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The Christmas cabin

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. Some stories are in the first person and some of … more

Unintended bee keeping

I was an airplane mechanic stationed at Naval Air Station Willow Grave, Penn. when I got the strangest call from my Senior Chief. I thought I’d misunderstood when he told me we had a bee … more

Pumping gas is now legal in parts of Oregon

Pumping gas is now legal in parts of Oregon. Yes, that was one of the first national headlines of 2018.I never knew that there are states where it was illegal to pump your own gas. I think … more

Close quarters

When we first arrived in Sicily, we didn’t have a real good work-space. In fact, it was hardly more than a storage shed. Talk about close quarters. We mostly went about our business, but there … more

San Fransisco’s Golden Gate Park

It’s phenomenal how many songs have been written about San Francisco. “Sitting on the Dock of the Bay” by Otis Redding, “Lights” by Journey, “California on my … more

When instruction manuals get it wrong

Many who earn degrees in English go on to work for companies writing instruction manuals or work in other technical writing fields, as many of my classmates went on to do. I was telling my dad about … more

Mele Kalikimaka

I was at Walmart the other day and I happened to be sitting on a bench near the registers when I overheard a young and happy cashier wish a shopper Happy Holidays. I smiled at the young man’s … more

A letter to Frederick

Frederick Family,Thank you for your outpouring of support and love for our students and for each other as we mourn the loss of Mr. Tony Clendening. He was a person who always wanted to please and you … more

Online shopping for the win

I hate shopping for myself. I love shopping for the kids — in part because I can still force the little one into whatever I think looks adorable. And because it doesn’t involve me having … more

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
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