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The good news about living in Tornado Alley, where most twisters occur in April, May and June, is that you can have safety plans and necessities in place before the weather gets dicey. Preparations range from storing supplies in a designated area to installing a storm shelter. Last year was one of the worst in state history with 149 recorded tornadoes....
Turning ideas and desires into a reality requires taking the renovation plunge … either by yourself or with the help of an expert in the field. Planning keeps goals in mind throughout the process. Sometimes you want to do just a little … a small project here or there. At other times, especially if you don’t have to worry about...

By the District

Tulsa by Tracy LeGrand Tulsa Arts One of the oldest downtown hubs, the Tulsa Arts District is rich with iconic spots, like Cain’s Ballroom and the Tulsa Theater (formerly known as the Old Lady on Brady and the Tulsa Municipal Theater). Culturally diverse and hopping, this district is where you can attend musical performances or just hang out on Guthrie Green, and participate...
Pollution and humanity’s impact on the planet are continuously in the news, and, for some, the big picture may seem overwhelming. However, rather than saving the whole world individually, anyone can take baby steps toward sustainability to ease burdens on local facilities and save consumers a bit of money. “The goal when people talk about moving into a more sustainable...

Wendell Franklin

After 23 years as a Tulsa police officer, detective and supervisor, Wendell Franklin became the department’s chief in February. The first African-American to hold that position in the city’s history, he is a born-and-raised Tulsan who is optimistic about positive change. We caught up with Franklin and got his thoughts on … … his background. I bring a historical perspective to...
Ah, an island paradise that checks every box on your list – with 330 idyllic islands, Fiji is bound to have one or two you like. This South Pacific archipelago, defined by aquamarine waters, palm tree-infused white sand beaches, amazing coral reefs, crystal clear lagoons and lush rainforests, also touts a cuisine, featuring curries and seafood, like none other. The indigenous...
Tucked in the woods, tucked in the Ouachita foothills, tucked just inside Oklahoma’s stateline with Arkansas stands a sandstone slab that untucks plenty of debate. The Heavener runestone, about 12 feet tall, 10 feet wide and 16 inches thick, with eight carved letters on it, has made historians, archaeologists and runologists wonder just what the futhark is going on. Those letters,...

Tuning in Ethical Radio

The creator of a popular, national, faith-based radio program appealing to believers and non-believers alike says being raised in Oklahoma has helped to legitimize the nearly 20-year-old show. Krista Tippett, host of On Being and director of the On Being and Civil Conversations projects, credits her upbringing in Shawnee with providing a voice about faith, philosophy and religion that’s often...
Switchgrass – a native species throughout Oklahoma – is an apt symbol for the state’s green-energy movement. Just as switchgrass takes hold and multiplies, federal seed money planted years ago has produced cutting-edge technology in the biofuels industry. An example is a mobile generator that converts biomasses – from the ubiquitous switchgrass to everyday yard waste – into electricity. A prototype...
Brad Stumph, proprietor of a unique business in Oklahoma City, has a mantra that fits what he does for budding brewmasters – Here For Beer. In September, Stumph celebrates his third anniversary as founder-owner of Brewers Union, a craft beer incubator that is the first of its kind in the state and just one of a few in the country. “Craft...