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Looking Back on 2018

In spite of a highly polarized and partisan political environment in 2018, Congress actually had a surprisingly productive year. On the heels of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act signed into law by the … more

Why I never stood up

Do you know your future? It’s always amazing to me that some folks have all their physical things like who gets their earthly possessions, but haven’t made any provision for … more

More flying stories

My dad was an aircraft mechanic in the Navy. He met a man who trained pilots when he was stationed at Dallas and they became great friends. This man took my dad up for flying lessons and to this day, … more

The steer dilemma

When I was a senior in high school in Frederick, Oklahoma, my dad and brother purchased 100 head of Louisiana steers, and put them on our family farm northeast of town. The farm had been leased out … more

Little ones of His

Folks, this is a very serious matter to me and ought to be for all of us. I’m talkin’ about our little ones in the womb having an opportunity to live life. Yes, I am talking about … more

Old man is gone!

A relationship with Jesus…Makes us new! The Old Man is dead! It isn’t just how you look on the outside – it’s who you are on the inside. Some may look it on the outside, … more

Sometimes your children surprise you

As parents, most of us probably wonder on a daily basis if we’re doing right by our children. If we’re teaching them everything they need to know to be successful adults. Sometimes, we … more

What kind of judge?

As a trial judge of many years, I have a great many memories of interesting things which have happened in court proceedings. Many of my close relatives have a favorite among the many stories I have … more

Way!

Have you ever been workin’ on a piece of equipment and following the instructions for repair of something like a bearing on a combine or even a washing machine, and no matter how correctly you … more

Frederick busy season approaches

It’s already the fourth week of January and already my calendar is full of things to do. School activities, community activities and so many places to shop and eat around town leave a girl with … more

Some moments are worth cherishing; others not so much

Being a parent is hard. It’s a job filled with ups and downs and twists and turns, like a wild roller coaster ride. Sometimes you end up upside down hanging on for dear life, just praying you … more

Tough love!

Y’all ever been in one of those churches where everything was like eatin’ hot cobbler and ice cream? Some churches have taken it to a place where everything is done with a smile and we … more

Meeting on a mountain side

I had a column typed and ready to go but I decided to use one of my dad’s stories instead. I make it a general rule not to type when I’m angry or upset about a situation, a rule I wish … more

In the Middle

I have been an attorney licensed in the State of Oklahoma for almost forty years, twenty two of which have been as a district court judge. As I have matured in my career, I have found that the skills … more

The time I was almost killed by a horse

On nice days I wish I had my own horse that I could ride whenever I wanted to. That feeling goes away on days when it’s cold or hot. I always have to wait until I visit my parents and sister … more

The apology

Many important lessons I have learned in life have been rather expensive, either in terms of money or time expended, or by the suffering of great humiliation. I shall attempt to relate a learning … more

Bad habits

Y’all may remember the Andy Griffith Show episode called “Housekeepers” where Aunt Bee goes away for a few days and Andy and Opie mess up the place good. Then they clean it up, but … more

Flying lessons

My dad was an aircraft mechanic in the Navy. He met a man who trained pilots when he was stationed at Dallas and they became great friends. This man took my dad up for flying lessons and to this day, … more

Another story from Ireland

My dad’s Ireland trip is on we’re including in his memoirs. He couldn’t wait to tell me all about his trip when he got home.What a wonderful time I had in Ireland.Well, mostly.I … more

Food is the way to the heart

For as long as I can remember I’ve loved to cook and bake. One of my earliest and fondest memories is standing on a chair in the kitchen with my dad baking oatmeal cookies. I was about 12 when … more
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