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Oklahoma Tornado Mural

In the aftermath of the May 20, 2013, F5 tornado that killed 25 Oklahomans including seven children, a graffiti artist painted a tornado mural. It is located on an abandoned building on the outskirts of downtown Oklahoma City, SW 5th Street just west of Broadway. The entire thing was created using...

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Looking To Be Saved

This commentary originally aired on KOSU. It was like a scene from the winter of a Russian revolution. Every twig and wire, branch, and street covered in thick layers of ice. It was December 2007, and Oklahoma City was like a statue of frozen roads and lifeless houses. We lost power and were...

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Oklahoma Tornado

Yesterday, my daughter and I went to Target to buy some things. Stuff we might end up taking back. Except, now we can’t because I lost the receipt before I even got out of the parking lot. A gust of wind took hold of it and blew it out of one of the bags. I chased it across the parking lot,...

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Frame of Reference

A frame of reference is a set of ideas, conditions, or assumptions that determine how we approach, perceive or understand something. These New Balance Rainbow shoes for preschoolers provided a frame of reference for me today. I bought Bridgy a pair of these as soon as they hit the shelf back in...

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God Help Us, Another Tornado

“As the wind ripped the roof off one of the bathrooms, and debris rained down on the children, they remained calm, singing ‘You Are My Sunshine’…” Another Oklahoma Disaster. God Help Us. For the second time this year, I have to explain to my kids why a bunch of kids...

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