meme that was on Face book this past weekend. It drew a correlation between the number of people who would rush to the convenience store to purchase a lottery ticket in hopes of improving their lives, but wouldn’t take the time to vote for exactly the sam…

Back before film makers started turning out gruesome and bloody slasher movies, Hollywood’s Universal Studio frightened the dickens out of me. Okay, maybe I was only nine at the time. Still it made me look under the bed before climbing in it.

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…

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