Last week, President Biden's top defense advisors: Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Mark Milley, and Commander of U.S. Central Command General Kenneth McKenzie, testified before Congress on the events leading up to the disastrous withdrawal from …

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Apparently there was a football game over the weekend. OU and Texas. It was somewhere in Texas, and I gather OU won. I gather that because that’s all I’ve seen on social media this weekend. 

Apparently those of us who frequent Facebook are now considered old geysers. The new social media platform is Instagram or Snapchat. I can't keep up with all of it, but I'm sure that's their plan.

It’s a familiar family story, one member is known as a crafty near-do-well, another reflects honor and dedication. The contrast in this instance is a father and son, General James Wilkinson and Lieutenant James Biddle Wilkinson. General Wilkinson was born in 1857 and, at nineteen enlisted in…

Life is a challenge. “Humph! you didn’t have to tell me that,” you say. We are “fearfully and wonderfully made” (Psalm 139:14), possess an eternal soul and a conscience that connects to the law of our righteous, eternal God. We are temporal, sinful and doomed for eternal death unless we part…

Apparently those of us who frequent Facebook are now considered old geysers. The new social media platform is Instagram or Snapchat. I can't keep up with all of it, but I'm sure that's their plan.

Two Adair County students recently were honored by the Oklahoma State University Ferguson College of Agriculture with academic scholarships for the 2021-2022 academic year.  

Columbus Day has officially been changed to Indigenous Peoples' Day in Stilwell, along with many other cities. And it is now a federal holiday, since 2021, when the first national Indigenous Peoples' Day was celebrated in the U.S.

I want to look at scriptures which Paul our Apostle writes to us the members of the body of Christ and are found in Romans through Philemon. He uses present tense speech to reveal to us we already are in possession of these things we are just waiting for either the rapture or when our work i…

Stilwell is environmentally healthy and the city has official state reports and documents to prove it. 

Christianity often calls us to act in ways contrary to the usual course of human behavior. At the heart of our relationship to God is the principle of submission, and most people don’t care to submit to anyone.

 The past nine months of Biden’s presidency have brought about a wave of crises unlike anything I have seen during my time in Washington. While Congress is back to vote on the Democrats’ combined $5.5 trillion tax and spend spree, the crisis at our southern border is worsening by the day. It…

Few are alive who remember the dust bowl days in Oklahoma, but between the drought and the depression, it was a miserable time to live here - well anywhere. It seems some of the lessons learned then have been forgotten.

Ever got a case of the guilts for taking a few minutes to do absolutely nothing that contributes to your finances, your job, or your family – simply doing what you want because you like it? The guilts is a pretty common reaction in our American culture that believes in the axiom, “Waste not,…

This summer presented a critical time for Oklahoma youth as we aimed to make up for the educational and emotional impacts the past year of remote learning, financial hardships, social upheaval, and food insecurity had on kids’ development. 

For two decades, the opioid epidemic has plagued the Cherokee Nation. In recent years, hundreds of millions of prescription opioids were sold at the wholesale or retail level within the Cherokee Nation Reservation. The epidemic affects even our youngest citizens with many Cherokee babies bei…

Remember the great toilet paper shortage of 2020? Gardeners who plan to plant bulbs this fall may notice a bulb shortage. Demand for not only bulbs, but plants and other gardening supplies has skyrocketed since the start of the pandemic and isn’t showing any signs of slowing down.

Every time I see a Silver Alert, I cringe.  As a person who, in the days before cell phones and social media, used to occasionally get in the car and go for a drive or take a long ambling solitary walk for some “alone time,” I’ve been traumatized by Silver Alerts. Not that I really think my …

I was home alone. I knew better, but I did it anyway, knowing full well it would make me cry.

I want to look at scriptures which Paul our Apostle writes to us the members of the body of Christ and are found in Romans through Philemon. He uses present tense speech to reveal to us we already are in possession of these things we are just waiting for either the rapture or when our work i…

The Stilwell Football Indians fell 58-8 to the Ft. Gibson Tigers in District 4A-4 action last Friday night at Leo Donahue/Tiger Stadium in Fort Gibson. With the loss, Stilwell falls to 0-2 in the District and 0-4 overall. The Tigers improve to 2-0 in District play and 3-2 overall.

Remember the great toilet paper shortage of 2020? Gardeners who plan to plant bulbs this fall may notice a bulb shortage. Demand for not only bulbs, but plants and other gardening supplies has skyrocketed since the start of the pandemic and isn’t showing any signs of slowing down.

 The past nine months of Biden’s presidency have brought about a wave of crises unlike anything I have seen during my time in Washington. While Congress is back to vote on the Democrats’ combined $5.5 trillion tax and spend spree, the crisis at our southern border is worsening by the day. It…

The cornerstone of our democracy is the right to vote. However, for most of our country’s history, Native Americans were denied that right. The Indian Citizenship Act of 1924 finally granted citizenship to all Native Americans born in the U.S., but even after that law, states could restrict …

Religion. Being good enough for God to accept us. Many do turn to religion, trying to always behave and say the perfect things, so that hopefully, their holy God will be obliged to help them handle the fears and horrible problems in life. But down deep, each of us know ourselves well enough …

Different people have different favorite seasons, but mine has always been autumn. One of the most beautiful times of the year is the season where leaves lose their shades of green and change to the reds, oranges, and yellows of fall. We often take trips just to view the glory of the change.

In 1864 the Civil War in the east was not going well for the Confederacy.  During March, President Lincoln, frustrated by the lack of his army’s progress, promoted Ulysses S. Grant to command all forces, because as Lincoln stated, “he fights!”  This was bad news since southern officers knew …

Another month is about over, it does not seem possible.  I am glad to see October roll around as it is my favorite month.  It is like Goldilocks’ porridge, not too hot and not too cold.

This summer I have been trying my hand at canning. So far, I have canned pickled beets, pickled okra, salsa, and strawberry, peach and blueberry jams. 

So these days flying not only entails worrying about an aircraft malfunction, terrorism, pilot error, and COVID infections, you just might be involved in a fist fight or end up with a cabin attendant shoved in your lap. 

 A landscape that’s pleasing to the eye is a goal of many homeowners. While children may enjoy picking dandelions and watching the white fluff swirl in the breeze, homeowners are looking for ways to eliminate their arch enemy.

The cornerstone of our democracy is the right to vote. However, for most of our country’s history, Native Americans were denied that right. The Indian Citizenship Act of 1924 finally granted citizenship to all Native Americans born in the U.S., but even after that law, states could restrict …

Religion. Being good enough for God to accept us. Many do turn to religion, trying to always behave and say the perfect things, so that hopefully, their holy God will be obliged to help them handle the fears and horrible problems in life. But down deep, each of us know ourselves well enough …

Different people have different favorite seasons, but mine has always been autumn. One of the most beautiful times of the year is the season where leaves lose their shades of green and change to the reds, oranges, and yellows of fall. We often take trips just to view the glory of the change.

I love fairs. When I was younger, I went to either the Fort Smith fair or the Tulsa Fair every year. Sometimes both. I stopped riding the rides several years ago, but I could wander around looking at the exhibits for hours at the Tulsa Fair and check out most of the animals at Fort Smith whe…

 Every suicide is a tragedy. Every life lost to suicide is one too many and the prevalence among our nation’s veterans is alarming. In 2019, 6,261 veterans lost their lives to suicide, including 111 Oklahomans. Many of our men and women in uniform who come back from warzones overseas face me…

I’m ready for the heat to go away. It seemed hotter than usual this summer and I’m tired of not being able to cover up the weight I’ve gained. I’m blaming it on the constant COVID concerns as to why my jeans no longer fit.

This Wednesday is the first day of Autumn.  I guess I will finally relent and put up my colored leaf decorations, scarecrows and pumpkins. By Tuesday, it is going to be much cooler and feel like a new season, so I guess it really is time to get busy.