Goodbye Leon

Goodbye Leon

Last Sunday morning when I was still smarting from the election results with thoughts flashing through my head about things not being able to get any worse, I got jolted back to reality with more sobering news.  When I read in my social media news feed that entertainer Leon Russell had died in his sleep, my heart sank yet further.  As I have stated more than once before, music forms the tapestry that is the backdrop of life.  Among the songs and musical works that form mine, Leon Russell is responsible for a respectable portion of it. Claude Russell Bridges was born in Lawton, Oklahoma.  When he was a small child his family moved to Tulsa.  He was attending Will Rogers High School at the time Yours Truly was born in 1959.  Starting his career in the mid-1950s,...

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Processing the results: Arriving at my fork in the road

Processing the results:  Arriving at my fork in the road

As of 1:45 AM CST this past Wednesday morning all members of the Democratic majority throughout the nation and along this the most conservative stretch of Old Route 66 who care passionately about their country and its future have been working through the five stages of grief after Tuesday’s historically cataclysmic electoral loss.  I, like all the others, have been internally struggling hard to reconcile what the results mean for me and what my duty is going forward to exemplify in my daily life the democratic and humanistic values I hold dear.  I have done my best to lend a sympathetic ear to all kindred progressive spirits who are seeking decompression from wrestling with a toxic mixture of negative feelings of fear, disbelief, bewilderment and a growing...

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My take on the outcome of the 2016 General Election

My take on the outcome of the 2016 General Election

As an Oklahoma Democrat, this is how I view the results of the 2016 General Election in my mind’s eye:       I need to update the “About” page on this blog to reflect yet another Presidential election where 77 out of 77 counties in Oklahoma were carried by the Republican ticket.  Believe it or not that is among the least of my concerns at the moment.  We are now down to twenty-six Democrats in the Oklahoma House and a whopping six in the  Senate.  I was acutely aware from the beginning of the campaign season that the leadership of the party in control of the state capitol has no intention of changing direction in terms of policy.  It wasn’t until she absolutely had to that Gov. Fallin and the state Corporation Commission...

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What a wonderful rainy day for a poll dance

What a wonderful rainy day for a poll dance

My dear brothers, sisters, readers of Reason Rest Stop and only friends, history is upon us today as General Election Day 2016 has arrived!  I awoke early to a rainy, drizzly but at least not a cold morning.  I got ready and dressed and made my way over to my voting precinct, which is literally just across the street from my house, doing my best Saturday Night Fever strut all the way.  I rounded the building which houses the polls only to find 30+ voters already in line ahead of me at 6:45 AM.  A dozen or so more fell in line behind me before voting started at straight up 7 AM.  Knowing this whole ordeal was just minutes from being over I couldn’t help doing my best poll dance.  I must admit that my fellow Precinct 163 voters did not seem amused. Some of my...

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Sprinting down the home stretch

Sprinting down the home stretch

It is the first day of November in election year 2016 and we have exactly one more week until the climax of the most expensive and definitely the most trying and tiring election cycle in the History of the Republic to date. The past sixteen or so months has been a seemingly never ending public spectacle of prospective Presidential candidates or their surrogates one-upping each other with all manner of sleasery by way of comments, accusations, public displays of varying degrees of debauchery and last but not least non-flattering sound bytes and video clips of their same but former selves.  Some pundits have even gone as far to say that the future of the American experiment in self-governance hangs in the balance of next Tuesday’s vote.  It is still my hope...

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