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April 24, 2014

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I'm a Tulsa Kid: Maxwell Musick –  Riverfield Rock Band Program

04/01/14

I'm a Tulsa Kid: Maxwell Musick – Riverfield Rock Band Program

Ask anyone at Riverfield Country Day School in Tulsa who Maxwell Musick is and he or she will tell you, “A musician.” Max loves music. When not practicing or performing music, Maxwell seeks mindfulness on the Yoga mat, writes for the school newspaper and is on the school’s diversity committee. TK: When did you begin taking music lessons and what instrument did you start playing? Maxwell: Well, I started with guitar; however, I was singing before then. I have been taking lessons since sixth grade, although my focus has not been guitar the entire time. Sometimes we talk about song structure or chord progressions. Other times it’s how to EQ something properly or talking about harmonies. Whatever is necessary. This past summer I went to Berklee College of...

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Nicotine Poisonings of Oklahoma Children On Rise

03/31/14

Nicotine Poisonings of Oklahoma Children On Rise

With more Oklahomans buying e-cigarettes, the number of poisonings from liquid nicotine used in the device is also on the rise, especially with children. In 2013, the Oklahoma Poison Control Center received 77 calls about liquid nicotine poisoning, up more than sixfold from the 12 calls in 2012. The center received one call in 2010 and eight calls in 2011. Nationally, there were 427 e-liquid exposures in 2012, the most recent year for which data is available, the National Poison Data System reports. The battery-operated cigarettes have cartridges filled with nicotine, other chemicals and flavor that, when heated, create a vapor the user inhales. The concentrated amount of liquid nicotine used in e-cigarettes can cause seizures, arrhythmia, vomiting, diarrhea and even...

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You Stood Up for Education Today; Don’t Forget to Vote Tomorrow

03/31/14

You Stood Up for Education Today; Don’t Forget to Vote Tomorrow

When parents, teachers and administrators saw education funding being cut, resulting in growing class sizes, outdated books and fewer materials, unfunded legislative mandates, growing higher education tuition and fees, low teacher pay and a depressing dearth of resources all the way around, we stood up. At some point, enough is enough. No one wants children going to school every day without everything they need to be successful. We can do it if we put our priorities in the right place and do the right thing, rather than the political thing. In his remarks today, David Blatt, executive director of the non-partisan Oklahoma Policy Institute, pointed out that Oklahoma’s taxes are “the lowest they’ve been for decades,” yet the governor and the legislature want...

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Protecting Our Children

03/31/14

Protecting Our Children

Nancy (name has been changed to protect her privacy), a 54-year-old grandmother, wishes such agencies as The Parent Child Center, Child Abuse Network (CAN) and Family & Children’s Services were around when she was a child. “I was abused physically and sexually from the time I was three,” Nancy said. “My sisters were as well.” Nancy’s perpetrator, her own father, told her never to tell or she’d be sent to “a worse place.” Today, Nancy tells her story in support of agencies working to prevent and treat child abuse in hopes that other children will be spared the pain and trauma she suffered. According to data from the Oklahoma Department of Human Services, children who suffered physical or emotional abuse in Oklahoma...

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Eat Healthy, Save Money & Shop Local

03/30/14

Eat Healthy, Save Money & Shop Local

Did you know it is actually possible to eat healthy and save money? I know, crazy, right? There’s actually something new happening around here that I have become insanely excited about, produce co-ops. These groups do require a membership fee but then, you’re able to purchase produce at great prices, much of which is local. The particular co-op I use also allows you to add different bundles like an extra case of fruit, cheese and even bread. Not only is it cost effective and healthy but it also forces you to think outside the box. The baskets include, at times, out of the ordinary produce that force you to become creative in your cooking. It also gives your children a chance to try something new and different. I have been an avid couponer for many years...

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Making Tulsa an Autism-Friendly City

03/28/14

Making Tulsa an Autism-Friendly City

Two Tulsa moms who have dedicated their lives to autism awareness and education have set their sights on a bigger goal: creating the first Autism Friendly City. Jennifer Sollars Miller and Michelle Wilkerson, co-founders of the Autism Center of Tulsa and creators of Autism Friendly Locations (AFL) program, which launched in March, would like Tulsa to be the first of many cities that are consciously considerate of individuals with autism. “Parents work tirelessly to provide appropriate education, therapies and support for their child with autism so they can become independent,” Wilkerson said. “But if we send them to practice what they have learned into a community that doesn’t understand their unique needs, then they may become defeated. One in 88 children...

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Ways Movement Benefits Autistic Children

03/28/14

Ways Movement Benefits Autistic Children

In a new study looking at toddlers and preschoolers with autism, researchers found that children with better motor skills were more adept at socializing and communicating. Published online in the journal Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, this study adds to the growing evidence of the important link between autism and motor skill deficits. Lead author Megan MacDonald is an assistant professor in the College of Public Health and Human Sciences at Oregon State University. She is an expert on the movement skills of children with autism spectrum disorder. Researchers tested 233 children ages 14 to 49 months diagnosed with autism. “Even at this early age, we are already seeing motor skills mapping on to their social and communicative skills,” MacDonald...

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So You Want to Save Money?

03/27/14

So You Want to Save Money?

I’m Sarah Roe, founder of MoneySavingQueen.com. I have spent the last 7 years teaching families how to save money on everything from groceries to vacations. When I ask families how they save money at the grocery store, most reply “coupons.” While coupons are great way to save money, they certainly are not the only way to save money. Today, I’m going to share with you 3 different ways you can save money at the without ever clipping a coupon. Yep, you heard me right, put the scissors down and check out these methods that will revolutionize how you shop! 3 Ways to Save Money Without Coupons Shop the Sales Flyers: Did you know the best deals at the grocery store are located on the front and back pages of your sales flyer? All you have to do is plan...

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Build Your Child’s Brain

03/26/14

Build Your Child’s Brain

It turns out that the best way that parents can support their child’s brain development is both free and easy. Talk. That’s right. Children whose parents talk to them from the time they are born have a better start in school and in life. Yesterday, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, on behalf of the Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation (www.clintonfoundation.org), visited a Tulsa Educare Center to help roll out a community-wide campaign -- “Talking is Teaching.” The initiative will use librarians, faith-based leaders, business-owners, pediatricians and others to raise awareness of the importance of talking, singing, reading and engaging in social interaction with children ages 0 to 5.  As Clinton said, “Tulsa can be ground...

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A Heritage of Storytelling

03/21/14

A Heritage of Storytelling

Having grown up in Tulsa, I have been surrounded from a very young age by Native American storytelling. I remember as a Kindergartener at Carnegie Elementary listening to a storyteller share a story about how the stars got in the sky. It was fascinating.  In college, I took a Native American Music class and attended other storytelling events and have always been drawn to the magnetic way truly gifted storytellers share their stories. This week, I took my kids to Storytelling with MAHENWADOSE, at Helmerich Library. MAHENWADOSE, or Will Hill is a fantastic storyteller. He is animated and exciting, using sound effects, different voices for different characters and even plays Native American instruments and sings songs while he shares. A great storyteller not only...

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