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There was a place in ancient northwestern Anatolia (modern day Turkey) that was a perfect spot to build a city. It was on a small peninsula near the primary land trade route between Asia and Europe. That peninsula overlooked the body of water that connected the Aegean Sea with the Mediterran…

We all have memories; memories are very important to us. Memories of our parents and other people who were significant to us while we were growing up helped us make decisions about who and what to become as adults. Memories of things that we did with those same individuals help us stay roote…

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Autumn is upon us again. It can be a beautiful season if and when the conditions are right, and it can be a fun season to photograph.

Take a time traveling trip with me, it won’t take very long. Let’s go back to the scene of the most difficult challenge that you have ever faced. Was it basic training? Perhaps it was an educational or training challenge. For me it was jump school because I was terrified of heights. For othe…

Religion. Being good enough for God to accept us. Many do turn to religion…trying to always behave and say the perfect things. So that hopefully, their holy God will be obliged to help them handle the fears and horrible problems in life. But down deep, each of us know ourselves well enough t…

I have written before in this column about violence and humans’ propensity to engage in it. The ancient battle between the groups of hunter gatherers that took place on the shore of what is now Lake Victoria has been labeled as the earliest known organized battle. It is interesting to point …

My wife Abby and I watched the countdown and liftoff of Inspiration4 atop the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket Wednesday evening, the first-ever all-civilian mission to Earth orbit.

The free market has created a miracle. The United States is a place where people have the opportunity to live their entrepreneurial dream. The key word in that sentence is “opportunity,” which is the great conjunction of circumstances that make it possible for a person to do something.

“But it’s the truth even if it didn’t happen.” Big Chief, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest”

I have noticed a commercial for Chevrolet Trucks that has been running on television recently featuring in the background a song that we have discussed in this column: “Big Rock Candy Mountain”. Boy, was I surprised to hear that song! I had not heard that song since I was about four or five …

“C’mon, Daisy, you ain’t sick, and ya shore ‘nuff ain’t old, so jest keep movin’.”

Thanks to everyone in the community who asked about my wife Abby, who has been hospitalized for a couple of weeks.

Oklahoma state government is getting $1.87 billion of the $350 billion from the American Rescue Plan Act(ARPA). This is the spending bill signed back in March by President Biden. 

Are you easily swayed, duped, confused - and way too often, deceived by your own thoughts? Don’t feel like the Lone Ranger – it happens to a lot of us. The things we allow ourselves to dwell upon can very well be the reasons for our anxiety, fear, depression and anger.

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There are certain names in greater Ada that most people, especially people who have lived here for a while, recognize. Some of those names include Bertha Teague, Carl Albert, Lonnie Abbott, Ray Stout, Robert S. Kerr, Harry Brecheen. And Dorothy Milligan

Once in a while, someone will ask me what kind of receiver to buy if they are interested, and there are some decent receivers out there, some for under $100.

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A couple of years ago, a friend of mine asked if I would consider writing about how to process your own film at home. I told her it was easier than she imagined.

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I received an unusual gift recently from my friends at People’s Electric Cooperative: a Nikon FG-20 film camera, with three lenses, a Nikkor 50mm f/1.8, a Nikkor 35-70mm f/3.3-4.5, and a Vivitar 70-210mm f/4.5.

Medicare Assistance Program Director Ray Walker of the Oklahoma Insurance Department talks about qualifications for assistance in paying Medicare Prescription Drug Costs through the Extra Help Program.

Every 10 years, the idea of redistricting starts with the perception that partisans will draw crazy looking maps that will create chaos and corruption in order to solidify some kind of political advantage.

Rain and heat prompted the grass on the 10 acres to grow faster than we could get it mowed, which isn’t a problem, as I love my “down” time while cutting it.

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Tomorrow is the fifth anniversary of a touching, difficult tragedy: on July 25, 2016, Karsen Sheffield and Avery Anderson were seriously injured in a two-vehicle accident on Lovelady Road.

At the tender age of fifteen, Andy Bowman answered God’s call to make ministering to people his number one goal for the rest of his life. Ministry is his first love. But did that call on his life demolish from his mind and his heart everything else that he loved? 

As the last presidential election approached, one could sense that something was wrong with the polls. The race felt tighter than the polls indicated, and specifically, Joe Biden’s solid lead in the polls felt less solid than the surveys suggested. As they had in 2016, pollsters appeared on …


The U.S. Supreme Court (SCOTUS) has announced they will hear Dobbs vs. Jackson Women’s Health in the Fall of 2021.

More Republicans than Democrats appear to be “vaccine hesitant” -- that is, reluctant for one reason or another -- to take the COVID-19 vaccine. They’ve gotten the treatment you might expect in some quarters of the press. “Right-wing anti-vaccine hysteria is increasing. We’ll all pay the pri…

When the girls were little, “going on a vacation” meant we were either headed to the Lake of the Ozarks or floating on a river nearby. Even though we can afford to go to more glamorous spots in the country, I’m happy we continue this family tradition.

Ever used a dull steak knife and had to hack and tear your way thru that rib eye?

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My faithful readers know that if there is something happening in town that is likely to make pictures, I'll be there if I am able.

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My time here at The Ada News has been little short of exciting. From car accidents, sports and countless interviews–the action never really stops. I’ve always known that documentary photography and storytelling is where my heart lies, and my friends here at The Ada News have pushed and encou…

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My newspaper and I were very fortunate to have a very talented young intern this spring and early summer, Mackenzee E. Crosby.

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As we continue to emerge from the pandemic, there’s a sense of relief and optimism that things will return to normal. Long-awaited family gatherings, birthday parties and graduation ceremonies are finally happening in person. Sporting events have fans in the stands, airports are busy, and we…

The four-year-old little girl had a startlingly vivid imagination. She loved to live in a make-believe world of her own, and expected everyone else who happened to be around to follow along.

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…

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