- Ada, Oklahoma


November 7, 2012

The night I killed my boss' beloved dog

Ada —  

It was late afternoon the day I accidentally killed my boss’s dog, so chances we’d ever work together again seemed remote.

My boss then, and my boss now, is Gene Lehmann, editor of this publication.

My victim’s name was Sweetie Pie, and she was a practically pure blue heeler/labrador blend who had been weathering increasing arthritis pain in this, her 105th dawg year.

I’m not proud of killing Gene’s dog. It wasn’t intentional. I loved Sweetie Pie almost as much as he did, and Gene loved that dog fiercely.

I tell this unpleasant story in the interest of full disclosure in an effort to come clean with my new neighbors here in Ada.

There’s more, unfortunately.

The night I killed Sweetie Pie was a night all of you will remember, too. There was a bowl game on television that night. The Oklahoma Sooners were involved.

Know this. I was born to love the Oklahoma Sooners. I grew from child to puberty watching Bud Wilkinson’s teams massacre all opponents. My reality was that I would die an old man before my team would ever lose a football game.

I remember hopping on my bicycle the day Notre Dame, the Darth Vader of college football, ruined my adolescence. After that 7-0 loss, I hurried downtown in Okemah to be with my friends.

It was kind of a practice death for the real thing. I stopped off at a Rexall Drug Store, tears streaming down my cheeks, rolling up to shocked old people standing outside, shaking their heads, sniffing, tears spreading on their faces. All were trying to get a peek at the black-and-white television inside, where the  crowd had originated.

  Anyway, I was hoping against hope that somehow the Irish would be caught with switchblades in their uniforms and be disqualified from victory. OU could then go after No. 48 and so on into adulthood.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
  • For unto us a child is born

    A lot of folks don’t believe in the hereafter, but it’s one of the most certain things there is. There is going to be something here after you are gone.  Two are working in a field: One is taken; one is left. The world just keeps on turning, marrying and giving in marriage.

    January 2, 2013

  • Protect your home during the holidays

    The holiday season finds many people making plans to gather with family and friends to spend quality time together.

    December 24, 2012

  • How could God allow such?


    If you count the area most of us consider to be Ada, our community is roughly the same size as Newtown, Conn. where a deranged 20 year old snuffed out the lives of 26 innocents, including 20 children.


    December 23, 2012

  • Dorothy Milligan Holiday goodies pack on the pounds

    I read recently that the average person gains seven pounds in the six-week period starting Nov. 15 and ending Jan. 2.

    December 20, 2012 1 Photo

  • A better use of the Mayan calendar


    Few things are more disturbing than predictions of the end of the world. Not because there’s any validity to them. As Hank Hanegraaff, The Bible Answer Man says, end time predictions are notable only because they are 100 percent wrong, 100 percent of the time.


    December 16, 2012

  • Keeping your home safe from freezing temperatures


    When the weather outside dips into freezing temperatures, the last thing homeowners want to deal with is frozen pipes, or worse yet, busted pipes.


    December 15, 2012

  • Ten truths for college grads

    My kids are grown and out of the house, but even if they weren’t, they’re tired of hearing me say it.



    December 12, 2012

  • Fall is best time to plant trees

    November 11, 2012

  • Making bread topic for Extension Café set Thursday in Ada

    November 10, 2012

  • Tom Cole Report shows continuing challenges

    The last unemployment report to be released before the election reiterates how far we have to go to reach pre-recession levels of prosperity.  The 7.9 percent unemployment rate recorded for October is up slightly from September’s 7.8 percent.  Even more discouraging, it is slightly higher than the 7.8 percent recorded when President Obama first took office while the recession was at its peak. 

    November 7, 2012 1 Photo

AP Video
Power to Be Restored After Wash. Wildfire Crashed Air Algerie Plane Found in Mali Israel Mulls Ceasefire Amid Gaza Offensive In Case of Fire, Oxygen Masks for Pets Mobile App Gives Tour of Battle of Atlanta Sites Anti-violence Advocate Killed, but Not Silenced. Dempsey: Putin May Light Fire and Lose Control Arizona Prison Chief: Execution Wasn't Botched Calif. Police Investigate Peacock Shooting Death Raw: Protesters, Soldiers Clash in West Bank Police: Doctor Who Shot Gunman 'Saved Lives' 'Modern Family' Star on Gay Athletes Coming Out MN Twins Debut Beer Vending Machine DA: Pa. Doctor Fired Back at Hospital Gunman Raw: Iowa Police Dash Cam Shows Wild Chase

Who do you blame more for the trouble in Gaza?

The Israelis
     View Results