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One Hundred Years Of Oklahoma!

November 16th, 2007 No comments

[One Hundred Years Of Oklahoma!]

Plenty of air and plenty of room …
Plenty of heart and plenty of hope …

These well known lyrics of the Oklahoma! song by Rodgers and Hammerstein capture the two sides of Oklahoma that make it great: nature and people.

In the same way the Oklahoma Centennial celebrates the awesome richness of the Oklahoma’s nature, and the history, culture, and achievements of its wonderful people.

As novelist Edna Ferber once said, “Almost anything can happen in Oklahoma. Almost everything has.” From the state’s early history, with land runs, frontier settlement, the oil boom, and the depression, to more recent history, Oklahomans are showing their leadership in many fields, and are looking forward with confidence to their future.

Happy Birthday, Oklahoma!

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Happy Halloween!

October 31st, 2007 No comments

[Happy Halloween!]

According to Wikipedia, Halloween did not become a holiday in the United States until the 19th century, when the migration of nearly two million Irish following the Irish Potato Famine brought the holiday to the United States.

Halloween is in fact believed to have originated in Ireland, where pre-Christian Celts had an autumn festival, called Samhain. That night the division between the world of the living and the otherworld was blurred so spirits of the dead and inhabitants from the underworld were able to walk free on the earth.

Also Scottish emigration from the British Isles, primarily to Canada before 1870 and to the United States thereafter, brought the Scottish version of the holiday to each country.

Halloween is now the United States’ second most popular holiday (after Christmas) for home and yard decorations: jack-o’-lanterns, scarecrows, witches, orange and purple string lights, foam tombstones and gargoyles contribute to this unique holiday climate.

Happy Halloween!

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Oklahoma Wonder and Light

May 13th, 2007 No comments

[Oklahoma Wonder & Light]

To celebrate Oklahoma’s Centennial, this is Michael Hardeman’s first book, with 85 pages of great Oklahoma images.

Some of Oklahoma’s most scenic landmarks—such as the Ouachita and Ozark Mountains, the Great Salt Plains, Turner Falls, and Red Rock Canyon—as well as more intimate views of this remarkable state, are collected in this special book.

Oklahoma Wonder and Light is published by Mountain Trail Press and is also available at Amazon.com. Better yet, you could join Michael at one of these book signing events:

* Thursday, May 24 6:30 at Full Circle Bookstore, Oklahoma City;
* Friday, May 25 2:00 at Border’s Books & Music, 8015 S. Yale Tulsa, OK;
* Saturday, May 26 1:00 at Wichita Mountains National Wildlife Refuge, OK.

For additional details, please see Michael Hardeman website.

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Lauren Nelson

January 29th, 2007 No comments

[Lauren Nelson]

Miss Oklahoma Lauren Nelson from Lawton, Oklahoma has been crowned Miss America 2007.

This year the Miss America Organization has chosen the Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) as its National Platform. Miss America 2007 will be the official National Goodwill Ambassador for Children’s Miracle Network as she raises funds and awareness for CMN and the Miss America Organization.

Nelson, age 20, is a student at the University of Central Oklahoma. Her personal platform issue is Be NetSmart – Protecting Kids Online. Her scholastic ambition is to obtain a Master’s Degree in Musical Theatre and her career ambition is to become a Broadway performer. With the title, Nelson won a $50,000 scholarship to continue her education.

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Independence Day

July 4th, 2006 No comments

[Declaration of Independence]

We hold these Truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed, by their Creator, with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.
[from the U.S. Declaration of Independence]

Independence Day, also called the Fourth of July, celebrates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776.

The Declaration of Independence is the document in which the Thirteen Colonies in North America declared themselves independent of the Kingdom of Great Britain and explained the causes of their resolution.

The Declaration’s draft was written by Thomas Jefferson, with revisions from Benjamin Franklin and John Adams. The final version was ratified by the Continental Congress on July 4, 1776, at the Pennsylvania State House in Philadelphia.

A very informative article on the Declaration of Independence is published by Wikipedia. The painting shown here is John Trumbull’s Declaration of Independence (United States Capitol, Washington D.C.).

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Memorial Day

May 28th, 2006 No comments

[Memorial Day]

Memorial Day is observed on the last Monday of May, while May 30 was its traditional day of observance since 1868.

Formerly known as Decoration Day, this holiday commemorates the hundreds of thousands U.S. soldiers who died during the American Civil War, and those who died in any war or military action.

Many people observe this holiday by visiting cemeteries and memorials. In addition to remembrance, Memorial Day is also a time for picnics, family gatherings, and sporting events. A long standing tradition is the running of the Indy 500 car race, which has been held in conjunction with Memorial Day since 1911.

Much more information about the history and traditions of Memorial Day is available on Wikipedia, and on The History Channel web site.

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EMHS Graduation Ceremony

May 20th, 2006 No comments

[Graduation]

Today at 2.00 pm, the Cox Convention Center in Oklahoma City will host the Graduation Ceremony of EMHS, the Edmond Memorial High School.

Graduating seniors will wear the traditional cap and gown and will receive their hard earned diplomas, sharing with their families and friends this unforgettable moment.

Graduation is somehow a rite of passage, and many important and challenging decisions are already upon the graduating seniors – college, work? The future of these boys and girls is bright and wonderful, but careful planning is needed to pave the way for the next steps of their life.

So, congratulations to all graduating seniors, congratulations Stefano! When you’ll toss your cap in the air we’ll be there to share your joy.

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The Price Tower

April 9th, 2006 No comments

[The Price Tower]

The Price Tower in Bartlesville, OK, is the only skyscraper built by Frank Lloyd Wright. Commissioned by Harold C. Price and completed in 1956, the Tower celebrates its 50th anniversary this year.

Wright called his tower “the tree that escaped the crowded forest”, because it was originally conceived for New York City, but was built in the Oklahoma prairie instead.

The building design actually resembles a tree, with all the 19 floor slabs departing from a central “trunk” structure like cantilevered “branches”, and the walls hanging from the ceiling like curtains, or “leaves”.

The Price Tower is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is one of the most significant examples of Frank Lloyd Wright’s architecture.

The Price Tower photo comes from Lost Tulsa, a photoblog that covers abandoned or restored places and structures around Tulsa. Some are significant for their style or representation of an era, some are significant to the author, due to what they represented to him in the past.
Thank you Tom!

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Easter eggs, Southwest style

April 2nd, 2006 No comments

[Easter eggs]

I have found this nice article by Juanita Browne, published 21 years ago in the March-April issue of Mother Earth News magazine. The author explains how to paint Easter eggs with the beautiful designs of the Southwest’s Native Americans.

I won’t report here the many suggestions to find natural dye materials (nature provides quite a palette for you to choose colors from), the detailed dyeing instructions, and the decoration and finishing tips you can find in the article; I think you’d better read the original.

I’ll just report this note of caution: don’t eat a dyed egg unless you know positively that the dye you used is nontoxic. Rather than eat ours, we can save the eggs we color and add them to our collection for Easters to come. Cooked eggs can be preserved for years, if they aren’t cracked, because the inside will gradually harden and shrink away from the shell. If one should crack, though, grab your gas mask and throw the egg away quickly!

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Michael Hardeman

March 16th, 2006 2 comments

[Wichita Mountains]

Ready to explore the American wilderness? Michael Hardeman Photography allows you to experience the magic and beauty of the American landscape with hundreds of images gathered by Michael all over the country.

Michael Hardeman specializes in Oklahoma, but travels extensively and constantly upgrades his collection of striking nature images. His website offers a rich image library, with the options to search by keyword, by park (from Arches National Park to Zion National Park), by US State (from Arizona to Wyoming), and by subject (from Autumn, Forests, Mountains, to Waterfalls, Wildflowers, Winter).

Michael Hardeman’s images have appeared in many magazines, books, calendars, postcards, posters and nationwide advertising campaigns. Don’t miss this great photography site!

Photo of Wichita Mountains National Wildlife Refuge, OK, is courtesy of Michael Hardeman.

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