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A trip to the sixth floor

Towards the end of September I had the opportunity to visit the John F. Kennedy museum in downtown Dallas. The museum’s official name is “Sixth Floor Museum at Dealy Plaza.” Here I … more

Turkey, without a side of food poisoning please

With next week being Thanksgiving, I thought I would share again about one fateful holiday year. For the last 14 years, I’ve been blessed knowing exactly which holiday I was spending where. … more

Slim at the Pearly Gates

From a few years back: There was once this old cowboy by the name of Slim who died and came before St. Peter at the Pearly Gates. St. Pete tells the cowboy, “Here’s how it all works. You … more

Thank you

I just don’t know if a person can say thank you enough. I bet I have said thank you a million times over the past few weeks while planning and being at the Cotton Festival & Chili Cook Off. … more

Art + chocolate = Brussels bliss

My original plan was to explore Brussels on day one and journey to nearby Ghent or Bruges on day two. Instead, my body insisted that I sleep all afternoon on day one and Pinterest research convinced … more

Summer salesman

My wife, Katherine Ann Hubbard Barnett was born to Edward F. Hubbard and Katherine Elizabeth Hubbard on May 14, 1946. Although she was born in Fort Worth, Texas and spent many of her formative years … more

What do you think about childless restaurants?

The other day I saw a news story about a restaurant out of Texas that had banned children. Not just banned after certain hours, but banned them entirely. I read the story, and this wasn’t the … more

Frog fiasco

In my many years as a district court judge in the State of Oklahoma, I have presided over several cases which were highly publicized in our area and in our state. However, I have had very few that … more

Graduating from Basic

Here is another of my dad’s Navy stories from a book that we are writing based on his 20-year Naval career. This book is a work in progress. I don’t know what I expected from basic … more

More Tillman County wit

Tillman County, Oklahoma is my birthplace and the place where I learned much of the ethic that I have lived by for most of my life. I would characterize the Tillman County ethic as consisting of a … more

His will, not yours

A long time ago, when I was in school at OSU, I obtained my pilot’s license through the university. I also became an OSU Flying Aggie. For those who didn’t know, OSU was the Oklahoma A & … more

Last moments in Nuremberg

When Maggie and I arrived back in Nuremberg we were exhausted but it was my last night and we had no other choice but to spend it wisely. Maggie’s friend Kathrine from Switzerland was in town … more

Girls allowed to join Boy Scouts, but why?

It’s been all over news stations that “embracing historic change, the Boy Scouts of America announced plans to admit girls into the Cub Scouts starting next year and to establish a new … more

Let us pray

As I sit down to write this, I am also in prayer for our nation. What took place in Las Vegas was a terrible tragedy. It affected so many. There are just not words for what happened. We’ve just … more

What is the 500 Club?

Just a few minutes ago I posted something on Facebook on behalf of the Frederick Memorial Nursing Home. The contents of that I’ll get to in just a few lines but first I need to pause so we can … more

Tillman County wit

Someone once asked an old man from Tillman County if he had lived here all his life. With a twinkle in his eye (seen often in Tillman County), the old man drawled, “Not yet!” This is just … more

Exploring Prague

You may be as surprised as I was to learn that Nuremberg is actually quite close to Prague. Just a three hour bus ride and Maggie and I were together in the Czech Republic. As soon as we dropped our … more

Volunteering for Vietnam

It’s been a busy week, and I haven’t had time to sit down and write a column. Here is another of my dad’s Navy stories from a book that we are writing, based on his 20-year Naval … more

What is the 500 Club?

If you haven’t been through town and noticed the flowers, vines and fall décor then please, drive down Main Street to admire it all. At the intersection of Main Street and Grand Ave. are … more

The value of life

A month-old baby was found along the side of the interstate this week. The baby was in a car seat and included legal documents and over $5,000 cash. It sounds to me like a roadside baby adoption … more
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