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I did not make any New Year’s resolutions this year, because by this time, I have given up on them anyway. However, I am trying to talk to God more and be more thankful for all the blessings he has bestowed upon me. Those are not resolutions I plan to give up on.  As Barbara Johnson says in …

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In the 1980s, I worked in South Texas. I recall one woman telling me that she was a fifth-generation Texan; others implied that no matter how hard I worked or how long I stayed, that longtime families had rights a newcomer would never possess.

So I understand that there is a new website where we can order up to four free COVID test kits per person. It will take more than a week to get them delivered, but we can keep them in our homes. That way, if someone in the household learns that he/she has been exposed or has symptoms, the pe…

All right, we will continue our study from last week. Paul mentioned flesh and blood cannot inherit the Kingdom of God, 1 Corinthians 15:50. We know from past articles of study Paul in Acts 9 was stopped and saved on the road to Damascus by Jesus himself and was progressively given the revel…

A common New Testament word for “sin” literally means “missing the mark.” It is the image of an archer who aims for the bull’s-eye, but fails to put the arrow right in the middle of the target. We often fail in our pursuit of righteousness, and we fall short of God’s standard. Yet we can lea…

Article 52 - One of the more frequent questions that I receive is how do I locate my own research area. Although there are quite a few different schools of thought on this subject, I will offer my own perspective, as it has been fairly successful for me.

For a few days this month, Cherokee Nation was the global center of the movement to save Indigenous languages. Language leaders from all over the world gathered in Tahlequah to kick off the United Nations’ International Decade of Indigenous Languages. For the 10-year period from 2022 to 2032…

I love all seasons, winter included. I love the crisp air, lack of spiders, ticks and mosquitoes. When hiking in the woods during winter, there is a sense of aloneness that settles over my soul. The woods seem a bit more solitary. 

Some Oklahomans may still have their holiday decorations up, but that doesn’t mean it’s too early to start thinking about gardening – especially for those who may not have ever gardened before.

Andy is a typical early riser. Meaning he is usually up, dressed and sitting at the desk in his office by around seven every morning, which causes him to see the sun began to filter cautiously through the blinds and get stronger as morning passes. One such morning, he glanced at the window a…

Adair County is again protected by emergency services, with credit going to county commissioners and the District Attorney’s Office; Dianna Yell a first responder and former emergency management coordinator; and EMS Director Ray Sallee.

nce again Mother nature kept us from having church.  So, once again, I watched Dr. Charles Stanley on TV.  This morning he based his sermon on Nehemiah, a cupbearer for the king who accomplished two amazing feats in Jerusalem.  

Cherokee Nation citizens will soon have better access to world-class health care. I recently signed legislation that will invest $440 million into major health care capital improvements. This commitment will ensure our people get the kind of quality health care they deserve for many years ahead.

If you notice little gnats flying around your house plants, there’s a good chance those plants are being overwatered. Fungus gnats are insects commonly associated with overwatered houseplants. They can become a nuisance when they are present in large numbers and fly around inside a home. Whi…

In the 1980s, I worked in South Texas. I recall one woman telling me that she was a fifth-generation Texan; others implied that no matter how hard I worked or how long I stayed, that longtime families had rights a newcomer would never possess.

The most highlighted new releases both in fiction and nonfiction have centered on issues of race, culture and meaning in our remarkable country. These times have given rise to diverse voices all trying to make sense of current issues. Two new works that complement each other well are “The Va…

In the long history of our great Republic, neither Congress nor those who serve there have ever been held in high regard. And, if polling is to be believed, the institution and its members have never been more unpopular than they are today.

When Jackie Robinson took the field at Brooklyn’s Ebbets Field on April 15, 1947, he gave the Brooklyn Dodgers, Major League Baseball and most importantly, the nation, a civil rights moment like no other in professional sports history.

In this article we will look at a word: inheritance. Well most folks would agree the word means to gain something from someone such as parents leaving their house to the children as in a will. Or it could be land and so on. An example of the word inheritance we will look at is in Ephesians. …

Most of us cherish the privilege of coming and going as we please. Most of us don’t like restrictions to our freedoms, and we resist conditions and rules which hem us in. Most of us strive for the independence that comes from self-reliance and self-direction.

Writing an obituary, perhaps the most important document of a person's life, is a personal and challenging experience. It is during a time of grief and maybe shock, so clarity is difficult. Writing is not something most people do often, and obituaries never or seldom, so crafting something p…

I hope everyone is adjusting to the new year and remembering to put a two at the end of the date.  So far, I am doing fine, but I do have to consciously remind myself that it is 2022.  I guess the older one gets the harder it is to make changes.

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Article 51 - With just a few short months until the Oklahoma Bigfoot Symposium on March 12-13, I thought I would go over some of the dangers in the field for people who think that going out looking for Bigfoot has no dangers. I’ve taken my grandson Izzy out with me since he was four months o…

Some Oklahomans may still have their holiday decorations up, but that doesn’t mean it’s too early to start thinking about gardening – especially for those who may not have ever gardened before.

Cherokee Nation citizens will soon have better access to world-class health care. I recently signed legislation that will invest $440 million into major health care capital improvements. This commitment will ensure our people get the kind of quality health care they deserve for many years ahead.

Have you ever made an enemy? Someone who not only detests you, but actually would love to see the ground open up and swallow you, while they laugh and annihilate everything that used to be yours. 

A special meeting for the Adair County Medical Services board Friday morning was cancelled at the recommendation of the district attorney.

Most of us cherish the privilege of coming and going as we please. Most of us don’t like restrictions to our freedoms, and we resist conditions and rules which hem us in. Most of us strive for the independence that comes from self-reliance and self-direction.

We will continue from last week about crying. We see where Jesus in Hebrews 5:7 offered up prayer and strong crying. Many times, folks will say, “I just wish I had someone to talk to about how I really feel.”

Adair County Resource Center Food Pantry will be open on Thursday, Jan. 13, 8:30 - 11 a.m.

Remember when I shared the story of our kitchen table catching on fire during the holidays? After I shared the story, my youngest son, Jacob, called me and said I had all my facts wrong on our Thanksgiving fire, which in my mind makes it funny all over again. 

COVID once again inserted itself into our Christmas plans, but we had a fun, family time in spite of it. We celebrated at home on Christmas Eve with four of our five adult children, and four of our five grandkids, opening two gifts and sharing a meal, until we could all be assembled on Dec. 29. 

Article 50 Wow folks, the 50th article I’ve written, and I hope that at least the majority of my articles have been great reads. While I have more than enough material to write 500 articles, sometimes it’s hard to decide what to write about.

A peek at the top 10 stories listed at apnews.com is a glimpse into the resilience of humankind. While it isn’t pretty, and it takes bravery to read past the headlines and delve into the condition of mankind around the globe. 

When we read the gospels, we often encounter different people who opposed Jesus and tried to test him. Since they didn’t believe in him and rejected him as savior, these people thought they could outsmart Jesus. They developed questions which they thought Jesus could not answer. In their min…

I guess it’s all in how you ‘look’ at things. I see and hear all kinds of comments hoping that 2022 is better than 2021. Well, I have to agree, but for our family 2021 has been so much better than 2020 (and it’s January overflow) that I really can’t complain.   

COVID once again inserted itself into our Christmas plans, but we had a fun, family time in spite of it. We celebrated at home on Christmas Eve with four of our five adult children, and four of our five grandkids, opening two gifts and sharing a meal, until we could all be assembled on Dec. 29. 

When we read the gospels, we often encounter different people who opposed Jesus and tried to test him. Since they didn’t believe in him and rejected him as savior, these people thought they could outsmart Jesus. They developed questions which they thought Jesus could not answer. In their min…

In this week’s article I want to look at several scriptures about something we all do, crying. Even though I know my daughter Jennifer has been in heaven for 15 years, on Christmas I went to the cemetery where her body is buried, cried, and cried loud for quite some time. Although I have the…

Stilwell is a better place because of Kiwanis Club, which sponsors the Strawberry Festival, provides donations to youth program, worked hard to coordinate with the city to provide Fletcher Park downtown, and this December created the 12 Days of Christmas event at Fletcher Park.