Picking up the pieces of shattered trust

Picking up the pieces of shattered trust

So we never thought it could happen to us.  I’m sure we would all love to think that.  This particular train of thought is a familiar cerebral pathway unique to many of us who, either directly or indirectly, have ever had to negotiate their way through the fallout generated by the shambles such an awful crime made of our lives.  Yes, CRIME is the term applied to actions taken by one or more individuals that obviously overstep the boundaries of common decency norms, be it either reported or quietly unchallenged for whatever reason.  We need not chalk this up to complacency nor need we fault our own poor vigilance as we all know somewhere in the dank realms of our own bad life experience memory files that such things do exist and can present when and where...

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Internalizing the new normal

Internalizing the new normal

Here we are facing the winter of our discontent in that ten week period between Election Day and Inauguration Day when the outgoing Presidential administration is wrapping up business and the incoming one is preparing for a successful run.  Things have, with a few exceptions, cooled down.  We Democrats are still licking our wounds and trying to determine the best way through our pending sojourn in the cold political wilderness.  As we watch President-elect Donald Trump’s America take shape, winter has descended upon much of the nation including the most conservative stretch of Old Route 66 touching all with an icy grip as real as it is symbolic. Information continues to emerge from multiple sources that a foreign entity hacked the DNC email server and...

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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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A huge and humbling surprise

A huge and humbling surprise

Well my eclectic brothers, sisters, readers of Reason Rest Stop and only friends, it has been quite a week of many happenings along this the most conservative stretch of Old Route 66.  Yours Truly was involved in a lot of them.  Information of these events will be forthcoming but first things first.  In the midst of the happenings this past Friday I stumbled upon a calculated after-the-fact matter of record that I neither sought nor expected. Upon arriving at the Cox Center in Oklahoma City Friday afternoon and after checking in with the folks at the credentials table and chatting with the Oklahoma Democratic Party Chairman Mark Hammons and after checking into my hotel room I set off the locate the ODP Veterans Committee Hospitality Suite.  After stumbling in the...

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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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Refugees: a personal testimony

Refugees:  a personal testimony

I was going to save this particular subject for an upcoming anniversary of a proud moment and defining event in my own life.  However, because of all the media-facilitated scaremongering by political demagogues and aspiring Presidential candidates, I simply could no longer wait.  I think that what is being broadcast by the media sound chamber is as fundamentally wrong as it is offensively irritating.  Am I out of line to wish out loud for high profile people who seemingly know little about what they are spouting off on into live microphones to shut the hell up until they are briefed on a few basic facts? Riding the wave of hysteria created by the ISIS-claimed terror attack that killed so many people in Paris, France this month, local elected politicians along...

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