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Buzzworthy Bees

Say it, spell it, say it. This is a practice that Tenley Sorum uses when preparing for a spelling bee. That, plus taking the time each day to study word lists. Turns out, it’s an award-winning approach. The 10-year-old is a repeat winner in her school spelling bee in Salina. She also participated in April’s Eastern Oklahoma State Spelling Bee in...
The Oklahoma Corporation Commission (OCC) is a state executive agency with a focus on Oklahoma’s fuel, oil and gas, public utilities, and transportation industries. Three statewide-elected officials, called commissioners, run the OCC. These officials serve staggered six-year terms, and they have judicial, legislative and administrative authority, ruling on and issuing orders regarding regulatory matters within the OCC’s jurisdiction. “The OCC...

Home on the Ranch

One of the state’s oldest industries, cattle ranching, brings cowboy culture into the twenty-first century. Roping and branding cattle are all in a day’s work for a ranch hand.  Along with caring for livestock, many ranchers have established guest sectors, extending the experience of the Old West to visitors. If you’re longing for wide-open spaces, check out these respites.  Hoot Owl...
Following a spinal cord injury in 1993, Anthony Meadows spent six months in the hospital. After, as he was adjusting to life in a wheelchair, he happened by The Center for People with Physical Challenges in Tulsa, and his life changed. He discovered that, despite what he previously believed, people in wheelchairs do play basketball. Meadows went on to get...
Most think of Helen Keller – who had nearly total vision and hearing loss – when they picture a deafblind person, says Jody Harlan, the communications director for the Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services (ODRS). But deafblind people, defined as those with combined hearing and vision loss limiting access to both auditory and visual information, are more prevalent in...

On the Record

The world of music is dynamic. And although streaming apps like Spotify and Apple Music dominate the market, the physical side is still alive and well through a multitude of record stores. Once thought to be a dying breed, the record industry is booming –much more than you’d expect.   “They kind of did die, but are definitely back in a...
I'm proud and happy to report that this is my 200th column for Oklahoma Magazine. Since it seems to me a fact I should acknowledge, I’ve been wondering what I could write about to make this month’s piece a little, well, special.  Then, on March 2, I did a live broadcast of my radio show, Swing on This, with Bob...
If variety is the spice of life, then the life of spice is in the captivating Caribbean island country of Grenada. Tiny but mighty, it’s the second largest producer of nutmeg behind Indonesia. Mace, cloves, cinnamon and ginger are Grenada’s other major exports. The island is adorned with bushy evergreen trees of cinnamon, where the spice actually comes from...

Some Sound Advice

Being able to hear – and hear well – is something many of us take for granted.  Jacob Burdett, D.O., an ear, nose and throat (ENT) specialist with Saint Francis Health System, says hearing loss isn’t exactly inevitable with age, but it is a combination of genetic and environmental factors.  “Unfortunately in life, we are exposed to noise pollution,” he says....
Hordes of visitors flocked to Durant in early April in hopes of experiencing a total solar eclipse. But now that the much-heralded celestial event has passed, this city near Oklahoma’s southern border is settling in for another busy tourist season. Durant, the seat of Bryan County, has plenty to offer. Situated some 160 miles south of Tulsa and 150 miles...