2015 year in review

2015 year in review

As the hours tick by in anticipation of celebrating the New Year, I wax philosophical about the year gone by.  I am thankful to be alive having survived the year and the daily hazards of an increasingly more dangerous World.  I am also thankful for my association with those individuals and organizations that make my life so much fuller.  They all know who they are. I can’t help but remember those who left us in 2015.   Some were known to most of us better than others but so many of them played a part in forming the tapestry of culture that is the backdrop to our life and times in America and the World.  I accept the sad fact of the matter that loss is all a part of living and this is something that is only going to get worse with each passing year.  For now...

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My human experience, Volume 41

My human experience, Volume 41

As year’s end approaches this week it is time to reflect on not only this year which will soon be gone but all others in which we have lived and experienced being human.  My final entry in my 2015 CE personal journal will be made on New Year’s Eve and will mark the end of Volume 41 of the chronicles of my own human experience.  As those who follow this blog may have noticed, there are several posts which contain references to and excerpts from my own personal journal.  Some of you reading this may keep a journal yourself.  I started keeping a personal journal at the suggestion of my ninth grade English teacher at then Wilson Junior High School, Mrs. Mary Ann Myers.  It wasn’t really a daily journal per se.  It was a journal specifically for her...

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Looking back on a watershed moment

Looking back on a watershed moment

What did you do in your youth?  How did you spend your young adult years?  When did you know you were finally a grown-up?  What changed in you to validate the fact you were over that big hump, never to return to being a child?  Three and a half decades ago this evening I confronted my life’s watershed moment after which the way I viewed the World was forever different.  It was a character molding and career defining experience for me.  I am sitting here today pondering my thirty-five years of bonafide adulthood I have muddled through since. A couple weeks ago I was compelled largely by media annoyance to post a detailed piece regarding my experience with refugees.  With due deference to my rationale to that post I wish to say that just because you take no...

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Sooners in College Football Playoff semifinal!!!

Sooners in College Football Playoff semifinal!!!

It was made official on Sunday, OU is in the 2015 College Football Playoff semifinal!  The Sooners slipped to #4 in the rankings on Friday but will play the #1 Clemson Tigers in the semifinal game in the Orange Bowl in Miami on New Years Eve. That very same evening #2 Alabama will play #3 Michigan State in the Cotton Bowl in Dallas.  The winners will meet on Monday, January 11th, 2016 in Glendale, AZ.  This will be OU’s seventeenth consecutive bowl appearance under the leadership of head coach Bob Stoops who is now wrapping up his seventeenth year at the helm in Norman.  It would be fair to say that Coach Stoops earned his salary this year.  This will be OU’s 49th bowl appearance and will enter with a bowl record of 28-19-1. I will again admit that...

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