This column is named Okie Gypsy because I think of a gypsy as a free spirit who lives life traveling and loves to dance. These are stereotypes. But recently I received an email about how it is actually a negative term, considered a racial slur against Roma or Romani people.

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Right after Jesus spoke of his death and Peter’s denial, he said, “Let not your heart be troubled; believe in God, believe also in me,” (John 14:1). The trouble was inevitable, it absolutely was coming their way. Yet, Christ’s words of comfort were meant to keep this emotional storm all on t…

dair Park is becoming a place of peace and beauty. Where once it was overgrown and people couldn’t walk without stepping in goose feces, it is beginning to look like someone cares about it.

A car commercial which aired during the Olympics said that you don’t have to be amazing to start, but you have to start to be amazing. Many people who succeed in life’s endeavors begin with special gifts and talents. Some have been blessed with potential and raw talent, and we expect them to…

So take my word for it. You do not want to buy a boxed BBQ grill from Dollar General. It has 3,000,000 pieces (slight exaggeration) and none of them are pre-assembled.        

Last week we covered the rich man and Lazarus and we saw how the rich man saw his ultimate fate after death and even felt it in Luke 16:19-31. This week I want to share a link to a man I have come to know and his right division of scriptures. Pastor David Reid. He has many You Tube videos wh…

Sometimes in the gardening world, certain terms are tossed around as if they’re interchangeable. The word pesticide includes products such as herbicides, insecticides, fungicides, bactericides, rodenticides, etc. It’s basically any labeled product designed to control a pest. 

The 4-year-old little girl had a startlingly vivid imagination. She loved to live in a make-believe world of her own, and expected everyone else who happened to be around to follow along.

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The problem with social media online is that anyone can post pictures from years ago and create their own background story, and what is really amazing about it all, is that large numbers of people will fall for the story.

I knew the heat and humidity were coming sooner or later, but it can leave now. This weather has me wishing for fall. My mother would be saying, “Now, Mary, do not be wishing your life away.”  As with all things, this too shall pass, so I thank God for the blessing of air conditioning.

I started my first business in high school. After college I co-founded Everyman Studios, an art, publishing and animation company in Colorado Springs. It was the first of several successful enterprises I launched before moving to Stilwell in 2017. 

A car commercial which aired during the Olympics said that you don’t have to be amazing to start, but you have to start to be amazing. Many people who succeed in life’s endeavors begin with special gifts and talents. Some have been blessed with potential and raw talent, and we expect them to…

Sometimes in the gardening world, certain terms are tossed around as if they’re interchangeable. The word pesticide includes products such as herbicides, insecticides, fungicides, bactericides, rodenticides, etc. It’s basically any labeled product designed to control a pest. 

Last week we covered the rich man and Lazarus and we saw how the rich man saw his ultimate fate after death and even felt it in Luke 16:19-31. This week I want to share a link to a man I have come to know and his right division of scriptures. Pastor David Reid. He has many You Tube videos wh…

In August the Cherokee Nation bids farewell to five members of our legislative branch and welcomes new elected members. Some of the departing councilors reached their constitutional term limit, while others chose not to seek reelection in this year’s mid-term elections, which conclude after …

When the girls were little, “going on a vacation” meant we were either headed to the Lake of the Ozarks or floating on a river nearby. Even though we can afford to go to more glamorous spots in the country, I’m happy we continue this family tradition.

So Alexa took another vacation.  She seems to be prone to want to do that, especially when we have a lot of issues with the electricity going on and off. Ernie announced last night that she was MIA again so today I had to reset her/it. (I think Alexa may be transgender -- or maybe not since …

Here it is the second half of July, and last night and early this morning we had four and a half inches of rain.  It is very much appreciated, and it is keeping our pastures knee deep in grass. However, I can not help but think of all the people in the western states that are running out of …

Twenty state lawmakers sent a letter to the governor last week, asking him to stop hospitals from mandating health care workers be vaccinated for COVID-19. But is that a good idea?

Twenty state lawmakers sent a letter to the governor last week, asking him to stop hospitals from mandating health care workers be vaccinated for COVID-19. But is that a good idea?

We are studying the real part of us, who we are, the soul. Through this series we have seen many instances in our Bible whereby folks who have departed are not dead, but their soul is somewhere else. Now the body or vehicle they were in is dead and in the ground awaiting the resurrection. An…

When Satan tempted Eve to eat the forbidden fruit, he said, “God knows that in the day you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil,” (Genesis 3:2). The devil was saying that God jealously withholds what he has, and he doesn’t want us to enjoy tha…

 Being an ethnically ambiguous person comes with a lot of privileges; however, answering the constant questions about my identity is not one them. Like many other exoticized women, I am asked on an almost daily basis: “What are you?” and “Where are you from?” followed up with “No really, whe…

There are more than 400,000 young people in foster care across the country. In Oklahoma alone, there are 7,519 children in the custody of the Oklahoma Department of Human Services, with a need for 898 foster families. As an adoptive parent of three, I am committed to ensuring every child has…

When the girls were little, “going on a vacation” meant we were either headed to the Lake of the Ozarks or floating on a river nearby. Even though we can afford to go to more glamorous spots in the country, I’m happy we continue this family tradition.

COVID-19 cases are climbing back in higher numbers and the community might want to consider taking precautions again, at least those who stopped, before the state has to mandate health care options. It may be mostly the Delta strain that is hitting neighboring states, and those vaccinated ar…

With ample rain across the state, many Oklahoma gardens are flourishing, thanks in part to the moisture, as well as great effort on the part of gardeners. Anyone who has established a garden knows the hard work behind it. So, what do you do when you discover disease in the garden or need hel…

I can remember as a child sitting on the old gray porch of my great grandparents home with my great grandfather. His name was John William Mathiath Gregory. I remember him as a quiet, gentle fellow. He wore a gray cowboy hat and a ready smile. He bought me my very first comic book, Tarzan of…

As we are studying the soul makeup of who we are, we see in Jesus earthly ministry how Moses and Elijah appeared to Jesus on the Mount of Transfiguration and actually talked to him in Matthew 17:1-3. This may have been a future glory of Moses and Elijah. 

 “And over there will be Monkey Island, where all the monkeys are kept,” gestured Gove Bunch in a 1938 interview with a Tulsa World reporter.  Speculation had begun on how the new lake, created by the Grand River Dam Authority’s decision to build Pensacola Dam, would affect the region. 

The wonders of the internet allow endless opportunities to explore places to visit on vacation in glossy, exciting, colorful photos and headlines, with fascinating phrases to entice. In Oklahoma and across America, tourism advertising is designed to showcase where memories can be made just r…

So for the second Friday night Jessica and I went over to Fat Daddy’s in Evansville (formerly KT’s) for dinner and karaoke.  The karaoke was good, but both Friday nights they had run out of BBQ before they closed the kitchen at 7 p.m. Apparently, it’s good too.  

July 9 marks the one-year anniversary of the historic McGirt ruling by the United States Supreme Court. A year later, our efforts to protect the Cherokee Nation Reservation, in the face of assault by opponents of tribal sovereignty, is stronger than ever.

   Time and time again, Big Tech giants, like Facebook and Twitter, have demonstrated their willingness to ban and censor users they determine do not align with their progressive ideals. They are on a mission to police free speech out of existence, and Congress must act to hold Big Tech acco…

“And over there will be Monkey Island, where all the monkeys are kept,” gestured Gove Bunch in a 1938 interview with a Tulsa World reporter.  Speculation had begun on how the new lake, created by the Grand River Dam Authority’s decision to build Pensacola Dam, would affect the region. 

Last night we were blessed with another inch of rain.  If Rob reads this, he will be saying it was not such a blessing to him,  because he has several acres of hay on the ground. They tried to bale it in a hurry before it rained but the bales were so heavy it broke the spear on Jim’s tractor…

In I Kings 13 a man of God travels to preach against the idolatry of King Jeroboam. God directed him not to eat or drink or return home by the same way he came, and so he began his journey home by another way, I Kings 13:9-10. An old prophet met the man and invited him home for a meal, but t…

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STILLWATER, Okla. – The summer heat is on and as the incessant running of home air conditioners spikes electric bills, some power companies are offering peak hour incentive programs that could help customers save money. 

 So for the second Friday night Jessica and I went over to Fat Daddy’s in Evansville (formerly KT’s) for dinner and karaoke.  The karaoke was good, but both Friday nights they had run out of BBQ before they closed the kitchen at 7 p.m. Apparently, it’s good too.