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I was able to tag along with State Superintendent Joy Hofmeister during her visit to Cleveland Friday. She seemed genuinely impressed with several of the innovative steps Cleveland has taken to engage their students.

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Is this the summer you promised yourself you would do something special with your children?

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Portraits of Dr. Joe and Jean Hanson have hung in the library at Cleveland High School for 21 years.

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This is the day which the Lord has made; Let us rejoice and be glad in it. (Psalm 118:24).

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 “I will never be a teacher.”  Words echoed by many.  Maybe even some of you reading this remember muttering or thinking a similar sentiment.  It was a statement even I said numerous times as I was making plans for my future.  It was a profession I believed I could do better than.  I could m…

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The soldiers led Jesus away into the palace and called together the whole company of soldiers.  They put a purple robe on him, then twisted together a crown of thorns and set it on him.  And they began to call out to him, “Hail, king of the Jews!”  Again and again they struck him on the head…

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Teachers across Oklahoma are being forced to decide if they support the idea of walking out of the classroom until state lawmakers come up with a doable plan to substantially increase their pay. Lawmakers have been given a deadline. Should teachers take literal steps to remind legislators th…

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It is understandable that emotions run high following horrific acts of crime such as the recent school shooting in Parkland, Florida.

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Here’s one of my favorites...a real “thinker” quiz accredited to “the philosophy of Charles Schultz” and perfect for a new year.

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As Deana was doing her thing in the floral department, I was browsing through the creative assortment of signs and framed wall art in a popular home decor store. I really like the manner in which so many inspirational and encouraging words and thoughts are being made into something you’d enj…

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I like to consider myself a patriotic person. I appreciate our country and the freedom it offers. I respect the men and women whose courage has made freedom not a dream, but a reality; whose sacrifice has made democracy not a concept, but away of life; and whose spirit and dedication have ma…

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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and I enjoy seeing the use of pink get more creative each year to serve as a reminder of the importance of being aware.  I’ve printed this column a number of times before, but feel that it is always a reality-check during this month of awareness, and …

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I get that professional football player Colin Kaepernick was standing on his First Amendment rights when he decided to take a seat during the pre-game national anthem back in 2016 in an effort to stir the social conscience of the American people concerning unarmed black people being killed b…

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On his second visit to Houston this week, President Trump and the First Lady visited an emergency relief center to meet some of the victims of Hurricane Harvey. The president was seen handing out hot dogs and posing for photos with Houston residents forced out of their homes by the catastrop…

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I enjoyed watching the reaction of people during last week’s total eclipse. I found it interesting that so many would travel many miles in order to capture a glimpse of the event in its totality. I heard words like fascinated, incredible, awesome, and “it’s a God thing.”

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The excitement of a new school year commonly brings about renewed efforts to “do our best” and “work together.”

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Lost in the political debate over whether President Trump’s condemnation of the violence in Charlottesville was strong enough, are the facts of the matter.  So let’s put agendas aside and get to them.

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Detour signs bother me. I dread seeing them. It’s a selfish bother, because I simply don’t want to be inconvenienced or have my driving pattern disturbed. But, when I hear myself complaining too much about all the highway construction from here to Timbuktu, I remember the words of a friend w…

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Is this the summer you promised yourself you would do something special with your children?

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 When I lost all of my hair six years ago, I was in the middle of jumping my life’s tallest hurdle. I gained so much since that journey began. I gained back confidence, security and love for myself.

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It takes a lot to get me riled up. I mean really riled up. But a recent video shared on Facebook from somewhere across this nation did the job. I’m still riled...or sickened by it and by what it says about us, as a people.

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Beneath the dignity of the office.

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Portraits of Dr. Joe and Jean Hanson have hung in the library at Cleveland High School for 20 years.

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It’s that time of year when school is drawing to a close and students, their parents and the community as a whole are given the opportunity to show their appreciation for a “job well done” to teachers in the local school system. And there’s no time like the present, since this is Teacher App…

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The soldiers led Jesus away into the palace and called together the whole company of soldiers.  They put a purple robe on him, then twisted together a crown of thorns and set it on him.  And they began to call out to him, “Hail, king of the Jews!”  Again and again they struck him on the head…

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As I glanced through the pages of the morning paper Tuesday, a picture on the international news page got my attention...I knew it was something I had seen before. I took a closer look, and sure ‘nuf, the dateline was Jerusalem and the picture was of a renovated shrine in the Church of the H…

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I find it interesting to watch how cities react when they face similar struggles that we find in small, hometown communities.

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While the holiday of “love” was actually yesterday, I’d like to use the occasion of Valentine’s Day to say I am so tired of all the hate that is being spewed across the country and borrow the words of taxi driver Rodney King who, after being a victim of horrific hate himself back in 1991, pu…

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Wouldn’t it have been nice, I mean really nice, if instead of Gov. Mary Fallin proposing to cut taxes on groceries during her State of the State address Monday, she would have boldly  promoted designating all grocery taxes for public education — with teacher pay raises as a priority?

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When my oldest son, Lincoln, invited me to accompany him to Washington, D.C. to attend the inaugural ceremony of our country’s 45th President, I have to admit, I was a bit hesitant. Instead of festoons of red, white and blue coming to mind, my first thought was of masked terrorists and chaos…

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And the Grinch, with his Grinch-feet ice cold in the snow, stood puzzling and puzzling, how could it be so? It came without ribbons. It came without tags. It came without packages, boxes or bags. And he puzzled the puzzled 'til his puzzler was sore. Then the Grinch thought of something he ha…

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The dateline above indicates that December is, quite literally, right around the corner and I must admit I find that a little hard to believe. How did 11 months of 2016 disappear so quickly?

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Who are you thankful for this Thanksgiving?

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 I can honestly say, perhaps like some of you, I do not yet know who will get my vote for President of the United States when I stare at my ballot Tuesday.

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 October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and I enjoy seeing the use of pink get more creative each year to serve as a reminder of the importance of being aware.  I’ve printed this column a number of times before, but feel that it is always a reality-check during this month of awareness.

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 The excitement of a new school year commonly brings about renewed efforts to “do our best” and “work together.”

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 On my list of “favorite people” is my friend author Jason F. Wright. In a recent column he published a list of “8 Summertime Activities for Under $8!”  Enjoy — I think you’ll discover why he’s on my favorite people list!

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  Last week, in Cleveland, Ohio 2,472 Republican delegates from every state and five territories gathered to formally elect the party’s nominee for President.  Additionally, alternate delegates and thousands of guests, visitors, protestors and members of the press descended upon Cleveland.  …

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 Several days following the shooting tragedy in Dallas last week where five police officers were killed, the Dallas Police Chief David Brown was quoted as saying:

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 You know when you’re thinking something, but the words just aren’t coming together? Then, you read something someone else wrote and think, “That’s exactly what I wanted to say!”

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 In a world where evil people are spitting in the face of humanity and stealing life with no remorse, be a helper. In a world where people are dying because of extremism and terrorism, be extreme on the flip side… be a helper. In a world where people constantly are shouting that they have a …

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 This is the day which the Lord has made; Let us rejoice and be glad in it. (Psalm 118:24).

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 It’s that time of year when school is drawing to a close and students, their parents and the community as a whole are given the opportunity to show their appreciation for a “job well done” to teachers in the local school system during Teacher Appreciation Week.

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 The soldiers led Jesus away into the palace and called together the whole company of soldiers.  They put a purple robe on him, then twisted together a crown of thorns and set it on him.  And they began to call out to him, “Hail, king of the Jews!”  Again and again they struck him on the hea…

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