We are the result of many peoples’ efforts – PDG Will Beckman

“We are the result of many peoples’ efforts throughout our life” By PDG Will Beckman This last week I was asked and honored to speak at a family friends funeral – recognizing her efforts in helping others. Polly Ishmael Sandlin was this person as well as the granddaughter of famed surgeon Earl McBride of the McBride Clinics […]

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Three Smart Tips for 2019 – Brenda Jones Barwick

Three Smart Tips for 2019 By Brenda Jones Barwick, APR Christmas and New Year’s are around the corner, then we’re into 2019. Although everyone feels busy with holiday parties and running down last-minute end-of-the-year deals, this is the perfect time to evaluate success on your 2018 goals and make new goals for 2019. It must […]

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Auto-Pilot

AUTO-PILOTED CARS? I enjoy driving an automobile.  A couple of years ago, we went for a 7,000 mile drive.  We saw friends in Amarillo, TX, relatives in Tombstone and Phoenix, AZ, San Diego, Los Angeles, Bakersfield, and San Francisco, CA.  After that we toured the wine country, visited several National Parks, and went through Reno […]

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Vote Like a Boy Scout!

“Vote Like a Boy Scout” – Ted Streuli I noticed two things last week as I stood amid the cardboard kiosks with my fellow voters from Precinct 064: The ballot is hard to read without glasses (thank goodness for the flashlight on my phone) and I don’t vote the way I think I vote. I […]

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Opportunities for the Eastern Oklahoma County Corridor

Opportunities for the Eastern Oklahoma County Corridor Bart Binning, Ed.D.   In this post-election time, we should consider re-evaluating state goals and how state resources are dedicated to achieving those goals.  It is suggested that we not just throw money at problems (as we did earlier this year), but that we systematically think about where […]

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Everett Hill’s Journey into Rotary Leadership – Barney Semtner

Everett Hill’s Journey into Rotary Leadership By Barney Semtner You often wonder what inspires leaders to lead. In the case of Everett Hill, it was a fateful Sunday meeting of the Boys’ Committee of the Shawnee Rotary Club in 1918. Another Rotarian led this meeting with ten young boys picked from the streets of Shawnee, […]

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Before There Was Google – Ron Page

Before There Was Google By Ron Page In the 1950’s, our farmhouse and outbuildings in northern Illinois sat along a straight gravel road atop a little drumlin, or whale-shaped hill, left by the glacier. From our somewhat elevated perspective, we had an unobstructed view of the flat nothingness surrounding us – nothingness in the sense […]

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Inaugural Oklahoma Festival Celebrates Books Authors and Readers – Susan McVey

An Inaugural Oklahoma Festival Celebrates Books, Authors, and Readers – Susan McVey Authors, poets, illustrators, and readers of all ages will convene at Oklahoma City’s Boathouse District on Saturday, October 20 for the inaugural Oklahoma Book Festival. More than 50 writers, including national bestselling authors, will be in attendance at the event.  The Book Festival […]

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Streetcars Benefits on OKC Culture- Tim Berney

  Streetcars Benefits on OKC Culture Tim Berney The new streetcar system in Oklahoma City that is scheduled to debut in December is going to mean getting used to a lot of things, not the least of which is sharing the roadway with these giant, futuristic people movers. As a downtown worker, I’ll have a […]

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Yankee Ingenuity – Pat Rooney

Yankee Ingenuity by Pat Rooney   David McCullough’s The Wright Brothers “is a story that resonates with anyone who believes deeply in the power of technology to change lives and the resistance some have to new innovations.”  This quote by Sundar Pichai, the CEO of Google, sums up the book in a nut shell.  The […]

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Lessons Learned while Fly Fishing – Ann Felton Gilliland

Lessons Learned while Fly Fishing – Ann Felton Gilliland Anyone who knows me understands that my 27-year tenure as CEO of Central Oklahoma Habitat for Humanity, which is my life’s passion, can sometimes lead to a singular focus for me – provide additional affordable housing for limited-income Oklahoma families. I was prepared to share with […]

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A Second Chance – Will Beckman

A Second Chance by Will Beckman   This story begins at a summer camp outside Brandon, Vermont. This was my first summer working back east during my high school years. To see the country, I had driven my Dodge Demon throughout the east coast and was now contently working at Twin Lake Camp. Life was […]

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