A look back at 2014

A look back at 2014

As I make my final journal entry and blog post of 2014 I find myself waxing nostalgically for the year gone by.  Like all other calendar years of our life before it, 2014 had its personal, political and economic highs and lows along with its special moments and of course its fair share of forgettable ones. For me personally the year wasn’t bad.  I finished one out of town employment contract and began another, one which is open ended and conducive to the lifestyle that I have been seeking.  This was the year I felt an epiphany, that moment in life where I accepted that time is more valuable than money and began to plan my future accordingly.  I am grateful for taking time to travel to old haunts, visit an aging relative and reconnect with certain people who...

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Wrapping up Volume 40

Wrapping up Volume 40

On New Year’s Day 1975 I took a walk in the freezing cold down to the neighborhood Quik Trip and purchased a spiral notebook, one with a Friends of the Earth photo of a hazy forest scene entitled Pines in the Mist.  It became Volume 1 of my personal daily journal.  I began keeping a daily personal journal in the middle of my sophomore year of high school and with rare exception have kept a record via pen and paper or Word file every day since then.  The only time I did not keep it daily was the two months I was in Navy boot camp as the regimented routine was not conducive to such a practice. Over time I learned that if you write down something be it an event on a particular day, the name of a person you met, the exact location of a certain establishment, or...

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The 2014 Season of Suffering is over for OU

The 2014 Season of Suffering is over for OU

A season that started with so much promise for the Oklahoma Sooners has mercifully ended with a humiliating loss to the Clemson Tigers in the Russell Athletic Bowl (a humbling post-season consolation for such a proud program) by a final score of 40 to 6, and it really wasn’t that close!  The 2014 Sooner campaign began on the wave of the still fresh January 2nd Sugar Bowl victory over Alabama, a game that nobody in the nation gave OU a chance of winning.  I followed the Team along with all the other OU season ticket holders every game this season, either present in the first person in Section 18, Row 32 of the Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium for the home games or on the big screen TV in my home adorned with much OU decorum for the away games. ...

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Among the day’s local sights

Among the day’s local sights

This afternoon while driving south on Riverside Drive between River Spirit Casino and 91st Street, my lady friend and I were able to capture a photo of something not often seen in the Tulsa area…….not one but TWO bald eagles: One other thing of note that I could not miss was how dry the adjacent Arkansas River was.  If these two are nesting I do hope the far south Tulsa and Jenks and the Arkansas ecosystem can sustain...

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Pushing back against Big Oil

Pushing back against Big Oil

Hydraulic fracturing or “fracking” is a controversial technique utilizing the injection of various chemicals and water to free natural gas and petroleum from deep rock formations for extraction.  It has been around and used for several years and it does work for extracting those natural resources which are sought.  It however is not a benign method.  Its economic benefits have recently come flush up against its known environmental impact, especially around population centers.  Admittedly, most of my knowledge of the environmental effects of fracking come from word of mouth of people who have lived near drilling sites who verified the increased incidence of seismic activity which dropped dramatically when the practice was stopped.  When the Red Dirt...

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