With my second cup of coffee in hand, I took my dog Dixieâ€™s morning food out to the porch and checked on her water in her bowl. Some years ago I spent a little extra money and got Ms. Dixie a heated water bowl. The past several days of freezing temperatures sure makes the heated water bowl worth its value.
There I was, standing in front of the picture window, drinking my second cup of coffee and looking out on the snow and ice that visited us Friday, Saturday and Sunday. I got to thinking about another time with the same scenario.
It was Dec. 25, 2000, and the snow and ice storm hit our area with a vengeance.
I can well remember the sounds of the tree limbs breaking off the trees. Now, these were not little limbs, these were limbs that were 6-8 inches across at the base of the limb and 15-18 foot long! When those limbs broke off the tree, it sounded like gun shots!
I was sitting on my rocker on my porch having my third cup of coffee and thinking about this season of Thanksgiving. Yes, itâ€™s that time of year again. You know, more food to eat than one should ever hope for or deserve. Itâ€™s that time to see friends and family and spend time having wonderful conversations with folks you might not see more than once or twice a year.
Letâ€™s start with the obvious: A democracy needs intelligence agencies. It needs to know whatâ€™s happening in the world â€” and understand the plans of allies and enemies â€” to keep the nation prepared and secure.
If intelligence work is going to be effective, much of it has to be done in secret. â€śNational securityâ€ť is not merely an excuse for keeping intelligence activity under wraps: often, the only way to protect our collective well-being is to pursue many national security activities, including intelligence-gathering, in the dark.
Luke, having been imprisoned for acts of petty crime was not a cooperative inmate. Always waiting for the right moment to escape his prison chains, Luke did escape for short-lived freedom on more than one occasion.
Captain, the warden of a tough prison would make an example of Luke following each escape while other inmates were forced to watch. The Captain prefaced his punishment of Luke with â€śsome men you just canâ€™t reach.â€ť
As a veteran (25th Infantry, 1959-62), I am proud of District 15 for its recognition of veterans at this time and the dedication to such efforts.
Despite having an increasingly autocratic and sectarian Shiâ€™ite government that allows overflights of Iranian arms to a Syrian government opposed by U.S.-supported rebels, President Obama has pledged to increase military assistance to Iraq â€” reversing a five-year trend of disengagement and aid reduction. The Obama administration will increase intelligence support to the Iraqi government and push Congress to send it missiles, helicopter gunships, and other military equipment.
Oklahoma is known for its Native American heritage â€” a heritage rooted deep in tradition. If you look around our great state, you will see countless representations of our diverse history.
As a member of the Cherokee tribe, the value of hard work and the importance of family were instilled in me at a young age. The Cherokee Nation are a proud people. We take pride in being Cherokee, but also take pride in being American.
Last week I had my continuing education meeting. As an Oklahoma optometrist we must have 18 hours of continuing education to renew our license. I thought I would share some of the things I learned last weekend.
It seems like the medical field is always changing, and this is a good thing. New and better drugs are being approved and new surgery options are becoming available.
There are new topical antibiotics to help treat eye infections, and there is a new steroid eye drop that is stronger and lasts longer.
In my last column I addressed the possible change in the traditional pension system for new state workers.