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These days, it’s just me and my small refractor, and immediately finding objects that aren’t the moon or a bright planet is a bit of a challenge.

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It has been a long time since things were normal. We are living in a different time than we have ever had. Everyone is affected by this pandemic ... the entire world is involved. We have to adjust. We must take the precautions in stride and live with them.

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You know the game. Take a revolver. Load one chamber with a live round, spin the cylinder, put the gun to your head and pull the trigger. Sound like fun? Of course not. It is a horror show. But that is what we are doing when we ignore the warnings about the novel coronavirus that has so plagued our world in 2020.

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Looking back over the 20th century and the years from 1914 through 2001 and 9/11, it is more than difficult to deny that these two great writers were not pretty much spot-on in their assessments of mankind

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Americans suffered, and scraped, and got by, not for themselves, but because they understood they were serving a common good... And, being responsible citizens of a free republic, they passed laws and penalties to enforce these measures ... Americans didn’t stage mass protests to whine about having to save others’ lives.

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During these contentious times there is plenty to ponder, or more accurately, to rhetorically consider ... Do politicians feel the impact of their decisions ... who constitutes whose life is important ... how fast can a country turn socialist ...

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Poetic language aside, I've never been a real fan of the northern and eastern night skies. Part of that might be because of circumstance.

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I am always amazed at the young people now who want to dress like everyone else and wear their hair like everyone else. They think by doing that that they are being different. Look at yourselves, you are not unique. It is called cookie-cutter looks. But inside you are different.

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Stuff me with green apples if I know where some of America’s colorful expressions come from!

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It's clear Big Tech will not tolerate dissent and is quite comfortable using Draconian tactics to keep certain information from being disseminated.

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I have not gone anywhere; I will continue to share with all of you one of my most intense passions, the study of astronomy.

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We were never allowed to whine about anything and our requests were simple. Kids didn't want the moon for Christmas. 

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There is one piece of graffiti that caught my eye the other day. It’s located not far from my house, painted on a concrete barrier on a bridge ... There are no drawings accompanying this particular piece of street art, only text ... It says, simply, “You will be okay,” with the word “will,” underlined as if for emphasis.

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It seems to me that with every year that passes we — as a society — get more complacent than our forebears with our lot in life.

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I understand, on some level, the desire many feel to send in federal agents to quell unrest. But, our nation was born from the unrest of people who insisted justice and equality outweigh short-term peace and quiet.

It says something about our local leaders, our state leaders and our national leaders when our national retail chains care more about us than those supposed “leaders.”

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The heartbreak of failure has been experienced by even the most successful person. Every ambitious youth has high hopes that are never realized. It takes courage to put failure behind us and set our faces again toward success.

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Leaving the house these days has become a major production. Mask? Check. Gloves? Check. Hand sanitizer? Check. Disinfecting wipes? Check. Pants zipped? Check. There’s just too darn much to remember!

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Life expectancy would grow by leaps and bounds if green vegetables smelled as good as bacon. ~ Doug Larson

I recently read a thoughtful opinion piece ("LETTER: It's time to change the Enid High School mascot," July 7, Enid News & Eagle) by a fellow Enid High School alumnus, Kelsey Huse, that called for Enid High School to cease using the “Plainsmen” as a mascot. Ms. Huse raised many good poin…

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Very little seems surprising any longer when the outrage machine fires up, even if it means boycotting a food company that has an extensive history of charitable giving. But in this case the backlash against the backlash seems to be having a bigger impact.

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It occurred to me looking at hundreds of photos of people in America and the world over from 1918 and 1919 — when Spanish flu devastated Earth — that almost without fail you see people wearing masks.

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I was listening to a cover of Bill Withers’ “Lean On Me” the other day when I was driving home.

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Time was that challenging the orthodoxy was considered noble. Dangerous at times, but noble. That had always been a major premise, or foundation, for journalists willing to seek the truth. Unfortunately, many of my journalism brethren reporting on national news have long since abandoned such…

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So, what happens when you just get pneumonia in the midst of all our testing for a novel virus that will take years to fully understand?

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As the COVID-19 pandemic presses on, we face everyday reminders that we must remain health conscious and make the best decisions we can for ourselves and others.

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For the first time since St. Patrick’s Day, I set aside a day to travel recreationally during the COVID-19 pandemic.

During this divisive year of elections, jockeying for votes is evident. Many African American communities will see an increase in interest in their votes.

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For St. Thérèse and those of us in the catholic, apostolic tradition, liturgy is essential. But, she teaches us to go beyond all these, to go deeper, to go within ourselves, and to discover an intimacy with Christ that goes beyond the realm of any written word, even Scripture.

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Throughout our history, being anything but a white, straight, Christian man has meant the great hope of “truth, justice and the American way,” has been withheld from you by force, by law and by systemic injustice.

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Out of 94,614 absentee/mail-in votes, 76,093 voted in support of the measure. Even the most ardent supporter of the proposal should at least have his or her eyebrows raised by that.

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We live in the greatest country in the world. We have limitless opportunities and freedoms and privileges. So fly your flag. Wear red, white and blue. Sing patriotic songs. Watch fireworks. Have a picnic or cook-out. Bask in all the glories this country has to offer.

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The straw that we used for mulch was not from the same source as what we have used in the past. We had no way of knowing, but this straw might have been sprayed with a broad-leaf herbicide.  

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Someday we will look back at 2020, this year of COVID-19, of racial and political turmoil, and whatever else this crazy year has in store for us as we enter the last half of it this week, shake our heads and marvel that we survived.

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Funny how things — how words or expressions — come to be. Sometimes, they just catch on with us.

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Many of you may not care if a few journalists get attacked ... But, as Americans, you should care that a free press is the one bulwark between a healthy republic with a strong military and a wicked tyrant with a compliant military.

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There’s a 1999 country song by Gary Allan titled “Right Where I Need To Be” with lyrics that describe a man trying to decide what his priorities are between work and home. He finally settles on his wife being more important than a job promotion.

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If anybody still honestly thinks the ongoing destruction and violence is about George Floyd and hasn't been commandeered by rage mobs bent on destroying merely for the sake of destruction, please consider some of their targets.

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