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March 30, 2015

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Fall Crafts for You and the Kids


Fall Crafts for You and the Kids

How many of your friends have said, “I wish I could just keep this weather going for the rest of the year” or something to that effect in the past couple of weeks? It’s hard to beat fall temperatures in Tulsa. And have you seen the sunrises and sunsets lately? Who needs a beach when you have those painting the sky every morning and evening. Why not take advantage of these gorgeous days and take the kids on a nature walk? If your kids are like mine were, they’ll probably pick up a few treasures along the way, whether it’s a red leaf or a fading coneflower. And kids tend to be little hoarders, not wanting to let go of whatever their fabulous collection of the week might be. So, instead of sneaking into your 4-year-old’s room in the middle...

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Learning Acceptance from Other Parents


Learning Acceptance from Other Parents

When I was in college at OSU, I was walking across Hall of Fame to Bennett Hall to have lunch with my friends when a car came zooming through the crosswalk and hit me. I have no recollection of the event, except waking up in the hospital with a broken body. The accident occurred during finals week (I don’t recommend it as a way to get out of taking finals) of the fall semester. I spent the spring semester hobbling around on one crutch because of my cracked pelvis, and unable to use my left arm. It had been crushed at the top, so my arm had to be immobilized by strapping it to my body. I also have a scar on my head from the 10 or so stitches I got to close the gash. I’m lucky. I’m lucky because I have no permanent damage from that experience. I’m also lucky...

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Smashburger Packs in the Flavor

I don’t usually write restaurant reviews, but I went to the opening of the new SMASHBURGER at 91st & Yale yesterday, so I feel compelled to tell you about it. In the interest of full disclosure, this was not my first visit to a Smashburger. I’ve been to the one at Tulsa Hills and also the one on 71st. Why? I like Smashburger. One thing I like about Smashburger is that you can order different sizes of hamburgers. They come in three sizes: small smash (quarter-pound), smash (one-third pound) and big smash (one-half pound). You aren’t stuck getting the half-pound side of beef and then splitting it with your husband. He likes mustard and I like mayo, so it never really works out. Besides, I like to have my own food. Selfish? Maybe. But I would rather eat...

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It’s Fall! Time for Apples

Fall is my favorite season. There’s nothing like that first hint of coolness where you can sit outside in the morning and drink coffee without getting covered in sweat in a matter of minutes. And fall food is the best – did someone say “crockpot?” I have a crockpot recipe that looks really good (it was posted on my sister-in-law’s Facebook page), so I’ll let you know how it turns out. I plan to try it this week. But, first, I want to share some apple recipes with you. I’ll be honest. I’m not a huge fan of just munching down on a raw apple. I don’t know why. My dad grew up on an apple orchard in Colorado, and he was always eating apples. But give me some apple pie or even an apple chopped up in a bowl of steel cut oats, and...

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Teenagers’ Party Trashes NFL Player’s Home

Did you read the story about the teens who broke into an NFL player’s second home and trashed it? According to a CNN U.S. account, they caused $20,000 in damage. Brian Holloway, a former New England Patriots player, was in Florida while 300 teens partied in his vacation home in Stephentown, New York. Evidently, Holloway’s son started getting tweets about an underage drinking party at the house and alerted his dad, who called the police. The kids broke windows, punched holes in walls, broke things throughout the house and spray-painted graffiti on the walls. This is the part of the story that I love. Holloway said, “How do we save these 300 lives that thought this was a good idea?” He had the tweets, so he started identifying the kids and put up...

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Texas Measles Outbreak Might Be Just the Beginning of a Public Health Crisis

The measles outbreak that began in the North Texas megachurch Eagle Mountain International Church, may be just the beginning of a health crisis that could easily spread into Oklahoma. According to Liz Szabo of USA Today: “Those sickened by measles include nine children and six adults, ranging in age from 4 months old to 44 years old. At least 12 of those infected were not fully immunized against measles, Roy says. The other patients lack documents to show whether they were vaccinated.” Kenneth Copeland, the leader of the church, advocates faith healing and has pushed followers to avoid vaccines because of a debunked assertion that childhood vaccines cause autism. The study by Andrew Wakefield in Wales was shown to be erroneous, but it resulted in an MMR...

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Who Wants to Watch Miley Cyrus Twerk? Or Anyone Else, for that Matter

Because she has no talent, Miley Cyrus continues to become more and more outrageous in order to keep attention flowing to her. Last night she was twerking on MTV. Why is it that we humans get some kind of twisted pleasure out of celebrities making fools of themselves? What will Miley do next? It’s oddly fascinating to watch her downward spiral from child star to video sex queen. Only she’s not sexy, just sick. Someone needs to tell her…. If you don’t know what twerking is, ask your kids. Or watch this video (gag alert) from the MTV Video Music Awards. If you’ve just eaten, you may want to wait a couple of hours. My breakfast almost ended up on my desk. Entertainers have always pushed the limits. And I’m no fan of censorship, but with...

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My Recent Field Trips

Lately, I’ve been getting out from behind my computer to do some visiting. On Tuesday, I went over to Clear Channel to record a back-to-school radio segment with the always fun and entertaining Lynn Hernandez. Early Sunday mornings at 7 a.m., Lynn steps away from classic rock to bring you Hot Topics on KMOD ( Lynn invited me to sit down and talk with him about tips to get kids ready for going back to school. Vane Lucas, owner/director of Mathnasium, a math learning center with locations in South Tulsa and Broken Arrow (, joined us for a fun discussion. First, I was pretty impressed with Vane’s suggestions for parents regarding math. I wish he had been around when my kids were going through their...

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This First Won’t Be the Last


This First Won’t Be the Last

I guess by now you all know that Kate and William had their baby. (Yes, read that with the intended note of sarcasm.) I can feel a little cynicism at the over-abundance of information, the baby-cam reporters and crush of people camping out in front of the maternity ward, but I can’t be cynical seeing the obviously happy couple holding their new baby. As Kate said, any parent knows how they are feeling at that moment. Having a baby is an unforgettable “first,” a moment in time that feels like nothing else. For those of us who are “older,” we know this first is just one of many for the new parents. TulsaKids’ August issue is out, and we have an article about the significant firsts of sending a child to kindergarten and to middle school....

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Guns Kill People

I grew up in a split-level house with a window in one of the bedrooms overlooking the roof of the garage. A couple of times, my brother and I (and maybe a friend or two) climbed out the window onto the roof of the garage and jumped down. We were free to roam around the neighborhood in the middle of the night. We could have gone out one of the sliding glass doors in the back just as easily, but there was more adventure to jumping off the roof. We didn’t cause any trouble – we just walked around in the wee hours of the morning and then snuck back into the house. What if one of those times one of the neighbors had perceived us to be dangerous criminals, out to burglarize homes? And what if one of those neighbors had had a loaded gun? I shudder to think what could have...

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Our editor-in-chief, Betty started working for TulsaKids when her youngest child was 3 years old. That daughter will be starting graduate school in the fall. Her son is now 27 and her middle daughter is 24. TulsaKids and her children literally grew up together (and she lived to tell about it)! Betty is an avid runner, cook (loves to eat) and coffee snob. She is an award-winning writer and most recently was honored with a Great Plains Journalism Award as Best Blogger of 2013. Last year, she wrote and illustrated her first children’s book, “May Finds Her Way” (2013 The RoadRunner Press). Watch for her every Tuesday on KTUL Channel 8’s Good Morning Oklahoma and Thursdays on KTUL’s Good Day Tulsa.

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