A Musical Testament to Steinbeck

Unlike a lot of his fellow Oklahomans, drummer, composer and music teacher Jared Johnson didn’t encounter John Steinbeck’s masterwork, The Grapes of Wrath, during...

Be a Bad Axe

At some point, you’ve probably thrown a bowling ball down a lane, but an axe … not so much. That has changed in Oklahoma. Often...

Yin and Yang of Instruction

According to Donna Gradel, teaching is a science and an art. “It’s the artist who inspires and creates an atmosphere of innovation for their students,”...

‘The Tree Speaks to You’

For many, falling in love with bonsai plants happened during childhood while watching Daniel of The Karate Kid discover the ancient art of mindfully...

Unimpeded by Boundaries

Retired Jenks High School football coach Allan Trimble is not from this world, according to his friend Troy Taber. “He knows where he is from...

Forging Ahead from Antiquity

Books, videos and lectures on blacksmithing can only go so far. Those practicing this ancient, sophisticated, highly technical craft say you have to learn...

Back to Aartvark

It was the coveted purse of a newborn fowl that first drew Keith Whitfield to the art world.  “Only in Oklahoma,” says Whitfield, who owns...

Mission: Exoneration

Wrongful convictions are not easy to overturn, even when the defense has DNA evidence on its side. Five to seven years is a typical timetable...

The Tulsa Zeitgeist

A couple of months ago in this space, I wrote about a then-upcoming event at Tulsa’s Will Rogers High School auditorium, honoring the musical legacy...

Heat(ed) Ice Cream Cravings

Anytime Edmond native Josh Richardson returns to this part of the country during the NBA season, the fourth-year Miami Heat player always stops at...
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