Opinion

Happy Gotcha Month, Truman

Last Friday was the ninth anniversary of the day Bethany and I held our son Truman for the very first time. The joyous occasion—one that took place in a Chinese office building rather than a hospital maternity ward—has been celebrated as Truman’s “Gotcha Day” every November 3rd since. It seems only fitting that November is

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Hot Deals for Black Friday

Knowing what’s hot for the holiday season is important for this grandfather. And knowing what the hot deals are for Black Friday is a priority for any grandfather looking to spoil his grandson. I just wasn’t ready for “Black Friday Deals” the day after Halloween. We barely had the hundred or so photos of local

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Thank you, Coach Branch

Although I am—by my own admission—a world-class narcissist, I do write about other people from time to time. I especially enjoy writing about those among us who are selfless, caring individuals who go above and beyond while serving our community. My friend Crystal Branch is one of those people. Coach Branch, as she is affectionately

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The Team, The Team, The Team

Regardless of what happens at this weekend’s Final Four, the Journal wants to recognize the accomplishment of the SoBoCo Eagles soccer team. Not just that they won a thrilling double-overtime game over Father Tolton High School with a “golden goal” by Rajesh Bennett that ended the 98-minute contest, but the SoBoCo boys soccer program won

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It’s all chicken and booze

While my wife and I were watching a football game on television the other day, Bethany made an interesting observation. “There have been ads for fried chicken during every commercial break!” That tidbit may not be of any interest to you, but to a person such as my bride who suffers from an allergy to

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Popcorn balls and spooky photos

Halloween a half-century ago was as much a neighborhood celebration as it was about spending big dollars on costumes and enormous bags full of candy. Halloween at 5148 Harvard street in my Oklahoma town of 30,000 was certainly about the costumes – as an 8-year-old, you were either an astronaut, a cowboy, an OU Sooner

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We Can do Better – Me Too

Since last weekend, women (and men) have been posting the phrase “Me too” on their social media accounts if they have ever been the victims of sexual harassment or sexual assault. The purpose of this exercise is to illustrate just how pervasive these crimes are in our society. The inescapable fact of the matter is

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Seven reasons we need Costco

Why not a Costco? It wasn’t that long ago the rumors were running hot and heavy that Cabelas was going to put a store at the airport, but those rumors have quieted now that Bass Pro Shop has completed the purchase of the other big box outdoor store. But….what about Costco? Besides the City of

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It is time to stop the madness

I’m just going to say it. No one should have access to weapons or weapon accessories that make it possible for an individual to shoot over five hundred innocent human beings in less than 12 minutes. No one. Yet the evil monster who perpetrated the deadliest mass shooting in modern times—a man who possessed dozens

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A Toast to the Defiant Ones

If you know Southern Boone resident Vicki Kemna, you should consider yourself lucky. If you have ever sat and listened to songs written and performed by Tom Petty – I mean, not heard them in passing while in the car on the highway, but really listened – you would be equally as lucky. Vicki is

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