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We lay down the armor of our rivalry; we erase the boundaries of bedlam; we look at one another through eyes of compassion. Whether I bleed orange, red, white, black, brown, or a rainbow has little significance as together we struggle to comprehend the tragedy...

In 1814 Francis Scott Key penned a poem.  After moderate revision the verse was named and put to tune, “The Star Spangled Banner”.  Between 1814 and 1931 the United States of America had a flag that, too, had several revisions.  The Act of April 4,...

It takes a village to raise a child – you’ve heard that old proverb before, right? Something similar struck me this morning and here’s how the ‘struck’ started. This spring I’ve been admiring the colorful, cheerful bump-outs in Fairview, OK. Some community folks contributed plants and...

As are many of our neighbors, John is working well into the night.  From the porch I hear the hum of engines in nearby fields as combines travel across fields of wheat, clipping the heads, sorting grains from the plants and depositing the kernels in...

It’s Earth Day, 2014, and two gals drive onto John’s Farm. Their visit was scheduled prior to their arrival; little did I realize when planning for this day that we’d chosen Earth Day for our excursion. In fact, I’d failed to give Earth Day much...

It was a brisk spring morning. A grayish film seemed to be floating under the blue sky. The wind was light, much different than the force experienced the day before. Most of nature must still be subdued from the night as I’m surrounded by quiet....

An afternoon reminiscent of spring in the offering -- the sun rays beckoned me to toss aside a jacket, roll up shirt sleeves, and sit on the tailgate. That’s what transpired the afternoon I visited our family’s Oklahoma Centennial Farm in Cheyenne Valley, near Fairview....