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He thought he was living his best life until the shock collar arrived. My fur baby is turning two and training has begun fetching something other than treats.

You’ve heard it…the one about the little girl who was wakened by the lightning and thunder that lit up her bedroom and made the walls shake. Trembling with fear, she shrieked for her Daddy who came running. As Daddy held her and soothed her fears, he assured her, “God is always here for you,…

Growing up in the Bible Belt, I have heard the term “Emmanuel” my whole life. Emmanuel means “God is with us.” This is a belief that has been part of me for as long as I can remember. God is always with us, right? I accepted this the same way I accepted my mother’s love for me and so many ot…

Long ago and far away, in fact fifty-six years ago last month in the former Republic of South Vietnam, a group of American paratroopers arrived and began combat operations against an enemy force that was known as Viet Cong. The 173rd Airborne Brigade moved lock, stock and helicopters into Vi…

When I was a boy in California in the 1960s, my family was pretty much the only family I knew that ate bagels. That’s probably because we were Jewish and bagels are a Jewish thing.

As a young boy, I would ask my dad for permission for something I wanted. Sometimes the answer was “Yeah sure, that’ll work, go ahead.” But all too often the response I received was not exactly the answer of my dreams. Quite regularly it was “No” with a firmness in his voice that I dared not…

Andy was only a green twenty-year-old when he was called to his very first pastorate out in the Panhandle of Oklahoma.

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Let’s talk about phobias… specifically trypanophobia. It is the fear of medical examinations or procedures involving injections or needles. 

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I recently had the opportunity to make a few photographs with an unusual camera: the Fujifilm X100V.

Occasionally we fix oatmeal for breakfast. Not your favorite thing to eat of a morning? Me neither. So doctor it up. Cinnamon, sugar, and raisins can make even shoe leather pretty tolerable.

“Man is born broken. He lives by mending. The grace of God is the glue.” Eugene O’Neill

Why is it so hard to put your spouse first, without expecting anything in return for your absolutely selfless kindness and generosity…sigh? (Yep, I have my tongue tucked way back in my cheek on that one.)

The stock market craze over the past year or so has allowed many to see the benefits and risks to investing disposal income.

One of my favorite memories is from the earlier years of our marriage, when our two sons were just beginning elementary school age. During those years, we often traveled in a van all over the eastern half of our country, singing and preaching. Some trips were short and easy, and those were o…

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A confluence of conversation this week got me thinking about aging.

Facebook’s Oversight Board has both applauded and admonished Facebook for clamping a gag order on former President Trump the day after his supporters laid siege to the national Capitol.

Voltaire, the 18th century French writer-philosopher, preferred an enlightened aristocracy to democracy yet he eloquently embraced one of the latter’s most sacred tenets, the right to free speech.

Our family traveled a lot years ago, singing on Sunday morning in churches in another states. Back in those days, when you attended church you were expected to dress more formally than is accepted today. Therefore this entailed having to pack suits, ties, and dresses, along with ‘non-church …

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Eventually, many of these data storage formats fell out of favor, both because of the rise of solid-state storage like the cards in your digital cameras, and, most significantly, “the cloud.”

Ever been caught in a situation where your say-so doesn’t carry enough weight to make a difference? When you totally disagree with the decision, but there isn’t much you can do to change what’s coming? I can hear the resounding ‘Oh Yeah!’ from every reader.

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We all cherish memories. Many of us have fairly accurate memories, while others struggle to keep dates and people and places organized in their heads.

Last month, Brandon Hole’s mom called the Indianapolis police to say her son had expressed that he wanted to die in a “suicide by cop” incident. The police took his new shotgun away. By law there, “red flag” cases get a “due process” hearing for the return of a weapon.

While it would be wrong to call the pause in the administration of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine good news, the case reveals some things that are important to notice.

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An 18-year-old male was stabbed to death Sunday evening in Stonewall and authorities arrested a 15-year-old male suspected of committing the crime.

Last June, Oklahoma voters passed a state question that expanded Medicaid in the state to more low-income adults beginning this July 1. Anticipating this, the state Legislature last session passed a measure known as SoonerCare 2.0 that would have required the Oklahoma Health Care Authority (…

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As the United States tries to return to global dominance, the recovery must not forget the most essential asset we have: women in the workforce.

Some years, and quite a few Coffeetime Columns ago, we wrote an article called Hellion Alert. It was about Andy recounting a true incident of eating lunch in a restaurant where a small, undisciplined child was wreaking havoc while the mother ignored it all.

We had a tough vote this week on an education funding formula reform bill. The bill is simply aimed at making sure the state dollars we appropriate go to the school where a student is actually enrolled. There are strong feelings on both sides of this issue, and I truly want to thank everyone…

Every Easter there I would go, racing across the yard at my parents’ home. Trying to beat my little brother to all the brightly colored eggs that were hidden everywhere. Fun – you bet. Competitive – I can still remember whining because he found more than me. Family oriented – oh yeah, all th…

Andy was preparing his own lunch that day. Renie wasn’t feeling well, so he was on his own. He decided he would open up a can of soup, add a few crackers, and he’d be just fine.

Why do news organizations promote Sunshine Week each year? Because we want the general public to understand their right to know what their government is doing. We want the general public to understand that laws requiring open meetings and openness of certain records are not just for journali…

“A well-regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed” (Amendment 2, The Constitution of the United States).

Some might think the Second Amendment and the language in that text suggests possessing a gun is related to being a member of a “well-regulated militia.” While that language is true, the Supreme Court has made its decision and that is now considered “settled law.”

We are embarking on the 100th anniversary of the events that led to the worst mass killing in Tulsa, Oklahoma: The Tulsa Race Massacre.

Were you aware that Oklahoma is the only state that does not require children over the age of 8 to wear a seat belt in the backseat of a vehicle? Current state law only requires children under the age of 8 to buckle up in the backseat.

The bills are being cranked out by the Oklahoma Legislature this session at a lightening pace, with far more measures than constituents are used to seeing. It’s a good bet that most of them are self-serving, if not ridiculous and freedom-quashing, but there are also several diamonds among th…

The United States of America, the richest country in the world, finds itself again in the state of extreme income inequality. Prior to 1950, there were frequent ups and downs of disparity, with the income of wealthy families remaining much higher than those less fortunate. From 1950-1980, th…

For the first time in my lifetime, income inequality actually declined with Donald Trump as president, according to a September 2020 Reuters article (although wealth inequality was largely unchanged).

“I know up on top you are seeing great sights, but here on the bottom we too should have rights.” Yertle the Turtle (1958)

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