So it’s October and I had one of my, “unexplained” occurrences today. I’ve had the Piney Cemetery gate latch when I was in the cemetery by myself, and, yes, I have seen things I can’t explain. I don’t label them, “ghosts” because they are not, “standard” ghosts, but they are inexplicable. 

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Every day or so I write in my journal what I call a word from the Lord for the day. It might be a scripture portion, a phrase from a song, or a word of encouragement from someone.

"The look" – it's usually shared between two people, but can be shared as needed. It usually says some form of "don’t do that." It can be a dad’s way of admonishing a child to behave, or a mom’s reminder to be polite.

 But as for me, I came so close to the edge of the cliff, my feet were slipping. I was envious of the prosperity of the proud and wicked.  Yes, all through life their road is smooth. They grow and sparkle like a jeweled necklace, they aren't always in trouble, plagued with problems, and thei…

   In this article we start in chapter 12 of 2 Corinthians and use the word “transition.” Paul, who became our apostle after being saved by the Lord in Acts 9, indicates in chapter 12 of 2 Corinthians, he had been given visions and revelations of the Lord. He was caught up to the third heave…

   This weekend I made a big batch of chili. All the kids came and we spent Sunday afternoon laughing, eating and talking. My oldest son, BillyWayne, finished cutting up a wood pile from one of my shade trees that I had lost. He started a fire and all the kiddos piled around it. 

OKLAHOMA CITY — The state Department of Health has disbanded a specialized unit that that responds to public health emergencies as the number of COVID-19 cases continues to grow.

   As I sit at the desk in the bedroom we call the, “computer room,” I am anxiously hoping God sends us the rain that is supposed to come. We need a soaking rain and then a hard freeze. That will help our trees to be their most spectacular. Our ponds need a good run-off rain too.

    Old Faithful in Yellowstone National Park was named for its predictable eruptions. On the average it erupts every 90 minutes to an average height of 145 feet. A bit of trivia mentions the geyser sometimes was used as a laundry. Garments placed in the crater during inactivity were ejected…

 The coronavirus pandemic has put many people — Native women especially — in peril from domestic violence, as more and more people are forced to stay home, escalating this unprecedented problem across the United States. The reality is that when households are already volatile or under stress…

Philosophers have called the eyes the window to the soul. The Bible, in several chapters – including Proverbs 17 – refers to the eye being the window to the soul. Even Shakespeare made reference to the eyes in many of his writings. Now eyes are all we can see, peeking out over masks most peo…

State Rep. Derrel Fincher, R-Bartlesville, is hosting an interim study next week focused on labor trafficking within domestic violence relationships and its impact on Oklahoma families. The study will be held before the House Judiciary Committee beginning at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 20, in Room …

 STILLWATER, Okla. – The fall season is a great time to decorate the landscape with pumpkins and mums or to take a leisurely drive to check out the changing colors of the leaves on the trees. It also is a good opportunity to plant new trees and shrubs.

My father's people were hearty mountain folk. They helped settle areas around Pelser and Ben Hur, Arkansas. When I was a child, once or twice a year, we would go back to Pelser and visit with Great Uncle Elmer and Aunt Tiny. Tiny would always cook fresh backstrap, chocolate gravy and homemad…

Survivors of domestic violence, with help and support, can go on to enjoy happy and safe lives. That is, of course, if they can find the courage to break away from an abusive relationship.

 The trees are beginning to get into their fall clothes.  The yellows are really showing off, but the reds and oranges are quickly following, as they don’t want to be left behind. My wish is that these beautiful clothes would stay around a little longer, but soon it will be the time when the…

 The trees are beginning to get into their fall clothes.  The yellows are really showing off, but the reds and oranges are quickly following, as they don’t want to be left behind. My wish is that these beautiful clothes would stay around a little longer, but soon it will be the time when the…

  I would like to at this time apologize for the error put in last week’s paper in which it was stated we are assembling at New Testament Church on our Bible studies. We were meeting but have temporarily postponed meetings on Saturday mornings due to the Covid-19. If and when we get the all …

When our children were very young, they were happy to hear their father's voice, especially in a crowd when we had gotten separated from him. More often than his voice, it was his whistle that we listened for in crowds. We'd especially strain our ears at Branson, Six Flags, Dog Patch, or eve…

   Daylight Savings Time ends on Nov. 1, so in a few weeks we will receive one extra hour of time. Some have conducted surveys in the past to see what people do with that hour. About one fourth will use it sitting in front of the television. Almost as many will give the internet another hour…

STILLWATER, Okla. – They typically live near people throughout the year, but with cooler weather arriving, many mice are looking to move a little closer.

Stilwell Public Schools has been very busy during the first nine weeks of the school year. We are on the cusp of Parent/Teacher Conferences which will look different this year as we are staggering attendance to manage social distancing and of course temperature checks and masks will be requi…

   As a Member of Congress, I have the honor of nominating students to our country’s prestigious service academies. Attending a service academy is an invaluable experience that shapes young men and women into our next generation of leaders. This year, there has been more interest than ever i…

STILLWATER, Okla. – What gardener has ever said, “I think I have enough plants?” The likely answer is none. Fortunately, one way to boost the home garden plant supply is through propagation.

"Okie Gypsy" came to be the name of a column because it says who I am. The full title of the column would be "Okie Gypsy Mermaid," if the whole truth was told.

 Oklahoma likely will still see some hot days, but for the most part, fall has arrived, bringing crisp morning temperatures, sunny days and cool evenings. While the leaves on the trees and the grass in the lawn currently is still pretty green, the brilliant colors of autumn soon will arrive.

The Bowhunter Observation Survey is a new project the Wildlife Department will use to track year-to-year changes in Oklahoma wildlife populations. Because bowhunters typically spend many hours in the field observing wildlife, this group of hunters provide some of the best information on cert…