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Not only should we speak up, but we should listen to others. Their opinion has merit too. Listen and learn. We should operate with clarity. That means listening as well as speaking.
You finally get through school, all the pop quizzes, the semester tests, the term papers, the acne, the angst and the story problems, for crying out loud, and COVID-19 takes all the fun and pageantry out of graduation.
I make no excuse for rioting and looting. And I continue to pray for peace. But until we undertake the hard work of addressing the root causes of unrest, we will continue to see the symptom of violence arise from our national cancer of systemic racism.
“Be still and know that He is God/Be still and know that He is faithful/Consider all that He has done/Stand in awe and be amazed/And know that He will never change/Be still”
There are prayers we pray and forget, the words falling from our memory faster than incense can rise and dissipate. And then, there are the prayers that stick with us for a lifetime.
Please, think before posting anything hateful toward another person. You don't know what they are dealing with in their lives. If posting something vile makes you feel good, then re-examine your own motivations.
Wednesday will perhaps mark a pivotal moment in United States space travel, when astronauts are launched into space from U.S. soil after a near-decade-long hiatus.
I apologize for being late with my Memorial Day article. I am from the old school and forgot that special time is now the last Monday in May, and not May 31.
This is the “Happy Time,” for the coronavirus. We have no weapons with which to fight this enemy, and the more we gather and mingle, the more target-rich the environment for the disease.
Those old, worn-smooth bricks that saw tens of thousands of individual shoes and boots use them, who were there when I was a little kid sitting on them out front of our print shop, watching ants and bugs scurry about, are gone now — covered and replaced by smooth concrete.
We are called to a passionate, bone-aching kind of love, that centers our being, our efforts, our passions and our last breath, on the one and only true source of our life and worth — our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
The Framers of the Constitution ... were men of faith. But, they left provisions of faith — and government mechanisms to protect and advance faith — out of our Constitution ... They did so not because they wanted faith to flounder in our republic. They did so because they knew the only way to ensure religious liberty was to keep government out of the matter entirely.
The cold, harsh fact is that in today's fast-moving news environment, Americans are understandably turning in more frequent numbers to online platforms as the traditional national media choices have nearly rendered themselves irrelevant for little more than firing partisan potshots either at one party in particular, or at each other.
The best thing to do when getting reacquainted with the night sky is to look for familiar star patterns and gatherings. Good thing there are several that can be readily found no matter what season you are in.
Let the pandemic and living sheltered MAKE you, NOT BREAK you. You will be stronger later when the confusion and illness is settled and we can get back to whatever normal is. It will make us into the person we are today.
For the past few years rallies have come after harvest, but were short lived and difficult to capture. Storage is a silent enemy that is likened to paying interest to own wheat.
Something flipped, flopped or lurched, deep down in both my chest and my psyche. Was it love? I don’t know. All I know is that I couldn’t stop staring at her, thinking how lucky I was to have this dark-haired beauty actually talking to me.
Unless you are among them, do you think of farmers when you eat, stockers in groceries, truckers, people who toil behind the scenes in hospitals and clean up after us and on and on — did you really think about these unsung heroes much before COVID-19?
What other ways can we take this dark time and pass it on as love and light to our children? I am sure I have only scratched the surface. I invite you to reflect on this, and to put into action those small things that will transform crisis into the balm of compassion.
Americans, fortunately, are not fond of living their lives under the thumb of autocrats, and it is good to see that independent spirit has not been completely lost.
Many things have changed. We have changed. The world has changed. Our attitudes have changed. Freedoms have changed. We had better adjust our lives and get ready for it.
Mothers teach, nurture, feed (both souls and bellies), correct, guide, discipline, inspire, challenge, lead, protect, clean, organize, defend, comfort and heal. They build us up when we are low and they will take us down a notch when we are getting just a bit too big for our britches.
This loving, gentle man, who was not only ready, but eager, to come face-to-face with God, summed up in 10 simple words the faith I strive to live:
There is no way for white Americans to completely understand what it means to live black in America. But, if we truly desire our nation to ever become a land of equality, freedom and justice, we must take off the comfortable lenses of our white privilege.
We long to remember these little slices of our past, the fleeting moments we get when good memories flood over us, and we wish the feeling would last ... but it doesn’t. And we are disappointed.
Apologize for disrespecting elected officials? Excuse me, your honor, but disagreeing with public officials has long been an American right and has even frequently taken on the form of a "concept of liberty" called civil disobedience.
The night sky really is more alive than you think. Those 10 seconds you spend walking from your car to your door might as well be like judging a movie based on five minutes of content.
The assault on lives, livelihoods and medical needs of Oklahomans by governments’ response to COVID-19 is going to require bold reforms to reverse the damage. Lawmakers should enact several polices as a result.
So when will we get back to normal? Perhaps a better question is, do we want to? Or would we be better off in a new and better normal, one that doesn’t include this lousy virus that has turned the world on its ear?
I am hopeful the latest testing eventually will find a path out of this pandemic. Until then, smoke-blowing of possible remedies for COVID-19 by politicians will continue, as if smoke-blowing will ever end.
It became abundantly clear earlier this year to me that I need 20/20 vision, and the only way to gain that clarity is to focus on the Lord and what He says.
If you'd like to see the Starlink satellites, there are several sites you can go to that will show when you can see them. One such site is satflare.com.
Today, we need to restart the Victory Garden campaign. We need the faithful American spirit, the desperation in our core to fight the enemy, no matter what it is, and the boost of morale and pride that being part of something greater than ourselves gives.
A perfect storm of low gas prices and an unstable economy have led to severe reduction of ethanol production. For cattle producers, this means a reduction or even loss of ethanol byproducts as a feed or supplement for the time being.
We’re all tired of being cooped up at home, at not being able to do the things we used to do, the things we want to do. But is going back to the way things were before the pandemic worth the lives that will be lost if we reopen our city, state and nation too soon?
It appears Facebook finds itself in quite the conundrum of its own doing. The longer it capriciously engages in random acts of platform censorship, the more clear it becomes it is less concerned with being a forum for the free exchange of ideas and discourse.
Hibernation can be a time of rest and relaxation. Now is not the time to be lonely and blue. There are so many things we can do just for fun or enjoyment. I never run out of anything to do.
This Week's Circulars
ENID - Funeral 1 p.m. Friday, June 5, Orion Baptist Church, Pastor Mickey Flynn officiating. Burial in Orion Cemetery under guidance of Amy Stittsworth Funeral Service. Visitation 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, June 4, at Stittsworth's. www.stittsworthfuneralservices.com
- Updated: Protesters march in downtown Enid in reaction to George Floyd's death
- OSDH: 80 new COVID-19 cases, including 2 in NW Okla., 5 more deaths reported Saturday
- Teen leads authorities on 2-county pursuit
- Riots erupt overnight in Oklahoma City in protest of George Floyd incident
- Family of seven loses home to Wednesday afternoon fire
- OSDH: 88 new COVID-19 cases, no deaths reported Sunday; active cases increase
- OSDH: 68 new COVID-19 cases confirmed Friday, three more deaths reported
- REAL ID test run points out some issues
- Marsau Enterprises keeps employees busy during slowdown with community service
- OSDH: 41 new COVID-19 cases, 4 more deaths reported Thursday in Oklahoma