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April 25, 2015

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So Long, Adley!

As I was randomly clicking through channels one Monday night, I got hooked on "The Voice," an "American Idol" - like show where the judges/coaches (Cee-Lo Green, Blake Shelton, Christina Aquilera and Adam Levine) choose singers they like based only on their voices.  An attractive young woman named Adley Stump was singing and, when she went back to the area where parents and friends wait with host Carson Daly, I realized that I know Adley's mom. I went to high school with both of her parents, Greg Stump and Terry Noonan, in Stillwater. Naturally, I had to keep watching the show to root for the hometown girl and, more importantly to me, to support her mom who was obviously so excited and proud. I would be, too. To get the bad part out of the way, Adley...

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Make Your Weekend Plans

What are you doing this weekend? As always, there's plenty going on in Tulsa and surrounding areas. Plays, musical events, astronomical happenings and a free lecture for parents are all part of the upcoming week, so get ready, get the calendar and go! First up, Clark Youth Theatre is performing George Orwell's ANIMAL FARM at the Henthorne PAC on Friday night at 7:30. The play will run this weekend and next with Sunday matinees both weekends. I remember when my kids read this book in school. Maybe yours are reading it, too. What a great supplement to the book to go to a live performance. Then you can all go out for ice cream afterwards and discuss the meaning of satire, allegory and totalitarian regimes. Throw in a little pre-WW II history and a lecture on Stalinism and...

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My Uterus is Personal

With a "Personhood" bill almost certain to pass in Oklahoma, I have to say something in defense of my uterus. It doesn't belong to the Oklahoma State Legislature. And my daughters' reproductive body parts don't either. What do we women have to put up with in order for one male legislator to make a political point? Are we really ready for this legislation to intrude in so many areas of our lives? And in such personal ways? Years ago, I was pregnant with twins. My husband and I had planned this pregnancy. We were in our late 20s and ready to have a child. In my fourth month, I was on a regular visit to my gynecologist, and she did a routine ultrasound. I could tell by the look on her face that something wasn't right. She left the room as I lay on the...

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What? No School!

I'm doing my out and about in Tulsa a little early this week since Presidents Day is coming up and you may have a day off. I did a little digging to come up with some things that you can do with the kids. On Friday, you can go to the Tulsa Zoo and help celebrate Vindi the Chimpanzee's 5th birthday. At 10:30 a.m. the zookeepers will be giving some background on the zoo's chimps and giving Vindi and his friends some special birthday treats. So stop by the zoo and wish Vindi a Happy Birthday! If you can't get to the zoo on Friday, go on Monday because it will only cost you a dollar per ticket. Not only is it only $1 this Monday, but every Monday in February. Since we've had a very spring-like winter so far, the zoo may be a perfect destination for some fun...

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Start the Weekend Early

Start the weekend activities today by joining a "playologist" with Tulsa Children's Museum who will be exploring the Dream exhibit at the Tulsa Historical Society from 2 to 4 p.m. with kids and adults. The exhibit is interesting because it brings the ideas of all generations together to imagine a better Tulsa. Kids will get to make their own dream star and learn about constellations. Brena, the playologist, will also have two storytimes -- one at 2 p.m. and one at 3 p.m. If you can't make it today, she'll be doing the same thing on Sat., Feb. 25, 10 a.m. - noon. The Tulsa Historical Society is at 2445 S. Peoria. Kids are free and adults are $5. After school today from 4 to 5 at the Hardesty Regional Library, kids ages 5 and up are invited to a Very Fancy...

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It's Official! Uniforms for All

About a million years ago, we ran an article written by Cindy Webb about school uniforms for elemenatry students in Tulsa Public Schools. The debate was raging. Uniforms won out. Last night, the last nail in the coffin or champagne toast (choose your metephor, depending on which side you're on), was pronounced by the school board -- uniforms for all! I never had much of an opinion about uniforms. For those of you who know me, it's very rare for me to NOT have an opinion. My son, who tends toward the strict, type-A, orderly, predictable category liked uniforms. My middle daughter, who is messy and all over the place, wanted uniforms for a different reason -- she didn't like thinking about what she had to wear every day. And my youngest would have disliked uniforms, but...

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Out & About in Tulsa

To me, there's nothing more fun than doing art with kids. It makes me feel like a kid. Also, we all know how important it is to provide rich and varied experiences for our children. Tulsa always has lots of opportunities for kid art activities, and there's one tomorrow at Philbrook. The Heyman Family Adventures in Art is this Saturday from 1 to 3 p.m. for kids ages 6-12. You get to create a multi-textured weaving, and the cost is $5 per child or $12 for an adult and child. Philbrook also has those cool art packs for kids (in addition to the free Second Saturday every month). Speaking of art, Gilcrease Museum is a super kid-friendly place. Too often we think of art museums as stuffy, sterile family-unfriendly buildings, but nothing could be further from the truth....

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My Morning with a Franklin Met Student

This morning an 8th grade girl from Tulsa Public School's Met-Franklin alternative school came to shadow me at work. Since I don't have permission to use her name, I'll call her Grace. Grace is an attractive girl with long, dark curls and bleached side-swept bangs. Her bangs fall into her gorgeous brown eyes and sweep over maticulously groomed eyebrows. I wanted to ask her where she gets them done. I greeted Grace at the door, having very little information except that Grace wants to be a writer. She didn't look at me, but when I held out my hand she hesitated, then shook it. I wondered if she would talk to me, but I didn't wonder for long. I asked one question and she was off. Here's what I learned. Grace was anxious to show me her notebook from school. I...

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Yay! Weekend Fun!


Yay! Weekend Fun!

Can you believe this weather? I got up this morning and put on my super-warm running tights, gloves, hat and fleece jacket and took off down the street. I started peeling stuff off after a couple of blocks. No one told me it was spring! So maybe you have spring fever in January, and you're itching to get out to do something this weekend. Even if Saturday and Sunday turn a little cooler, there are still plenty of reasons to get out. The Tulsa Children's Museum -- you know, the museum that doesn't have a building, but still sponsors lots of fun stuff like the concert series? Did you all see the last concert -- Jeff Porter and the Claptet? I heard it was great fun! This Saturday the TCM folks are planning a meet-up from 10 a.m. to noon at the Tulsa Historical Society to...

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Happy 35 Years and Many More

Years ago, I took my children to see Tulsa Ballet's "The Nutcracker" at the PAC with my neighbor and her daughter, who was probably 4 or so at the time. My kids were maybe 5, 7 and 9. When the Nutcracker came on stage, I'll never forget my neighbor's daughter leaning over to her mom and whispering, "He forgot his pants!" That's just one of many memories that I have of the Tulsa PAC, which celebrates 35 years in March. Today, the staff of the PAC had a press conference to announce the anniversary and to thank those who had the vision to create a place where not only Tulsans, but people throughout the state and surrounding states could enjoy world-class performances. Two members of the original PAC Trust were honored today: John H. Williams and...

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Alone Again, Naturally

Here I sit, pathetically scrolling down my email subject headings to see if any of my children sent me a message. Mary, my youngest, ended her college break on Sunday. My older daughter Anna started school on Jan. 2, so we sent her off on tthe plane from Dallas while we were down there visiting our son, who, now that he's working at a "real" job, no longer has the lengthy college vacations. So, my husband and I are once again alone with the dog and the cat. The girls said they weren't sad to go back to school, but they would miss us. I guess that's a really good way to put it. I miss them, but I'm not sad to see them go back. Does that make me a bad mom? Should I wish that they would always be with me? Here's the thing. I enjoy them when...

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Why Kids Need to Snack & a Bonus Recipe


Why Kids Need to Snack & a Bonus Recipe

As the weather gets colder, the urge to snack for both kids and adults heats up. The word "snack" can have a negative connotation for lots of us. The advertising industry would like for us to equate "snack" with candy, snack cakes (yeah, they put the word "snack" right in the description -- how's that for brainwashing), chips and other sugar and salt laden "foods." I'm not a big sweets eater, but give me a bag of chips, and I can eat the whole thing. Let's look at snacking from a different perspective, and it can be a thing of beauty rather than an ugly unhealthy weight to bear (pun intended). First, kids need snacks. Little kids especially need snacks because, often, they can't eat enough at a meal to get all the nutrition...

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Saying Goodbye to a Tulsa Friend

Today, family and friends, and the entire Tulsa community say goodbye to Walter Helmerich III. Most people who live in Tulsa have been touched by Mr. Helmerich in some way. If you play at Tulsa parks with your family, or use the library system or visit the Tulsa Zoo, then you have enjoyed the philanthropy of Mr. Helmerich. Philbrook Museum of Art and Hillcrest Medical Center are also among the recipients of the Helmerich's generosity. Mr. Helmerich will be missed by those close to him, and we at TulsaKids offer our condolences. Our city is certainly better off because of Walter Helmerich III. Even though he is gone, Mr. Helmerich's generous legacy will live on in ways too numerous to count.

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Paint Something Red

After a balmy week last week, we're back to January weather just in time for the kids to be back in school. Sometimes things do work out. If you read my last blog, you know I've been trying some new things -- like Zumba! Ha. My daughter Mary and I went again last night. I don't know if it's that driving Latin beat or what, but I had the urge to paint something red over the weekend. (That was after Mary and my husband nixed my idea to paint my kitchen cabinets black. Mary's comment was, "Do you really want a Goth kitchen?") Here's the thing, I would then add a red countertop. Oh. Much better. Well, that kitchen stuff was too much work, so I decided to paint an old farm bench that I've had in my entryway for a million years. I like that bench,...

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Zumba and Other Anti-Aging Stuff

Normally, I write about sort of serious topics. If I were going to do that today, I might rant about how our legislature might vote to protect insurance companies over providing health care for babies. Hey, don't be surprised. They sided with insurance companies over mandating care for children with autism. But today is Friday - yay! And it's January, a time for new beginnings, and it just happens to be my birthday month. So, in honor of starting something new, I want to tell you about my Zumba experience. And in honor of my aging, I want to tell you about a couple of "anti-aging" products that I tried this month. Let's start with Zumba. Have any of you all tried it? A friend of mine teaches classes at Whiteside and at LaFortune. So, without too much of an...

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Want to Win Tickets to Monster Jam?


Want to Win Tickets to Monster Jam?

I've never been to a giant truck show, but the video is kind of compelling. It certainly looks like non-stop action. Anyway, if you want to go, the MONSTER JAM rolls in to Tulsa's BOK Center this Friday at 7:30 p.m. Watch KTUL Channel 8's Good Day Tulsa between 9 and 10 a.m. tomorrow (Thurs.), and you'll have a chance to win tickets AND pit passes to the show after my "Time With TulsaKids" segment. I'm on Good Day Tulsa every Thurs. talking about fun things for you to do with your family over the weekend. Besides Monster Jam, here are some more activities you might want to check out. Tulsa Technology Center in Broken Arrow is hosting a Multicultural Diverstiy Festival on Thurs. from 6 to 9 p.m. They'll have hands-on experiences for the kids...

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Twinkies for Breakfast


Twinkies for Breakfast

Are you a label reader? I am. I'm not talking about clothing labels; although, if it says "dry clean only," I can tell you that I'll think twice about buying it. I mean food labels. I've been a label-reader since I got married a million years ago, because heart disease and high cholestoral run in my husband's family. Then the kids came along, and I wanted to make sure that they were eating healthy foods, so I guess you could say that cooking most meals at home, eating whole foods rather than processed nasty foods and reading lables has turned into a lifestyle for me and my family. And, a little word of advice based on my own experience, if you don't mind -- kids do learn healthy eating habits from you. You're not a cook, you say? You don't...

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What to Do in Tulsa With the Kids This Week


What to Do in Tulsa With the Kids This Week

You may be at work like me, or you may have a few days off with the kids. Regardless, there are plenty of things to do with the remainder of school break. It looks like the weather is going to be sunny and warm, so the Tulsa Zoo is always a good option for working off some energy. Or be a park adventurer -- go to a park that you've never been to and pretend you're in another city. I always love hiking the trails at Oxley Nature Center. Besides the usual great Tulsa Parks that you can explore, here are some specific activities to keep you busy. Take a break and go to a free movie at Circle Cinema at 1st & Lewis. They're having a KidsFirst! Film  Festival this week, so you can take the kids to see a kid-friendly film. "Wubbzy's Christmas...

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Unliking Facebook, part II

Last night my two daughters and their friend (all home from college) were decorating Christmas cookies at our house. I recently blogged about how my youngest daughter had deleted her Facebook page. Coincidently, my older daughter and her friend had also deleted theirs. So, I asked them why they had become Facebook resisters. Since they had all done it independently of one another, I wonder if this is becoming a trend. All of them said they had privacy issues with Facebook. My youngest daughter said she hated the ads, and they all agreed that it was a time waster. I said that Facebook makes me feel anxious, and my daughters' friend said she felt the same way. I wondered if they had gotten any negative reactions from friends for being more difficult to contact, and they all...

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Moving Thoreau?

Tulsa Public Schools is considering moving Thoreau Demonstration School, a middle school with a popular program, from its current location near Memorial & 71st Street, to the now empty Wilson Middle School at 11th & Delaware (near TU and across from Bama Pie). Some parents and students are naturally upset about the potential move, but I don't really understand why. Thoreau would stil be the same type of school, just in a different location. But change is hard. My son went to Thoreau the first year it was open. He rode the bus most of the time, but when I picked him up, I didn't like driving out there. I'm sure, though, that there were many parents who lived close-by who loved the location. When a school draws students from across the district, that's just...

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Look Who's Shutting Down Their Facebook Pages


Look Who's Shutting Down Their Facebook Pages

My daughter doesn't have a Facebook page. I do. She's 20 and I'm 53. What's wrong with this picture? Isn't Facebook supposed to be all about young people and the way they communicate? I predicted a long time ago, when all of us old people were creating Facebook pages and connecting with those high school pals from our past, that young people would begin to lose interest. And even those of my generation who had jumped on with an initial burst of curiousity would grow a little weary from the daily dose of TMI, photos included. Interestingly, the New York Times ran an article called "Facebook Resisters" by Jenna Wortham (http://www.nytimes.com/2011/12/14/technology/shunning-facebook-and-living-to-tell-about-it.html?_r=1), which I assumed would be all...

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Parades, Lights and Loads of Things to Do This Weekend


Parades, Lights and Loads of Things to Do This Weekend

It's December and holiday activities are in full force starting this weekend. You probably already know about Winterfest going on downtown near the BOK Center. Take the kids ice skating. This year the warming tent allows you to see outside as you sip your hot chocolate. They have horse and carriage rides and a "Segway Santa." I don't know, Santa on a Segway? I'm oddly compelled to go see this. There's a daily calendar at BOKcenter.com. Lights, lights and more lights. When my kids were little, we used to pile in the minivan on Christmas Eve and drive around to look at lights. I think maybe we were trying to get the kids to go to sleep. If you want to see some pretty amazing light displays, you can go to Rhema Bible College in Broken Arrow, Chandler...

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Why I Love Taylor Swift

I never thought that I'd be blogging about why I like Taylor Swift. It's not her music; although, she does have some catchy pop tunes. I'm not really her audience. But, in the popular culture world, Taylor Swift seems like a young woman that any parent of pre-pubescent girls could love. Admittedly, I didn't know much about Taylor Swift the person until I saw her interviewed by Leslie Stahl on "60 Minutes" last night -- a totally appropriate show for someone in my age-group. Now, I've heard many of Taylor Swift's songs and I can see why young girls flock to her performances -- she's channeling the angst of unrequited love, pre-teen crushes, mean people and all things romantic. While Katy Perry is singing pop anthems to a parent's worst...

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Looking for Things to Do This Weekend? Here Ya' Go!

Can't beat this weather, right? You can always enjoy one of our many parks. If you have little kids, Whiteside (on 41st between Harvard & Yale) has a terrific playground, lots of grassy areas if you want to fly a kite (it's supposed to be windy tomorrow) AND, if you have a bike-rider, there's a 1-mile trail around the park. I used to take my kids over and run, while they rode their bikes. But, wait, there's more. Whiteside also has a sand volleyball court and tennis courts. But you can't spend every minute at a park, so here are some more things to do this weekend. On Saturday from 9:30 am to 12:30, Sky Fitness & Wellbeing is doing exercise on the lawn of the OU Schusterman Center at 41st & Yale. You can try a mini S-Cycle class, Pilates or TRX...

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Elmo's Pacifier Video

Is it just me, or does anyone find it odd that Sesame Street is starting a week-long video event featuring Elmo talking to toddlers about giving up their pacifiers? This coming less than a week after the American Academy of Pediatrics warned parents against letting their kids under 2 watch TV? Coincidence? Is this really about national "Put Down the Pacifier Day" or is Sesame Street trying to hook that next generation of toddlers with their cute, fluffy secret weapon? I don't know...I'm not a conspiracy theorist, but it makes me wonder. What's Elmo up to? I watched Elmo's first installation of "Put Down the Pacifier." It was really cute. What's not to love about a furry red monster with a big orange nose who talks baby talk? I'm...

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Half-Price Zoo Admission!

If you get out to Oktoberfest fast, you can get in free. Normally, admission is $6, but it's free today -- only until 4 p.m. That's six extra dollars to spend on bratwurst, carnival rides or a chicken hat! Speaking of low cost, if you want another fun outdoor Tulsa activity to do this weekend, head out to the Tulsa Zoo. They're having half-price admission on Saturday and Sunday for anyone wearing pink. In recognition of "Turn Tulsa Pink," the zoo is not only offering half-price admission if you wear pink, they're also having some special pink events to honor the occasion. You can enjoy pink flamengo chats and enrichment. On Sunday, mascots from around Tulsa will be hanging around to show their support of all things pink from noon to 4 p.m. Also on...

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Is Age 4 Too Young for ADHD Diagnosis?

I don't have a child with ADD or ADHD, so I certainly cannot in any way speak from personal experience as a parent. As a former teacher, I can say that I did have one student who could not focus, could not sit still, could not stop talking, could not make friends, could not finish assignments no matter how I presented them or expected them to be completed (learning styles were not an issue), and was clearly outside the norm compared with his peers. I tried to do what little I could with behavior modification, but in a class full of students, that's not very practical. The reason I bring this up is that the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has expanded the age range for the diagnosis of ADHD from age 4 (previously age 6) to teenagers (previously age 12). According to...

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Follow Your Passion

At the risk of sounding like a cranky pessimist, I'm not so sure that we should be telling teens to "follow their passion." It seems like in just the past week, I've heard that phrase repeated over and over by a variety of people -- artists, writers and Steve Jobs and, while I know that they're well meaning, in some ways, I think telling young people that can do more harm than good. I know, I know. We all want our children to "find their passion" and go out into the world and be happy, but finding a passion can put a heavy weight on a young person's shoulders. Think about it. First, "following a passion" implies that you have one thing that you are meant to do. Well, right off the bat, that's just wrong. I used to work in career...

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What I Didn't Know Didn't Hurt Them

Since I get so much news-worthy parenting information in my office every day, I've decided to write about everything I've done wrong as a parent over the years. Let's start with SpongeBob SquarePants. According to a University of Virginia study, children who watch SpongeBob may have resulting inability to pay attention, solve problems and moderate behavior. Ouch. How am I going to tell my 19-year-old that she will never reach her academic potential because of a yellow porous Porifera? At least it's not my fault. Apparently, a mere nine minutes of "SpongeBob SquarePants" can send 4-year-olds into a downward spiral that severely compromises their ability to learn. Of course, the little geniouses watching that catatonic "Caillou" showed no such...

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Tulsa Has It Goin' On!

By now, I'm sure you all know the Tulsa State Fair begins today. More on that later. I want to tell you about some other cool stuff that may be a little quieter, or not on your radar. Have you been to any of the Tulsa Performing Arts Center's Imagination Series performances? Grab the kids and go. This weekend "Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters" is Friday night at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 11 a.m. It's kind of a Cinderella story set in Africa and is probably best for kids in 1st grade and up. Tickets are a bargain at only $10 to see professional, live theater. If you're not familiar with the Imagination Series, it's a whole season of performances sponsored by the PAC Trust that is geared specifically to children and young people. Support this opportunity for...

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Bully in the House! Is It You?

Last week I was having a discussion, OK sort of an argument, with someone I really didn't know. I called him "crazy." Or maybe I called what he was saying "crazy." Either way, it wasn't the best way to handle a disagreement, and I'm not proud of it, even if I was in my mind thinking that what he was saying to me was not quite based in factual reality.  I'm glad there weren't any kids around to witness my extremely poor role modeling. In retrospect, as I thought of better ways to handle my disagreement (isn't that always the case), I thought about how much we've become an "us or them" society. That's OK in football, but it can be sort of shocking to observe in other arenas. When the crowd cheered Rick Perry's...

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Get Out, Ya'll -- It's Festival Weekend!

I really, really hope we have some breaks in the rain this weekend because there are so many family-friendly, outdoor festivals this weekend. You could seriously take a trip around the world without leaving Tulsa. And the food! It's a taste tour de force! Tacos, BBQ, baklava, haggis (okay, well, maybe not haggis). I've been to all of these festivals over the years and I can definitely vouch for them. So, here's the scoop.    The Annual Greek Festival goes through Saturday at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church at 12th & Guthrie. Great food, music and dancing. They also have interesting items for sale. If you're unfamiliar with the Greek Orthodox Church, take a tour.   Take the family to Scotland at the Oklahoma Scottish Festival at...

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Three Generations


Three Generations

I measure my life, not in coffee spoons, but in moving kids in and out of dorm rooms. This will be the last year of college for my middle child, Anna, and, needless to say, the emotion meter was clicking away. I think the packing and unpacking is a good thing. It helps keep everyone focused and busy so that you aren't reduced to tears at any given moment.  This year, my mom went with us, so it was a three-generation girls' road trip! It also happens to be my mom's 83rd birthday on Thurs., so we kind of made it into a celebration, which it was.Galesburg, IL is a small town on the Amtrak line about three hours southwest of Chicago. It's surrounded by cornfields. Literally. My mom wanted to look at the view out of our Super 8 motel window and she opened the curtains to an endless sea...

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What a Relief!

I'm so glad that former state legislator John Wright has gotten a $12,000 raise in the nine months he's worked for Tulsa County Assessor Ken Yazel. I have no idea whether or not Mr. Wright is skilled at his job, but Mr. Yazel assures us that he is. In fact, the Tulsa World quotes, "His salary is very commensurate with his capabilities, his education and his responsibilities," Yazel said. So he makes $84,000 a year.  It's nice that former senators can get great jobs like that.  Another recent hire by Yazel, Don Newberry, a brother of a state senator, got a nice $6,000 raise (from $51,000 to $57,000 annually) for completing his college degree. Good job, Don.While I know the assessor's office has nothing to do with education, I couldn't help being struck by the irony...

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