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The Meat Grinder

I have received great pleasure from reading accounts of the experiences of growing up in Frederick, Oklahoma (authored by James Redeker & Danny Griffin), and have decided to try my hand at … more

Big brother James

My closest companion, best friend, and most common pugilistic combatant as a kid was my older brother James. Even though we are both now in our seventies, we are still very dear friends. James was … more

More music lessons

When my oldest began music lessons at six-years-old, I had no idea it would turn into something that he would love for so long. Now all three of them take various music lessons and it definitely … more

One of a kind

My wife, Katherine Ann Barnett, more commonly known in our community as Kay to her adult friends, and as Mrs. Barnett to all her former kindergarten students, is widely known among all who know her … more

Frederick busy season approaches

Last week I had the opportunity to visit with some out of town local residents. Let me explain! This couple lives in the Los Angeles area but owns a home in Frederick, visiting as often as possible. … more

Avoid the splits and stand!

As we see all the things happening in this land right now, it makes one stop and think. Moral failure is becoming normal. That sad part of it is that it is legal! What is it going to take for America … more

Groundhog for supper

My dad has been a hunter for as long as I can remember. It helped fill our freezer many times. There was one such time he decided to go hunting on his uncle’s farm, a place where I first … more

Jesus is Lord!

There are some folks who have a really misguided idea of Jesus and who He is! Y’all remember the Ricky Bobby character; he certainly didn’t have a clue. I’ve referred to him a … more

Etiquette rules for concerts and other musical events

Let me just preface this column by stating that this is an opinion piece. The following advice is from my own experience attending music events either for my own children through their private music … more

Frederick busy season approaches

If you have read my columns in previous weeks or looked at the press releases in the paper you’ve noticed we elected some new board members recently at the Annual Banquet. You might be … more

Happy birthday, Aiden

Today is my middle son’s 13th birthday. While I was going through photos for his birthday video a few weeks ago, I was reminded that in most of his hospital photos I can’t tell which is … more

Pay attention!

Have y’all ever been asked to be on the lookout for something that should be coming your way and you just flat out missed it? I recall many years ago there were commercials on TV about … more

October is for visiting

Someone pointed out the other day that there are only 15 weeks until Christmas. Well, 14 now, since that was last week. Last year I wanted to go to this Christmas event in Guthrie that was just right … more

Church hats

In preparing to be a cowboy church planter/pastor, the wearing of cowboy hats in church bothered me. I had always thought you should take off your hat inside a building, especially church! Yes, I was … more

Still moving

In 2005, I wrote a vignette about moving, in which I summarized all the moves I have made in my life, up to that point. I assumed that our moving was finished, but, as might be expected, we continued … more

A Moving Story

Ben Franklin said that there are only two things in life that are certain, death and taxes. However, my experience has shown that there are several other things which are virtually certain. It is my … more

Chasing cats is not my favorite pastime

Some of you have probably already seen this story on my Facebook page, but it was too good not to share again. I arrived home from covering the Miss Frederick Pageant — and let me just say … more

Doing aerial oga

I recently discovered the art of flying and it wasn’t in a plane. In fact, it was in a small cool room wrapped in silk. This may be an odd image to decipher, so let me explain. My boyfriend … more

My Valentine

Well, I looked on the calendar for February, and it looks like that St. Valentine’s Day is here again! Now, y’all know that cowboys and rednecks and such don’t much go in for making … more

Truckin’ vacation

Like most boys who grew up on a farm, I have always been involved with trucks. I learned to drive farm trucks when I was about twelve or thirteen, and drove a truck all the way to Wyoming when I was … more
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