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I had the opportunity to sit in for about an hour of the State Superintendent’s Student Advisory Council meeting earlier this week, and I can say that Oklahomans should be very proud of the caliber of high school students from across the state that are represented on this committee.

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Rabbits are no doubt plentiful on Earth, while there are also many of its cousins, the hare. And did you know there’s a constellation of one in our sky, hidden in plain sight?

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Do you follow the library on social media? You may have noticed a test video over the past week. One of the great things about the library is that we get to try out new things, and recently, we played around with the world of live video streaming.

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We are creatures of habit, whether we admit it or not. We love the warm blanket of familiarity.

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Before you know it, these cold Oklahoma nights will be just a memory, and we’ll be able to venture out at night in shorts and a T-shirt.

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“Exit Laughing” will be performed Jan. 21-23 and 28-29. Total running time is about one hour and 45 minutes, with a 15-minute intermission. The play is for mature audiences due to some profanity and sexual innuendoes. Tickets are available at gaslighttheatre.org.

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Is love/hate/sadness/happiness/fear tied to something from our genetic past, where we are hard-wired to something experienced by our great-great-great grandfather/mother, that was passed on to us?

The light that reaches our eyes from each and every star in the night sky comes to us from many years in the past.

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I finally got my winter coat and warm hat and lined gloves out of the winter closet because it turned so cold so fast. Now I understand it may turn back to warm and then cold again. As I write this it is like a minus-16 wind-chill factor. That is cold in anybody’s language.

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The recent comments made by the Oklahoma Secondary Schools Athletic Association (“OSSAA”) executive director (Enid News & Eagle Jan. 7, 2021) to continue its outdated process for considering student transfers for extracurricular activities, as well as the positions of some local official…

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By the way, I know the wind was credited with breaking the top off The One, the tallest fresh-cut Christmas tree in creation, and as far as I know our two little beasties didn’t leave the house that night, but just to be safe, let me apologize and say, they didn’t mean it.

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With a new year comes new year’s resolutions. While the average citizen may focus on diet and exercise, state policymakers should emphasize growth — growing our economy and increasing opportunity.

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A word meaning/shifting device is a portmanteau — a literary device in which two or more words are joined together to coin a new word, which refers to a singe concept.

As this column is being written, the James Webb Space Telescope is making its way to a position in space where it will be able to begin its observations of the early universe and view alien planetary systems.

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I used to set a reading goal every year. I would log each book then make sure I reviewed the title, finishing around two or three books a week. The last two or three years? I haven’t done that. If I wasn’t reading and reviewing a book for work or another reviewing publication, then I wasn’t …

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Over the past few decades, waves of news coverage have moved from print to online. The trimming of newsroom staffs has necessitated collaboration among for profit and nonprofit entities because smaller organizations do not have the same resources to cover stories around the state.

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To be happy in the new year and all the time, we need to learn to live beneath our means. We don’t have to have everything that is advertised or that everyone else has. Learn to be content with what we have and appreciate it.

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Fifty years from now, when future generations pause to commemorate the events of Jan. 6, 2021, I pray they shake their heads in disgust as they recall a dark moment in American history

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Take a deep breath as it’s time for beginning anew. All the things you hoped to accomplish last year can be added to your new stretch goals for the 365 days ahead. Reset and regroup as your optimism should be at an all-time high to start a new year.

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Keep an eye out for clinics to be held by OSU Extension during the months of January and February. Contact your local county OSU Extension office for questions about supplementation or feeder calibration.

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But it was Black Sunday — Palm Sunday on April 14, 1935 — that our recent high-winds dusty day rekindled a passed-on memory from my late dad.

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I am optimistic for 2022, with a healthy dose of caution mixed into my anticipation. The way to improve the next year will be for all of us to remain engaged and safe. Thank you for reading this weekly column, and as they say, “Happy trails to you until we meet again” next year!

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Every now and then, you’ll see an article on some newly-discovered asteroid whizzing past Earth at some sort of distance that may seem extremely close.

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So, a New York Times reporter spent some time in Enid last summer, and her end result was a front-page story in last Sunday’s edition about how mask mandates generated an overall philosophical and political movement in Enid.

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Christmas traditions in other places of the world sometimes have a different twist to them — unusual comes to mind.

Sen. Joe Manchin's announcement that he will not support the Democrats' giant spending bill should not have been a surprise to anyone who has been watching Manchin for the last few months. 

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Scientists believe the universe began about 13.5 billion years ago, and the telescope will be able to look at light emitted from way back then to help gain an understanding of its origin.

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If you’re not receiving joy this year — for whatever reason — try giving joy to others by donating to these drives or reaching out to someone you know needs help. From these simple acts of helping and caring for others, the joy will come to you.

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Have, and share peace and love and all the other most important things in life, and you will experience the most beautiful Christmas season and new year ever, and you will be blessed.

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I kept asking myself, why do expressions like "every Tom, Dick and Harry" take root in our language, in our conversations with one another?

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This Christmas season, three bright planets are lighting up the southern sky like lights on a Christmas tree, and at the end of this “light string” is a special gift.

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There may be no person on the face of Planet Earth more a slave to the clock than I am.

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If you are focusing on one small part of the sky to train your binoculars or telescope over one of the planets, you’re going to miss out on a lot of other stuff going on.

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Between the pandemic and politics, everyone seems to be at each other’s throats. Sometimes I wonder if we’re on the brink of civil war … or maybe we’re gearing up for revival?

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