Editor's List

What’s on Your Vacation Playlist?

It’s that time again. Some of you may actually be going on vacation with your families after a year of lockdown. If you’re like our family, we always had some music on – whether it was background music to clean…

Prepare to be Patriotic:

The Tulsa Health Department offers the following advice for health safety over the holiday weekend: The 4th of July is a day to celebrate our nation’s independence, enjoy the summer weather and spend time with family and friends. While fully vaccinated individuals…

The Month I Ran THAT Article (the LGBTQ one)

Take a look at your baby or young child. Lovely, sweet, innocent. Your heart swells with love for them. You nurture them, read to them, give them nutritious food to eat, teach them to brush their teeth, wash their hands…

The Memories in Objects

Not long ago, I was digging through a closet looking for a pair of sandals as I switched from winter to summer footwear. My hand hit something hard, wrapped in plastic. I couldn’t imagine what it would be. I pulled…

Classrooms Should Not Be Receptacles for Fears

Schools often become the vehicle for stirring up divisiveness. Schools filled with our vulnerable and innocent children often become the battlegrounds of intensely emotional issues going on outside the school buildings. House Bill 1775 reflects that social battle. It is…

Thank You, Mom

I was fortunate to have two great parents. My dad, an OSU professor, died more than 15 years ago, but my mom is still living in Stillwater in the house I grew up in. I spent some time with her…

Does Your Teen Need Summer Work?

My two daughters were lifeguards for Tulsa Parks when they were in high school. It was one of many jobs, including an array of food-service jobs, that they had during the summer months. Lifeguarding was more than sitting in a…

Preparing to Love the Earth

As I was cleaning out flower beds and putting some compost in my small garden bed last weekend, I was thinking about how to get children interested in our planet. Digging in the dirt might be one way to start.…

Apology to Judith Barba

Some in the Latinx community have called me out for being racist in my blog about Judith Barba, an accomplished woman who has contributed much to the Tulsa community. I can see why the criticism is leveled at me, and…

Dismantling Public Education Brick by Brick

I’m late to the game in blogging about the Legislature’s latest shenanigans to destroy Oklahoma’s public schools. If you’ve ever had to buy a new computer, have everything transferred from the old one to the new one and then also…

District 3 School Board Election April 6, 2021

The District 3 Tulsa Public Schools Board of Education election is Tues., April 6, 2021. District 3 schools include Greenwood Leadership Academy, Anderson, Burroughs, Celia Clinton, Hamilton, John Hope Franklin, Unity Learning Academy, Dual Language Academy, Whitman Elementary, Monroe Demonstration…

Make Memories at the Library

When I was 10 years old, I entered a Daughter’s of the American Revolution (DAR) essay contest. I must have heard about it at school because no one in my family would qualify to be a member of the DAR.…

Deep Freeze Valentine's Day

I love Valentine’s Day. Whether you’re snuggled in at home or reliving memories of the days when you could go out to dinner at a real restaurant, Valentine’s Day gives us a reason to spread the love in the middle…

Real Women Wear Pearls

While I didn’t pull out my pearls on inauguration day, I was there in spirit to celebrate the first woman, not to mention Black and South Asian woman, to be inaugurated as Vice President of the United States. I didn’t…

Truth & Consequences

Child development professionals tell us to impose logical consequences when our children misbehave. As parents, we want our children to be truthful, and I hope we can add kind and humble to that. We also expect them to use listening…

2020 Was Like Having a Child

I’m not one to look back. Being more of a “let’s move on,” forward-looking person, I really dislike those shows and writings that revisit the highs, lows and celebrity deaths of the previous year. But last year was a giant,…

Editor's Blog

Living the empty nest life, and loving it.

About This Blog

Betty Casey has been editor of TulsaKids for over 20 years – her youngest child was 3-years-old when she started working for the magazine. She and her husband Wes have three young adult children. Betty’s blog ranges from writing about current issues or information of interest to local parents, reflecting on her life without kids at home, and posting a few recipes now and then. (Cooking and running are two or her favorite past-times.) Betty is the author/illustrator of three children’s books, "May Finds Her Way," "That is a Hat" and "The Prince of the Prairie" (The RoadRunner Press). She was named Blogger of the Year in 2014 by The Great Plains Journalism Awards, was a finalist in 2015 and won again in 2016. Most recently, she was named the 2017 News Blogger of the Year. She has also won numerous writing awards from the Parenting Media Association.