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May 24, 2015

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Adoption: A Story of Love, Loss and Redemption

03/10/15

Adoption: A Story of Love, Loss and Redemption

The Potter family shares their powerful story of love, loss and redemption. In Jackie's words, "I pray it brings hope to many...hope to push through and hope to hang on!"  Click here for more information about Crisis Pregnancy Outreach. 

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Spotlight Children's Theatre

03/09/15

Spotlight Children's Theatre

In my on-going quest to check out all of the cool, unknown (to me) spots in Tulsa (that I can take my kids to, as not to confuse my on-going quest to check out all of the dive bars in Oklahoma), my sister and I loaded up the kids (age range 10 to 2) to watch the performance of Sleeping Beauty at Spotlight Children's Theatre on Sunday.  If you're not sure where that is, it's right along Riverside (1381 Riverside Drive). Chances are if you frequent the river, you've seen it. It's the cool white building with the large circular, glass-bricked window. It's the home of Oklahoma's longest running play, The Drunkard & the Olio (time out to add to bucket list). According to their website, every Saturday evening the Spotlight Theatre opens it...

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OU SAE Frat Boys – Who Raised You?

03/09/15

OU SAE Frat Boys – Who Raised You?

By now, I’m sure most of you have heard or seen the disturbing racist video that was recorded on a Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity party bus at the University of Oklahoma. If you haven’t seen the video, the group of fraternity brothers is singing (be prepared to be shocked), the following lyrics: “There will never be a n***** in SAE. There will never be a n***** in SAE. You can hang him from a tree, but he can never sign with me There will never be a ni**** in SAE. This is so disturbing, I don’t know where to begin. I can’t stop thinking about it. First, that a group of young people – college students(!) – would in any way think this way, and then act on it is beyond comprehension. And why did no one stand up and say,...

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The Hypocrisy of School Choice

03/06/15

The Hypocrisy of School Choice

Senate Bill 609, the voucher bill, is working its way to a floor vote by the full senate. The Education Empowerment Scholarship Act ostensibly is about choice, but when the choice is only available to a few, it’s a false choice. Vouchers, or Education Savings Accounts (ESAs), will take tax dollars (yours and mine) away from public schools. Rather than helping those who need it the most, ESAs will create more inequity. And, I would argue, vouchers go against one of the most basic values of our democracy, which is to provide a free and fair public education to all children, not just a privileged few. They don’t solve the problem of uplifting children who live in poverty; rather, they exacerbate it. Choice in education is a false choice when only a few have the ability...

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Tulsa Area Easter Egg Hunts & Activities!

03/03/15

Tulsa Area Easter Egg Hunts & Activities!

Here is your 2015 Easter Egg Hunts and Activities Guide! This list is on-going, so check back often for updates. If your organization has a community Easter Egg Hunt, please send that information to abbyrodgerstk@gmail.com. And remember: *Make sure to be on time! *Don’t forget your baskets! *Follow our Easter Pinterest board for fun crafts, easter egg decorating tips and delicious treats!  Easter Egg Hunts Chandler Park, 6500 W. 21st St. Saturday, March 28th. Lineup starts at 10:50 a.m. and the egg hunt begins at 11. We hear that the Easter bunny will be hopping in for an appearance!  For more information: 918.591.6053.   Haikey Creek, 11327 S. Garnett Ave. in Broken Arrow Saturday, March 28; 10-10:30 a.m. Lineup...

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Congratulations to Carrie Underwood!

03/03/15

Congratulations to Carrie Underwood!

Oklahoma's favorite American Idol announced the birth of her son on her Instagram today. Congratulations to Carrie Underwood and her family! 

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This working, single mom lives in a garage with daughter

03/03/15

This working, single mom lives in a garage with daughter

When I think of Silicon Valley, I think of young, smart entrepreneurs and web techs making tons of cash, not single moms living in garages. So, this story fascinated me and I think it will fascinate you, as well. Click here to watch. 

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New Birth Traditions for Tulsa Families

02/28/15

New Birth Traditions for Tulsa Families

I was recently invited to a friend’s Mother’s Blessing. Have you heard of this new trend in baby shower alternatives? To quote her invitation: “We are gathering in a beautiful and unique way to honor [the mother], spend time with her, share stories, and to instill confidence and excitement as she enters into motherhood a fourth time. This ceremony is different than a baby shower as it honors the mother's rite of passage and focuses on gathering strength for the birth.” It got me thinking, what are some of the other new birth traditions popping up and trending right now? Are there alternatives to baby showers with awkward games where you have to taste baby foods blind folded or put in your bid for the baby’s weight? It turns out, there...

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Valentine's Day in B.A.

02/26/15

Valentine's Day in B.A.

Well, I'm a little late in posting my Valentine's Day adventures, but I've decided that's a good thing. It's a good thing because love should be celebrated all year 'round. So, if you didn't have a date with your someone special or with your kiddos, I say it's NEVER too late!   Valentine's Day began with a special breakfast in our house. Thanks to Timehop, I've realized that this is a pretty big deal to me. My Timehop app showed me that morning the last several years of special Valentine's Day breakfasts with various heart shaped breakfast items and things like pink milk. I've officially decided that I LOVE Valentine's Day, and I love it way more than other holidays.    This year I did red velvet pancakes...

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Sasha Martin’s Memoir Serves Up a Tasty Read

02/26/15

Sasha Martin’s Memoir Serves Up a Tasty Read

Life from Scratch: A Memoir of Food, Family, and Forgiveness (National Geographic Books, March 2015) was not the book Tulsan and food blogger Sasha Martin set out to write. Initially, Martin had planned to take readers on a cultural adventure through recipes from around the world based on her Global Table Adventure blog (www.globaltableadventure.com). While a taste of food from around the world would have been delicious enough, the memoir that Martin ultimately wrote is far more satisfying. She will be signing her book on Tues., March 3, 7 p.m. at the Retro Den, 1216 S. Harvard. I sat down to talk with Martin at Antoinette Baking Co. on Peoria where she did much of her writing in the morning, switching over to The Phoenix Café at lunchtime. When I received the review copy...

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